This project is part of Bridge Water Project's program in Western Kenya. What follows is direct from them, edited for clarity:
The proposed Mwitseshe Community Well is a community drilled well which was initiated by KEFINCO in the year 1984 and fitted with a NIRA pump. After being used for a long time most parts of the pump got worn out. The community was unable to replace the worn-out parts since they were not available locally. The community was forced to go back to the stream which is 2km away. This has proved to be dangerous since water from the stream is contaminated and causes water bourne diseases such as cholera and typhoid. The community has expressed their wish for the well to be rehabilitated by cleaning and installing an Affridev pump so as to access sufficient, safe and quality water supply.
CURRENT WATER SOURCE
Currently the community accesses water from Mwitseshe spring located 2km away. The spring is unprotected and none can guarantee the quality of water. The turbidity of the water is 45. Women and young girls have to go through a thick forest of sugarcane plantations hence not guaranteed of their security. Since the spring is open people water their livestock directly hence causing a lot of contamination and as a result many are diagnosed suffering from water bourne diseases.
The community has a population of 60-80 households who will benefit directly from the well.
HYGIENE AND SANITATION
The sanitation and hygiene status of the community is not well maintained as per observations made by BWP team during its visit. The home compounds are dirty and some homes lack latrines. Since water is far away from the community water usage per person per day is low.
The project will benefit members of the Mwitseshe community whereas some of them are disabled.
ASSESSING THE NEED
BWP has seen the need to consider flushing/cleaning and installing a stainless steel Affridev pump that will enable the community to make use of water from the well for both domestic and for their livestock hence improving their livelihood, hygiene and sanitation status.
The BWP will facilitate formation of Mwitseshe community water committee prior to the implementation of the rehab project. We shall ensure that the group is registered with Social Services Department and open a bank account in the group’s name where money collected from water consumers will be safeguarded for water supply maintainance.
10/11/2012: Mwitseshe project complete, water flowing!
Bridge Water Project have completed hardware installation at Mwitseshe, and the project is now functioning. Project staff report that the community is prepared to look after the pump, and are very keen to take responsibility for it's operation and maintenance. Excellent news!
09/28/2012: Rehab ongoing at Mwitseshe
We've been sent an update from Kenya, and these photos show the rehabilitation of the well on going.
09/18/2012: Community education at Mwitseshe
Take a look at these photos. Looks like the team had a great turn out at Mwisheshe as the hygiene and sanitation training got under way.
A local Kenyan well drilling NGO
Repairing wells can be one of the most efficient ways to bring clean, safe water to a community. When our partners identify old broken down wells, they assess the costs of repairing it vs. replacing it. Often times, it's relativly easy to simply replace a rusted pump or even re-case the hole.
Each repair project is put through the same community mobilization process as a new well. Communities are trained in sanitation and hygiene and long-term follow up is put in place so that the repaired well will work for as long as possible.
A well being repaired for a community in Kenya
Project Type: Well Rehab