Muyundi Well Rehabilitation Project

Regional Program:
Western Kenya WaSH Program

Latitude 0.29
Longitude 34.49

500 Served

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Stories and 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).

Welcome to the Community

Muyundi Village is located in the northern part of Kakamega. The community is surrounded by green vegetation, since farming is the main source of income. Most of the local farmers specialize in growing maize and sugarcane.

There are two schools within the community, Namanja Primary School and Namanja Secondary School. The majority of students that attend the Namanja schools are local.

Women and children are those primarily responsible for fetching water and keeping good hygiene and sanitation in their homes. Men are busy on their farms working to earn enough income for their families. Most young people here earn money by helping cart sugarcane around, while others are “boda boda” drivers (they taxi people around on their motorbikes).

Upon receiving a project application from the assistant chief, we visited to gather details:

Water Situation

The Kenya Finland Company saw the need for a water source in Muyundi Community. They installed a hand-dug well in the center of the village in 1990. This well served the community until 1992, when the Nira pump broke down and attempted repairs failed. Nira pumps are especially difficult to repair because its parts are not easily accessible in Kenya. Community members report that they find temporary fixes for their well system, but the pump seems to cause problems on a monthly basis. The last temporary fix they undertook replaced the pumping mechanism with riser main pipes. Judging from he pictures, these are very difficult to use! Pulling the pipe up and down to draw water is especially cumbersome for children and the elderly. Locals also shared that they constantly have to work harder to draw less and less water.

The community requests an intervention to give them a more reliable and repairable pump. The rehabilitation will include an overhaul of the existing cracked well pad, ensuring that the water inside is once again protected from outside contaminants.

Once the water is delivered back home, it is separated by use. Some is poured into a covered clay pot for drinking, which keeps the water cool, and the remainder remains in the same plastic container in which it was fetched. This leftover water gets used for cleaning and other domestic chores.

Many children and elderly resort to the alternative sources in the community, which are unprotected and very risky to drink. One is an unprotected spring located two kilometers away! There is also a shallow well that does not have a pump, so a bucket tied to a rope must be lowered to fetch water. Moreover, this shallow well dries up on a seasonal basis during the moths of January, February, and March.

Whichever water source chosen, families constantly deal with cases of typhoid and diarrhea. Mother Perita Bulu confirmed this saying, “Recently we have experienced diarrhea in our children. The nearby dispensary is full of children under 10 yeas old suffering from diarrhea.” You can see a photo of Mrs. Bulu under the “See Photos & Video” tab.

Sanitation Situation

Not even near half of households have a proper place to use the bathroom. Any latrines we observed during our visit were made of mud, banana leaves, and rags. We noticed a handful of people who know a little about hygiene and sanitation; there were some helpful tools like dish racks and clotheslines for people to dry their things up off the ground. However, we couldn’t find any hand-washing stations.

Plans: Hygiene and Sanitation Training

Community members will be trained for two days on applicable hygiene and sanitation practices. The facilitator will use the PHAST (Participatory Hygiene and Sanitation Training) method to teach about topics like:

– Proper water storage and treatment

– How to build a hand-washing station and how to use it

– Proper food preparation and storage

– Waste disposal

– How disease is spread and how to block its transmission

We also plan to supplement the “DIY hand-washing stations” with two of our own more permanent solutions that come in the form of water taps on metal stands. These two stations will be delivered to the well location so that locals can wash their hands before using the pump. Training will also result in the formation of a water user committee which will oversee, manage, and maintain the rehabilitated well.

Plans: Well Rehabilitation

The rehabilitation process will include material collection, pad reconstruction, flushing, test pumping, water quality testing, water treatment, and then AfriDev pump installation.

Rehabilitating this well will give Muyundi Community an adequate source of safe water in an accessible, central location. An AfriDev pump will be much easier to use while yielding a better supply of water. People will no longer have to resort to the unprotected sources in their area that are farther away and unsafe for drinking!

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Recent Project Updates

12/19/2017: A Year Later: Muyundi Community

A year ago, generous donors helped rehabilitate a well with the Muyundi Community in Western Kenya. Because of these gifts and contributions from our monthly donors, partners can 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.

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10/06/2016: Muyundi Well Rehabilitation Project Complete

We are excited to share that the rehabilitated well in Muyundi Community is now providing clean water. Hygiene and sanitation training was conducted in the community, which invited all locals to learn about practices like washing hands and using latrines. Two hand-washing stations were delivered upon the well’s completion. This water and new knowledge give the community a great foothold in eliminating water and sanitation-related illness! Please enjoy this update detailing all the work that was done in Muyundi Community, and make sure to click on the “See Photos & Video” tab above to find new pictures of the finished project.

Thank You for unlocking potential for these people. You made clean water a reality, and now you have a chance to make sure it keeps flowing. Now, you also have the opportunity to join our team of monthly donors who help us maintain this well and hundreds of other projects!

Project Result: New Knowledge

Hygiene and sanitation training was held in the community center, inviting at least one representative of each household to attend. Most of these people showed, giving us a mix of men, women, and children. Each person actively participated in lessons, asking and answering questions.

