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Location: Kenya

Regional Program: Western Kenya WaSH Program

Impact: 350 Served

Project Phase:  Under Construction
Estimated Install Date:   (Explain This?)  03/15/2018

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Community Profile & Stories

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

There’s no “sleeping in” for those in the village of Mulundu in Kakamega County, Kenya. Not even on weekends! There is much work to be done and these Butsotso people are known as hard workers. They rise quite early to get their children ready and off to school, then head to their farms to grow maize, sweet potatoes, sugar cane, nuts, bananas and vegetables. They keep dairy cattle as well.

Water Situation

The water source for this community is Fanice Mwango Spring. There, the children and women try not to step or fall into the murky water as they scoop it into 20-liter jerry cans which are carried back to the family home for drinking, washing and cooking. The containers are regularly rinsed with water and – on occasion – scrubbed with leaves, pieces of cloth and bar soap.

This unprotected spring has a good discharge rate. By the time of the baseline survey, many people were coming from afar to draw water because the spring had not dried up as was the case with many other springs in the area. Still, the water is regularly contaminated by runoff from farming, human and animal activity, and garbage that is improperly disposed of. The community members do boil the water or add chemicals to it in an attempt to purify it. Still, they report that they have suffered from the contaminated water.

“The spring has never dried up during dry season and it has been serving the people of Mulundu Village since I was married here… The people of this village have been drinking the spring water in this bad condition causing people to suffer from waterborne diseases such as cholera and typhoid. We shall really appreciate if they help us protect the spring so as to get access to clean water,” said Mrs. Monica Atira.

Sanitation Situation

Most of the 50 households in Mulundu Village lack their own sanitation facilities, with only 25 – 50% having a latrine. Most pit latrines are made of earthen/clay floor with a superstructure of mud and iron sheets.

“Most of the community people do not have latrines and also sanitation facilities such as dish racks, clotheslines and hand-washing stations. … I would really appreciate if you talk about hygiene when you come for the training so as to make the people of Mulundu Community aware of it…” said Monica Atira.

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. By volunteering as unskilled laborers, attending trainings, and providing food and accommodation for the skilled artisan, community members confirm their investment in the sustainable management and maintenance of the project upon completion.

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.

Recent Project Updates

12/18/2017: Mulundu Community Project Underway

Mulundu Community will soon have a clean, safe source of water thanks to your donation. Community members have been drinking contaminated water from Fanice Mwango Spring, and often suffer physical illnesses after doing so. Our partner conducted a survey of the area and deemed it necessary to protect the spring, build new sanitation platforms (safe, easy-to-clean concrete floors for latrines), and conduct sanitation and hygiene training. Thanks to your generosity, waterborne disease will no longer be a challenge for the families drinking the spring’s water. We look forward to sharing more details with you as they come! But for now, please take some time to check out the report containing community information, pictures, and maps.

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Project Data

Project Type:  Protected Spring
Location:  Kakamega, Mulundu
ProjectID: 4755


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Country Details


Population: 39.8 Million
Lacking clean water: 43%
Below poverty line: 50%

Partner Profile

Western Water and Sanitation Forum (WEWASAFO) works together with less privileged and marginalized members of communities in Western Kenya to reduce poverty through harnessing and utilization of local resources for sustainable development.