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The Water Project: Suge Community, Shanguya Spring -  Water Storage
The Water Project: Suge Community, Shanguya Spring -  Water Storage
The Water Project: Suge Community, Shanguya Spring -  Outside Kitchen
The Water Project: Suge Community, Shanguya Spring -  Latrines
The Water Project: Suge Community, Shanguya Spring -  Latrines
The Water Project: Suge Community, Shanguya Spring -  Landscape
The Water Project: Suge Community, Shanguya Spring -  Homestead
The Water Project: Suge Community, Shanguya Spring -  Homestead
The Water Project: Suge Community, Shanguya Spring -  Homestead
The Water Project: Suge Community, Shanguya Spring -  Grazing Cattle
The Water Project: Suge Community, Shanguya Spring -  Dish Rack
The Water Project: Suge Community, Shanguya Spring -  Dish Rack
The Water Project: Suge Community, Shanguya Spring -  Community Farm
The Water Project: Suge Community, Shanguya Spring -  Celestine O Prepares A Meal
The Water Project: Suge Community, Shanguya Spring -  Celestine O In Kitchen
The Water Project: Suge Community, Shanguya Spring -  Celestine O Fetching Water
The Water Project: Suge Community, Shanguya Spring -  Celestine At The Water Point
The Water Project: Suge Community, Shanguya Spring -  Banana Trees
The Water Project: Suge Community, Shanguya Spring -  Ayub Mwaka Scooping Water
The Water Project: Suge Community, Shanguya Spring -  Ayub Mwaka Fetching Water
The Water Project: Suge Community, Shanguya Spring -  Ayub Mwaka Fetching Water
The Water Project: Suge Community, Shanguya Spring -  Ayub Mwaka At Water Point
The Water Project: Suge Community, Shanguya Spring -  Carrying Water
The Water Project: Suge Community, Shanguya Spring -  Carrying Water
The Water Project: Suge Community, Shanguya Spring -  Carrying Water
The Water Project: Suge Community, Shanguya Spring -  Carrying Water
The Water Project: Suge Community, Shanguya Spring -  Carrying Water
The Water Project: Suge Community, Shanguya Spring -  Carrying Water
The Water Project: Suge Community, Shanguya Spring -  Carrying Water
The Water Project: Suge Community, Shanguya Spring -  Unprotected Shanguya Spring

Project Status



Project Type:  Protected Spring

Regional Program: Western Kenya WaSH Program

Project Phase:  Donate to this Project
Estimated Install Date (?):  09/02/2022

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The 350 community members that use Shangura Spring get up very early in hopes of fetching water before the spring gets stirred up from other users jerrycans and scooping jugs. But before they can collect water they must clean it each time they visit since children often play in the spring and leave chewed sugarcane in the water.

But these efforts, sadly, are a waste of time: no matter how tidy the area around the spring is, and no matter how early people get there, the water will still carry disease.

“I have had diarrhea so many times and [been] hospitalized at the same time,” said 13-year-old Celestine O. (pictured below at the spring). “I missed school for two weeks because I was at the hospital.”

This problem is not new, according to Ayub Mwaka, a 73-year-old farmer (seen in the below picture). “I have used this water source for more than 40 years. Currently, the water is dirty. Sometimes, when [I] am thirsty, when I see the water and imagine the source, the thirst goes away.”

But the prospect of protecting the spring has given Ayub and Celestine hope. “Now that my grandchildren are suffering because of waterborne diseases, it will be my joy that they access clean and safe water in [the] future,” said Ayub.

Celestine added: “My prayer is that the spring will be protected and clean, safe water will be flowing, meaning no more sickness but a healthy life.”

What We Can Do:

Spring Protection

Protecting the spring will help provide access to cleaner and safer water and reduce the time people have to spend to fetch it. Construction will keep surface runoff and other contaminants out of the water. With the community’s high involvement in the process, there should be a good sense of responsibility and ownership for the new clean water source.

Fetching water is a task predominantly carried out by women and young girls. Protecting the spring and offering training and support will, therefore, help empower the female members of the community by freeing up more of their time and energy to engage and invest in income-generating activities and their education.

Training on Health, Hygiene, COVID-19, and More

To hold trainings during the pandemic, we work closely with both community leaders and the local government to approve small groups to attend training. We ask community leaders to invite a select yet representative group of people to attend training who will then act as ambassadors to the rest of the community to share what they learn. We also communicate our expectations of physical distancing and wearing masks for all who choose to attend.

The training will focus on improved hygiene, health, and sanitation habits in this community. We will also have a dedicated session on COVID-19 symptoms, transmission routes, and prevention best practices.

With the community’s input, we will identify key leverage points where they can alter their practices at the personal, household, and community levels to affect change. This training will help to ensure participants have the knowledge they need about healthy practices and their importance to make the most of their water point as soon as water is flowing.

Our team of facilitators will use a variety of methods to train community members. Some of these methods include participatory hygiene and sanitation transformation, asset-based community development, group discussions, handouts, and demonstrations at the spring.

One of the most important issues we plan to cover is the handling, storage, and treatment of water. Having a clean water source will be extremely helpful, but it is useless if water gets contaminated by the time it is consumed. We and the community strongly believe that all of these components will work together to improve living standards here, which will help to unlock the potential for these community members to live better, healthier lives.

We will then conduct a small series of follow-up trainings before transitioning to our regularly scheduled support visits throughout the year.

Training will result in the formation of a water user committee, elected by their peers, that will oversee the operations and maintenance of the spring. The committee will enforce proper behavior around the spring and delegate tasks that will help preserve the site, such as building a fence and digging proper drainage channels. The fence will keep out destructive animals and unwanted waste, and the drainage will keep the area’s mosquito population at a minimum.

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Project Type

Protected Spring

In many communities, natural springs exist as water flows from cracks in rocky ground or the side of a hill.  Springs provide reliable water but that doesn’t mean safe. When left open they become contaminated by surface contamination, animal and human waste and rain runoff. The solution is to protect the source. First, you excavate around the exact source area of the spring. Then, you build a protective reservoir for water flow, which pours through a reinforced pipe in a concrete headwall to a paved collection area. Safe water typically flows year-round and there is very limited ongoing maintenance needed!


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