St. Barnabas Elubari ACK

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Latitude 0.29
Longitude 34.48

500 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. Barnabas Elubari ACK water project is a fresh borehole drilling proposed by Mothers Union Association of St. Barnabas Elubari church of St. Stephen Imanga Parish of Mumias Anglican church of Kenya Diocese (A.C.K)

The Mothers Union has a mission of taking care of Orphans and vulnerable children of Elubari Community where the church serves. On 10/10/1987 they begun an Early Childhood Development Centre (E.C.D) with an aim of eradicating illiteracy in their community a program which targeted most orphaned children who managed to pursue their education and realized their potential in society.

Currently the Mothers Union has various programs which focuses on both young and old members of Elubari community and its neighboring villages.  To achieve their goals they get support from an NGO called AMAN KENYA. During the jiggers treatment the women mobilize the infected on the Elubari church compound where they are administered drugs and other psychological support.

However, during the jiggers campaigns and during the daily work day women have to fetch water from a community water point located 1 ½ km away from the church compound.  Lack of water poses many challenges to the program.

Also, the Mothers Union also need to hire extra help to fetch water for  guests to use and for cooking meals. Sometimes young women are called upon while they are teaching, to go and fetch water , thus disrupting their lessons.

After Mothers Union learned of  BWP development activities in the county, they applied for BWP services to intervene by providing a solution to their water problems.


The church and the community currently get water from a Kefinco drilled well situated 2KM away. The water from the well is clean but the challenges are that the water point is always overcrowded since it is serving a big population. So women and young girls have to queue for long periods of time before fetching water. Also after fetching water one has to go a long distance climbing the hill while carrying 20 liters of container on the head. When one gets home they are totally exhausted.


The church has 230 members where as the Elubari community has 45 households with an average number of 8 – 10 people per house projected population of 680 – 750 people. (Editor’s Note: While this many people may have access on any given day, realistically a single water source can only support a population of 350-500 people.  This community would be a good candidate for a second project in the future so adequate water is available. To learn more, click here.)


The Hygiene and Sanitation of the church compound is good, pit latrines are washed on daily basis for nursery school pupil’s use, there’s composite pit for litter. The kitchen where food is prepared, is in the permanent church washed every Saturday. However, water storage containers are not well cleaned, no dish rack was visible and no hand washing station.


St. Barnabas Elubari Anglican Church and Elubari Nursery school pupils will be the beneficiaries.


There’s need to drill a well for St. Barnabas Elubari Church to enable the mothers union to minister to people suffering from jiggers problem with less difficulties and also help them run other church programes without interferences. With a reliable water supply available Nursery school pupils will enjoy since then are forced to carry drinking water in the bottles whenever they come to school. The wells will also relieve women and young girls of Elubari community from walking long distance while fetching water for their domestic use.


St. Barnabas Mothers Union organization has already identified a water committee amongst themselves who will be responsible for water supply management and ensure its sustainability.

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10/30/2014: St. Barnabas Elubari Project Complete

We are excited to report that the project to provide a new source of safe, clean water for the community of St. Barnabas Elubari ACK is complete.  A new well has been constructed and the community has received training in sanitation and hygiene.  We just posted a great set of new pictures showing much of the process, including lots of smiles around the finished well.  The report below from our partner in the field gives the details of all that went into this project:


As the first step towards the implementation of Elubari community water project, it was essential for BWP to train the community members on proper Hygiene and Sanitation practices. The participatory Hygiene and Sanitation Transformation (PHAST) was applied. This approach helps to empower community members to eliminate water and sanitation related diseases. Through PHAST, community members are taken through steps and activities that help them to quickly understand that poor Hygiene and Sanitation behaviors and practices are the major cause of many preventable diseases.

The training was conducted at Elubari Anglican Church of Kenya attended by 26 community members, 6 men and 20 women. The training was conducted on a Sunday after the church service because most community members were available hence easy to be mobilized.

