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Sondu Water Enterprise

by SAFE WATER & AIDS PROJECT
Sondu Water Enterprise
Sondu Water Enterprise
Sondu Water Enterprise
Sondu Water Enterprise
Sondu Water Enterprise
Sondu Water Enterprise
Sondu Water Enterprise
Sondu Water Enterprise
Sondu Water Enterprise
Sondu Water Enterprise
Sondu Water Enterprise
Sondu Water Enterprise
Sondu Water Enterprise
Sondu Water Enterprise
Sondu Water Enterprise
Sondu Water Enterprise
Sondu Water Enterprise
Sondu Water Enterprise
Sondu Water Enterprise
Sondu Water Enterprise

Background Information

Sondu Water Enterprise is located at Sondu in Kisumu County, bordering Kericho, Nyamira and Homabay Counties in Western Kenya. The population residing in Sondu largely depend on the river source water for domestic use, which is highly turbid and contaminated. The river traverses three counties thus increasing contamination along its channel before emptying into Lake Victoria. Laboratory tests on microbiological quality have revealed that the source has high coliform count and fecal contamination.

There is a piped water scheme in the area which is not reliable and the supply is intermittent. Occasionally, the electricity supply is disconnected due to failure in settlement of the bills and due to drought there has been frequent rationing of water supply.

The Sondu Water Enterprise was launched in July 2016. This was a collaborative initiative between Skyjuice Foundation (Australia) and Siemens Stiftung (Germany) in partnership with SWAP. Through this intervention the surrounding community members now have access to safe water, which has significantly reduced waterborne diseases such as diarrhea, cholera, typhoid and amoeba and as such reduced morbidity and mortality especially in children under five.

The Solution

The technology is Skyhydrant Filtration. Raw water is pumped from the river and collected in a water tank after which it is filtered through the membranes of the skyhydrant filtration unit. It is then channeled to outlets and sold to the communities at an affordable rate.

Beneficiaries of the Sondu Water Enterprise

  • Traders at Sondu market
  • Water Vendors on motorcycle or handcart owners
  • School going children in nearby schools
  • Residents/tenants within Sondu and its surroundings
  • Patients at nearby health facilities
  • Community Health Volunteers

 Recent Achievements and Partnerships

SWAP hired a new Water Operator who was selected by the Water Kiosk Committee. She started her contract in March 2018 after the previous water operator resigned. There is still demand from the community who have seen the benefits and health impact of the Sondu Water Enterprise.

A water kiosk committee was established in March 2018 comprising of 9 members to enhance ownership of the Water Enterprise. They were trained by Siemens and their role is to offer security, technical support and to help mobilize communities to utilize the services.

Kenya Integrated Water, Sanitation and Hygiene -KIWASH – is a USAID funded program which has offered support Sondu water enterprise. After training of the water operator and water kiosk committee members, they now offer monthly monitoring on how sales records are kept and on the job training and mentoring.

Siemens who provided seed funds and technical support during the initial start-up of the Sondu Water Enterprise financially supported training facilitated by Kenya Water for Health Organization in April 2018 of 35 Community Health Volunteers who are engaged to visit households, schools and clinics around the Sondu Water Enterprise for social marketing and hygiene promotion. The objective is for them to increase awareness about the Sondu Water Enterprise and to provide health education including demonstrations on hand washing. Reaching the community members will reduce preventable diarrheal illness which is still one of the main causes of morbidity and mortality. It will further increase use of the Sondu Water Enterprise, with increased income and potential sustainability.

Siemens further in April 2018 financially supported the training of teachers at 5 surrounding primary schools, who were using other sources of water. The training was facilitated by KWAHO and SWAP did water testing of the school water sources. The outcome of these tests was that the water was not suitable for human consumptions, containing pathogens such as E Coli and Coliform.

On 11th May, the new Executive Director of KWAHO paid a visit to the water kiosk and SWAP lab. KWAHO has requested SWAP to test 5 water samples where the current intervention to market the water kiosk is ongoing.

The cost of pumping water from the river using a fuel generator remained high. For that reason we opted to have electricity connected. This was successfully done in May 2018. Siemens will provide an electrical pump, but is waiting for the water levels to come down in order to permanently place a pump at the river side.

Challenges

Kenya the past few months experienced excessive rainfall with many rivers bursting its banks and flooding as a results. This has caused a lot of communities to evacuate their houses and stay at improvised camps. Houses and crops have been destroyed and an increase in water borne diseases due to overflow of toilets and families living in shelters without sanitary facilities.

