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The Water Project: Makhwabuye Community 6 -  Weeding The Farm
The Water Project: Makhwabuye Community 6 -  Washing Dishes
The Water Project: Makhwabuye Community 6 -  Titus M
The Water Project: Makhwabuye Community 6 -  Titus M
The Water Project: Makhwabuye Community 6 -  Sugarcane Farm
The Water Project: Makhwabuye Community 6 -  Storing Water
The Water Project: Makhwabuye Community 6 -  Storing Water
The Water Project: Makhwabuye Community 6 -  Storing Water
The Water Project: Makhwabuye Community 6 -  Storage Containers
The Water Project: Makhwabuye Community 6 -  Smearing Of The House
The Water Project: Makhwabuye Community 6 -  Preparing Food
The Water Project: Makhwabuye Community 6 -  Preparing Food
The Water Project: Makhwabuye Community 6 -  Pouring Water To Drink
The Water Project: Makhwabuye Community 6 -  Outside Kitchen
The Water Project: Makhwabuye Community 6 -  Long Way Home
The Water Project: Makhwabuye Community 6 -  Latrine
The Water Project: Makhwabuye Community 6 -  Latrine
The Water Project: Makhwabuye Community 6 -  Landscape
The Water Project: Makhwabuye Community 6 -  Inside Kitchen
The Water Project: Makhwabuye Community 6 -  Inside Kitchen
The Water Project: Makhwabuye Community 6 -  Heavy Jerrycan
The Water Project: Makhwabuye Community 6 -  Girl Drinking
The Water Project: Makhwabuye Community 6 -  Filling Water
The Water Project: Makhwabuye Community 6 -  Fetching Water
The Water Project: Makhwabuye Community 6 -  Fetching Water
The Water Project: Makhwabuye Community 6 -  Fetching Water
The Water Project: Makhwabuye Community 6 -  Farmland
The Water Project: Makhwabuye Community 6 -  Esther With Daughter
The Water Project: Makhwabuye Community 6 -  Esther Mbaluka
The Water Project: Makhwabuye Community 6 -  Dishes Drying
The Water Project: Makhwabuye Community 6 -  Dishes Drying
The Water Project: Makhwabuye Community 6 -  Current Water Source
The Water Project: Makhwabuye Community 6 -  Current Water Source
The Water Project: Makhwabuye Community 6 -  Current Water Source
The Water Project: Makhwabuye Community 6 -  Current Water Source
The Water Project: Makhwabuye Community 6 -  Current Water Source
The Water Project: Makhwabuye Community 6 -  Crop Farming Kale
The Water Project: Makhwabuye Community 6 -  Clothes Drying
The Water Project: Makhwabuye Community 6 -  Clothes Drying
The Water Project: Makhwabuye Community 6 -  Children Playing
The Water Project: Makhwabuye Community 6 -  Chicken In Coop
The Water Project: Makhwabuye Community 6 -  Carrying Water
The Water Project: Makhwabuye Community 6 -  Carrying Water
The Water Project: Makhwabuye Community 6 -  Carrying Water
The Water Project: Makhwabuye Community 6 -  Bathroom
The Water Project: Makhwabuye Community 6 -  Bathroom
The Water Project: Makhwabuye Community 6 -  Bathroom
The Water Project: Makhwabuye Community 6 -  At Home
The Water Project: Makhwabuye Community 6 -  Animal Grazing
The Water Project: Makhwabuye Community 6 -  Animal Grazing

Project Status



Project Type:  Protected Spring

Regional Program: Western Kenya WaSH Program

Impact: 210 Served

Project Phase:  Under Construction
Estimated Install Date (?):  08/19/2022

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The spring used by Makhwabuye Community’s 210 members was protected in 1987. Although community members have made many repairs over the years, the structure is no longer cleaning the water. The stairs that once helped people access the discharge pipe have eroded to the point of being useless. And because of the spring’s state of disrepair, the people who fetch water from it are constantly sick.

Esther Mbaluka, a local housewife (pictured below with her daughter), shared her experiences with the spring. “Personally, I have been affected by the quality of water. I have had several visits to the hospital because of diarrhea and fevers. On diagnosis, it’s identified as typhoid.”

“Most of the time, I have been absent from school because of stomach pains,” said 10-year-old student Titus M. “It has made me walk to school daily with medicine in [my] bag.”

Unfortunately, medicine isn’t something the people of Makhwabuye can easily afford. Most of the people earn a living by farming. However, the community is on the edge of a vast reservation called Malava Rainforest occupied by monkeys, renowned for their mischief. Even with fencing, villagers often find their crops stolen or destroyed by their pesky neighbors.

If the sicknesses caused by the contaminated water weren’t enough, some community members also experience problems navigating the slippery, rocky route from the village to the spring. The villagers cross several streams to reach what they hope is the safest water, only to get sick anyway.

Constantly suffering from debilitating illnesses leaves the community members without the energy to farm for their food, let alone develop ideas to better their lives. When children miss school due to illness, it’s not just harmful to their bodies. It’s detrimental to their futures, too.

“I am glad that we have people who have come to our rescue and I believe we shall be helped,” Esther concluded.

What We Can Do:

Spring Protection

Protecting the spring will help provide access to cleaner and safer water and reduce people’s time 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. Therefore, protecting the spring and offering training and support will 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 training 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 to alter their practices at the personal, household, and community levels to affect change. This training will help ensure participants have the knowledge they need about healthy practices and the importance of making the most of their water point as soon as the 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. The community and we 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 training before transitioning to our regularly scheduled support visits throughout the year.

Training will result in forming 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.

Project Updates


05/18/2022: Makhwabuye Community 6 Spring Protection Underway!

A severe clean water shortage in Makhwabuye Community drains people’s time, energy, and health. Thanks to your generosity, we’re working to install a clean water point and much more.

Get to know this community through the introduction and pictures we’ve posted, and read about this water, sanitation, and hygiene project. We look forward to reaching out with more good news!


The Water Project : kenya22069-fetching-water-2


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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!


Contributors

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