This initial background piece is direct from our implementing partner, and is unedited:
The proposed project is focused on a hand dug well situated in Shihuna community. The pump that was installed many years ago and the well is no longer functioning. The community is having problem fetching water far away from running stream.
The main issue with tho project is community capacity. It has been identified that when the well was constructed there was little attempt to ensure the comity had capacity to manage the ongoing operation and maintenance of the facility. There was a distinct lack of ownership of the scheme, and as such when there was a maintenance event, the community was unable to salvage the project and it fell into disrepair.
With past events in mind, this project will not only work with the community to rehabilitate the water source. The focus will be on ensuring that adequate processes are in place for the future. The committee will be skilled in hardware maintenance as well as financial management, in particular with regards to the gathering of community contributions to pay for future work. A good indication of the communities willingness to contribute is their commitment to help with labour and materials for the construction of the new well pad.
The community currently access water from a stream called Shianda which is 2KM away. The stream is seasonal and does not give enough and clean water to users.
The community has a population of 450 people who would benefit from the water source provided.
06/21/2012: Shihuna Community project handed over and complete
Bridge Water Project have completed the pump installation, and the source is now supplying the community at Shihuna. The community have held a handing over ceremony, and responsibility for the ongoing management of the facility now lies with them. Bridge Water Project will check back on their progress in the coming months.
06/12/2012: Water Flowing at Shihuna
The pump has been installed at Shihuna, and water is flowing. The handing over ceremony will be taking place in the coming days.
05/30/2012: Shihuna well flushing underway
The team have completed flushing the borehole at Shihuna, in preparation for construction and installation of the new handpump. As this project is a rehabilitation of an existing source, it was important for the team to flush the stagnant water out of the borehole prior to chlorination. Excellent progress!
05/08/2012: Shihuna rehab project community education
Community education is underway at Shihuna, with a strong focus on project operation and maintenance (O&M) given the challenges this community have faced in the past in this regard. As well as O&M, project staff are also working on hygiene promotion and household sanitation with the community.
04/27/2012: Shihuna project underway!
We wired funds for this project yesterday, and our partner has confirmed they received the funds in the last few hours. We'll update this page very soon with initial photos and info regarding project activities 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