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The Water Project: Shitaho Community A -  Protected Spring
The Water Project: Shitaho Community A -  Protected Spring
The Water Project: Shitaho Community A -  Protected Spring
The Water Project: Shitaho Community A -  Protected Spring
The Water Project: Shitaho Community A -  Protected Spring
The Water Project: Shitaho Community A -  Protected Spring
The Water Project: Shitaho Community A -  Protected Spring
The Water Project: Shitaho Community A -  Construction
The Water Project: Shitaho Community A -  Construction
The Water Project: Shitaho Community A -  Construction
The Water Project: Shitaho Community A -  Construction
The Water Project: Shitaho Community A -  Construction
The Water Project: Shitaho Community A -  Training
The Water Project: Shitaho Community A -  Training
The Water Project: Shitaho Community A -  Training
The Water Project: Shitaho Community A -  Training
The Water Project: Shitaho Community A -  Training
The Water Project: Shitaho Community A -  Training
The Water Project: Shitaho Community A -  Training
The Water Project: Shitaho Community A -  Training
The Water Project: Shitaho Community A -  Training
The Water Project: Shitaho Community A -  Brick Making
The Water Project: Shitaho Community A -  Dish Rack
The Water Project: Shitaho Community A -  Clothes Drying
The Water Project: Shitaho Community A -  Improvised Latrine
The Water Project: Shitaho Community A -  Colorful Latrine
The Water Project: Shitaho Community A -  Rachel And Her Son Pose Outside Their Household
The Water Project: Shitaho Community A -  Household
The Water Project: Shitaho Community A -  Kitchen
The Water Project: Shitaho Community A -  Water Storage
The Water Project: Shitaho Community A -  Water Storage
The Water Project: Shitaho Community A -  Fetching Water
The Water Project: Shitaho Community A -  Fetching Water
The Water Project: Shitaho Community A -  Balancing On Head
The Water Project: Shitaho Community A -  Carrying Water On Head
The Water Project: Shitaho Community A -  Going To Fetch Water
The Water Project: Shitaho Community A -  Fetching Water

Project Status



Project Type:  Protected Spring

Regional Program: Western Kenya WaSH Program

Impact: 500 Served

Project Phase:  In Service - May 2017

Functionality Status:  Water Flowing - Needs Attention

Last Checkup: 08/20/2019

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Community Profile

Andrea Kong’o Spring is one of many sources on which people from Shitaho Community rely. This water gathers in a pool that is open to contamination in many ways; rain washes feces, fertilizers, and garbage into the water. People and animals step in and out of the water, not to mention the animals that drink directly from the spring.

Outbreaks of typhoid and cholera run rampant through the community, draining people’s time, finances, and overall opportunity.

Protecting Andrea Kong’o Spring has been deemed necessary for the success of this community. Construction will protect the spring’s water from outside contaminants, providing local families with the clean water they need.

Welcome to the Community

A normal day begins early in the morning when students walk to school. Men and women do various chores and then proceed with the day’s activities. Members of Shitaho Community engage in small-scale farming. They plant maize, beans, vegetables and sugarcane. Apart from farming, the community members makes bricks and extract stones or hardcore used for construction.

What makes this community special is their high level of peace, love, and cooperation. The members love each other and keep the peace. There are many far away members who travel to the spring, and those members  bordering the spring have provided roads for the others. Students from the nearby university also stay in this community, and share homes with the locals. They’re fitting in just like they’re living in their real homes. They get water from the same spring, buy goods from the community members and engage in small business.

Water Situation

Women begin their day by going to the spring to fetch water for their families. Fetching water is an activity dominated by the women, observed holding their jerrycans as they line up at the spring. They return to their homes to continue with house chores such as sweeping the compound. Some women then join the men doing casual labour like fetching firewood to sell. Men here also fetch water, but mostly for commercial purposes.

A person must go very early in the morning or late in the evening to get water, because the more people fetching the water, the dirtier it becomes. People dunk their containers in the water to fill them, and others even step into the water. After filling their containers, women lift them high on their heads to begin the journey home.

When delivered home, water is separated into storage containers by use. The 100-liter plastic tanks are reserved for cooking and cleaning, and the clay pots are set aside for drinking in the living room. Locals say that the clay pots with covers keep the water cooler.

Sanitation Situation

The pit latrines here are not in good condition, for they are made of mud and wooden slats. They are difficult to clean and also to use; urine is splashed around the floor, predisposing users to hygiene-related diseases.  Fortunately, a majority of the community at least has this basic type of pit latrine. Nevertheless a handful of community members don’t have latrine access and must either share with their neighbor or use the privacy of bushes.

There were many other households that didn’t have basic tools like dish racks and clotheslines. We spoke to them about their importance, and they seemed willing to learn how to construct these helpful tools.

Plans: Hygiene and Sanitation Training

Community members will attend hygiene and sanitation training for at least two days. This training will ensure participants are no longer ignorant about healthy practices and their importance. The facilitator plans to use PHAST (Participatory Hygiene and Sanitation Transformation), CLTS (Community-Led Total Sanitation), ABCD (Asset-Based Community Development), group discussions, handouts, and demonstrations at the spring.

