Alpha Orphan Care Well Project

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Latitude 0.12
Longitude 34.65

500 Served

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A new well is being constructed for the Alpha Orphan Care and Vocational Training Center near Kakamega, Kenya.  This well will serve vulnerable children, a vocation school and the surrounding community.

Our implementer in the field filed this initial report (edited for clarity):

This group supports orphans
and vulnerable children in the community of Khwisero East and has 76 trained
community health workers.  Each health worker takes care of 15 children. The school runs vocational training for the same children in tailoring.


Currently they are supporting 100 children on a daily basis who come to learn different

Current  water source

They currently have to hire somebody to get water from a source of unknown quality over 5km from Alpha.

The water is used for poultry keeping, bee keeping, and dairy keeping but is not safe for human consumption.


The orphans themselves plus the income
generating activities and the community in general that has a population of
1,500.  The proposed well will be situated near a market place that does not currently have water to serve
the community.


They have a committee on healththat will oversee the water project or the

Latest Update:

9/28/2010 – Well completed and handed over the the community

Our partner reported from the dedication ceremony… (unedited)

“The BWP staff went on to hand over the water system to Alpha Vocational Training centre.
At least 32 C.H.W were present, 20 parents and 200 orphans were present.
The orphans were joyful and happy because the desire of their heart was fulfilled.

For the shortest period the water system was ready, the environment was clean and attractive and the orphans were also clean.

Both the part present sung a Luyha song saying “Mwana wa mberi neshikhoyero”

It was a joyful moment in the orphans.

Women screamed and men whistled as the water was pumped out.”


9/27/2010 – Pump Installation – Pictures Added
8/27/2010 – Drilling Underway – Pictures Added

8/18/2010 – Community Sanitation and Hygiene Training – Pictures Added

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Monitoring Data

Project Type:  Borehole Well and Hand Pump
Location:  Near Kakamega, Kenya
ProjectID: 451
Install Date:  09/28/2010

Monitoring Data
Water Point:
Needs Repair
Last Visit: 03/23/2018
Well Depth:  75.00M


We are actively working with this partner to resolve the issues in this community. The "last visit" date is not necessarily the date we were notified by the partner of any potential problems. Once informed of downtime, we work to respond quickly. We will update the project status when these issues are resolved.

Visit History:
10/10/2012 — Functional
11/03/2015 — Functional
06/08/2016 — Needs Repair
07/26/2016 — Functional
09/16/2016 — Functional
12/19/2016 — Functional
02/01/2017 — Needs Repair
04/10/2017 — Functional
09/18/2017 — Functional
03/23/2018 — Needs Repair


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.