This has also reduced the sales and operations at the Sondu Water Enterprise. Many families opt to use rain water during the rainy season, since it is free.

The Sondu Water Enterprise is not yet fully sustainable, especially during rainy season, because of low sales and low income as a result. However with the increased mobilization and training and the rainy season nearly ending, we are hopeful and believe that the center has the potential to be sustainable. We have increased partnerships all providing support and worked on community ownership through the establishment of the Water Kiosk Committee.

Why we still need your support

Operational costs

-          Salary support for the Water Operator

-          Casual Hire of grounds men

-          Water testing, Bacteriological and Full Chemical Tests

-          Monthly Monitoring Costs / transport

-          Maintenance

-          Cleaning materials

Other costs:

-          Marketing materials

-          Hand washing stations

-          Security lights

-          Bicycle for the new water operator

-          Refresher trainings

-          Community and stakeholders meetings

-          Protective gear (gum boots, gown, gloves)

-          Annual business permits

 

Way forward

  • SWAP will continue to market the service and introduce various partners to the Sondu Water Enterprise. SWAP does quality control by regular testing the water, both bacteriological and full chemical tests.
  • We plan to procure the electrical pump as soon as the water levels come down to avoid the costs of a fuel generator.
  • We will continue to engage the Water Kiosk Committee, the Community Health Volunteers and the teachers who were trained to support the Sondu Water Enterprise and offer mentoring and refresher trainings.
  • Plans to document all achievements and provide feedback to the beneficiaries and authorities.

 

 

 


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GLOBALGIVING REPORT

SONDU WATER ENTERPRISE

FEBRUARY 2018

 

 

Introduction

Safe Water & AIDS Project (SWAP) uses an integrated entrepreneurial approach addressing a number of public health issues by working with already existing community structures. SWAP has been operating in Western Kenya since 2005 with public health programs and research contributing towards the achievement of sustainable development goals.

SWAP’s vision is to see a healthy and empowered community where everyone enjoys high quality of life.

SWAP’s mission is to provide innovative solutions for improved health and economic status of our communities.

Background Information

Sondu Water Enterprise is located at Sondu in Kisumu County, bordering Kericho, Nyamira and Homabay Counties in Western Kenya. The population residing in Sondu largely depend on the river source water for domestic use, which is highly turbid and contaminated. The river traverses three counties thus increasing contamination along its channel before emptying into Lake Victoria. Laboratory tests on microbiological quality have revealed that the source has high coliform count and fecal contamination.

There is a piped water scheme in the area which is not reliable and the supply is intermittent. Occasionally, the electricity supply is disconnected due to failure in settlement of the bills and due to drought there has been frequent rationing of water s

The Safe Water Enterprise was launched in July 2016. This was a collaborative initiative between Skyjuice Foundation (Australia) and Siemens Stiftung (Germany) in partnership with SWAP. Through this intervention the surrounding community members now have access to safe water, which has significantly reduced waterborne diseases such as diarrhea, cholera, typhoid and amoeba and as such reduced morbidity and mortality especially in children under five.

The Solution

The technology is Skyhydrant Filtration. Raw water is pumped from the river and collected in a water tank after which it is filtered through the membranes of the skyhydrant filtration unit.  It is then channeled to outlets and sold to the communities at an affordable rate.

The Sondu Water Enterprise

Hygiene Promotion is done by the Water Operator and trained community health promoters. SWAP established a public latrine on the premises with a hand washing unit to promote hygiene, since there was no toilet facility at the entire market place. Many traders and visitors were instead using the river.

Beneficiaries of the Sondu Water Enterprise

  • Traders at Sondu market
  • Water Vendors on motorcycle or handcart owners
  • School going children in nearby schools
  • Residents/tenants within Sondu and its surroundings
  • Patients at nearby health facilities

Several schools have used the enterprise for educational purpose to teach children and hygiene.Community health volunteers and the water operator apart from marketing the enterprise are engaged in health and hygiene promotion.

Recent Partnerships

Kenya Integrated Water, Sanitation and Hygiene -KIWASH – is a USAID funded program which has expressed interest to support Sondu water enterprise. The Water Operator and SWAP employee supervising the Sondu Water Enterprise participated in a training and together worked on a business plan which is shared with KIWASH. They will offer support and ongoing capacity building to help the Enterprise run more efficient towards sustainability in the near future.

Siemens – They assisted with seed funds and technical support for the initial start-up of the Sondu Water Enterprise and have paid regular visits and still offer technical support and maintenance on the technology. They further supported SWAP with some calendars and other incentives for the regular customers.

