This initial report is direct from our implementing partner (unedited):
This project is in collaboration with a self help group of 34 members who have come together to address the social problems facing them as a community, in particular lack of access to clean and safe water. They really need water for drinking, cooking and washing among many other uses. The animals will also make use it. The Chemoset Community women will also see to it as big relief as currently they walk long distances with donkeys looking for water for their domestic use.
The community access water from Kipsangui River which is over 2km away downhill. The river is contaminated by human activities such as bathing cloth washing and grazing animals hence making its quality poor and unsafe for human consumption. In some homes they have been boiling the water before use which has been costly. Many have just gone back to taking raw water hence becoming victims of water borne diseases.
The self help group consists of 35 members whereas there are 500 households in the area where Chemoset self help group operates who will also benefit from it directly.
The water committee will be formed as soon as possible, prior to hardware construction.
06/21/2012: Chemoset Project Complete
Bridge Water Project have completed the installation of the handpump at Chemoset, and have taken part in a community led handing over ceremony to signal the beginning of the community management process. Water is flowing, and the project can be considered a great success up to this point. Good news!
05/31/2012: Test pumping at Chemoset
The new well at Chemoset has been test pumped in preparation for the installation of the hand pump, which is scheduled to take place next week.
05/21/2012: Drilling in action at Chemoset!
The hardware stage of this project is now underway, as Bridge Water Project have commenced drilling at Chemoset
community. Great news from the field!
05/14/2012: Chemoset Community Hygiene Promotion sessions
Bridge Water Project have sent through these pictures showing workshops underway at Chemoset. Great to see!
05/02/2012: Photos of Chemoset Community
We've just been sent photos of the community at Chemoset, which is great. This project is now underway, and our partner Bridge Water Project will send further detailed updates in the coming days and weeks.
04/27/2012: Chemoset project gets going!
Funds have been wired to out partner, and project activities will be starting in the coming days. We'll post photos and more info just as soon as we get it.
A local Kenyan well drilling NGO
Clean water changes lives. Girls return to school. Women begin small businesses. Men are no longer too sick to work. Fields are watered and food supply becomes more reliable. Health returns and children grow up to be productive members of their community. The cycle of poverty is broken. Lives change.
"When water comes...everything changes." That's what our driver told us as we drove from town to town in Kenya. And we see the change every time a new well brings clean water.
A new well for a community in Kenya
Project Type: Hand Pumped Well
Location: Western Kenya