Our Projects

SouthEastern Kenya Drought Project

Safe Water Source’s WaSH Program in Southeastern Kenya is focused in Makueni, Machakos and Kitui Counties. Approximately 60% of people across these counties lack access to safe and reliable water.

This program works with farming communities and schools impacted by regional drought and climate change to implement sand dams, dug wells with hand pumps, rainwater catchment projects and hand-washing stations.

Ongoing work with farmers includes climate-smart agricultural training, seed and tree distribution.

This work results in regional water and food security in areas that were once stunted by drought.

  • Hygiene and Sanitation Training targets overall health, teaching the community about the importance of handwashing and latrine use.
  • Ongoing mobile monitoring breaks the cycle of broken water systems and helps gauge the impact of every project.
  • Thanks to our monthly donors, we are able to monitor and repair water projects to ensure water continues to flow.

 

Western Kenya Churches & Schools

Safe Water Source’s WaSH Program in Western Kenya’s Kakemega and Vihiga Counties includes partnerships with self-organized leadership groups within schools, churches and communities.

Approximately 80% of people in these counties lack access to safe and reliable water. Due to high occurrence of non-functioning hand pumps in this county, Safe Water Source’s program is focused on well rehabilitation.  When water points cannot be rehabilitated, or no other viable source exists, new wells with hand-pumps are installed.

Additional work targets self-help groups to implement protected springs and household sanitation solutions. Safe Water Source also works with nearby schools to implement rainwater catchment systems, hand-washing stations and latrines.

This approach means kids have access to safe water while at home – and also while at school.

  • Agreements are signed with communities which outline necessary contributions and current/future responsibilities associated with each water point.
  • Hygiene and Sanitation Training targets overall health, teaching the community about the importance of hand-washing and latrine use.
  • Ongoing mobile monitoring breaks the cycle of broken water systems and helps gauge the impact of every project.  Thanks to our monthly donors, we are able to monitor and repair water projects to ensure water continues to flow.

 

Western Uganda Rural Communities

Safe Water Source’s WaSH program in Western Uganda is focused in rural communities within Masindi and Kiryondongo District.

Approximately 35% of Ugandans lack access to safe water. Access rates within rural counties – such as the areas we work – are far lower.

This program implements dug wells within rural communities who are utilizing open, contaminated water sources, or having to walk an hour or more to find water.

Currently, this program is the only water and sanitation development effort in this area.

  • Communities must demonstrate their physical ability to contribute to projects, the formation of a water user committee and a strategy for achieving 100% household latrine coverage.
  • Community members participate in the digging of wells with program technicians.  This process can take up to 10 weeks and also places hygiene teams in each community for an extended amount of time.
  • Ongoing mobile monitoring breaks the cycle of broken water systems and helps gauge the impact of every project.  Thanks to our monthly donors, we are able to monitor and repair water projects to ensure water continues to flow.
  • In addition to project monitoring, household monitoring takes place for 7 years to gauge overall health impact of the program.

 

Sierra Leone Hygeine & Sanitation Program

Safe Water Source’s Port Loko WaSH Program is focused specifically on rural communities and institutions in Kaffu Bullom and Lokomasama Chiefdoms. Approximately 50% of the population across the country lacks access to safe water. After other water organizations pulled out of Port Loko District in 2014, The Water Project developed a responsible monitoring program for those past projects, as well as new program work.

Currently, Safe Water Source is the only water and sanitation development presence in this area – and actively monitors over 110 past projects.  Our 2016 program will implement 23 water projects, which include well rehabilitations and new boreholes with hand pumps.

  • Our community engagement is inclusive of local faith communities and focuses on community led-trainings and the creation of Child Health Clubs.
  • Ebola continues to be a risk, and our work within communities is a front-line preventative for its re-emergence.
  • Hygiene and Sanitation Training targets overall health, teaching communities about the importance of handwashing and latrine use.
  • Ongoing mobile monitoring breaks the cycle of broken water systems and helps gauge the impact of every project.  Thanks to our monthly donors, we are able to monitor and repair water projects to ensure water continues to flow.