Lwanyengo Community

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The Water Promise - Kenya

Latitude 0.19
Longitude 34.61

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 (edited for clarity):


The proposed Lwanyengo Community came together as a group in the year 2012. It comprises of women and men who agreed to come together as a group to address problems facing them as a community. The group’s current activities are table banking and farming. In this community, access to quality water for domestic use and farming is one of the major challenges experienced. In one of their routine meetings, the group discussed the issue of water as a major problem facing them. The group approached Bridge Water Project in the year 2014 to consider their request to have a borehole drilled to enable them access quality water for their entire community’s domestic use and farming.


The community currently gets water from Lwanyengo spring which is protected but is 1 Km away from the homesteads.. During dry season the water level of the spring diminishes drastically, forcing community members to have to line up for hours waiting to fill up one jerrican.


The Lwanyengo community has a population of 100 households with an average number of 8 people per house (800) 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 condition of the proposed project is average since most homes have kitchens, water storage facilities, dish racks outside and clothe lines. At most every home has a compost pit and pit latrines, however, no hand washing stations were seen in the community. Because of the lack of hand washing stations, there’s need for more training on Hygiene and sanitation in the community.


There’s need to drill a borehole for the proposed Lwanyengo community to enable them access quality water for their domestic use and improve their sanitation and hygiene status


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



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07/06/2015: Lwanyengo Community Project Complete

We are excited to report that the project to bring clean water to Lwanyengo Community is complete.  The report below from our partner in the field gives some great information on all that went into this project:



Lwanyengo community holds a big number of community members who have come together to help each other in various problems facing them. To be able to ascertain their problems, the BWP hygiene and sanitation training team visited the community.

A good number of women and men attended the training. Hygiene and sanitation practices have great impact on the health of individuals in any community. This goes hand in hand with the behavior and attitude that people have.

Lwanyengo community members for instance are left out since they have suffered the outbreaks of waterborne diseases like typhoid, cholera and diarrhea. During the training, most of the old people claimed to be on typhoid and cholera medications for which they say it is costing them a lot of money hence making them poor.

Women complained of persistence of diarrhea diseases in their children who are below the age of five years. Something unbelievable is that the women connected the diseases with the changes in the weather especially this season of harvesting beans and more so to witchcraft.

Lack of knowledge on proper practice of hygiene and sanitation has been a contributing factor to the existence of waterborne diseases in this community. This therefore called for the trainers to train the community on the essentials of hygiene and sanitation practices. Some of the essentials included:

Always consume safe water:
This practice required the community members to observe essential behaviors like:

– Treat all 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.
– Place containers where young children cannot get into it.
– Always use different (clean) vessel to transfer water for drinking.
– Prevent anyone from putting his/her hands into the drinking water vessel, especially children.
– Clean the water storage container twice a week with soap.
– Always safely dispose feces and other wastes

To ensure this is done, the community members were trained to:

– Dispose children feces in latrines or toilet.
– Always wash your hands with soap and water after disposing waste.
– Wash hands with soap or ash at critical times

Washing hands is an important aspect of good hygiene and therefore the community members were trained to observe it through the following behaviors:

– Always use correct hand washing techniques. i.e. Rub at least three times, especially fingers; use a cleansing agent; use dripping or running water if possible; air dry.
– Always wash at critical moments, i.e. after going to the bathroom, contacting feces, and before eating, feeding or cooking.
– Prepare and store food safely

To ensure this is done, 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.

This was emphasized on by use of poster pictures for the community to understand how they are affected so that they can change their behaviour. The community members were encouraged to use toilets and practice hand washing with water, soap/ash regularly in which will greatly improve their health, hygiene and sanitation condition.

After the training was well done, the community members are looking forward to have a source of water, which will be provided by the water project through Bridgewater project.


The BWP team mobilized to the site and set the rig at the recommended point to start drilling. Drilling started the same day up to 18M. Drilling continued the following day up to 30M using mud drilling. The first aquifer was struck at 20M while the second at 31M and the third at 46M. Drilling was successful up to 50M.The approximate yield for this borehole is 5 to 6 cubic per hour.

Casing was done successfully up to the bottom using 5 inch casings. During this activity of casing installation stage, no challenge was experienced, the casing stood to the final depth of the borehole then gravel was inserted. The borehole was developed until water was clear.



BWP mason team mobilized to the site in preparation of construction of the well pad. The community members were ready to help where necessary. Lwanyengo community members helped in bringing water for construction and preparing meals. Well pad excavation was the first activity, and then wire mesh, brick lying and concrete lying was done in the process of construction. Finally the well pad was plastered and left to cure for three days.


Pump installation activity was successful since men and women in Lwanyengo came to see their dream of water come true. They were happy and thanked Bridge Water Project for saving their life. The problem of disease suffering is now solved and the dangers and distant of going far looking for water has been solved.

The community members helped where necessary. An Affridev pump was installed and finally Bridge Water Project handed over the well to the community. Faces of joy and happiness are all you could see from the community members accompanied with their jerricans to get clean and safe water.

Thank You The Water Project!!

We also posted some new pictures of the project including the finished well.  Take a look, and Thank You for your help!

The Water Project : handing-over-2

06/02/2015: Lwanyengo Community Project Underway

We are excited to announce that, thanks to your willingness to help, Lwanyengo Community in Kenya 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 including information about the community, GPS coordinates, and pictures.  We’ll keep you posted as the project continues.

Take a look, and Thank You for your help!

The Water Project : kenya4335-07-steepy-hill-from-current-water-source

Monitoring Data

Project Type:  Borehole Well and Hand Pump
ProjectID: 4335
Install Date:  06/15/2015

Monitoring Data
Water Point:
Last Visit: 02/28/2018
Well Depth:  52.00M

Visit History:
11/05/2015 — Functional
12/23/2015 — Functional
02/24/2016 — Functional
08/01/2016 — Functional
09/21/2016 — Functional
12/05/2016 — Functional
03/09/2017 — Functional
04/19/2017 — Functional
09/11/2017 — Functional
02/28/2018 — Functional

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.