Kakelo Empowerment Group, near Oyugis, Kenya (2015 funds)
Due to the success and tremendous impact of previous Kakelo Empowerment Group well projects and the continued extreme need for water in additional nearby villages, funds raised by the 2015 Tour de H2O will be used to construct 5 new shallow water wells (as well as 5 pit latrines and hand-washing stations) in rural villages in Western Kenya. This project will be completed in Summer 2016.
Oyugis Market WASH Project, Kenya (2014 funds)
A portion of the 2014 Tour de H2O money has funded the Oyugis Market WASH Project, in Western Kenya. This project consists of piping water from an existing nearby GPFD-funded well to a new elevated water storage tank and water kiosk in the market place. New composting latrines and hand-washing facilities will also be constructed at a later time and with separate funding by others. This water supply and sanitation improvement project will have an immediate and tremendous positive impact on the thousands of people that live near and visit the market area. The few current options for water and sanitation in the market area are privately owned and in extremely poor condition as well as expensive to use. Because of the large number of people that will benefit compared to the small cost of this work, the “bang for the buck” will be huge!!
Kakelo Empowerment Group, near Oyugis, Kenya (2014 funds)
A portion of the funds raised by the 2014 Tour de H2O was used to construct 3 water wells (as well as 3 pit latrines and hand-washing stations) in rural villages in Western Kenya. There are more than 1200 people living in each village that are now benefiting from convenient access to clean water. Each household is expected to pay 100 Kenyan Schillings (approx. $1.15) per month to pay for maintenance of the wells. Each village has a bank account that is run by the village water committee, each headed by an elected chairperson. The Kakelo Empowerment Group oversees all bank transactions for transparency. As is expected with all GPFD projects, the community contributed 25% of the project cost in the form of unskilled construction labor, local materials (sand and gravel) and land.
Nyonuong'a Women's Group, near Oyugis, Kenya
This TDH-funded project, driven by a local women’s group, significantly improved a small existing water facility at this site. To supplement the existing borehole well, two 6,000 liter elevated tanks with water kiosks, as well as five new toilets with hand washing stations were constructed. This community also received hygiene education that emphasized the practices of latrine use, hand washing, and clean water management. To ensure sustainability, a Community Water Committee was formed and trained on the maintenance and repair of this village water system. A small user fee is being collected by the water committee to support facility maintenance and the purchase of replacement parts.
Katebere Village, Kanungu District, Uganda (2012-2013 funds)
This TDH-funded community driven project provides water, improved sanitation facilities and hygiene education to approx. 1,500 people in this poor, rural village. Water is supplied by two new rainwater catchment systems, as existing sheet-metal roofs collect and divert rainwater into gutters and then into large concrete storage tanks. An existing rainwater catchment system in this village was also repaired as part of this project. To improve hygiene practices, a tapstand, new latrines and hand washing facilities were built, and hygiene education was provided.
Kassipul Constituency, Magungu Primary School, near Oyugis, Kenya (2011-2012 funds)
This organization of local community leaders submitted a funding request to assist with building water supply projects at 22 area primary schools. The first of these projects was completed at Magungu Primary School, where TDH donations were used to construct a rainwater catchment system (due to the extreme depth of groundwater at this location a well was not practical). New latrines and hygiene education were also a part of this TDH-funded project. Providing clean water at this school not only ensures improved health and improved academic performance for the students, but the benefits extend to the surrounding community as well.
Kakelo Empowerment Group, near Oyugis, Kenya (2010-2011 funds)
Women and children living in this area previously walked 5 to 7 km every day to obtain water, often from polluted sources. This arduous activity took up much of the time that could be devoted to other daily activities like maintaining livestock, going to school, working in the gardens, or pursuing income generating activities. The TDH was responsible (along with a 25% contribution from the community) for funding the construction of two water wells in small villages in this very rural area. Approximately 500 people use these wells along with many hundreds of livestock. Subsequent observations and community feedback have indicated a significant reduction in water borne illnesses and an increase in economic status.
Bam Got Village, near Kisumu, Kenya
TDH funds supported the construction of a hand-pumped well in this dry, rural area of Kenya. This work was done in partnership with the Bam Got Women’s Group, a very industrious women’s organization which has implemented numerous projects to increase the overall health and welfare of their community. With easy access to clean water, these women now have time to develop income -generating activities including a community vegetable garden, a brick making business and raising dairy cows. The well has also benefited the village children who have missed fewer days of school due to reduced illness. We received a message from the project manager the year after this well was built that said a nearby village had an outbreak of cholera, but their community had been spared because of their access to clean water.