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lwAchieving ODF status in the Kisumu East Sub County villages has been a dream to the County Government and many WASH partners including Living Water Service Centre as an implementer working in Kisumu East. Kisumu East sub county boarders Kisumu city and it hosts a variety of social classes ranging from gated communities to simple block of flats and homesteads which has made CLTS approach on sanitation promotion a challenge.

Most of the households did not understand the need to put up user friendly latrines with all the sanitation indicators since open defecation was the norm and the belief that defecation in the bush under the cool breeze of leafy trees is the sweetest experience especially during the big harvests. In some households, achieving the ODF status was hindered by controversy in gender roles where men are believed to be too superior to participate in putting up to the sanitation standards.

They were triggered between 2015 and 2017, follow ups were done in 2018 after series of health education sessions and community dialogues, verified, certified and celebrated in June 2018.

Spring Protection Keeps the Waters Flowing In Mundulu Village

Success 2Violet Mukhavali, 43 years, a mother of five children living in Mundulu village, is a beneficiary of the Witunya spring which was protected in 2012 by SIMAVI through CABDA in Kakamega East WASH project.‘Getting clean water was unheard of in our community. I had to wake up very early in the morning in search of water and this made me worried and scared,’ she explained. Violet and the rest of her community members had a difficult time when it came to fetching water. They used cups and bowls in fetching water from a flowing river. The river was used by both animals and humans. Early risers were privileged to get ‘clean ‘water but those who came later after the animals had been taken to the river to drink water they found it muddy. Diarrheal diseases were inevitable, and many members of her community had been treated for the same diseases for a number of times but the diseases kept on reoccurring.

During the drought season, they walked long distances since their river was seasonal. Getting a stream with clean water then, was hard and if you found one, there was a long queue and you could wait for more than two hours for you to get water. People from another community in search of water in a nearby community could wait for the members of that community to fetch water first before they could be given a chance to fetch.

umandeChuowe beach is in Karachuonyo North Sub-County in Homabay County. It is a low lying area prone to heavy rains and flooding that leads to siltation (a high contributor of pollution to the lake).

Due to high poverty levels, the community along the Chuowe beach has not taken steps to curb environmental degradation. The diminishing fish stocks in the Lake have lead the community to seek alternative income through sand harvesting. This latter practice is done haphazardly leading to loss of the top soil for farming (denying the community an additional means to sustain their livelihood), roads being impassable and in recent times, it has been reported by the media as a calamity that exposes the graves and the dead in a disgraceful manner. Despite engaging in sand harvesting, the community’s economic status has not changed due to the presence of middle men who purchase the commodity at very low rates.

The DaCCA (Devolution and Climate Change Adaptation) program through Umande Trust in its project, ‘‘adapt a stream, ignite a beach”, has mobilized and sensitized the community in Chuowe beach (including school going children) to participate in tree planting to reclaim the wasted land not only for environmental conservation but also for economic gain. The approach allows women groups, youth groups and environment clubs in schools to develop tree nurseries while advocating for growing the same trees in the neighborhood. The project not only solves the problem of accessing seedlings for planting but also ensures income generation to the various groups.

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