Hambane Women Group

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The Water Promise - Kenya

Latitude 0.13
Longitude 34.59

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 Hambane Women Group is a self-help group started in the year 2011 and it is comprised of women and men who have agreed to come together at group level and address problems facing them as a community. The group is registered with the department of social services doing agricultural activities with an aim of uplifting the living standards of one another. The group has a bank account where money is paid in by members during their group’s meeting. The group’s current activities are a merry-go-round fund sharing program, and programs for food insecurity. The group also advocates for better habits through moulding of bricks which they sell and buy iron sheets and build semi-permanent houses for the members of the group and disadvantaged members of their community. In the area where Hambane women group operates, access to quality water for domestic use and farming is one of the major challenges experienced. Therefore the group approached Bridge Water Project in 2014 to consider their request and make appeals on their behalf in order to have a borehole drilled to enable them access to quality water for their entire community’s domestic use and farming.


The community currently gets water from the Okunda River which runs around the community. It’s a spring protected river which is 1 km away from the homesteads. During the dry season the spring dries up making them to line up for hours waiting for one jerrican to fill up.


The Hambane women group has a population of 120 households with an average number of 8 people per house (800 – 900) 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.)


Hygiene and sanitation of the proposed water project area from BWP baseline survey report shows that most homes have pit latrines, utensils racks and clothe lines. Compost pits are almost in every home, most homes do not have hand washing station.


The proposed water project will highly benefit Hambane women group and the entire Emafuru community.


There’s need to drill a borehole for this Hambane community to enable them access quality water for their domestic use and improve their Group activities.


The group is organized in a manner that water committee is in place and active, further more it will be strengthened by BWP community education training before the implementation of the project.

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05/29/2015: Hambane Water Project Complete

We are excited to report that the water project for Hambane Women’s Group in Kenya is complete.  A new we ll has been constructed and the community has received training in sanitation and hygiene.  The report below from our partner in the field gives some great information about all that went into this important accomplishment:


Hygiene and sanitation at Hambane women’s group was done under a tree at Mr.John Mayienga’s compound. Despite the fact that it is planting season and so many people are very busy in their shambas, a good number of women and men were present to be trained. Four men and twenty women attended the training.

Providing water alone leads to minor health improvements in communities. To bring great impact to the Hambane Women Group and the entire community, the community was trained on the Hygiene and sanitation practices. The community members were divided into three groups to discuss water and sanitation related diseases that mostly affect them in their community.

The community members learned that they have been suffering from the outbreaks of waterborne diseases like Malaria, typhoid, cholera and diarrhea because of their poor hygiene practices and lack of knowledge. During the training, most of the people claimed to be on medications for which they say it is costing them a lot of money hence leaving them poor. Funny enough they believe in weather changes and traditional myths.

The community members were trained on the good and bad practices by the use of posters. The pictures showed usual activities done in the community. They learned that they have been prac-ticing bad hygiene. Through the pictures community members learned the importance and how to improve water use and human waste disposal. This was to done by observing the following:-

To avoid contaminating water this was to be done:-
– Treating water used for drinking and cooking by chlorination, filtration or boiling to reduce pathogens.
– Always cover water-storage containers or use narrow neck containers.
– Extract water from a tap or with a clean utensil such as dipper.
– Always use different (clean) vessel to transfer water for drinking.
– Prevent anyone from putting his/her hands into the drinking water vessel, espe-cially children.
– Clean the water storage container twice a week with soap.

To ensure safely dispose of feces and other wastes this was to be done:-
– Keep latrine clean and covered
– Always dispose human feces in a sanitary latrine or toilet.
– Washing hands with soap and water at critical moments like after visiting latrine, cleaning the baby, before and after handling food, after handling garbages and before and after eating.

To prepare and store food safely, the community members were trained to:-
– Always peel or wash fresh food before eating.
– Always heat or reheat cooked foods at a high temperature shortly before eating.
– Wash food preparation surface with soap and water.
– Keep flies off food by covering them at all time.

Since we cannot avoid flies around us and they are the main source of diseases, the trainer em-phasized to the community members to always keep their environment clean especially the kitchen, cover their food and latrines. This was explained by the demonstration of disease transmission routes of the pictures.


The drilling process at Hambane Women Group began on April 23rd. The activity included fetch-ing water from the river miles away and pouring to the mud pit to be used for drilling, setting of the drilling machine, connecting of the hose pipe to the mud pump. Men, women and children were all scattered in the compound of Mr. Mayienga where drilling was being done, ready to witness how the dream of finding water at a door point would come true. A prayer was done be-fore drilling starts. A group of youth helped in fetching water for drilling and removal of the mud during the drilling process.

The first acquifer was struck at 16M but the drilling process was extended to 30M to ensure enough reservoirs. Casing was done on the depth of the borehole and diameter to support the borehole and to help protect the acquirer from contamination. Gravel packing was done to en-sure constant recharge and cleaning of water in the borehole. Then finally flushing was done to ensure that any remaining particles are out.


During the entire drilling process it was raining heavily.


After drilling activity was done, BWP masonry team embarked to the site for test pumping and to construct the borehole pad. The materials used were Cement, sand, ballast, wire mesh and bricks. They started with Well pad excavation, then concrete laying and finally plastering to en-sure no water contamination.


After 3 days of well pad curing, an Affridev pump was installed to the borehole and then hand-ed over to the community. The community members were very glad since they have been relieved from the burden of lining up for hours to the slippery and hilly stream to get water. Treating of the injured limbs while carrying water from the hilly and slippery stream has been relieved. They promised to take care of their borehole.


We just posted some great pictures of the whole process.  Take a look, and Thank You for your help!

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03/30/2015: Hambane Women Group Project Underway

We are excited to announce that, thanks to your willingness to help, Hambane Women Group will soon have a new source of safe, clean water.  A new well is being constructed, and the community will receive training in sanitation and hygiene.  Together these resources will go a long way toward stopping the spread of disease in the area. We just posted an initial report from our partner in the field including information about the community, GPS coordinates, and pictures.

Take a look, and Thank You for your help!

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Monitoring Data

Project Type:  Borehole Well and Hand Pump
ProjectID: 4334
Install Date:  05/05/2015

Monitoring Data
Water Point:
Last Visit: 03/05/2018

Visit History:
11/05/2015 — Functional
12/23/2015 — Needs Attention
04/28/2016 — Functional
08/01/2016 — Functional
12/05/2016 — Functional
02/10/2017 — Functional
04/19/2017 — Functional
09/19/2017 — Functional
03/05/2018 — 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.