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The Water Project: Shughulika Women's Group Water Project -
The Water Project: Shughulika Women's Group Water Project -
The Water Project: Shughulika Women's Group Water Project -
The Water Project: Shughulika Women's Group Water Project -
The Water Project: Shughulika Women's Group Water Project -
The Water Project: Shughulika Women's Group Water Project -

Project Status



Project Type:  Well Rehab

Program: Well Rehab in Kenya

Impact: 500 Served

Project Phase:  In Service - Aug 2012

Functionality Status:  Functional

Last Checkup: 06/30/2020

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Community Profile

This project is part of Bridge Water Project’s program in Western Kenya. What follows is direct from them edited for clarity: 

PROPOSED PROJECT

The Shughulika Women Self Help Group is a registered self help group started in 2008 by the Ministry of Gender, Sports and Social Services. The group is active with a membership of 31 women who are widows as a result of HIV/AIDS prevalence. The Shughulika women group since 2008 started poultry farming as an income generating activity (IGA) and they managed to attract investment from the local government. 

The group then bought some dairy animals for milk production so as to generate more income that is aiming at improving their lives and for their families as well. The group cares for people living with HIV/AIDS, orphaned children education needs besides others. (OVC Programme).

Shughulika Women Group has a well drilled by Kenya Finland Company in the village where they live. The well identification number is C8806 of 1990. During the inception of this well a NIRA pump was installed and it has served the entire community to date and now its worn out parts can’t be found locally. The pump’s PVC rods are often dropping in the hole and then it becomes a great challenge to the entire community to draw water from the well.

Shughulika Women Group has identified BWP as a partner who they can work with to find a solution to their well’s pump problem.

CURRENT WATER SOURCE

The women depend on the same well since there is no other alternative source in the area.

POPULATION

There is an estimated projected population of 1,000 people who are beneficiaries of the proposed well rehab.

HYGIENE AND SANITATION

The sanitation and hygiene status of the homes where the group serves is good since almost every home has a latrine pit, utensils, washing stands and clotheslines, and the environmental sanitation is good. 

PROJECT BENEFICIARIES

The Shughulika Women Group and the entire community of Mwituha will be beneficiaries.

ASSESSING THE NEED

BWP has seen the need to consider Shughulika Women Group for a possible donation of a new Affridev pump. A good pump will enable the group to make use of water from the well for both domestic and for their livestock hence improving their health status and high production in their income generating activities (IGA).

WATER COMMITTEE

The group has a water committee that is organized in that they have already opened a bank account with Equity Bank Mumias branch where their money is banked.

 

Project Updates


08/05/2020: Through Their Eyes: COVID-19 Chronicles with Rebecca Otipa

This post is part of a new series by The Water Project meant to highlight the perspectives and experiences of the people we serve and how the COVID-19 pandemic is impacting them. We invite you to read more of their stories here.

Our team recently visited Mwitukha village to conduct a COVID-19 prevention training (read more about it below!) and monitor their water point. Shortly after, we returned to check in on the community, offer a COVID-19 refresher training, and ask how the pandemic is affecting their lives.

It was during this most recent visit that Rebecca Otipa shared her story of how the coronavirus has impacted her his life.

Field Officer Fanice Atera Terry met Rebecca outside her home to conduct the interview. Both Fanice and Rebecca observed social distancing and other precautions throughout the visit to ensure their health and safety. The following is Rebecca’s story, in her own words.


What is one thing that has changed in your community since the construction of the well?

“Ever since the installation of this water point, there have never been cases of disease outbreaks, especially waterborne related diseases. The attitude towards hygiene and sanitation practices have improved. Water was not only installed in our schools and communities but training on hygiene and sanitation was also conducted which brought about change in matters of hygiene. For instance, there were many households that never had toilets but after the training, local leaders mobilized all community members especially those without toilets in their homesteads to construct toilets which have now reduced the cases of open defecation; the root cause of a number of diseases in our community.”

How has having a clean water point helped you through the pandemic so far?

“In order to fight the coronavirus pandemic, hygiene is key. Having clean water in our community has helped in a huge way in the fight against COVID-19. This is mainly because we are now able to wash our hands with soap and water regularly and at all the critical moments without the fear of water getting finished.”

Since the outbreak of COVID-19 in Kenya, has fetching water changed for you because of restrictions, new rules, or your concerns about the virus?

“Fetching water in our community has now changed since the outbreak of COVID-19. Unlike before, we ensure that we avoid crowding at the water point. We always observe a one-meter rule while fetching water and we always make sure that we wash our hands with soap and water for at least twenty seconds before and after fetching water. Most importantly, it is a must for one to wear a mask while at the water point and when fetching water.”

How has COVID-19 impacted your family?

“COVID-19 has affected my family in one way or the other. To begin with, my children are losing a lot in terms of education. They are currently not attending school since the directive of closing schools as a way of fighting COVID-19 was put in place. I’m a single mother with three teenage girls who are very idle at home and I have to go look for work the entire day leaving them unattended to.”

What other challenges are you experiencing due to the COVID-19 pandemic?

“As a businesswoman, I rely entirely on my business. I take my stock from the neighboring country Uganda. Since Uganda is on lockdown, I can’t access the market. Now I have no stock for the business. Recently, I took a few local goods to sell. I am a fish vendor, then customers were not coming to buy fish and I realized that I was a victim of stigma. There are rising cases of COVID-19 at the border between Kenya and Uganda and since I have to cross over to Uganda to get fish to sell, they think that my fish is contaminated with the coronavirus hence they keep off my stand in the market and now am broke. The longer I am out of business, the longer I can’t provide for my family.”

What hygiene and sanitation steps have you and your community taken to stop the spread of the virus?

“In order to stop the COVID-19 pandemic in my community, we have handwashing stations installed and placed in all the strategic places with soap and water. People are wearing masks while in public.”

What restriction were you most excited to see lifted already?

“Lockdown so that my business can stabilize and secondly opening of schools so that my children can be preoccupied with school activities.”

When asked where she receives information about COVID-19, Rebecca listed the radio, television, newspaper, and our team’s sensitization training.

What has been the most valuable part of the COVID-19 sensitization training you received from our team?

“The most helpful part of the training was when the facilitator explained and expounded further how the soap works and the illustration explained clearly why it is important to use soap while washing hands.”


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Project Type

Well rehabilitation is one of the most cost effective ways to bring clean, safe water to a community.  Sometimes it involves fixing a broken hand pump, other times it means sealing a hand dug well to prevent it from being contaminated.  These repairs, and often time total replacements, coupled with sanitation and hygiene training make a huge impact in communities.


Sponsors

Barbara Belle Ash Dougan Foundation