STATUS UPDATE OF THE MWETENI PROJECT
Photo's: all photo's taken in Mweteni, a few during the community phast facilitators training (by WfWP, Tegemeo Women Group)
It’s been a while since we’ve talked about the ‘Water for Mweteni’ project.
Time to tell you about what has been going on in Mweteni lately.
REMINDER: ‘WATER FOR MWETENI’ IN BRIEF
The project involves the construction of a gravity system which will bring clean water from a high altitude source down to the different villages around Mweteni. The pipelines will be constructed underground. The community is involved in the construction, which includes trenching for pipes for more then 5 kilometres. Once completed, around 1.900 people will have improved access to clean drinking water.
As some delaying factors arose, the installation of the gravity system couldn’t be finished before the current rainy season (Nov - Dec). Ownership issues concerning the original water source were the main reasons for the delay of the project implementation.
As you probably can imagine in cases of water scarcity: there are several different sub-villages using the same water source. Though on paper there is a permit, several other users caused a dispute. It took several meetings and intervention of the Chair District Counsel to settle the matter.
This again shows the importance of the project being totally supported by the whole community.
Of course there are also parts of the project that have been completed successfully. Such as the Participatory Hygiene and Sanitation Transformation (PHAST) training.
The objective of this training is improving hygiene behaviour to reduce diarrheal disease and encouraging effective community management of water and sanitation services.
The PHAST approach is based on the principle that the participation of communities in their own projects will empower the community and improve its decision making about the services it needs and wants to maintain. As communities gain awareness of their water, sanitation and hygiene situation through participatory activities, they are empowered to develop and carry out their own plans to improve this situation.
For example participating in the construction of the new facilities. As mentioned earlier in Mweteni the people will help by trenching for pipes for the gravity system.
EXPECTED COMPLETION OF THE PROJECT
In January, after the rainy season, we expect to continue the installation of the gravity system. So that hopefully in Spring our contribution has reached the people in Mweteni. And that all 1.900 people will have improved access to clean drinking water!
We'll keep you updated on this site. Want to read more about the project? Please visit the project page.