Clean water for 442 households in Kenya

by Brighter Communities Worldwide
Clean water for 442 households in Kenya
Clean water for 442 households in Kenya
Clean water for 442 households in Kenya
Clean water for 442 households in Kenya
Clean water for 442 households in Kenya
Clean water for 442 households in Kenya
Clean water for 442 households in Kenya
Clean water for 442 households in Kenya
Clean water for 442 households in Kenya
Clean water for 442 households in Kenya
Clean water for 442 households in Kenya
Clean water for 442 households in Kenya

Thank you for your support of this project providing access to clean water for communities across Kericho county in Kenya.  Right now, the news in Kenya is that case numbers of COVID-19 are on the rise and mandatory use of facemasks indoors has returned.  The need to provide communities with the basic right to clean water is so vital and your support in making it happen is greatly appreciated.

One community celebrating the commissioning of a new spring protection at the end of May was Ngariet Community Water Project.  They welcomed a special guest to perform a ribbon cutting ceremony - the Irish Ambassador to Kenya H.E. Fionnuala Quinlan.  This was the ambassador's first visit to the area and she was welcomed with open arms.

This project serves 288 households with a population of 1,712 in Kipkelion East and it looks like every household was represented on the day of the Ambassadors visit!  The project was implented in partnership with the community through cost-sharing which promotes ownership and sustainability.  It is now managed through a locally elected committee. 

'Spring protection' is a construction made to protect a natural spring source where water bubbles to the surface that would otherwise collect in shallow pools and be easily contaminated and difficult for people to access over boggy ground.  Now the community can collect water from a structure that is piped and it is much safer, cleaner and easier than before. 

The community say that changes this water project bring include -

  • better health and a reduction in water borne diseases like diarrhoea, typhoid and cholera
  • girls get to spend more time at school becuase they spend less time collecting water
  • income generating projects increase as families have more time to give to them and because they are in better health they can accomplish more

Future plans to development the project further are to build a large storage tank at the collection point, pipe water closer to households and protect 4 more springs by the end of the year.

Ambassador Quinlan's visit concluded with an offical tree planting to commemorate the day while she met and greeted members of the community and tested the water herself.  Asante Sana and congratulations to all involved!

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Kimaut Water Protection Scheme
Kimaut Water Protection Scheme

Thank you for supporting this vital project.  As COVID-19 continues to spread across communities and 24.7% of the population of Kericho county are full vaccinated, there is a long road ahead and the first line of defence continues to be soap and water.  This pandemic highlights how important it is that everyone, everywhere has access to their basic needs.

During 2021, this project supported the protection of four water spring sources benefiting 9,655 people ensuring access to clean, safe water.

Over the past two months, volunteers from new communities have been selected and are undergoing training to become community health volunteers. Part of this training is promoting the use of a tippy tappy as part of a healthy homestead and demonstrating correct handwashing techiniques.  A tippy tappy is any type of container that can hold water and tip so the water pours out for handwashing - just like a 'tap' but without the plumbing.  The container is kept filled with water and this is the main means for households, schools and businesses to provide handwashing facilites.

If you would like to donate again to this project - the next match funding campaign with GlobalGiving is on April 4th to 8th when all donations up to $50 will be match at 50% - and did you know that all new monthly donations will have their first donation matched at 100% after four total payments?

Thank you so much for your support of this very basic need.

Kimaut Water Protection Scheme
Kimaut Water Protection Scheme
Community Health Volunteer Training
Community Health Volunteer Training
Community Health Volunteer Training
Community Health Volunteer Training
Community Health Volunteer Training
Community Health Volunteer Training
Household Tippy Tappys
Household Tippy Tappys
Household Tippy Tappys
Household Tippy Tappys
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Commissioning boys toilet Utafiti primary school
Commissioning boys toilet Utafiti primary school

Thank you so much for supporting this project to make sure that communities across Kericho county have access to clean water.  Now more than every this is such a precious and vital commodity for schools and homes to keep safe and well from Covid-19 transmission.  The pandemic is far from over in Kenya where vaccines are slow to arrive and so far just 4% of the population are fully vaccinated.

