project brief


Water for Life Project

Water for Life Project was implemented with support from Church World Service (CWS) in Loima and Turkana West sub Counties targeting a total population of 15582 people and 5000 livestock. The project aimed at reducing vulnerability to drought, reducing resource-based conflicts and reducing water-borne diseases for better living conditions and environmental conservation among the Turkana community. The interventions were designed to provide more secure access to water all year round through development of new water sources at Nakabaran and Nabeye, improving water storage capacity and installing simple water treatment system at Tulabalany rock catchment, rehabilitating the non-functional water facilities and increasing tree coverage by planting trees at all water points to provide immediate and tangible outputs. These will enable the target population to mitigate the effects of extreme drought and thus improve their living standards.
The project incorporated community training on CLTS and PHAST as part of the approaches to ensure positive behaviour change towards hygiene, sanitation and environmental conservation and resource base conflict so as to ensure equitable and fair distribution of resources and environmental management. The project facilitated the formation and capacity building of water management committees in new sites and re-training in old sites on skills development in technical systems and management for sustainability.

Goals & Objectives

  1. To strengthen community structures to effectively manage water and sanitation facilities through training and collaborative linkages with relevant line ministries in Turkana County by June 2017
  2. To create awareness on the link between hygiene, sanitation, and water-related diseases, environmental conservation for attitude, and behavior change among 1,425 households in target areas of Turkana County by June 2017.
  3. To increase access to clean and safe potable water to the 1,625 households in target areas of Turkana county by June 2017


The achievements below have positively impacted the lives of 43,273 direct beneficiaries within 5,409 households.


  • 4 Boreholes
  • 25 Shallow wells
  • 19 Mobilets
  • 96 Sanplasts
  • 5 door VIP latrines in schools
  • 2 Sand dams
  • 12 Bathrooms

Capacity building/Training

  • Participatory Hygiene and sanitation Transformation (PHAST)-20,000
  • Participatory integrated natural resource management (PINARM)-20,000
  • Food security-14275
  • Resource-based conflict-14,275
  • Hygiene, sanitation, and environmental conservation in schools-1,000
  • Tree seedlings- 1,000 seedlings

Project outcomes

  • Empowered communities to identify, plan, implement and monitor intervention that can result in sustained safe hygiene and sanitation behavior.
  • Motivated communities are taking collective action which has reduced incidences of diseases related to poor hygiene and sanitation.
  • Improved learning environment and performance of students and retention especially for girl children.
  • There has been observed transfer of knowledge and skills learned in schools to the communities.
  • There is enhanced linkage between communities and government line ministries and other stakeholders especially on priority issues in the community.
  • Management of water and sanitation facilities across the implementation sites has been improved.
  • There is evidence of transfer of technical knowledge on operation and maintenance of the facilities to water users around the facilities.
  • Community artisans acquired skills that have enabled them to open up opportunities for replication and sustainability of service delivery.

Project impacts

  • Reduced distance to water sources.
  • Due to the availability of water people have been able to engage in socio-economic activities.
  • Reduced diseases related to unsafe water and poor sanitation.
  • Equal participation of both genders especially in development decision making (women empowerment).
  • It has led to social cohesion due to improved economic status and less conflict on water resources.
  • Positive behavior change in relation to hygiene and sanitation.
  • Improved environment and environmental conservation.
  • Good governance, operation, and maintenance of water and sanitation facilities.