Kenya Water and Sanitation Network – KEWASNET – SWAP has been marketing its service through the KEWASNET newsletter, which has a country wide membership of WASH partners.

Kenya Water for Health Organization – KWAHO – KWAHO was engaged by Siemens to support the hygiene promotion and community mobilization to help market the Sondu Water Enterprise.

Way forward

SWAP is working with the Sondu authorities and the Sondu Water Enterprise Committee to eventually hand over ownership of the enterprise after it is sustainable. Last year was a difficult year due to insecurity in the area with the prolonged elections. In 2018 the service is on high demand due to the drought as a result of climate change, whereby people come from far to access the service.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR GENEROUS DONATION TO PROVIDE CLEAN WATER IN SONDU !

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Safe Water and AIDS Project (SWAP) is operating in Western Kenya with public health programs and research. We established with your support the Sondu Water Enterprise. We draw water from the river and use technology to provide clean water to vulnerable communities, who buy it at an affordable price. Besides from clean water we established a public toilet with a hand washing station for demonstration and we provide health education. Prior to this intervention the morbidity and mortality in the area was high due to diarrheal illness, which is one of the leading causes of death among children under five. Community members were lacking access to clean water and drawing water from a contaminated river, which was used by cattle and humans for bathing and washing. The area experienced frequent outbreaks such as cholera which often was fatal. We would like to invest more in mobilization and training of the community members to increase use of the Sondu Water Enterprise and enhance sustainability. We also plan to continue monitor the quality of service and do regular water testing. Your donations will make a difference and save lives. The report shows our most recent activities and photo's of the intervention. We are very grateful and are looking forward for your continued support in the coming years

Warm greetings from the Management of SWAP.

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Introduction

The Sondu Water enterprises uses skyhydrant filtration technology. Raw water is pumped from the river and collected in a water tank after which it is filtered through the membranes of the skyhydrant filtration unit.  It is then channeled to outlets and sold to the communities at an affordable rate.

During the reporting period, the team visited the site and managed to clean the main raw water storage tanks and clean water storage tanks. This was done to ensure that there was clean water passing through the main filter unit and all the storage tanks are cleaned with the chlorine solution. Occasionally the process is quality control that is done to ensure the water is safe for consumption. 

Safe water storage

To ensure the consumers of the water enterprise maintain good quality status of the water, Siemens Stiftung donated 20 litres branded jerry cans that are used to store water at point of use to minimize recontamination. The Maji Safi 20 litres containers are retailed at the kiosk and each is sold at KES 200 ($2) for customers. 

Monthly water Quality testing

The purpose of the monthly quality assurance and testing is to ensure that the water provided to the community meets the highest quality standards test. For this reason, monthly samples of the water at the main taps are taken for quality control and analysis. This is done at SWAP’s water lab.

We have attached the full report for the months of July to September.


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WHY ARE WE ASKING FOR MORE FUNDS

We would like to improve and scale up our services to have a bigger health impact and chance of sustainability of the Sondu Water Enterprise in the near future.

  • Many costumers are already reaching the enterprise for water. We would like to take advantage of this and offer few health products for sale, such as hand washing soaps, household water treatment, jerry cans, ceramic filters, toilet tissue, sanitary pads, solar lamps, clean cook stoves, nutritional supplements, mosquito nets and repellent soaps. These products are already available at SWAP and can be introduced to Sondu.
  • Monthly Stipend for a Community Health Promoter, who would focus on health education and sales of products while assisting with the water sales.
  • Refresher trainings of the team on business skills, record keeping, social marketing and social behavioral change communication, product, health and hygiene promotion and safe water systems interventions.
  • Community and partners engagement, regular local leaders meetings, meetings with community health volunteers to enhance ownership, support and community mobilization.
  • A smart phone for the water operator and community health volunteer for transmission of sales data and mobile money transfer (Mpesa).
  • Branded T shirts and leso’s used by mothers as wrap around skirts and to carry their babies. Also branded riding gears for the motorbike riders who sell water to households. This can be used as marketing tool and incentive for regular customers.
  • Solar panels to facilitate the water operator to continue operations and sales in the evenings and increase sales and revenue
  • Solar security lights for the night
  • Solar pump to avoid the cost of fuel ongoing.
  • Training of a reliever during leave or sickness of the water operator
  • Monthly water quality tests and monitoring which can be done at SWAP's water lab
  • Monthly wages of the water operator and security guard
  • Continued maintenance of the site

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SAFE WATER & AIDS PROJECT

Location: KISUMU - Kenya
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Eleveld Alie
KISUMU, Kenya
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