Training will also result in the formation of a committee that will oversee operations and maintenance at the spring. They 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.

Plans: Sanitation Platforms

On the final day of training, participants will select five families that should benefit from new latrines.

Training will also inform the community and selected families on what they need to contribute to make this project a success. They must mobilize locally available materials, such as bricks, clean sand, hardcore, and ballast. The five families must prepare by sinking a pit for the sanitation platforms to be placed over. All community members must work together to make sure that accommodations and food are always provided for the work teams.

Plans: Spring Protection

Fetching water is predominantly a female role, done by both women and young girls. Protecting the spring and offering training and support will therefore help empower the female members of the community by giving them more time and efforts to engage and invest in income-generating activities.

Shitaho Community is home to thousands, so Andrea Kong’o Spring is one of a couple other water sources being protected this year.

In addition, protecting the spring will ensure that the water is safe, adequate and secure. Construction will keep surface runoff and other contaminants out of the water. Farmer Christopher Indakala told us, “We are so happy, and this is God’s doing. We have suffered for long and even politicians have kept promising to come to our rescue but in vain. We are very much ready to coordinate and collaborate with you to see our spring protected so that we can have safe and enough drinking water.”

Project Updates


08/28/2018: A Year Later: Shitaho Community

A year ago, generous donors helped protect Andrea Kong’o Spring for Shitaho Community in Western Kenya. The contributions of incredible monthly donors and others giving directly to The Water Promise allow teams to visit project sites throughout the year, strengthening relationships with communities and evaluating the water project over time. These consistent visits allow us to learn vital lessons and hear amazing stories. Read more…


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Project Photos


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 leads to a concrete spring box and collection area. Safe water typically flows year-round and there is very limited ongoing maintenance needed!


A Year Later: Andrea Kong'o Spring

August, 2018

Agnes Lung’atso does not have to spend hours collecting water each day now that the spring is a reliable source!

Keeping The Water Promise

There's an incredible community of monthly donors who have come alongside you in supporting clean water in Shitaho Community A.

This giving community supports ongoing sustainability programs that help Shitaho Community A maintain access to safe, reliable water. Together, they keep The Water Promise.

We’re confident you'll love joining this world-changing group committed to sustainability!

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A year ago, generous donors helped protect Andrea Kong’o Spring for Shitaho Community in Western Kenya. The contributions of incredible monthly donors and others giving directly to The Water Promise allow teams to visit project sites throughout the year, strengthening relationships with communities and evaluating the water project over time. These consistent visits allow us to learn vital lessons and hear amazing stories – we’re excited to share this one from our partner, John Were, with you.


“We used to fetch water with a small plastic container and we would waste a lot of time waiting for the water to settle down before we made another scoop,” Mrs. Agnes Lung’atso said.

“Fetching water is now a quick and enjoyable task for us!”

Thumbs up for reliable water!

Most households have installed improvised handwashing stations and placed them near toilets. This can be attributed to the hygiene and sanitation training that was conducted in the community when their spring was being protected. The community is now practicing handwashing after visiting the toilet.

“I am very grateful to the water project for protecting our spring,” Gentrix Muhonja, a 19-year-old girl, said.

“Initially, one would come with up to 50 jerricans to the spring and spend almost 3 hours filling them. sometimes we would go back home without fetching water and many fights would arise at the spring. Fetching water now is quick and we never lack water at home.”

Joan Were with Jentrix Muhonja at the spring

Protection of this spring is only one step along the journey toward sustainable access to clean water. The Water Project and WEWASAFO (our trusted local partner) are committed to consistent monitoring of each water source. Our monitoring and evaluation program, made possible by donors like you, allows us to maintain our relationships with communities by visiting up to 4 times each year to ensure that the water points are safe and reliable.

This is just one of the many ways that we monitor projects and communicate with you. Additionally, you can always check the functionality status and our project map to see how all of our water points are performing, based on our consistent monitoring data.

One project is just a drop in the bucket towards ending the global water crisis, but the ripple effects of this project are truly astounding. This functional spring in Shitaho Community is changing many lives.

The protection of this spring has encouraged the economic growth of the area. Availability of water has enabled the community to construct hostels that are occupied by university students.

This is only possible because of the web of support and trust built between The Water Project, WEWASAFO, the community, and you. We are excited to stay in touch with this community and support their journey with safe water.

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Navigating through intense dry spells, performing preventative maintenance, conducting quality repairs when needed and continuing to assist community leaders to manage water points are all normal parts of keeping projects sustainable. The Water Promise community supports ongoing sustainability programs that help Shitaho Community A maintain access to safe, reliable water.

We’d love for you to join this world-changing group committed to sustainability.

The most impactful way to continue your support of Shitaho Community A – and hundreds of other places just like this – is by joining our community of monthly givers.

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Contributors

Union Presbyterian Church
Nicholas Christos III
Steven & Carisa Jones Family Fund
Allahs Servants
2 individual donor(s)