St. Patricks Tuk Tuk Catholic Church

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Latitude 0.53
Longitude 34.97

225 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 St. Patrick’s Tuk-Tuk Catholic church water project was proposed by the Catholic Womens’ Association (CWA) of St. Patrick sub- parish of St. Teresa of Avilla Parish in Eldoret Diocese catholic mission. Catholic Women Association has a mission of ministering to people living with HIV AIDS in the area where the church serves CWA’s in its view has a plan of supporting both affected and infected persons by providing them with both physical and spiritual needs to enable them to realize their potential in society. The group has an objective of promoting both women and children welfare.

The group in its view has identified lack of access to quality water supply as a major problem among many other challenges women and children are facing in Tuk-Tuk community.

After CWA learned about the Bridge Water  Project development activities in the region, they decided to take lead by requesting Bridge Water Project to intervene by providing solution to their water problem.


The church and the community currently access water from a season stream situated 1KM away. This stream is turbid with its value being 80 below the World Health Organization’s recommendation where women and children are the main actors when it comes to making water available in the homes.


There is estimated population of 50 households with 4-5people per household and most of them are members of St. Patrick’s Tuk-TukCatholic Church.


The sanitation and hygiene status of the entire church compound is acceptable, as there is a pit latrine which is washed regularly, composite pit for disposing the litter, dish racks and clothes lines. Water storage containers however are not well cleaned and this will be addressed in the hygiene training.


St. Patrick’s Tuk-Tuk Catholic Church and the Tuk-Tuk community will be the beneficiaries of the drilled well.


There’s need to drill a well for Catholic Women Association in the proposed church compound to enable them to minister to people living with HIV AIDS without obstacles, whenever they have support meetings and also to enable the community both infected and healthy to have access to a quality water supply that is aimed at improving their sanitation, hygiene and overall health.


The St. Patrick’s Tuk-Tuk church is organized in a manner that, they have identified a water committee amongst its members who will be responsible for the maintenance of the water supply. Under the supervision of the Parish Priest.

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Recent Project Updates

04/23/2014: Success At Last At St Patricks Tuk Tuk

After some long delays, we are excited to report that the community of St. Patrick’s Tuk Tuk Catholic Church has a new source of safe, clean water.  We just received a final set of pictures showing cool, clear water flowing from the well, and lots of smiling faces around it.  Take a look, and Thank You for your help!

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03/20/2014: Progress and Frustration at St Patricks Tuk Tuk

After already running into difficulties transporting water to the project site to aid in drilling, the team working at St. Patrick’s Church Tuk Tuk has encountered another set back, reminding us just how difficult the work of bringing clean water can be.  The report below from our partner in the field gives the latest details:


Having successfully drilled the well of st. Patrick’s Tuck Tuk Catholic Church at the depth of 51 meters, the construction team mobilized to the site for construction purposes.

A 20% contribution from the church members was secured. With this, cement, sand, bricks, concrete and other requirements were availed to the site on time. This enabled the construction team to begin the work on time without any delay.

Men from the church were busy helping in provision of manpower as women were busy helping in the preparation of meals for the team.

After the construction was done, the church members were assigned with the responsibility of watering the well to cure up before pump installation would be done.

The well was left to cure for five days. After the well was cured, the test pumping team mobilized to the site for test pumping.

The test pumping took five hours until the flow of water was constant hence the water became clear. During test pumping, the some church members were present.

The team went further and did pump installation, which only took a single day. After the pump was installed, it was unfortunately that handing over could not be done since the water became turbid hence not clear.

More interventions are still being carried out to ensure that water is clear before its handed over. These interventions might include flushing the well again and allowing any sediment to settle out, and also shocking the well with chlorine.  We will continue working with this project until safe water is available.

The well is assembled and working, as can be seen from the new pictures we just posted. But the water is not yet suitable, and that means the work is not yet done.  We’ll let you know as soon as we learn anything more.  Thank you for waiting with us.

The Water Project : kenya4220-22-pump-installation-of-tuk-tuk-catholic-church

02/18/2014: Progress at St Patricks Tuk Tuk Church

After some significant delays, we are pleased to report that progress is being made to construct a new well at St. Patricks Tuk Tuk Catholic Church.  We just posted some new pictures of the well being drilled, and the report below from our partner in the field gives the latest status of the project:

After almost a months delay with the drill rig, BWP was able to commence drilling for the Tuk Tuk Catholic Church. 

The community members were already on the ground to witness how drilling would be done. By looking at their faces, we could tell that they were all excited about soon having access to a clean safe and close water source.

Men and women from the Tuk Tuk community organized to ensure that water was available for drilling. They hired a tractor, to fetch water from a far stream (4km away) to the site where drilling was located.

The drilling process went on well until 10 pm, when water that was provided for the drilling had been all used up. The team was forced to stop until the next day. They had successfully drilled 24 meters.

The following day, the community members organized and again hired a tractor to supply water for work to commence. Unfortunately, the tractor broke down along side the valley to the stream causing a delay for the drilling to begin. This challenge took a whole day as the community members looked on how to overcome the problem. No drilling was done until the following day.

Drilling process resumed the following day when the community members provided another alternative source supplying water for the drill rig. The well was successfully drilled up to 51 meters and cased by 6-inch P.V.C pipes. The well is now waiting for test pumping, construction, pump installation and handing over stages. 

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01/21/2014: Water Coming To St. Patricks Tuk Tuk Church

We are excited to announce that St. Patrick’s Tuk-Tuk Catholic Church in Kenya will soon have a new source of safe, clean water.  A new well is being drilled at the church which will be available to the entire community.  We just posted an initial report from our partner in the field including information about the community and pictures.  We’ll keep you posted with more information about the project as the work continues.

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Monitoring Data

Project Type:  Borehole Well and Hand Pump
ProjectID: 4220
Install Date:  04/23/2014

Monitoring Data
Water Point:
Needs Repair
Last Visit: 03/16/2018

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:
07/02/2014 — Functional
07/02/2014 — Functional
07/21/2015 — Functional
06/03/2016 — Functional
09/22/2016 — Functional
03/30/2017 — Needs Repair
06/14/2017 — Functional
07/05/2017 — Functional
03/16/2018 — 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.