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The Water Project: Mang'uliro Community, Christopher Wambula Spring -  Collecting Water
The Water Project: Mang'uliro Community, Christopher Wambula Spring -  Collecting Water
The Water Project: Mang'uliro Community, Christopher Wambula Spring -  Collecting Water
The Water Project: Mang'uliro Community, Christopher Wambula Spring -  Fetching Water
The Water Project: Mang'uliro Community, Christopher Wambula Spring -  Fetching Water
The Water Project: Mang'uliro Community, Christopher Wambula Spring -  Fetching Water
The Water Project: Mang'uliro Community, Christopher Wambula Spring -  A Community House
The Water Project: Mang'uliro Community, Christopher Wambula Spring -  Bathing Shelter
The Water Project: Mang'uliro Community, Christopher Wambula Spring -  Bathroom
The Water Project: Mang'uliro Community, Christopher Wambula Spring -  Bathroom
The Water Project: Mang'uliro Community, Christopher Wambula Spring -  Carrying Water
The Water Project: Mang'uliro Community, Christopher Wambula Spring -  Carrying Water
The Water Project: Mang'uliro Community, Christopher Wambula Spring -  Carrying Water
The Water Project: Mang'uliro Community, Christopher Wambula Spring -  Carrying Water
The Water Project: Mang'uliro Community, Christopher Wambula Spring -  Clothesline
The Water Project: Mang'uliro Community, Christopher Wambula Spring -  Clothesline
The Water Project: Mang'uliro Community, Christopher Wambula Spring -  Community Landscape
The Water Project: Mang'uliro Community, Christopher Wambula Spring -  Dishrack
The Water Project: Mang'uliro Community, Christopher Wambula Spring -  Elizabeth S
The Water Project: Mang'uliro Community, Christopher Wambula Spring -  Firewood In Kitchen
The Water Project: Mang'uliro Community, Christopher Wambula Spring -  Garbage Pile
The Water Project: Mang'uliro Community, Christopher Wambula Spring -  Household Compound
The Water Project: Mang'uliro Community, Christopher Wambula Spring -  Inside Kitchen
The Water Project: Mang'uliro Community, Christopher Wambula Spring -  Inside The Kitchen
The Water Project: Mang'uliro Community, Christopher Wambula Spring -  Latrine
The Water Project: Mang'uliro Community, Christopher Wambula Spring -  Maize Farm
The Water Project: Mang'uliro Community, Christopher Wambula Spring -  Milcar A
The Water Project: Mang'uliro Community, Christopher Wambula Spring -  Outside Kitchen
The Water Project: Mang'uliro Community, Christopher Wambula Spring -  Outside Kitchen
The Water Project: Mang'uliro Community, Christopher Wambula Spring -  Water Containers
The Water Project: Mang'uliro Community, Christopher Wambula Spring -  Water Source
The Water Project: Mang'uliro Community, Christopher Wambula Spring -  Water Source
The Water Project: Mang'uliro Community, Christopher Wambula Spring -  Water Source
The Water Project: Mang'uliro Community, Christopher Wambula Spring -  Water Storage

Project Status



Project Type:  Protected Spring

Regional Program: Western Kenya WaSH Program

Project Phase:  Donate to this Project
Estimated Install Date (?):  06/17/2022

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The residents of Mang’uliro community head to the Christopher Wambula Spring very early every morning to fetch water so they can get there before the water is stirred up.

The small spring that serves this community of 224 people is found at the bottom of a steep, narrow pathway, surrounded by grass. People crouch down and scoop water with their containers (often contaminated) from the shallow pool to draw water.

Collecting water also means stepping into the spring to gain footing, which stirs up the dirt from the bottom of the spring and makes the water cloudy and brown. This causes those waiting to have inconvenient delays and leads to long lines.

“When it rains, we cannot fetch water from the spring, because the water becomes dirty, so we wait until the following day, when we can get at least water to use,” said Milcar Achieng, a 24-year-old female farmer.

“After school, I find a large crowd at the spring, which makes me do my homework late at night. Sometimes I don’t complete my homework,” said Elizabeth S.

Because the water is contaminated, community members spend a lot of money to treat water-borne diseases like typhoid and diarrhea. This creates financial strain on families and slows their progress in other areas.

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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