Mulufufulo Community

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Latitude 0.28
Longitude 34.46

300 Served

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This project is part of Bridge Water Project’s program in Western Kenya. What follows is direct from them:


The proposed Mulufufulo community water project is a community water project based in Imanga B village, masinjira sub-location, Buchifi location, Mumias District. Mulufufulo community is a registered Self Help Group with a membership of 30 people.  They have organized for a group bank account where moneys are saved collectively. The group in its vision had identified lack of quality water as a problem and as a result came together to persue ways in which they could get assistance to solve there lack of a safe water supply.


The community currently gets water from Mulutatso stream, which is 1 ½ km down in the valley. This stream is not protected hence causing turbidity value to be below recommended standards of WHO (World Health Organization). The Mulufufulo community is on a hill whereas for one to carry water from the stream to home, you must climb a steep valley. Since women and children who bare the burden of collecting water, this can be a very difficult task, as a jerry can of water is quite heavy, weighing as much as 40lbs when fill.


This community has a population of 50 households with an average of 5-6 people per household estimated population of 300-350 people.


Bridge Water Project carried out the baseline survey for the proposed project and found out that most homes have pit latrines, washing racks, cloths lines. Most homes don’t have bathrooms for bathing as most everyone is bathing in the stream since it’s not possible to fetch water from such a far distance and carry it home for everybody’s bathing use.


The Mulufufulo community members will be the beneficiaries of the proposed water project if drilled.


Due to long suffering experienced by young girls and mothers who are associated with bringing water at home for domestic use, and evidence of no bathing stations in most homes, Bridge Water Project has therefore seen the need to drill a borehole for Mulufufulo Community. With the goal of providing a clean water supply and thereby improving the sanitation and hygiene conditions of this community. Also, this well will and relieve children and women from the burden of having to carry 40lbs of water for 1 ½ kilometers a few times a day.  We also hope that by providing this rehabilitated well, this will allow for more free time for children to focus on school and studies and for the women to focus on extra income generating activities such as small scale farming or basket making to name a few.


The community is organized and it has already appointed the committee that will be managing the proposed water supply on behalf of the community to ensure sustainability.

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Recent Project Updates

01/20/2014: Mulufufulo Project Complete

We are excited to report that the community of Mulufufulo, Kenya, has a new source of safe, clean water.  The report below from our partner in the field gives the latest status, including describing the great day that the well was officially handed over to the community:


The Mulufufulo Water Project was officially finalized on the 7nd of January 2014. After a successful installation of the pump, the well was handed over to the community. The community members, who have had to travel far distances in search of water, have now committed to take care of their newly implemented water source. The water committee has decided upon rules and regulations that will govern the use of the new borehole water source.

Each household will be required to contribute towards the maintenance of the borehole so that if and when the pump needs a repair, there are funds available to ensure that it will be fixed in a timely matter and people will not go without a clean water source.

 A regular maintenance check will be done periodically, with the hope of prevention of the pump from breaking down.

The community members will ensure that the well area is clean, meaning it is not permitted for children to play around the pump area, women should not be washing around the pump area and domestic animals will be kept away from the well area.

The community as a whole is truly thankful to Bridge Water Project and The Water Project for giving them a reliable and quality water source. They understand the value of a clean water supply and are keen on keeping this one functioning in their community.

Clean water. Training in sanitation and hygiene. Life is about to change for this community.  Thank you for being a part of it.

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01/02/2014: Project Underway in Mulufufulo

We are excited to announce that work has begun to construct a new well for the community of Mulufufulo, Kenya.  We just posted an initial report from our partner in the field including information about the community, GPS coordinates, and pictures.  The report below gives some great information on the work that has been done so far:


The community sent five people to represent them in a joint training of three other communities that was facilitated by BWP at our offices on 6th December 2013. They sent three men and two women and their participation was evident as they took part in all the activities of the day. The training started at 8:30am with a word of prayer from one of the participants. It was followed by an introduction from BWP then the community representatives introduced themselves. The manager of BWP Mr. Makongo started by telling the participants what BWP was all about, our mission, vision and objectives. The participants were asked to come up with rules and regulations that would govern the training session. 

