Apr 13, 2017

A few steps to accessing more water

Mutulani Water project Committee
Mutulani Water project Committee

It is my pleasure to present our report on the progress of the project; provide safe and clean water for 1500 children and women where the project is aiming at expanding water access to Mutulani community, in Makueni County, Kenya

A number of developments were accomplished in the first quarter of year 2017 which include:

Election of the project management committee

Members of the Mutulani Community led by Mawe CBO held a community meeting to identify a project management committee to oversee the implementation of the project. The committee is composed of eleven members where six are male and four are female. The committee was tasked to commit their time and good will to oversee the implementation of the project.

Hydro geological survey

Poverty Eradication Network (PEN) contracted Aquawell Services Company after a thorough procurement process to identify a suitable contactor with reference to competence, experience, and value for our money, quality, efficiency and effectiveness. Aquawell provided an expert hydrologist who undertook the survey exercise to establish the underground water potential of the Mutulani area. The exercise resulted in the identification of the exact point with adequate water to serve the Mutulani Primary School, Secondary school and the community at large. The spot was marked waiting for drilling the exercise. A Hydro geological survey report was produced and shared with National Environmental Management Authority (NEMA) and Water Resource Management Authority (WARMA) who are to provide authorization for the drilling exercise to begin. Copies of the report were also shared with the potential drilling companies to facilitate provision of quote for the drilling exercise.

Environmental impact assessment

This activity is a mandatory exercise that must be carried out as per the Environmental Management Conservation Act 1999. It is usually undertaken to establish all environmental positive and negative impacts of a project before it is implemented to ensure the negative impact are mitigated. Environmental Impact Assessment was done and the report submitted to National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) to facilitate drilling authorization.

Drilling of the Borehole

Poverty Eradication Network (PEN) will engage a driller who will be identified competitively to undertake the drilling exercise once the drilling permit from the Water Resource Management Authority (WARMA) is received.

Borehole Equiping and Water distribution

Due to the limited funds available at the moment, PEN has approached other stakeholders and institutions to collaborate with in the equipping and to ensure optimal water distribution. PEN and the Mutulani community appreciate the great milestone achieved to-date through all our donors. We still welcome you and your friends to continue supporting this noble cause of providing water to 1500 children and women of Mutulani community

Report by

Mary Mutuku

Project officer

Poverty Eradication Network

Jan 20, 2017

Achieving Sustaining Water Source for Mutulani

Mutulani Water Access Aspiration
Mutulani Water Access Aspiration

Poverty Eradication Network is awaiting to receive the Community Development grant of GBP £18,150 from Global Giving UK to provide a more sustainable source of water to Mutulani Community in Makueni County, Kenya. Joyce a woman resident of Mutulani was overwhelmed by happiness on learning that the community has been funded by Global Giving UK through the Community Development grants to undertake their desired water project.

She had this to say “I have learnt of the news with lots of joy, for the first time I am happy that our community will access safe water and ease women from the burden of fetching water from long distances. Our children will be safe from water borne diseases. Women in our society are the tasked with collecting water for home use thus the time used to get to water points, energy and money spent for healthcare will be saved. This will have a positive impact to the lives of women within the Mutulani community".

“Let me be the first person from Mutulani to thank Global Giving and the Poverty Eradication Network for their assistance to Mutulani community”.

Oct 28, 2016

Fail forward report by Poverty Eradication Network

Poverty Eradication Network ‘Provide clean & safe water for 1500 women & children’ project posted on Global Giving platform aimed at developing an integrated water supply project to serve about 1500 women and children affected by an acute shortage of water and water related diseases in Mutulani village, Makueni County in Kenya. The work was to include development of a Borehole, storage tank and water collection points. Women and children were to be trained and supported in hygiene, safe water use and water conservation. Other social and economic activities were also to be integrated including tree planting and vegetable production to improve on household incomes and nutrition.

So far the project has managed to raise over $4,000 out of a total of $30,000. This amount is way below the target amount. Based on the current funds raised the community decided to focus on providing water at a central location that will benefit the Mutulani primary and secondary schools in the community and relieve the students from fetching water before and after school, giving them more time for their studies and play time.

Towards this PEN and the MAWE community group in partnership with the school heads decided to purchase and install three 10,000 litres water tanks harvesting roof catchment water in Mutulani primary and Mutulani Secondary Schools as well as construction of a sand dam along the community’s main water source, Kyanduu River to reduce siltation of the main water dam which is the only main source of water for the community. The amount of water accessed has not been sufficient to cater for the community’s water needs throughout the year.

The target community was involved from the inception of the project however the community had different expectations; they expected the NGO (PEN) to raise the funds and implement the project and did not expect to be involved in the fundraising process. As such only the elite from the community (now working and living away from home) and few members mainly from the MAWE community organisation were actively involved in sharing the fundraising message.

We have learnt that a lot of capacity building for the community is required at the beginning of the project for them to understand that fundraising is a collective responsibility especially because it addresses their main concerns and needs. There is however potential for the community through the school set up to reach out to parents, relatives and other stakeholders through use if internet now that the primary school has an IT lab. The use of MPESA for donations and easy mobile applications such as facebook and Whats up can be used to send the fundraising message.
We feel that in the first instance PEN will work with the MAWE team and assign roles for managing and follow up of the campaign in the community and we shall assist in developing the initial campaign and in reaching out directly to donors who are likely to fund similar activities.

A major campaign involving all the stakeholders such as the community itself, school children, county government, and community elites within and outside the community will be created so that the project can achieve the desired outcome.

These lessons are being used to strategise a campaign targeting all the stakeholders and the use of various methods to ensure each supports the noble idea. The community is also being educated on the same to ensure its success through Mawe CBO

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