Project Status

Project Type:  Borehole Well and Hand Pump

Program: The Water Promise - Kenya

Impact: 500 Served

Project Phase:  In Service - May 2015

Functionality Status:  Functional

Last Checkup: 01/11/2023

Project Features

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Community Profile

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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Project Photos

Project Type

Borehole and Hand Pump

Girls and women walk long distances for water when safe water is very often right under their feet! Underground rivers, called aquifers, often contain a constant supply of safe water – but you have to get to it. No matter what machine or piece of equipment is used, all drilling is aiming for a borehole that reaches into an aquifer. If the aquifer has water - and after the well is developed - we are able to pull water to the surface utilizing a hand-pump. If all goes as planned, the community is left with a safe, closed water source providing around 5 gallons of water a minute through a hand-pump.


Project Sponsor - Ipenburg Family
TRU-CO Structures Inc.