KANDOLO COMMUNITY, KENYA

COMPLETE

STATUS

people impacted

dollars funded

FUNDED JUNE 21, 2023

The Kandolo Community lives in the Nyakach, Kisumu province of Kenya. There are no clean water sources for the 499 inhabitants of Kandolo.  This project will provide a deep borehole well with a solar-powered electric pump, capable of servicing 1,000 people each day, with a storage tank, water filtration and treatment, water distribution, and hygiene training for the villagers.

The Current Water Source 

EXISTING CONDITIONS

The community has relied on the river to provide an essential resource for generations. Women brave the morning cold and walk 2 hours to the water source. The journey not only consumes time and energy, but it’s all in vain, as the water they collect is unsafe. This dirty water is used for everything from drinking to cooking to caring for the animals, to hygiene and sanitation. Women and children bear the burden of hauling the heavy water buckets and there is never enough water, so they must make multiple trips every day. Waterborne illnesses are a constant concern.

 LIVING WATERS INTERNATIONAL’S PROGRAM

Our program implementation through WASH Program Areas is unique in that it aims to bring lasting physical and spiritual development in communities through a multi-year program [that is] focused on specific regions, thoughtfully integrating and contextualizing principles of water access, sanitation, hygiene, church mobilization, gospel proclamation, and sustainability.

SPECIFIC COSTS AND FUNDING INFORMATION

Total Project Cost: $20,000

Funding Requested from Ingomar Living Waters: $8,000.  90% of this will go toward materials, 10% toward labor

Costs Breakdown:

    • Materials: Well materials: submersible solar pump, cement, drilling fluid, piping, gravel, sand, fuel, solar panels, holding tank
    • Labor: Labor for putting the well into place.  LWI staff are paid appropriate salary rates which include the country’s requirement of a 13th month salary, and health INS benefits.
    • Administrative Costs: Paid for by other donations
    • Future Maintenance: Paid for by other donations over the first two years, and [by] the community through usage fees collected by the community moving forward.
    • Other Costs: The remaining other costs include health and sanitation education/training, ongoing sustainability efforts, evangelistic and discipleship programs, and administration/ oversight.
    • Funding for Other Costs: Grants towards gospel proclamation will be applied to complete this work for the community. A donor has stepped up to provide funding if another donor is willing to sponsor a portion of the project, which would be ILW.
  • Project Timeline:
    • Date Funds Required: June 30, 2023
    • Estimated Project Start Date: July 15, 2023
    • Estimated Completion Date: End of Summer 2023

WELL MAINTENANCE AND REPAIR

Living Water International will provide training and backstopping support during the first 6 years until the local water committee and community have gather[ed] enough fees to build a reserve for funding future maintenance. Water users will pay small monthly water user fees by household, and these funds will be collected and managed by the water user committee for future repairs and maintenance of the system. The well-caregiver will be assigned and equipped to do the ongoing general care of the project.

DISCIPLESHIP

Living Water employs a pastor within each country’s staff. Their purpose is to engage with the local churches/pastors/church members, speaking about unity, spiritual growth, and how to be health advocates within their communities. Bible storying training is coordinated within the WPA at several locations and outreach evangelism events such as the Jesus film, family activities with spiritual influence, or rallies to name a few. Bibles are given out to new believers or believers who do not have access to a bible in their own language. Other pastoral trainings or pastoral fellowship activities to unit Christians throughout the WPA in sharing the gospel and uplifting believers.

The Church School

FUTURE IMPACT

We expect the Kandolo community to flourish due to the ripple effects that clean water will bring. Waterborne illnesses will decrease and the cycle of time poverty will decrease, providing an opportunity to grow gardens, sell extra crops, and spend time with their families.

We are hopeful that the church congregation number will significantly increase due to the conducive environment within the church. This project will become an upgrade/expansion project at some point to expand to a primary school near the project.  This will substantially improve school attendance, especially for young girls, and improve the general outlook of the school. In the meantime, it will greatly help the students to not have to travel far and have access to safe water at a nearby location.

