Project Status

Project Type:  Dug Well and Hand Pump

Regional Program: Western Kenya WaSH Program

Impact: 300 Served

Project Phase:  In Service - Apr 2016

Functionality Status:  Functional

Last Checkup: 04/19/2024

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Community Profile

This project is a part of our shared program with Safe Water and Sustainable Hygiene Initiative (SAWASHI). Our team is pleased to directly share the below report (edited for clarity, as needed).

Background Information

The people of Furave Community are peasant farmers who grow sugarcane as their main cash crop. They also garden and grow maize, beans, and other crops. Both men and women are considered breadwinners, even though the men are considered the family leaders.

Furave Community values agriculture as their main source of income. Most of the community members are Christian and attend Furave Friends Church. Most of the children access their education from the neighboring public schools and at Furave Academy of Furave Friends Church.

The Current Source

Furave Friends Church was started in 1970 with the aim of being a center for both education and spiritual nourishment activities. Through the efforts of this church, an early child education (E.C.D) program was started, and even more children from the community benefited from the program. In the years 1973 to 1984, the church started a horticultural activity in which crops like spinach, carrots and tomatoes were grown. This program was meant to train the community members on the importance of crop-growing in order to lead them out of poverty.

To boost this program, the church approached the Kenya Finland Company who came in and dug a well within church grounds in 1984. But:
"Much was not done by the company in terms of training the community and church on operations and maintenance of the water system. Conflicts came from all over; the community members were against the element of paying some fee for the service, claiming that water is a free gift. Due to the situation, the Nira pump was stolen," said local farmer Mr. Moses Salamba.

Since then, the church and community have been accessing water from the same well using a bucket tied to rope. Because of this, there has been recontamination of the well. Mr. Salamba expressed his fear about the continued outbreak of waterborne diseases which have resulted in many children and elderly dying in hospital beds.

"As a lesson learned from the past experience, our church and the community at large will come up with a strategy to provide security to the rehab project. We will do this so as to ensure that the project serve us and the generations to come. I pray that the donor organization comes in and saves our situation and that they won’t change their mind," Mr. Salamba promised.

Sanitation Situation

Over 75% of households have pit latrines. Most of these latrines are semi-permanent structures with doors built from local materials like mud, banana leaves, wood, and grasses, but the pit holes are not covered. This allows bad odor and flies to leave the facility and contaminate the surrounding environment. No hand-washing stations or tippy taps were seen in the area. The majority of families dispose of their garbage in large, open spaces or compost pits behind their compounds.

After the initial visit, it was obvious that community members have positive attitudes about hygiene and sanitation. This is because the church has been educating the community of the importance of good hygiene and sanitation, which enables every person to be the best they can be.

Two more hand-washing stations will be installed in the form of “tippy taps.” Tippy taps are containers tied to ropes, which tip to pour water for hand-washing. Community members will learn how and when to use these stations during hygiene and sanitation training.

Training Sessions

Community members, teachers, and students will be trained for three days on hygiene and sanitation topics. Some of these topics are:

– Hand-washing

– Proper water storage and effective treatment

– Food preparation, handling, and storage

– Forming an effective water user committee

The water user committee will fund repairs, maintain, and keep the well site secure.

The training facilitator plans to use the PHAST (Participatory Health and Sanitation Training) method to teach the above topics and more, and will return in July to hold a refresher training, check the new well, and assess if the community has made any progress.

Project Results: Training

Hygiene and sanitation training took place for three hours each day. Attendance included both men and women who actively participated in each session. The facilitator made sure to cover each of the planned topics, and gave time for questions at each stage. The community appreciated the lessons they learned and saw their importance, promising to change and put in place these new health practices (hand-washing, water treatment, etc.). The two hand-washing stations used during training were left for the community's own use.

By the end of training, the community had also formed a water user committee in charge of security, management, and maintenance of the rehabilitated well.

Well Rehabilitation

Repairs on the Furave Friends Church well began on April 19th. The team started by removing the old cracked well pad with chisels and mallets. When demolition was complete, they could mix concrete, sand, water, and cement to plaster a new well pad. This was then left to cure for three days before installing a new Afridev pump.

There were no challenges encountered during the rehabilitation process. All the while, the community provided meals for the construction team and made sure they had everything else they needed. Since the community was so involved every step of the way, they should feel a huge sense of responsibility for the great improvements in Furave Friends Community.

It was amazing to have the community members take on roles of leadership and ownership with the implementation team. The great turnout for hygiene and sanitation training was also a memorable part of this water project: It was very interactive with both men and women discussing issues of poor hygiene and sanitation affecting their community.

On concluding rehabilitation of the well, the community joyfully came together to accept the gift of safe, clean water.

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Project Type

Hand-dug wells have been an important source of water throughout human history! Now, we have so many different types of water sources, but hand-dug wells still have their place. Hand dug wells are not as deep as borehole wells, and work best in areas where there is a ready supply of water just under the surface of the ground, such as next to a mature sand dam. Our artisans dig down through the layers of the ground and then line the hole with bricks, stone, or concrete, which prevent contamination and collapse. Then, back up at surface level, we install a well platform and a hand pump so people can draw up the water easily.

A Year Later: Furave Community

November, 2017

“Rehabilitating the borehole by installing an afridev pump and training the community members on good hygiene and sanitation has improved their health by reducing the levels of the outbreak of the diseases.”

Keeping The Water Promise

There's an incredible community of monthly donors who have come alongside you in supporting clean water in Furave Friends Church.

This giving community supports ongoing sustainability programs that help Furave Friends Church maintain access to safe, reliable water. Together, they keep The Water Promise.

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A year ago, generous donors joined the Furave Community in Kenya the the work of rehabilitating a shallow well. Because of these gifts and contributions from our monthly donors, partners are able to visit project sites throughout the year, strengthening relationships with communities and evaluating the actual water project. These consistent visits allow us to learn vital lessons and hear amazing stories – we’re excited to share this one from our partner, Paul Weringa, with you.

The well rehabilitation in Furave has had impact on the community through increased health and safety this year.  Paul reports, “Being located in the church compound where there is also a school, the well was posing a major risk of causing death both to the community and the young children in school. This was through the outbreak of the waterborne diseases and falling inside the borehole by young children since it was wide open.”  The open water source was most definitely a danger to the children, and it also posed a temptation for the children who would  drop items down the deep hole.  The curiosity of the children thus culminated in contamination of the community water source.

Monica Khalama explains how impactful having a covered water source is for the community: “We are now a relieved people that have clean water and more so we are able to save the little money and buy food for our families. Instead of spending time in the hospitals, we now spend time in our small farms planting and harvesting our crops.” Khalama shares that the rehabilitated well has relieved physical burdens too, stating, “When we used to pull a bucket from the borehole while fetching water, we used to experience chest and back pains. This problem has been solved by the installation of the pump and now fetching water has become easier.”

Moses Salamba, shares that since the well has been rehabilitated he no longer has issues with typhoid.  The combination of protected clean water access along with hygiene and sanitation training has freed up the resources and time for many people in the Furave community.  The community does report that the well did go dry during a prolonged dry season. SAWASHI will continue to monitor and engage this community in order to seek solutions for this challenge as well.

While it may seem like one spring is just a drop in the bucket,  We are excited to stay in touch with this community and to report the impact in the Furave community as they continue on their journey with clean water.

The Water Project and our partners are committed to consistent monitoring of each water source. Our monitoring and evaluation program, made possible by monthly donors, allows us to visit communities up to 4 times a year. Read more about our program and how you can help.

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 Furave Friends Church maintain access to safe, reliable water.

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