A Year Later: Lurambi Church of Light

December, 2017

Since the pump was installed on the well, I now know I am drinking clean water. And for that reason, I don’t suffer from diarrhea like before.

A Year Later: Lurambi Church of Light

A year ago, generous donors helped rehabilitate a well with Lurambi Church of Light in Western Kenya. Because of these gifts and contributions from our monthly donors, partners can visit project sites throughout the year, strengthening relationships with communities and evaluating the actual water project. These consistent visits allow us to learn vital lessons and hear amazing stories – we’re excited to share this one from our partner, Paul Weringa, with you.

Before this project, this water point was just a hole in the ground. Community members had to keep a bucket and rope by the hole to lower for water. But after lining of the well, construction of a well pad, and installation of a new AfriDev pump last year, the community has had safe and easy access to clean water.

Thanks to a year of clean water in Lurambi, there are less cases of waterborne disease.

We met Abigael Wadongo, who says she relies on this well for all of her water needs. “Accessing water from the well by use of a pump is a big achievement. This is because anytime we would pull the heavy bucket loaded with water from the well, our backs and chests would pain all through! And by using the rope and the bucket, we knew we were consuming dirty water. This could be felt when all our household members were diagnoses of typhoid,” she shared. She even mentioned that they’d find dead frogs and other small creatures decomposing in the water.

Paul interviewing little Tito at the well.

Field Officer Paul also met 5-year-old Tito Luta at the well. Though he was too small to fetch water from the open hole before, he can help his mother now that the well is safe with a platform and pump. He said, “Since the pump was installed on the well, I now know I am drinking clean water. And for that reason, I don’t suffer from diarrhea like before.”

It’s taken a lot of work to keep water flowing in Lurambi Church of Light. Back in June of this year when the rain stopped, we found the well with no water. Our mechanic Justus joined the community in uninstalling the pump, deepening the well, cleaning it, and putting the pump back on once they reached water. This was a lot of work! We are so thankful for the quick restoration of clean water to Lurambi.

Water flowing again in Lurambi after digging deeper.

The team repairing the well pad once they confirmed the restoration of clean water.

The Water Project and our partners are committed to consistent monitoring of each water source. Our monitoring and evaluation program, made possible by monthly donors, allows us to visit communities up to 4 times a year. Read more about our program and how you can help.

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