The training commenced with climate setting including brief introductions from both the community members and bridge water staff, setting of the rules to guide through the training workshop and the objectives of the training. The facilitators guided the community through the training session using the PHAST methodology. The methods applied are as described below.


PHAST methodology goes through different steps so as to convey the hygiene and sanitation message. The first step to be used was the community entry, whereby the river crossing tool was used. This tool helps to bring out the different relationships that agencies have with community members while implementing a project. In the River Crossing Role Play, The river represented the problems in the community, the stones represented the solutions, and the herdsman represented the agencies which in this case is BWP, while the travelers represented the community. The purpose of this role play was to show the importance of community participation in the implementation of any project.


This step helps trainees understand that some of the Daily Hygiene and Sanitation practices lead to the cause of diarrheal diseases. For this step to be accomplished, the facilitator took the community members through different activities. The activities used were:-

a)      Good and bad hygiene practices

b)      Investigating community practices

c)      How diseases spread

a)      Good and bad hygiene practices

For this activity, the two pile sorting tool was applied. This tool helps trainees exchange information on community hygiene behaviors and their impact on health through discussions. A set of two pile sorting were distributed among the community members. After discussing in groups, each community member made a presentation before the whole group. The good hygiene behavior posters were placed under a smiling face poster while the bad hygiene posters were placed under a frowning face poster. They all agreed that the posters represented all the practices in their community. It was a great learning experience since most of them had been practicing bad hygiene unknowingly.

b)     Investigating community practices

Investigating community practices is an activity that helps in collecting, organizing and analyzing information on individual sanitation practices. The pocket chart tool was used during this exercise. BWP wanted to find out if the community members still practice open n defecation. The facilitator explained the posters that would be used on the pocket. The posters showed open defecation and use of latrines, a man and a woman. Maize was used as voting materials for men while the women used beans. The result from the pocket showed that none of the community members who took part in the voting exercise still practiced open defecation.

After confirming from the pocket chart that the community still practiced open defecation, BWP facilitator sought to find out from them the disadvantages of this habit. They are stated below:-

  1. Contamination of water sources.
  2. Contamination of food by Flies that come from the feces.
  3. Spread of diarrheal diseases.
  4. Pollution of the environment through bad smell.

BWP facilitator urged the community members to make use of latrines so as to curb the spread of diarrheal diseases.

c)      How Diseases Spread

BWP used the ‘F’ – Diagram as a learning tool for the community members to know how those diseases are spread. The F-diagram shows the different routes that fecal matter use to get to the human body.

The ‘F’s represent Fingers, Feces, Fluids, Flies and Fields. The posters used reflected all the five ‘F’s and so the community members were required to show the route that feces use to get to the human body by use of arrows. After having a general discussion, the community members were able to come up with all the routes. They all learnt that diarrheal could easily spread if good hygiene is not put into practice.

  1. Identification of solution

Identification of solutions helps to identify all the possible barriers than can prevent the disease transmission routes. BWP introduced the Blocking posters to the Community members so that they would use them to block the disease transmission routes on the F- diagram. The tool used for this exercise was the blocking posters. The posters represented Latrine use, Water treatment, Food covering and Hand washing. The community members went back to the F-diagram to block all the routes. Every route that showed a bad hygiene practice was covered by a good hygiene blocking posters.

Since Hand washing was one of the essential practices on the Blocking posters, the community members made demonstration of proper Hand washing through the guidance of the BWP facilitator. This exercise was important since most disease causing agents get to our bodies through our hands.

During the blocking posters exercise, the community members also discussed water treatment. They came up with the diseases that came about as a result of consuming contaminated water. The diseases mentioned were typhoid, cholera, dysentery and diarrhea in children.  This exercise was essential since cases of diarrhea and typhoid are very common in the community as found out during the baseline survey. The community members also discussed different methods of water treatment which included boiling, filtration, chlorination and the use of the life straw gadget. BWP facilitator helped them understand that treated water could only remain safe it is stored well in clean containers.


