plan 183“Give me a drop water initiative” - water harvesting at the household level

Summary

The objective of this project is to meet the community identified need for clean and accessible water. Emaiyian Maasai Women group from, Transmara district of Kenya on behalf of the community requested us as an organization to help them have clean water.

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Background

Water sustains all life. Her songs begin in the tiniest of raindrops, transform to flowing rivers, travel to majestic oceans and thundering clouds, and back to earth to begin again. When water is threatened, all living things are threatened.
Indigenous Declaration on water, July 8, 2001

The women have to wait for hours for the cows to water first they are not allowed to collect water as form 9am up to the time all the animals have had enough.

Water is life but for Nomadic and Agro Pastoralist of Kenya, it a resource that has seen death in their own door steps. Most of the time it is not available and where available is contaminated , and many at times too is a decision who has priority to the resource and here it is the livestock. These communities .have faced many problems due to lack of this basic human right’s need. Conflict within watering point for both livestock and human has become a daily routine for the communities. The resources are becoming more and more scars as we face climatical changes. Frequent droughts and lack of harvesting skills when in comes to rain water harvesting during heavy rains that come with floods has continued to be another greater challenge. Many times women have to live with long hours of looking for water and more so waiting at watering points for livestock to have water first. This increases the work lord and impacts of the health of the women and family as a whole. The long waits have cause conflict in families as demand for women to deliver on time is never met.

Heath for the communities and especially women and children is of great concern and many of them do not have access to clean water. The few water sources like this seen below are over used and used by almost everything and everybody as they are not protected.

Location

Rift Valley Province, Kilgoris-Trans Mara, Kenya

Attachments

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Focus

Primary Focus: Rainwater Harvesting
Secondary Focus: Water Conservation

People Getting Safe Drinking Water: 1,500

School Children Getting Water: 500

People Getting Sanitation: 1,500

People Getting Other Benefits: 1,500

Application Type: Project Funding

Start Date: 2009-08-03

Completion Date: 2009-08-06

Technology Used:

Given that the community’s major objective is to get more accessible and clean water to the. This approach will be met by training the community in doing the following activities;

• Capacity Building for the community as a whole especially the elders, youth and women using the water to ensure that there is clear understanding and collective ownership of the project.
• Protecting the catchments area with fencing and grass planting to minimize contamination and damage to this fragile environment
• Permitting the natural flow of water to be move through a pipe, to allocate separate from, the source, to prevent further disturbances of the environment and allow for trouble-free collection of water for drinking and domestic use
• Allowing water to sent through a pipe and caught in a trough nearby allowing livestock and wildlife to have easy access
• Protecting the water from contamination by including a natural filter system inside, then sanitizing the water that is present and finally building a watertight concrete cap.
• Training the water care takers to ensure there is good maintenance of the water source and management of the whole water system.

Phases:

The project training will be undertaken in one phase where the committee and capacity training for everyone will be done. The monitoring and evaluation will be done continuously

Community Organization:

This a community well governed by traditional leaders and that is the reason why it is important to include them in our training so as the project can be owned by all and the community can see the value of and work together with the community and the women. So far we have had a meeting with both the women and the elders of the community and full cooperation and contribution in realizing the success of the project is expected.

Government Interaction:

The community as well as the organization interacts with government officials working in areas related to water for provision of technical advice on how to undertake the project

Ancillary activities:

There will be capacity building training for community members on issues related to water and management committee will be trained on management aspects

Other Issues:

n/a

Maintenance Revenue:

Maintenance Cost: $0

Metrics:

Prior art before metrics

Cost: $1,000

One US$ is 75kshs. Total budget requested 75,000kshs 1,000US$

Budget
Indigenous Information Network
1 Capacity Training on water harvesting, community dynamics and right to water 1 training Monitoring and Evaluation continuous Training for water committee and management TOTAL 75,000

Co Funding Amount: $0

Community Contribution Amount: $0

Fund Requested: $1,000

Implementing Organization:

Attachments

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    Technologies Proposed

    Dinah Chienjo of Oywa 'A' Solar Support Group

    1.Please elaborate on the technology you are proposing to use. 2.What methods are you going to use to sanitize the water? It seams like you are going to protect communal water points like dams etc. 3.Explain clearly the rain water harvesting technology proposed ie the homestead tanks proposed. What will their capacity hold and how many are...

    1.Please elaborate on the technology you are proposing to use.
    2.What methods are you going to use to sanitize the water? It seams like you are going to protect communal water points like dams etc.
    3.Explain clearly the rain water harvesting technology proposed ie the homestead tanks proposed. What will their capacity hold and how many are you going to constract?
    4. Describe the the natural filter system you are going to use.

