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The Water Project: Vilongo Community -  Clean Water
The Water Project: Vilongo Community -  Clean Water
The Water Project: Vilongo Community -  Handing Over Ceremony
The Water Project: Vilongo Community -  Rehabilitated Well
The Water Project: Vilongo Community -  Handing Back The Project
The Water Project: Vilongo Community -  Community Member Celebration
The Water Project: Vilongo Community -  Handwashing Stations
The Water Project: Vilongo Community -  Pump Installation
The Water Project: Vilongo Community -  Pump Installation
The Water Project: Vilongo Community -  Pump Installation
The Water Project: Vilongo Community -  Well Pad Construction
The Water Project: Vilongo Community -  Well Pad Construction
The Water Project: Vilongo Community -  Well Pad Construction
The Water Project: Vilongo Community -  Deconstructing Well Pad
The Water Project: Vilongo Community -  Well For Rehabilitation
The Water Project: Vilongo Community -  Hygiene Training
The Water Project: Vilongo Community -  Hygiene Training
The Water Project: Vilongo Community -  Hygiene Training
The Water Project: Vilongo Community -  Hygiene Training
The Water Project: Vilongo Community -  Hygiene Training
The Water Project: Vilongo Community -  Hygiene Training
The Water Project: Vilongo Community -  Hygiene Training
The Water Project: Vilongo Community -  Good And Bad Habits Activity
The Water Project: Vilongo Community -  Good And Bad Habits Activity
The Water Project: Vilongo Community -  Good And Bad Habits Activity
The Water Project: Vilongo Community -  Hygiene Training
The Water Project: Vilongo Community -  Hygiene Training
The Water Project: Vilongo Community -  Hygiene Training
The Water Project: Vilongo Community -  Water User Committee Training
The Water Project: Vilongo Community -  Water User Committee Training
The Water Project: Vilongo Community -  Vilongo Community Sugarcane Plantation
The Water Project: Vilongo Community -  Vilongo Handwashing
The Water Project: Vilongo Community -  Vilongo Community Water Storage
The Water Project: Vilongo Community -  Vilongo Community Water Storage
The Water Project: Vilongo Community -  Vilongo Community Animal Pen
The Water Project: Vilongo Community -  Vilongo Community Rain Water Tank
The Water Project: Vilongo Community -  Vilongo Community Kitchen
The Water Project: Vilongo Community -  Vilongo Community Latrines
The Water Project: Vilongo Community -  Vilongo Community Latrines
The Water Project: Vilongo Community -  Vilongo Community Kitchen
The Water Project: Vilongo Community -  Vilongo Community Kitchen
The Water Project: Vilongo Community -  Vilongo Community Tree And Vegetable Farming
The Water Project: Vilongo Community -  Vilongo Community Dishracks
The Water Project: Vilongo Community -  Vilongo Community Current Water Sources
The Water Project: Vilongo Community -  Vilongo Community Current Water Sources
The Water Project: Vilongo Community -  Vilongo Community Clothlines
The Water Project: Vilongo Community -  Vilongo Community Tree And Vegetable Farming
The Water Project: Vilongo Community -  Vilongo Woman Carrying Water
The Water Project: Vilongo Community -  Vilongo Woman Carrying Water
The Water Project: Vilongo Community -  Vilongo Woman Carrying Water
The Water Project: Vilongo Community -  Vilongo Community Rehab Well
The Water Project: Vilongo Community -  Vilongo Community Current Water Sources
The Water Project: Vilongo Community -  Vilongo Community Current Water Sources

Project Status



Project Type:  Dug Well and Hand Pump

Regional Program: Western Kenya WaSH Program

Impact: 210 Served

Project Phase:  Installed - Aug 2018

Functionality Status:  Functional

Project Features


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The average day in Vilongo starts at sunrise. Radios tuned to the news are heard throughout the village. The cows are milked first thing, then the women cook tea and serve breakfast to the family. The men proceed to the farm as women remain to do chores and the children head to school.

