Project Status

Project Type:  Borehole Well and Hand Pump

Program: Wells for Schools - Kenya

Impact: 500 Served

Project Phase:  Installed - Jul 2009

Functionality Status:  Partner Monitoring Unavailable

Last Checkup: 06/02/2015

Project Features

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Community Profile

The community at Aleko in Western Kenya is enjoying it’s brand new well. This community well point is serving hundreds of people who, before this well was installed, walked 5km to an unprotected spring.


Our on the ground partners – The Bridge Water Project – visited Aleko about 2 months ago and sent us these pictures. Even though we see them all the time, we were once again moved by the huge need so evident in these communities.

Because of people, just like you, we are able to respond quickly when new communities request a well. We simply could not do any of this work without your help.

The Aleko well serves nearly 1,000 people in the community. A water committee of 6 men and 4 women has been established to oversee the project going forward. Together with the community, they raised over $300 to cover the initial costs of surveys and permits.

Project Updates

01/18/2011: Aleko Well Repaired

During our teams recent visit to the Aleko, they discover the well to be producing rust colored water. This was the result of poor quality internal parts having been installed by a former drill team (since released). The crew has replaced the internal mechanism with high quality stainless steel rods which are up to our standards.

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01/11/2011: Aleko Community Revisted

The team recently revisited a former project at the Aleko Community.  They held an additional sanitation and hygiene training session.  While there, the community shared that their ability to construct shelters and buildings had improved as a “side-effect” of having an adequate water supply.  Brick making is much easier with water nearby.

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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.


Pathway Christian Church, San Diego, CA

1 individual donors
Our Lady of Hope Church