Paul introduced the five hygiene domains, which are the personal hygiene, safe disposal of excreta, water hygiene, food hygiene and household and domestic hygiene. We put the participants into groups basing on the communities that they came from. The group was assigned to discuss the safe disposal of excreta. The group secretary to the individual group later presented their discussion before the other groups. They extensively talked about human waste and animal waste. They talked about the use of latrines and encouraged everyone to seclude a place in their homesteads for animal waste, which they could later use for manure. Every individual group in its participation came up with more interesting appropriate information regarding this subject and a result the session was very healthy.

Duration: 1hour 30 minutes.

Thereafter we had a thirty-minute tea break and commenced at 11:00am.

BWP Facilitator Paul introduced PHAST (Participatory Hygiene and Sanitation transformation). The community members participated in the community entry role-play called the river crossing. This role-play helped the participants to understand the role of BWP as an agent and their role as the community in development. The role-play basically encouraged the participation of the community members to take ownership of the project so as to maintain it for their entire period of use and as a result overcome overdependence syndrome (to avoid the idea of once supported always supported).

Duration: 45 minutes.

The next exercise that was done was problem identification. Here the participants came up with health problems in their communities. The trainees were divided into their respective groups and used the seasonal calendar as a tool to come up with the diseases that occur in their community. They first came up with the seasons that they experience in a year and stated the diseases that occur in each season. After making their presentation, they all realized that either maintaining poor hygiene or eating and drinking contaminated food or water caused most of the diseases that recurred throughout the year.

Duration: 1 hour 45 minutes.

The training took a one-hour lunch break and resumed at 2:00pm.

The next step of discussion was the problem analysis.  The members present drew a map of their community using the community-mapping tool. They located their water and sanitation areas on the map. The members realized that most of the homes in the community did not have compost pits, which are really essential for keeping their surroundings clean. The aim of this exercise was to show the participants how most of their hygiene and sanitation practices could cause diarrheal diseases.

Duration: 1 hour

We also discussed the disease transmission routes using the F-Diagram. They used the feces, fingers, fields, fluids and flies posters to show how the infectious agents in feces would get to the human body by the use of arrows. The group came up with the routes and demonstrated to the other groups. The aim of this exercise was to help participants discover and analyze how diarrheal diseases spread.

Duration: 45 minutes

The group was later required to block the spread of diseases on the F-Diagram by using the blocking posters. This exercise was aimed at letting them identify the actions that can be taken to block disease transmission routes.

Duration: 30 minutes

Being the representatives of the community, we asked them to let us know the areas that they wanted us to stress more when we get to the community for community education workshop during our visitation. They discussed and came up with water treatment and disposal of waste. We also gave them the responsibility of being our mobilizers in the community and lead the discussions when we go for community education.


The community education started with a word of prayer before familiarizing with the members of the community. The total number of people who attended was 21 with 14 women and 7 men. The members who attended the training in Kakamega came up and shared to the other community members what they had learnt in the previous training of 6th December. They stated our role as BWP and also stated what would be their input in towards sustaining their water project. They thoroughly talked about the five hygiene domains and gave examples basing on their community.  

Duration: 1 hour

Brenda BWP staff started the facilitation by introducing the good and bad hygiene behaviours using the three pile-sorting tool.  The purpose of this exercise was to have the community members exchange information and discuss the common hygiene behaviours and the impact on their health. The community was divided into two groups and through the posters given, each group had to divide the posters between good hygiene behaviors, bad hygiene behavior and in-between hygiene behaviours. Through the discussions, they were surprised to see that almost all the posters reflected the behaviours in their community. It was good to see them realize that some of the hygiene behaviours that they practiced were not good. What the group liked most about the exercise was that the posters helped them to create a mental picture of themselves and their homes and they promised to concentrate more on the good hygiene behaviours and improve on the in-between hygiene behaviours.

Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

The next exercise was investigating community practices using the pocket chart as a tool. The main purpose of this exercise was to help the community members collect, organize and analyze information on individual sanitation practices. The community members were asked to vote on whether they used the latrines or not. They were first shown how the voting worked. We used a poster to show those who used latrines, another poster for those who defecated in the bushes or sugarcane plantations and two other posters that showed a man and a woman. The posters were used as visual aid for those who could not read to help them also understand the training. After the voting, which was in private, we let the community members tally the votes. Through the votes, it became evident that some of the community members still defecated openly.

Duration: 1 hour

Through the help of those who attended the training at BWP office, the community was able to show how diseases spread using the F-diagram as a tool. After a thorough discussion through two groups, the groups outlined the routes that germs took to get to the human body. The community members realized that all the diarrheal diseases that they experienced were as a result of bad hygiene practices.

Duration: 1 hour

After coming up with the F-diagram, the groups did the blocking of the spread of diseases exercise by blocking the routes. By the use of posters, the groups blocked all the disease transmission routes. Since hand washing was evident in all the routes, one-community members was eager to know the correct way of washing hands. One member of the community stood up and showed the rest how she washed her hands. We then had to use one of the community members to do an illustration of good hand washing practice.

Duration: 50 minutes


The BWP mobilized to site on 10th December 2013 and having studied the hydro-geological survey for this particular site, they decided the drilling method and came up with mud drilling method since the soil formation appeared loose form the survey.  A mud pit had to be dug so as to be used for water circulation during the drilling exercise. The drilling started the following day. The community members helped a lot by bringing water that was used for drilling. 

The first aquifer was struck at 17 meters. The drilling continued and then the second aquifer was struck at 24 meters. At 25 meters, the drillers struck a rock and so they had to change the method of drilling to air drilling using the compressor. The rock was quite hard but we managed to drill through it. At 31 meters the main and very rich aquifer was struck. The well was deepened to 33 meters and then the drilling was stopped.

The well was cased with both plain and screened casings. The screened casings were used on meters where the aquifers had been struck. After casing successfully, the well was gravel packed and then flushed until the water became clear.


Well pad construction

The pad construction team went on site as soon as the drilling was complete. Obote and Stanley the masons started their work on the first day but were interrupted by heavy rains forcing them to stop the pad construction and commencing the following day. The community members helped a lot by making sure that water was readily available for the construction. They also went an extra mile of providing the masons with lunch.

The well pad is now complete and in its curing stage.

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Monitoring Data

Project Type:  Borehole Well and Hand Pump
ProjectID: 4219
Install Date:  01/20/2014

Monitoring Data
Water Point:
Needs Repair
Last Visit: 05/19/2016

We are actively working with this partner to resolve the issues in this community. The "last visit" date is not necessarily the date we were notified by the partner of any potential problems. Once informed of downtime, we work to respond quickly. We will update the project status when these issues are resolved.

Visit History:
11/06/2015 — Needs Repair
05/19/2016 — Needs Repair

Country Details


Population: 39.8 Million
Lacking clean water: 43%
Below poverty line: 50%

Partner Profile

Bridge Water Project has been funded by The Water Project almost since they got their start in 2007.  This local Kenyan NGO works directly with the communities and neighbors they know well.  Building relationships with these villages and the local government helps ensure that the water projects we fund are sustainable in the long term.

BWP works to repair up to four wells for every new one they install.  In this area of Kenya, many old and broken down water points still exist.  We have found that restoring these water points and establishing new plans for maintenance and monitoring, is quite cost effective.

We work closely with partners like BWP to strengthen their teams, through professional development growing their impact and quality of work over time.  Your donations make it all possible.