KABETE-NYAKACH COMMUNITY, KENYA

COMPLETE

STATUS

people impacted

dollars funded

FUNDED JUNE 28, 2023

Kabete-Nyakach Village is located in the Kisumu / Nyakach province of Kenya.  There are 650 people living there, but the proposed water system will be able to serve 1500+ each day, which will lead to growth in the village.

There are no clean water sources available to this village.  People will collect water to care for their animals sometimes, but they will mostly use the water closer to their home which could be from a hand-dug well or just surface water.

Water Source 

EXISTING CONDITIONS

Community members spend long hours in search of water, and women and girls lose time and energy collecting water. Safe water is very difficult to find for families. On average girls and women spend at least 3 hours walking from home to buy treated water for drinking. The long walk,  combined with the high cost of the water creates a significant hardship for families. Most families struggle with waterborne illnesses such as Typhoid, Cholera, and dysentery. Time poverty is a huge issue. Women struggle with health issues, due
to not drinking enough water to keep their kidneys functioning properly. Children are missing school, especially the girls, because they too carry the burden to find and haul water.  At a young age they must learn to carry buckets of water to help the family. Older women must carry water too. Years of heavy buckets have caused crooked backs and necks due to the weight of the water. Women do not have time to tend a garden or grow other produce to sell for extra income. Women must haul their children on their backs to go find water, plus haul the water home. No energy to spend time being parents with their kids.

 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.

PROJECT DETAILS

This will be a complex project that will provide a new borehole well with a  solar-powered electric pump, storage tank(s,) a water distribution kiosk system, water filtration and treatment and hygiene training for the villagers.

SPECIFIC COSTS AND FUNDING INFORMATION

Total Project Cost: $25,000

Funding Requested from Ingomar Living Waters: $15,000

Costs Breakdown:

    • Materials: Well materials: submersible solar pump, cement, drilling fluid, casing, 600m pipe, gravel, sand, fuel, solar panels, powerhouse, sheet metal, holding tank, water kiosk
    • Labor: 20% of the labor for putting the well into place
    • Administrative Costs:  Paid for by other where-most-needed donations
    • Future Maintenance: Paid for by other where-most-needed donations over the first two years, and the community through usage fees collected by the community moving forward.
    • Other Costs: The remaining other costs will [include] the health and sanitation education/training, ongoing sustainability efforts, evangelistic and discipleship program, administration and oversight.
    • Funding for Other Costs: Grants towards gospel proclamation will be applied to complete this work for the community. Where-most-needed donations.
  • Project Timeline:
    • Date Funds Required:  End of June, 2023
    • Estimated Project Start Date:  June 2023
    • Estimated Completion Date:  End of summer

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.

Where the well will be drilled

FUTURE IMPACT

Access to safe water right in their own community will change what daily life looks like. The time to find and carry water home will be dramatically decreased. Health will improve, allowing for extra income because they do will not need to go to purchase medicines. Time
poverty will change. Families will grow gardens, kids will attend school, and become healthier. They may have a little income or items to barter with. Hope will be present for the first time.

COMPLETED JANUARY 8, 2024

The Kabete-Nyakach community members were determined to overcome their water crisis. Without a reliable water source in their community, the residents spent countless hours searching for water, with women and girls assuming much of this burden. The scarcity of safe water posed a significant challenge, forcing families to take drastic measures to find water for all their household needs. Some community members embarked on a grueling three-hour journey to gather water that was safe to drink. This exhausting ordeal, compounded by the steep cost of water, imposed severe hardships on families throughout the community.

Not only was their only safe water source miles away, but the terrain was also difficult to navigate. When it rained, the roads flooded, and many dirt paths became slippery, making the trek even more tiresome and time-consuming. Yet, despite these adversities, the community members knew that safe water was vital to their health; without it, waterborne diseases ran rampant. The local church leaders united to find a solution to their water crisis, hoping that their church could minister to the physical needs of the Kabete-Nyakach community members just as much as their spiritual needs.

When they heard about Living Water Kenya and its mission of equipping the church, they knew they’d found their solution and requested immediate assistance. LivingWater Kenya determined that the church was an ideal place to construct a water kiosk, where community members and the congregation could quickly and easily collect water for a smallfee. Accessible, safe water near their homes unleashed the community from an enduring struggle, offering the residents a chance at a life unburdened by the constant pursuit of safe water.

The local church houses the new water kiosk, providing water to not just the congregation but the community as a whole.

The Living Water Kenya staff begins drilling a new borehole that will supply an elevated tank with safe water. The solar-powered pump will ensure that not even power outages will impact their
access to safe water.

COMMUNITY
DETAILS
CONSTRUCTION
DETAILS
Previous water source:water vendorsPump type:solar pump
Total users:800Project type:new kiosk
Main water collectors:women and childrenDepth of Well:76 m ( 249.34ft)

 

The water kiosk has an elevated tank that holds
thousands of liters of safe water.
Now, several people can gather water quickly from multiple taps.

Residents will serve on the kiosk’s water committee, ensuring the water source is maintained and easily accessible.
The water committee
empowers residents to take ownership of their water source.

Two residents gather water from the kiosk at the church with ease. Now, the local church stands as a beacon of hope for the community.

The Living Water staff leads the community in a sanitation and hygiene activity. Here, residents participate in an activity about  keeping the community clean.

In Their Own Words

Leah Waria is a 68-year-old resident of Kabete-Nyakach. Throughout her life, she’s experienced significant hardship due to water scarcity.

She shared her story: “Safe water was very difficult for my family to come by. My youngest daughter, who is 25 years old, used to spend at least three hours a day walking to buy treated water for drinking. The long walk, combined with the high cost of the water, created a significant hardship for the entire family. I remember sometime back, it rained heavily, and I slid in mud while on the way to fetch water. From the fall, I developed back pains which have taken time to fully heal.”

Leah and her family are relieved to finally overcome their water crisis. She said, “With safe water near my home, I believe that I  will never struggle to get clean water. I now have access to clean water for use in my house and kitchen garden, where I grow vegetables. The project is a blessing in improving general hygiene and nutrition for my family.”

Despite her physical struggles, Leah can
finally gather safe water for herself.

Your Impact

Ingomar Living Waters, your generosity has changed everything! Thanks to the new water source, both the community and the church will now enjoy a consistent water supply throughout the day. This transformative change means they no longer have to endure the previous struggles of water scarcity and irregularity. Reliable supply will significantly improve their daily lives and activities, saving the community members precious time and effort. This newfound time can be redirected toward other constructive pursuits, such as education, income-generating work, or quality family time. Additionally, having a dependable water source empowers the community to uphold proper hygiene and sanitation practices. Your generous gift has not only made a difference in the immediate context but also had a lasting impact, providing a spiritual encounter with the living water of Christ. All these positive changes were made possible because of your kindness and support!

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

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