This area is highly vegetated with the crops grown by community members. The majority of people are small-scale farmers, growing sugar cane, maize, beans, and vegetables to eat or sell.

Some of the young men work as motorcycle or bicycle taxi drivers, called ‘bodaboda’ locally.

The village is found in a rural area. It is peaceful and most of the buildings are made of a mud block with iron sheet roofing. Few houses are roofed with grass.

Everyone returns home by the evening for dinner and goes to bed to rest for another day.

Collecting water is another daily task. The main water sources in the community are four open, unprotected wells. People lower buckets into the wells that once had pumps to gather water for drinking, bathing, and washing.

We noticed some households had tanks and containers that are used to harvest rainwater, but they were dry due to the lack of rain and many were rusting.

The Vilongo well we’re focusing on has enough water to be used by the community, but the problem is that it is contaminated. People, especially children, are vulnerable to waterborne diseases since there are no safe water sources in the community.

“Water is a very big issue in Sukura Community. Because we lack clean water for drinking, we have been falling sick regularly,” Mr. Joseph Lunani, a farmer, said.

“Our children are malnourished since we can’t even irrigate our land to produce vegetables to supplement our diet.”

Nearly all households have latrines, in the community. But they are often in poor shape. Most of them were dirty and did not have doors. The smell from the latrines is noticeable from a distance. Few homes had handwashing stations.

“Most of us don’t take hygiene seriously because of lack of knowledge,” Mrs. Elizabeth Barasa, a retired teacher, said.

“Children get sick because of something that can be avoided. So, if we are trained about hygienic measures, I am sure that our hygienic attitude will change for better.”

The good news is that something can be done about it.

Here’s what we’re going to do:

Training

Community members will attend hygiene and sanitation training for at least three days. This training will ensure participants have the knowledge they need about healthy practices and their importance. The facilitator plans to use PHAST (Participatory Hygiene and Sanitation Transformation), group discussions, handouts, and demonstrations. One of the most important topics we plan to cover is the handling, storage, and treatment of water.

Having a clean water source will be extremely helpful, but it is useless if water gets contaminated by the time it’s consumed. Handwashing will also be a big topic.

Training will also result in the formation of a committee that will oversee operations and maintenance at the well.

Well Rehabilitation

Once we’ve cleaned out the well, we’ll construct a protective well pad and install a new stainless steel AfriDev pump. The community will then have a safe water source that will help make waterborne diseases and the other challenges posed by unclean water a thing of the past.


This project is a part of our shared program with Safe Water and Sustainable Hygiene Initiative (SAWASHI). Our team is pleased to provide the reports for this project (edited for clarity) thanks to the hard work of our friends in Kenya.

Project Updates


08/24/2018: Water Restored in Vilongo Community

Water is flowing again from a hand-dug well in Vilongo, Kenya. People are thrilled about this development that has further unified them as a community. They also attended hygiene and sanitation training, and the water user committee has been strengthened to better take care of their well.

New Knowledge

This well was once used by the community members but ended up failing due to lack of proper maintenance. The Nirrah pump was later stolen, rendering the community completely unable to access water from the well. They had no choice but to go back to unprotected sources.

In the process of carrying out the baseline survey of this project, there was clear evidence that major aspects of water project sustainability were lacking. This included:

– A functional water user committee

– A sense of ownership of the project among the community members

Water user committee training

Our baseline household visits also revealed that people are not practicing good hygiene and sanitation. These facts prompted the hygiene and sanitation department to come up with a two-day training focusing on the formation and training of an effective water user committee and a general training on proper hygiene and sanitation for all community members.

We let the community decide on the best time for training so that we wouldn’t interfere with other important things. Though it was a planting season, men and women came in good numbers. Everybody respectfully listened, contributed opinions, and participated in each activity.

We taught about waterborne diseases and the chain of contamination, as well as many different domains of hygiene: personal, household, water, and food. There were lots of different ways we communicated new ideas, but our favorites had community members working together and discussing new things.

