HASPEG together with its partners has been able to drill and equip boreholes for communities and have access to water due to lack of piped water. The boreholes and dams are dug in various strategic places in the community and equipping them fully to enhance usage. This has enabled the people to live in a clean and healthy environment and reduction of the water borne diseases. This is also as a source of economically empowering the youth and women where they can have nursery beds to grow their vegetables and crops, sale and earn an income to sustain themselves.
A secondary source of water is the river located over 1 km away. Once at the river, community members must dig scoop holes to collect water which sometimes driers up due to the harsh weather conditions. Water-fetching is the responsibility of all family members. The long distances and time used to fetch water restricts the community from engaging in other socioeconomic activities that could improve the livelihood of the community. The main economic activity of the community is farming, with 62.5% of the members relying solely on agriculture. This wasted time could be retrieved if there were nearby safe water sources.
This earth dam will enable them fetch and store enough water to themselves and be able to carry out socio-economic activities to sustain themselves. The earth dam will be able to serve 400 people without fear of drying. Our next strategy is introducing hand washing using soap especially after visiting the toilet and before meals. This will help prevent diseases such as Cholera and typhoid which are spread by poor hygiene. We will encourage usage of toilets among the locals. In this we are planning to increase the number of toilets / pit latrines. We want to make sure that every household has a pit latrine in its compound. This will be sensitized by usage of Information and Education materials and starting with one village at a time