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.
CURRENT WATER SOURCE:
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.
HYGIENE AND SANITATION:
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.
ASSESSING THE NEED:
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.