Everyone working together to discern between good, bad, and in-between habits.

One of our activities had people work together to make a season calendar to record the most prevalent illnesses during each of the four seasons. Participants split up into groups to brainstorm these lists, and would present them to the rest of the groups. We then discussed the links between each season and the sicknesses that come with them. Most of these are from contaminated water and poor hygiene habits.

“During the training, I was able to realize some of the practices that were being done wrong in my household that exposed us to diseases. I will see to it that we change our behavior and attitude,” Mr. Joseph Lumani said.

“I can now assure you that our lives will change for the better as a result of the knowledge we have acquired today.”

The only challenge is that when the facilitator was attacked by ants during the middle of the community training. He was forced to remove his shoes and socks to try swatting away the ants before they climbed up his legs. He gained courage and continued to teach despite the painful bites he received from the ants.

Well Rehabilitation

We did not construct a new well pad from its very foundation, rather, we reconstructed the existing pad to seal cracks and any other openings. Community members helped gather sand that would be mixed with the cement, while we provided five bags of cement and a packet of waterproof cement. The waterproof cement was mainly used around the drawing point to prevent water damage. We installed the base of the new stainless steel AfriDev hand-pump so that it would be firmly sealed in the concrete.

The reconstructed pad was left to cure for three days, with the community members taking the responsibility of wetting the cement each morning so that it would dry without cracks.

The pump was installed on the fourth day, but the handle was detached pending our water quality analysis. The handle was reinstalled after the water quality analysis report indicated that the water was safe for drinking. We then flash chlorinated the well.

The community planned for a handing over ceremony so that we could celebrate together. During this ceremony, we also took the opportunity to reiterate some of the main points we taught during training. Some of the neediest families were recipients of new handwashing stations, too.

There was a total of five handwashing stations to distribute.

This well is a symbol of unity for the community. The project is located on the village elder’s land, a place where community members often gather not just to draw water from the well but also to discuss other important issues affecting them.

“I would like to thank The Water Project and the entire staff at SAWASHI for the kind gesture of helping this community have access to clean and safe water once more. I am personally very grateful for this project and training since I have been a victim of waterborne diseases for a long time now,” Mr. Lumani said.

“I now have hope that neither my family nor I will be visiting the hospital because of the same health issues.”

What amazed us is how this community is so welcoming and ready to take responsibility of this project. Most residents in this community are not native to the area, recently having purchased land. They are one big family that cares about each other, regardless of their diverse cultural backgrounds.

“I am grateful for the kindness that The Water Project has shown to this community by bringing us a new pump so that we can draw clean and safe water like we used to before. I can say that the place looks even more beautiful than it was, and we promise that we are easily going to take good care of this new water pump because we have received firsthand training on how to do so,” said Emily Naviswa.

Emily Naviswa

“We will continue to maintain a good relationship with the organization to ensure that this water point serves the community well. Thank you so much The Water Project and SAWASHI.”


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06/15/2018: Vilongo Community Project Underway

Dirty water from open sources is making people in Vilongo Community sick. Thanks to your generosity, we’re working to install a clean water point and much more.

Get to know this community through the narrative and pictures we’ve posted, and read about this water, sanitation and hygiene project. We look forward to reaching out with more good news!


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Project Photos


Project Type

Dug Well and Hand Pump

Hand-dug wells are best suited for clay, sand, gravel and mixed soil ground formations. A large diameter well is dug by hand, and then lined with either bricks or concrete to prevent contamination and collapse of the well. Once a water table is hit, the well is capped and a hand-pump is installed – creating a complete and enclosed water system.



Contributors

The Merck Foundation Match
Leominster High School
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Clearwater Chapter
Christ Outreach Church Women of Faith
Auda's Campaign for Water
Elena's Campaign for a Village Water Well
Kate's Campaign for Water
WMS Robotics Team Water Fundraiser
Green Elementary's Water Fundraising

And 2 other fundraising page(s)
4 individual donor(s)