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The Water Project: Shikhuyu Community -  Dickson Aswani And John Memba
The Water Project: Shikhuyu Community -  Dickson Aswani
The Water Project: Shikhuyu Community -  John Memba
The Water Project: Shikhuyu Community -  Smiles For Reliable Water
The Water Project: Shikhuyu Community -  Thumbs Up For Reliable Water
The Water Project: Shikhuyu Community -  Clean Water
The Water Project: Shikhuyu Community -  Clean Water
The Water Project: Shikhuyu Community -  Clean Water
The Water Project: Shikhuyu Community -  Clean Water
The Water Project: Shikhuyu Community -  Clean Water
The Water Project: Shikhuyu Community -  Clean Water
The Water Project: Shikhuyu Community -  Clean Water
The Water Project: Shikhuyu Community -  Clean Water
The Water Project: Shikhuyu Community -  Clean Water
The Water Project: Shikhuyu Community -  Finished Sanitation Platform
The Water Project: Shikhuyu Community -  Finishing Touches
The Water Project: Shikhuyu Community -  Sanitation Platform Construction
The Water Project: Shikhuyu Community -  Sanitation Platform Construction
The Water Project: Shikhuyu Community -  Artisan Discussing Digging A Latrine Pit
The Water Project: Shikhuyu Community -  Back Filling
The Water Project: Shikhuyu Community -  Construction
The Water Project: Shikhuyu Community -  Building The Wall
The Water Project: Shikhuyu Community -  Building The Wall
The Water Project: Shikhuyu Community -  Helping The Artisan
The Water Project: Shikhuyu Community -  Community Helping
The Water Project: Shikhuyu Community -  Community Members Clearing The Area
The Water Project: Shikhuyu Community -  Boy Delivering Materials To The Artisan
The Water Project: Shikhuyu Community -  Community Members Gather Materials
The Water Project: Shikhuyu Community -  Jessica Practices Hand Washing
The Water Project: Shikhuyu Community -  Demonstrating Hand Washing
The Water Project: Shikhuyu Community -  Demonstrating Hand Washing
The Water Project: Shikhuyu Community -  Explaining Health In The Village
The Water Project: Shikhuyu Community -  Learning
The Water Project: Shikhuyu Community -  Woman Explains How They Handle Water
The Water Project: Shikhuyu Community -  Mama Maggy At The Training
The Water Project: Shikhuyu Community -  Mr Dickson Induswe In Attendance
The Water Project: Shikhuyu Community -  Participants
The Water Project: Shikhuyu Community -  Training
The Water Project: Shikhuyu Community -  Explaining How Spring Protection Works
The Water Project: Shikhuyu Community -  Training
The Water Project: Shikhuyu Community -  Field Officer Erick Wagaka Facilitating Training
The Water Project: Shikhuyu Community -  No Clothesline
The Water Project: Shikhuyu Community -  No Dish Rack
The Water Project: Shikhuyu Community -  Dish Rack
The Water Project: Shikhuyu Community -  Inside Latrine
The Water Project: Shikhuyu Community -  Latrine
The Water Project: Shikhuyu Community -  Latrine With Cloth Door
The Water Project: Shikhuyu Community -  Risper Maanan
The Water Project: Shikhuyu Community -  Farm
The Water Project: Shikhuyu Community -  Community Landscape
The Water Project: Shikhuyu Community -  Household
The Water Project: Shikhuyu Community -  Children Put Down For A Nap
The Water Project: Shikhuyu Community -  Children Help Their Mothers On Farms
The Water Project: Shikhuyu Community -  Boy Helps His Mother To Feed Animals After School
The Water Project: Shikhuyu Community -  Small Child Carrying Water
The Water Project: Shikhuyu Community -  Small Child Carrying Water
The Water Project: Shikhuyu Community -  Carrying Water
The Water Project: Shikhuyu Community -  Fetching Water
The Water Project: Shikhuyu Community -  Quenching His Thirst
The Water Project: Shikhuyu Community -  Child At The Spring
The Water Project: Shikhuyu Community -  Andebe Spring

Project Status



Project Type:  Protected Spring

Regional Program: Western Kenya WaSH Program

Impact: 420 Served

Project Phase:  In Service - Jun 2017

Functionality Status:  Water Flowing - Needs Attention

Last Checkup: 04/16/2019

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Community Profile

This project is a part of our shared program with Western Water and Sanitation Forum (WEWASAFO). Our team is pleased to directly share the below report (edited for clarity, as needed).

Welcome to the Community

Early in the morning, women wake up to start household chores, while most men sleep late. When they wake up, they take tea and return to the bar. When children wake up, they take black tea or eat porridge in preparation for the rush to school. After the children are out, women work either on their own farms or those of others to earn a living. Each household has at least one cow, so feeding and watering the cow is part of a woman’s daily routine.