We focused on the role of the community once the well rehabilitation project is handed over to them. Training participants will form a water user committee that is responsible for overseeing and maintaining the well. We want locals to feel that the water system belongs to them so that they will keep it clean and use it with care.

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We used illustrations to help teach the difference between a good and bad hygiene practice. By the end of our discussions, community members were able to discern between the two. Most importantly, everyone now understands the reason it is so important to choose good hygiene practices over bad. We taught about the disease transmission route by making connections between everyday habits. Where do people use the restroom? Where do they store food? Are flies not attracted to both? Last but not least, we demonstrated the proper way to wash hands. This is the simplest and most effective way to stop the transmission of disease. Each participant had a chance to practice with a partner!

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Project Result: Well Rehabilitation

Construction for rehabilitating this well began on September 16th.

This began with building a good foundation, since the existing well pad was old and cracked. We also took off the well cover in order to even out the edges. We want there to be a tight fit for the pump so that no contaminants can reach water inside. The well pad was plastered with a mix of regular cement and waterproof cement. After several days of drying, we developed the well with an air compressor. This cleaned it out so that we could test pump for the yield. The yield proved good, so we approved the installation of PVC pipes, rods, plunger, and then the rest of the new AfriDev pump.

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The community helped a lot by gathering sand, bricks, ballast, and other tools to be used by our artisans. They also gathered around as we undertook the project and offered a helping hand when needed. The local women also prepared food for our team.

There were no specific challenges with construction, but rainy weather often interrupted our work.

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Mrs. Perita Bulu was at the well when it was finished, and her pictures is included in the “See Photos & Video” section. She said, “We are grateful to have our water point in good status. Accessing water at this point was very hard, since the first pump was in poor condition, making it hard to fetch water.” She, along with her community, promise to keep their rehabilitated water source safe and well-maintained.

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09/08/2016: Muyundi Well Rehabilitation Project Underway

We are excited to announce that, thanks to your willingness to help, Muyundi Community in Kenya will soon have a new source of safe, clean water. A broken well is being rehabilitated so it will be a protected, safe source of water, and the community will receive training in sanitation and hygiene. They will also receive two new hand-washing stations, and be encouraged to build their own. Together these resources will help stop the spread of disease in the area. We just posted a report including an introduction to the community, GPS coordinates, and pictures. We will keep you posted as work continues.

Click on the tabs above to find out more, and Thank You for your generous help!

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Monitoring Data

Project Type:  Dug Well and Hand Pump
Location:  Kakamega North, Muyundi
ProjectID: 4536
Install Date:  10/06/2016

Monitoring Data
Water Point:
Last Visit: 02/21/2018

Visit History:
03/22/2017 — Needs Repair
04/13/2017 — Functional
04/23/2017 — Functional
06/22/2017 — Functional
09/19/2017 — Functional
02/21/2018 — Functional

A Year Later: Muyundi Community

November, 2017

The new pump has saved a lot of our time. We can fetch safe water on time and go back to carry out our daily responsibilities like farming. Carrying out cleanliness in our houses is made easier since it is easier to fetch water from the borehole without struggling.

A year ago, generous donors helped rehabilitate a well with the Muyundi Community in Western Kenya. Because of these gifts and contributions from our monthly donors, partners can 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.

There is reduced occurrence of the outbreak of waterborne diseases among the community members because of rehabilitating the water well. The afridev pump has enabled the community members to access water easily and safely without any possibilities of contamination at the source.

Without spending much for hospital bills, the beneficiaries are now strong enough to do other activities in their farms which have enabled them to have enough food in their homes.

“The biggest achievement for this community is having a new a pump installed on our water source,” says Isabela Hamisi. “The pump is easier to use and saves time. Before the installation of the new pump, we used to have a Nira pump which broke down frequently; therefore, the cost of maintaining was very high. In addition, the old pump was very heavy when pumping, causing chest pains among women,” she explains.

“Because of uncontrolled breakdowns of the old pump, there was a high level of water contamination every time we repaired it,” continues Isabela. “This put us in risk of contracting waterborne diseases like diarrhea and typhoid. The new pump has saved a lot of our time. We can fetch safe water on time and go back to carry out our daily responsibilities like farming. Carrying out cleanliness in our houses is made easier since it is easier to fetch water from the borehole without struggling.”

“My health has improved,” added community member Barnabass Bulu. “Initially, typhoid prevailed against me and I was always troubled because of the cost of treatment. The new pump has also enabled me to do other activities like farming and livestock keeping.”

There is need to continue engaging the community on issues water management and sustainability and good hygiene practices. We’d also like the community to build a fence around the pump. We will continue to monitor this project to ensure a long-term sustainability and maintenance.

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.


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Country Details


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

Partner Profile

Safe Water & Sustainable Hygiene Initiative (SAWASHI) provides safe, affordable and sustainable water supply services through rehabilitation of boreholes, strengthening of Water User Committees, WaSH training of target beneficiary communities and monitoring & evaluation of water systems.