COMPLETED OCTOBER 3, 2023

In the community of Kandolo in Kenya, the water crisis had long been a pressing issue. Residents relied on contaminated water from nearby surface sources for all of their household tasks. They often used stagnant pools from ponds or rivers for bathing, washing their clothes, and cleaning. Residents sometimes walked long distances to the closest borehole for safe water, but the trek was time-consuming and exhausting. This arduous trek to water was an inconvenience and a severe impediment to people’s daily lives. Since women were the primary water collectors, the lost time affected their ability to complete their household chores, fulfill their job responsibilities, and care for their children. The long treks also impacted their physical health—carrying heavy water containers so often caused back and muscle pain. Compounding the water scarcity were the dangerous conditions surrounding Kandolo. Frequent assaults made it unsafe for community members, especially women, to venture out during early mornings and late evenings—the ideal times to gather water. This resulted in a difficult decision between drinking contaminated water and risking their safety. Many chose to preserve their safety and resorted to drinking and cooking with the contaminated water from the ponds and rivers. Unfortunately, while they managed to avoid dangerous situations, drinking contaminated water compromised their health, leading to many illnesses due to waterborne diseases.

Agnes Akinyi, a local pastor, described the situation due to this water crisis. She said, “Due to the amount of time required to reach clean water, many individuals resorted to unsafe, stagnant surface water from ponds or rivers. This water may have also been used for bathing, washing clothes, and cleaning.”

Residents collected water from this pond for drinking
and cooking when they could not make
the long trek to collect safe water.

Living Water staff constructs the
system for the new water source.

CONSTRUCTION DETAILSCOMMUNITY DETAILS
Pump Type:solar pumpPrevious Water Source:ponds and rivers
Project Type:new piped water systemLocation:rural
Well Depth:76 m
(249.343 ft)
Total Users:499
Coliform Bacteria:absentMain Water Collectors:women

When leaders in the community heard about Living Water International’s work in the area, they reached out for help. Living Water Kenya surveyed the situation and determined that the best solution was a gravity-flow system connected to an existing borehole. Living Water staff returned and laid pipes that connected Kandolo to a larger network of pipes fed by a deep aquifer and a solar pump. The system is fueled by gravity as the water runs downhill into the community. The staff constructed over 650 meters of piping, one holding tank, and five taps for the residents of Kandolo. This wouldn’t be possible without your generosity!

Additionally, the dedicated Living Water team assisted the community in implementing sustainable practices, guaranteeing a future of secure water accessibility. They provided guidance in establishing a water committee entrusted with the responsibility of overseeing the well’s maintenance. The community, in turn, granted the committee the authority to collect modest, voluntary fees for water usage, for any potential future repairs the well might require. Living Water will maintain regular communication with the committee to ensure the ongoing functionality of the well.

Living Water staff conducts a
sanitation and hygiene promotion activity.

Residents smile as they collect water
from their new safe water source.

As a part of Living Water’s holistic programming, the staff engaged the community in hygiene and sanitation promotion activities, aiming to educate residents on utilizing the safe water you provided to improve their health. These interactive lessons equipped participants with essential skills such as proper hand washing, oral hygiene, disease prevention, eating a balanced diet, and teeth brushing methods.

Throughout the water project, the Living Water team fervently shared the good news of God’s love and the offer of living water for everyone. Upon completing the well, the team conducted a dedicatory service, conveying the words of Christ from John 4:13-14 (NIV): “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” The service concluded with the staff leading the community in a prayer over the well, expressing gratitude to the Lord for his provision facilitated through your generosity.

Agnes was grateful for the positive impact the new water source has on her community. She said, “We will no longer take water from unsafe sources that cause intestinal or water-borne diseases.”

Your Impact

Ingomar Living Waters, your generosity has helped construct a new safe water source that serves as a beacon of hope for the Kandolo community. The new water source has alleviated the everyday hardships faced by community members due to water scarcity, and ensures that women, as primary collectors, no longer have to undertake dangerous journeys in search of safe water. Your gift not only helped provide a solution to the water crisis, but it has also rejuvenated the spirits of residents by fostering brighter and healthier futures. Moreover, the tap stands are a reminder to community members of the incredible value of safe water and the never-ending love of the living water, Jesus Christ.

Thank you for giving water, for life, in Jesus’ name.

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