A day hardly ever ends without quarrels erupting; drunkards always seem to be causing disputes over even the simplest matters. It is believed that a curse is flowing down the ancestry here, because it has an abnormal level of alcoholism that is not witnessed anywhere else in the region. “I have seen drunkards, but at least villages with alcoholics also have a few reasonable men, and even some of the drinking men try to somehow support in the smallest ways like grazing animals, but this village must be under a curse: their rate of drinking is not normal,” Mary Ayuma explained. These same men do not fend for their families, and furthermore return home from the bar demanding food. If they don’t get the meal they were hoping for, all hell breaks loose. Women of this village must be honored for struggling to provide for their families despite the hard conditions and poor environment. A number of widows in this area lost their husbands to diseases caused by heavy drinking and heavy smoking.

“The most interesting thing is that many people in this area, including the drunkards, are serious church-goers. A man leaves home smoking and stands by the church gate to finish puffing his stick, then throws the filter at the entrance as he enters the church smelling like cigarette smoke,” shared the village elder. Some young men have resorted to thuggery as a source of money to fund their habits, while others fetch water from Andebe Spring to sell to Ebukanga Secondary School or the nearby local brewing stations.

Water Situation

Surface runoff contaminates the main water source, Andebe Spring. At times, frogs, snails and even cow dung have been seen in the water. When it rains, everyone must wait for the dirt to settle before drawing water, which wastes a lot of the time. In addition to that, when parents fall sick – especially women – getting food and other basic needs become a problem in the family.

People hold their containers under a banana leaf rolled up and fitted in the spring eye, an improvisation that works a bit like a pipe. The older the person fetching water, the larger the container they’re expected to carry. Since the households using Andebe Spring are so impoverished, they just store water in the same containers that they bring to the spring. Since they have no lids (most lids get lost or are taken by the children to play with) they are susceptible to large contamination levels the longer they’re stored.

After consuming this water, children and elderly are the most susceptible to sickness. Children often miss class. When the mother running a Shikhuyu household falls ill, then getting food and other basic needs becomes a huge challenge for the rest of the family.

Sanitation Situation

The latrines in Shikhuyu do not have proper doors, most just hang a piece of cloth in the opening. Most of the floors are made of branches, which are attractive to termites and prone to rot. These floors are particularly hard to balance on, presenting challenges to small children and the elderly. The branch floors are near impossible to clean.

Not a single household has dug a compost pit to properly dispose of their trash, and so it’s scattered all around their properties. Less than a quarter of families living around Andebe Spring use helpful tools like dish racks and clotheslines.

Village Elder Delis Akinyi said, “My people are suffering because of ignorance. Please come and teach us how to practice good health so that we will no longer waste time and money treating diseases that can be prevented. Prevention is better than cure!”

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

Protecting the spring will ensure that its water is safe, adequate and secure. Construction will keep surface runoff and other contaminants out of the water.

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 energy to engage and invest in income-generating activities.

Project Updates


10/03/2018: A Year Later: Shikhuyu Community

A year ago, generous donors helped protect Andebe Spring for Shikhuyu Community in 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 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: Shikhuyu Community

October, 2018

The impact of the spring protection is immediately apparent, from the fact that men now help fetch water to the healthy and happy faces of the children.

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A year ago, generous donors helped protect Andebe Spring for Shikhuyu Community in 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 – and we’re excited to share this one from Jacqueline Shigali with you.


The entire village has completely changed for the better. Men were seen helping carry out domestic work like fetching water from the spring and feeding animals. Children seemed to be all-round healthy, and happiness was visible all over their bright faces. We are encouraged that the community members are keen to follow everything they learned during the water and sanitation training last year.

Every home now has a pit latrine, dish rack, and nearly everyone has dug compost pits. The environment is serene with compounds swept clean. We spoke with Village Elder John Memba and 8-year-old Dickson Aswani about how their lives have changed for the better over the past year.

John Memba

“Diarrheal diseases have reduced because of the clean water from the protected spring and adherence to proper hygiene practices that were discussed in the training,” Mr. Memba said.

“This has led to improved living standards because all resources that the community members could part with earlier in order to seek medication have now been redeemed and are being channeled to other profitable ventures.”

Protection of the spring is only one step along the journey toward sustainable access to clean water. The Water Project is 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 spring in Shikhuyu is changing many lives.

Children no longer miss lessons as a result of avertable sicknesses such as diarrhea. Dickson was so happy that this spring helps him get clean water and latrines at home provide a place to use the bathroom.

Dickson Aswani

“I do not suffer from any diseases associated with poor hygiene and dirty water because donors brought solutions through the project at Andebe Spring and they did the same at my school, Ebukanga Primary,” he said.

Dickson is a witness to the fact that children hardly miss lessons at Ebukanga Primary School (see the project here). He has not suffered from any disease since the spring was protected.

This is only possible because of the web of support and trust built between The Water Project, our local teams, 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 Shikhuyu Community maintain access to safe, reliable water.

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

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