Over the past few months, we have continued construction of 32,000 litre ferrous cement water tanks in schools and toilet blocks to accomodate the children.  The toilet blocks are constructed over very large pits and the cublices have a roof which is built to harvest rain water, collected in a tank and that is what the children use for handwashing.

Construction to protect 4 existing water sources is ongoing and long term but we are very excited by news from Julius Kipkoech who is the Construction Coordinator with Brighter Communities Worldwide.  Julius looks after construction activites including school water tanks and toilets and the water protection schemes.

The Kimaut water protection scheme is now operational and in use by the community!  Kimaut is in a remote and hard to reach part of Kericho county which has added to the construction challenges. Julius co-ordinates the project which is a partnership between Brighter Communities, the local community and Engineers without Borders Central Houston USA. 

Construction has involved building a 'spring box' to protect a natural water spring source where water bubbles to the surface that would otherwise collect in shallow pools and would be contaminated easily and be difficult for people to access over boggy ground.  The spring box incorporates drainage and a structure that allows for a pipe under wihich a container can be placed for easy water collection.  Therer are several stages to complete including construction of a cistern to collect water piped from the spring box and a concrete stand with handpumps where people from the community can gather to pump water into containers to bring to their nearby homes.   

As soon as the pumps were operational the people came and began to take the water which is their only source of clean water for miles.  The pumps and cistern are protected by a wall and a gate will follow to keep the area closed off to animals to prevent contamination.  A future phase will involve drilling a new borehole for additional water supply for the community. 

Julius says the community are so happy with the progress and proud of the achivement of having access to safe, clean water available at their door.

On November 30th, GlobalGiving is giving away one million dollars to nonprofits around the world as part of their #MoveAMillion campaign for #GivingTuesday. Your generosity can help us unlock a greater share of those funds!  If you would like to donate to this project again, November 30th is the day to do it so please mark your calendar today!  

Think of how much more can be achieved together in brining clean water to families across Kericho county.

Thank you for your support.

Commissioning Kaplelit primary school water tank
Commissioning Kaplelit primary school water tank
Kimaut water spring now in use by the community
Kimaut water spring now in use by the community
Kimaut water spring cistern construction
Kimaut water spring cistern construction
Kimaut water spring cistern construction
Kimaut water spring cistern construction
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Soap distribution at Buchenge dispensary
Soap distribution at Buchenge dispensary

Thank you so much for supporting our project to provide access to clean water for families across Kericho county, Kenya where 55% of households have to use dirty water from rivers and ponds.  We are bringing you an update on the project at a time when clean water is more important than ever as the county is in lockdown due to rising numbers of COVID-19 cases with the Delta variant showing in 90% of positive cases.

We have been busy distributing 1000 boxes of soap, enough to reach 24,000 households and over 127,000 people.  We are working with 312 schools reaching 107,299 children and 4,649 teachers with soap and water for handwashing stations at school.  Two school toilet blocks and a 32,000 litre water tank have been completed and other construction and spring protection projects continue.

We have supported 1,694 Boda Boda drivers with information and handwashing facilities at their work stations.  Boda Boda is the name given to the motor cycle taxi service and keeping the drivers and their passengers safe from the spread of the virus is vital.

The current situation is critical and brings home the vital importance of access to clean water.  Less than 1% of the population in Kenya have received a COVID-19 vaccine and everyone is waiting for more vaccines to arrive.  Meanwhile, soap and water are the best defence for households and health services alike in the battle against COVID-19. 

We will be participating in the GlobalGiving July Bonus Day Match Fund on Wednesday July 14th.  Donations over €80 will be matched from 2pm (Irish time) on that day and the higher the amount donated, the higher the match while funds last. 

thank you for your support!

BodaBoda drivers and COVID19 sensitisation
BodaBoda drivers and COVID19 sensitisation
Health information printed on back of Hi-vis vests
Health information printed on back of Hi-vis vests
Opening of new 32,000 litre school water tank
Opening of new 32,000 litre school water tank
1,000 boxes of soap to unload
1,000 boxes of soap to unload
Preparing for distribution
Preparing for distribution
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