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Gusii Community Network Training - Kenya

Kisii, Kenya

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This project is made possible through the partnership of WATER CHARITY and the NATIONAL PEACE CORPS ASSOCIATION, working with Friendly Water for the World.

Gusii Community Network (GUCONET) BioSand Filter Construction Training

Location:Lake Victoria Basin
Kisii, Kenya (near Lake Victoria - click map to enlarge)

Problem Addressed:
Lack of safe and clean water is rampant in most rural communities in Kenya, as well as in urban slums. Water may be available but it is not safe for human consumption. Outbreaks of typhoid, cholera and other water-related diseases are, and have become part of life of, the people living in these areas, especially in southwestern Kenya, which also has among the highest HIV rates in the world.

The Gusii are a minority Bantu tribe located only in southwest Kenya. They make up a large majority of the population of the city of Kisii, and have more than a million members. Because of their minority status, they are almost entirely ignored when it comes to government health and environmental services. Much of their water comes from Lake Victoria, and is contaminated, bringing with it high levels of amoebic and bacterial dysentery, typhoid, and occasionally, cholera.

Water source, Kisii, KenyaProject Description:
GUCONET is an international network working for the sustainable development of the Gusii community. Clean water is a very high priority for the GUCONET secretariat, as they have identified clean water as a major way to lower the disease burden on the community already strapped for health care resources.

Six established groups already identified will send 10 participants each to a five-day training in BioSand Filter fabrication, distribution, installation, and maintenance. They will also learn to teach community sanitation and hygiene. At the conclusion of the training, six separate workshops will be set up, with all necessary tools, steel molds, and starter materials. During the training the teams will undergo a brief introduction on small scale business management. The teams will be able to make filters and sell them to the entire Gusii Community hence making them self-reliant.

The work of the group will be overseen by the GUCONET secretariat.

Project Impact:
The first direct beneficiaries will be the 60 participants who are trained, and their families, who will now have access to both clean water and increased incomes. The groups they come from will be the next line of beneficiaries, and it will spread from there to the entire community. Waterborne illnesses will be curtailed and health improved; people with HIV will live longer; school attendance will increase; medical expenses will be reduced; community productivity will be enhanced. It should be noted that GUCONET has other initiatives in the areas of agricultural improvement and education, and this effort should facilitate greater success in these areas as well. We expect BioSand Filters to proliferate rapidly within the Gusii community.

current water sourceImmediate Beneficiaries:
-          60 Individuals trained
-          300 members of their families

Community Beneficiaries (in first two years):
-          Six groups build and distribute 400 BioSand Filters each in first two years = 2,400 Filters
-          Each Filter serves on average 10 people – 24,000 people served
-          60 Filters go schools and orphanages – 4,200 people served

Future Beneficiaries:
-          Programs expand and require more than two molds each
-          Four groups to be trained in south Kisii – process begins again.
 

Impacts:

-          Waterborne illnesses curtailed

-          Health improved

-          Child morbidity and mortality reduced

-          Medical/pharmaceutical expenses curtailed

-          School attendance increases

-          Community productivity enhanced

Person Directing:
Eric Lung’aho Lijodi, Friendly Water’s Kenya and All-Africa Representative, will lead the training, together with three experienced members of the Kambiri Water and Sanitation Group.Woman collecting water, Kenya

Monitoring:
A group will have a monitor who is trained to visit and check on Filters after installation. A report will be sent 90 days after each group is operational. The GUCONET secretariat will be responsible to ensure reports are forthcoming. After the reports, the business plans for each group will be reviewed, and changes made. The budget for this proposal include funds for two follow-up visits by Eric.

Comments:
Water Charity has done a fair number of these training projects, and we believe that the long term "bang for the buck" is very high on them.  Teach a man to fish etc.  The ripple effect from training people who go on to train others is uncountable.  People will benefit from these projects that we will never know about.  People will drink water from filters that were made by people who never met any of our trainers. 

Furthermore, this knowledge will also benefit everyone it comes in contact with along the way economically.  People will sell clean water and sell filters.  Profits from this get reinvested into more tools, molds and materials.  The ability to teach other needy people to do the same is key.

Helping people to help themselves makes sense.  

It should be noted that we already have a request to train four more groups, mostly people with HIV, in south Kisii. We have put them on hold until we see this training succeed, as we hope they will become a “satellite” project of the GUCONET one.

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Budget Detail:

No.

Item Description

Quantity

 

Unit Cost

(USD)

Total

Source of funds

1.

Steel molds

12

430.00

5160.00

WC

2.

Tool kits

06

450.00

2700.00

WC

3.

Starter Material

06

250.00

1500.00

WC

4.

Certificates

60

001.00

0060.00

Local Community

5.

Trainees material

60

005.00

0300.00

WC

6.

Participants Transport

60

005.00

0300.00

Local Community

7.

Participants meals

60

005 x5

1500.00

Local Community

8.

Venue

01

050.00

0250.00

Local Community

9.

Trainees Acomm.

60

020 x 5

6000.00

Local Community

10.

Trainers Acomm./meals

03

050 x 8

1200.00

WC

11.

Trainers Transport

03

100 .00

0300.00

WC

12.

Trainers Honoraria

03

300.00

900.00

WC

13.

Transport for molds

12

020.00

0240.00

WC

14.

Follow up

 

 

1000.00

WC

This project has been paid for through the generosity of an anonymous donor.

Water some of the Gusii are drinking now
Collecting Water (kusii, kenya)

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