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The Water Project: Emaongoyo Community, Philip Mwando Spring -  Animal Shelter
The Water Project: Emaongoyo Community, Philip Mwando Spring -  Animal Shelter
The Water Project: Emaongoyo Community, Philip Mwando Spring -  Bathroom
The Water Project: Emaongoyo Community, Philip Mwando Spring -  Bathroom
The Water Project: Emaongoyo Community, Philip Mwando Spring -  Carrying Water
The Water Project: Emaongoyo Community, Philip Mwando Spring -  Carrying Water
The Water Project: Emaongoyo Community, Philip Mwando Spring -  Carrying Water
The Water Project: Emaongoyo Community, Philip Mwando Spring -  Carrying Water
The Water Project: Emaongoyo Community, Philip Mwando Spring -  Carrying Water
The Water Project: Emaongoyo Community, Philip Mwando Spring -  Carrying Water
The Water Project: Emaongoyo Community, Philip Mwando Spring -  Chicken Outside
The Water Project: Emaongoyo Community, Philip Mwando Spring -  Chicken
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The Water Project: Emaongoyo Community, Philip Mwando Spring -  Child Playing
The Water Project: Emaongoyo Community, Philip Mwando Spring -  Clothes Drying
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The Water Project: Emaongoyo Community, Philip Mwando Spring -  Current Water Source
The Water Project: Emaongoyo Community, Philip Mwando Spring -  Current Water Source
The Water Project: Emaongoyo Community, Philip Mwando Spring -  Current Water Source
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The Water Project: Emaongoyo Community, Philip Mwando Spring -  Farmlands
The Water Project: Emaongoyo Community, Philip Mwando Spring -  Farmlands
The Water Project: Emaongoyo Community, Philip Mwando Spring -  Fetching Water
The Water Project: Emaongoyo Community, Philip Mwando Spring -  Fetching Water
The Water Project: Emaongoyo Community, Philip Mwando Spring -  Fetching Water
The Water Project: Emaongoyo Community, Philip Mwando Spring -  Fetching Water
The Water Project: Emaongoyo Community, Philip Mwando Spring -  Hellen A
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The Water Project: Emaongoyo Community, Philip Mwando Spring -  Julia Hanging Clothes
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The Water Project: Emaongoyo Community, Philip Mwando Spring -  Julia In Kitchen
The Water Project: Emaongoyo Community, Philip Mwando Spring -  Julia Mwando Adult Interviewee
The Water Project: Emaongoyo Community, Philip Mwando Spring -  Julia Washing Dishes
The Water Project: Emaongoyo Community, Philip Mwando Spring -  Landscape
The Water Project: Emaongoyo Community, Philip Mwando Spring -  Latrine
The Water Project: Emaongoyo Community, Philip Mwando Spring -  Outside Kitchen
The Water Project: Emaongoyo Community, Philip Mwando Spring -  Outside Kitchen
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The Water Project: Emaongoyo Community, Philip Mwando Spring -  Storage Containers
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The Water Project: Emaongoyo Community, Philip Mwando Spring -  Washing Hands

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 people of Emaongoyo Community already have the desire to better their lives. All they need now is a little help.

Community members initiated a quarterly tree-planting day to reinvigorate the local landscape, which has been affected by deforestation. Locally available building materials are already being collected in the hopes that Philip Mwando Spring will be protected and made more easily accessible.

“My main challenge is accessing the water,” said Julia Mwando, a local farmer. “This is because it is slippery and there are no stairs. I once fell and my knee got injured. The knee joint is still in pain.”

Ease of access isn’t the water source’s only problem. It’s also making the community members – and their children – sick. Typhoid, cholera, diarrhea, and even skin rashes are common.

“The current water challenge affects my skin very much,” said Hellen, who is 12 years old. “When I bathe, my body starts getting rashes and becomes itchy and swollen. To curb this, I must boil water before bathing, and this is tiresome…especially during the rainy season, when there is no firewood.”

Economically, this hurts the 140 people in Emaongoyo Community. The most common livelihoods here are farming, as well as livestock and poultry keeping. But there are many who cannot afford farm plots, and the little money they get from casual jobs or from selling farm produce normally goes to treat their health issues.

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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