After community education, BWP embarked on its second activity which entailed drilling and development of the proposed borehole. This stage involved contracting of competent driller, site mobilization, drilling, casing and capping of the borehole. The borehole was drilled to a depth of 28 M as recommended by the hydrogeologist. During the entire process of drilling safety and sanitation around the site was prioritized. After drilling, casing was done to support the borehole and to help protect the aquifer from contamination. Selection of casing material was based on the depth of the well, borehole diameter, and the drilling procedure. Thermoplastic casings were used because depth of the well was less than 300 meters. The borehole was then appropriately capped to prevent contamination. During the entire drilling process, there was no major challenge that was encountered. The process ended successfully pending pad construction.


After borehole drilling and development works, BWP embarked on its third activity towards establishment of Elubari ACK borehole which included pad construction. The masonry team from BWP constructed the pad with concrete and cement and fitted it with bolts in preparation for pump installation. Construction of the pad began with excavation to pave way for laying of the foundation. This was done to enhance the strength and durability of the slab during the operational phase of the project. The pad was designed and smeared with cement to allow a smooth finish so as to enhance proper drainage and sanitation around the borehole. The pad was left to cure for four days. All pad construction works were done with keenness to avoid contamination of the well. After completion of construction works the site was cleaned to remove all construction wastes. BWP masonry team involved community members in the entire process to assist where necessary and also to equip them with relevant skills on how to maintain the pad.


The final step in developing the borehole was pump installation. The borehole was installed with a new afridev pump because they are locally available and are durable and practical. The choice of the pump was informed by the borehole technical data including the depth and the static water level. Community participation in the choice of the pump was minimal. In installing the pump, the PVC riser pipes were joined and installed in the borehole, then left overnight to ensure proper bonding of the joints. The entire process of pump installation was done with participation of community members in order to capacity build them. The BWP service team trained community pump caretakers on pump components; demonstration of all component function; daily, weekly and monthly checks and repair of common problems causing breakdown such as U seals and bearings. They were also trained in fault diagnosis and how to liaise with BWP in cases of further technical support in major repairs. No challenges were noted during the pump installation process. The hand pump once installed became the full responsibility of the community water management committee.


The handing over exercise created an important forum for BWP community to transfer ownership and sustainability of the borehole back to the community. Handing over exercise entailed a review of the scope of all the works pertaining to the project with community members. The community was also equipped on how to; operate and maintain the borehole, sustain hygiene education, conduct meetings, finance management, record keeping and monitor project activities. The community members affirmed their commitment to full participation in managing the borehole and pump repairs. In their speech, community members unanimously thanked BWP and THE WATER PROJECT for ensuring that the community had access to clean and quality water.

Thank You for your help!

The Water Project : kenya4278-66-elubari-village-elder-enjoying-the-water

10/17/2014: St. Barnabas Elubari ACK Project Complete

We are excited to announce that St. Barnabas Elubari Church in Kenya will soon have a new source of safe, clean water.  A new well is being drilled, and the community is receiving training in sanitation and hygiene.  Together, these tools will to a long way toward stopping the spread of disease.  We just posted an initial report from our partner in the field including information about the community, GPS coordinates, and pictures.  We’ll keep you posted as the work continues.

Take a look, and Thank You for your help!

The Water Project : kenya4278-01-st-barnabas-elubari-ack-church-church-members

Monitoring Data

Project Type:  Borehole Well and Hand Pump
ProjectID: 4278
Install Date:  10/29/2014

Monitoring Data
Water Point:
Last Visit: 03/09/2018

Visit History:
11/06/2015 — Functional
02/04/2016 — Functional
08/05/2016 — Functional
12/07/2016 — Functional
03/09/2017 — Functional
04/10/2017 — Functional
07/24/2017 — Functional
03/09/2018 — Functional


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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.