Our implementing partner reports from the field (unedited):
The proposed project is in collaboration with a self help group which is located in Butere District. The members of this self help group come from very hot and dry environment. It’s a self help group that is unique in that the old retired men decided to begin a group and brought in their spouses to complete the cycle. The group helps the community members by giving them small loans through table banking and they address food insecurity issues among other things. The members of this group need clean water for drinking, cooking and washing. Apart from the group members, the entire community would also benefit from the source. They are registered with the Ministry of social services and have opened an account with Butere Financial Services Association.
The self help group accesses water from river Mbaya which is 2 km away. The water from the stream is turbid and there are recurring problems of typhoid and cholera. The stream is seasonal and does not give enough water leading to long queuing.
The entire community has a population of 500 community members and the self help group has a membership of 50 members.
A majority of the homes from which the self help group members come from have clean latrines. The home compounds of this community are clean. Handwashing practice has been observed to be a challenge since water is not enough. Refuse is dumped in a composite pit dug in at least every home.
Water is greatly needed for drinking, washing, gardening and cooking.
The Water committee to be in charge of the water system is yet to be formed, but shall be comprised of representatives from the self help group and the community in general.
06/12/2012: Wazee Hukumbuka project complete
Project staff at Bridge Water Project have completed the installation of hardware, and together with the community they have held a ceremony to hand over the project. This project is now a functioning water source.
05/31/2012: Water flowing at Wazee Hukumbuka!
Project staff have completed the installation of the hand pump at Wazee Hukumbuka, having test pumped the borehole and constructed the well pad last week. Water is now flowing! The handing over ceremony will take place next week.
05/21/2012: Drilling underwat at Wazee Hukumbuka
Drilling is currently underway at Wazee Hukumbuka, as these latest photos direct from the field show.
05/08/2012: Wazee Hukumbuka community education underway
Bridge Water Project are currently working alongside the community, facilitating work on hygiene promotion, household sanitation and project operation and maintenance.
05/02/2012: Photos uploaded of Humkumbuka Self Help Group
Bridge Water Project have sent through some photos of the community at Hukumbuka, as well as a photo of the current water source. This project is now underway and will be updated again shortly.
04/27/2012: Funds wired, construction to begin very soon
TWP is delighted to confirm that this project has been funded, and we are expecting our partner to send us through photographs as well as news of project activities very soon.
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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