Nyamanga Handwashing Station Project – Kenya

Nyamanga Village, Sori/Karungu, Nyanza, Kenya

Community Description
Nyamanga is a small village nestled along the shores of Lake Victoria, 6 km from the area market town of Sori, lying within the larger region of Karungu Division, Kenya. It is quite scenic due to the lake and the surrounding hills, but also quite isolated.

A two hour drive along a very rough road leads to the nearest tarmac and larger towns of Migori or Homa Bay. Like most lakeside communities, Nyamanga is primarily a fishing village, but small scale agriculture is also a primary source of income for many of the inhabitants.

Problem Addressed
Typhoid, cholera, and other sanitation-related diseases are common in the region. Many people suffer from diarrhea and related complications which can be life threatening.

The schools and the health facility located in Nyamanga all have rain catchment tanks to provide a clean water source. However, there are no places for hand washing.

Handwashing stations in schools and in health facilities are essential for promoting sanitation in the community. First they increase hygiene levels of those using them, but also stand as examples of what good health behaviors look like to the community.

Project Description
This project is to provide handwashing stations at the local health clinic and 4 nearby schools.

A handwashing station consists of a 20-liter container with a tap at the bottom and a screw top opening for r refilling. The container sits on a metal stand that also holds a basin to catch the waste water, and a space to set the soap.

The stations will be placed in locations close to the latrines, and also where they can be securely fastened to prevent theft.

The project is being implemented by the Nyamanga Dispensary, which will be responsible for installation, upkeep, and maintenance.

Water Charity funds will be used to purchase the containers, taps, stands, and basins.

Informational sessions will be conducted with the students on the importance of the use of the stations. Posters will be placed near the latrines and above the stations reminding people of their proper use.

Project Impact
600 people will benefit from the project.

Peace Corps Volunteer Directing Project
Elise Wojcik

This is a very modest project that will have a wide impact on the hygiene of the community.

Elise previously completed the Nyamanga Dispensary Rainwater Harvesting Project – Kenya.

Dollar Amount of Project

Donations Collected to Date


Donations of any amount will be appreciated. The full amount will give you “naming rights”, if that is something you would like.

Any contributions in excess of the Dollar Amount of the Project will be allocated to other projects directed by this PCV and/or projects of other PCVs in this country.

Dollar Amount Needed

This project has been finished. To read about the conclusion of the project, CLICK HERE.