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    Project specifics

    Annette Fay of Blue Planet Network

    Dear IIN, Thank you for your application and participating in PWX! From your proposal it sounds like you are very familiar with this community (the Emaiyian Maasai?) and their needs. Can you please give a more detailed explanation of what you are going to build in this community? Also, how long will the project take to complete? It lo...

    Dear IIN,

    Thank you for your application and participating in PWX! From your proposal it sounds like you are very familiar with this community (the Emaiyian Maasai?) and their needs.

    Can you please give a more detailed explanation of what you are going to build in this community?

    Also, how long will the project take to complete? It looks like 3 days on your proposal now.

    -Annette

    • Lucy Mulenkei of African Indigenous Women's Organization

      Dear Annette we have already built a water tank water trough for the cattle and a water fetching point for the whole community. Now by this proposal that we have submitted we want to train the community on harvesting water at household level. This will reduce the traffic and stress of the collection water from the main water source. ...

      Dear Annette

      we have already built a water tank water trough for the cattle and a water fetching point for the whole community. Now by this proposal that we have submitted we want to train the community on harvesting water at household level.
      This will reduce the traffic and stress of the collection water from the main water source. It will also reduce the time for the women to go to the water collection point. They can collect in their own houses. The women are lucky in that in this area rain is frequent and they do get plenty of rains every now and then.

      The training will last for 3 days.

      Thank you,
      Yvonne and Georgina

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    Elaboration of capacity building

    Gemma Bulos of Global Women's Water Initiative

    Ladies! Thanks for your proposal submission. It would be valuable if you could elaborate on what "capacity building" activities and training means for your organization and for this community. I'm sure you know what it means but to inform others more explicitly will not only strengthen your proposal but hopefully help others to understa...

    Ladies!
    Thanks for your proposal submission.
    It would be valuable if you could elaborate on what "capacity building" activities and training means for your organization and for this community. I'm sure you know what it means but to inform others more explicitly will not only strengthen your proposal but hopefully help others to understand your approach and possibly adapt it elsewhere where it might be appropriate (especially in the case of indigenous, nomadic communities).
    Keep up the great work!
    Mariah

    • Lucy Mulenkei of African Indigenous Women's Organization

    • Lucy Mulenkei of African Indigenous Women's Organization

      Thanks Mariah, By capacity building we mean that we will train the community members on how to put up gutters and how to harvest rain water. we also want to train them on how to put up small homestead tanks so that they can have easy access to clean water. Regards, Yvonne and Georgina

      Thanks Mariah,

      By capacity building we mean that we will train the community members on how to put up gutters and how to harvest rain water. we also want to train them on how to put up small homestead tanks so that they can have easy access to clean water.

      Regards,
      Yvonne and Georgina

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    Rainwater harvesting?

    Gemma Bulos of Global Women's Water Initiative

    IIN ladies, Will there be any training on rainwater harvesting with the community members or will the technical training be focused only on the spring protection system? I remember mention while talking in person of including rainwater harvesting in the community training but I don't see it clearly here in the proposal? Thanks! Mariah

    IIN ladies,
    Will there be any training on rainwater harvesting with the community members or will the technical training be focused only on the spring protection system? I remember mention while talking in person of including rainwater harvesting in the community training but I don't see it clearly here in the proposal?
    Thanks!
    Mariah

    • Lucy Mulenkei of African Indigenous Women's Organization

    • Lucy Mulenkei of African Indigenous Women's Organization

      Hi, The training on rain water harvesting will be for the community members but not on the spring protection system since we have already protected the spring. Yvonne and Georgina

      Hi,

      The training on rain water harvesting will be for the community members but not on the spring protection system since we have already protected the spring.

      Yvonne and Georgina

  • Rating: 9

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    IIN has done a remarkable job so far of identifying a community in need of assistance with their challenges of access to clean and safe water and providing them with support and a tangible solution. The community requested the help of IIN and has been involved in all of the planning and decision making. This proposal which serves to complement the technical installations that have already been donewith a community training is well thought out and necessary to ensure the continued participation of the entire community and the sustainability of the project. They should indeed receive funding for this proposal and we wish them luck with the community training!

  • Rating: 7

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    This is a very ideal project because it is going to serve very needy people. There is need to clarify the technology proposed and whether it is appropriate and sustainable in this kind of setup. Community contribution is very important for the success of any undertaking. The proposed water project should as much as possible indicate community participation and contribution. This will eventually ensure ownership of the project.
    We hope the community was involved in the conceptualization of the water project right from the beginning.