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The Water Project: Mudutsu Community -  Site Measurement
The Water Project: Mudutsu Community -  Excavation
The Water Project: Mudutsu Community -  Water Source
The Water Project: Mudutsu Community -  Collecting Water At The Spring
The Water Project: Mudutsu Community -  Collecting Water At The Spring
The Water Project: Mudutsu Community -  Collecting Water At The Spring
The Water Project: Mudutsu Community -  Collecting Water At The Spring
The Water Project: Mudutsu Community -  Carrying Water From The Spring
The Water Project: Mudutsu Community -  Carrying Water From The Spring
The Water Project: Mudutsu Community -  Carrying Water From The Spring
The Water Project: Mudutsu Community -  Carrying Water From The Spring
The Water Project: Mudutsu Community -  Mrs Alusiola Collecting Water
The Water Project: Mudutsu Community -  Agrey Alusiola Outside His House
The Water Project: Mudutsu Community -  Atsangalala Spring Landscape
The Water Project: Mudutsu Community -  Bathing Shelter
The Water Project: Mudutsu Community -  Bedding Aired On Ground
The Water Project: Mudutsu Community -  Chicken Coop Behind The House
The Water Project: Mudutsu Community -  Clothline
The Water Project: Mudutsu Community -  Community Handwashing Station
The Water Project: Mudutsu Community -  Community Members Fetching Water
The Water Project: Mudutsu Community -  Compost Pit
The Water Project: Mudutsu Community -  Fire Place Inside Kitchen
The Water Project: Mudutsu Community -  Goats Pen At A Homestead
The Water Project: Mudutsu Community -  Latrine Mud Walled
The Water Project: Mudutsu Community -  Maize Farming
The Water Project: Mudutsu Community -  Outside The Kitchen
The Water Project: Mudutsu Community -  Timothy
The Water Project: Mudutsu Community -  Timothy Carrying Water
The Water Project: Mudutsu Community -  Timothy Collecting Water
The Water Project: Mudutsu Community -  Water Storage Containers
The Water Project: Mudutsu Community -  Water Storage Containers

Project Status



Project Type:  Protected Spring

Regional Program: Western Kenya WaSH Program

Impact: 140 Served

Project Phase:  Under Construction
Estimated Install Date (?):  09/30/2022

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When we accompanied the Mudutsu’s community members to their water source for the first time, it had just rained and the water source was cloudy from the stirred-up muck at the bottom of the river. The spring is located at the bottom of a slope, so when it rains, runoff from the surrounding farms courses down the hill and directly into the water source.

Timothy A. (pictured above in the striped shirt, left) has suffered academically as a result of waterborne illnesses caused by drinking the spring’s contaminated water. “I have not been able to attend school frequently,” he said. “Most of the time, [I] am home because whenever I take water without treating it, I automatically become sick.”

The people of Mudutsu are able to grow enough food to feed themselves. But their poor health has rendered them unable to scale up their farming so they could sell their surplus crops. This means there’s not enough money to have their spring protected, and not enough to pay for the mounting medical bills. Even pooling their resources hasn’t proved sufficient enough to get medicine to treat the community members’ cholera, typhoid, diarrhea, and stomach cramps.

Even still, when we spoke with them about this project, community members began to collect local materials to aid artisans in the protection of Atsangalala Spring. They are so ready to improve their own lives once they have a reliable source of safe water.

“God answers prayers,” said Agrery Alusiola, a 52-year-old local farmer (pictured above outside of his home, next to Timothy). “[I] am looking forward to seeing this spring protected. It has not been easy getting water.”

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.

Project Updates


08/08/2022: Mudutsu Community Spring Protection Underway!

A severe clean water shortage in Mudutsu 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!


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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

4 individual donor(s)