Project Status

Project Type:  Borehole Well and Hand Pump


Impact: 500 Served

Project Phase:  Decommissioned

Project Features

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Community Profile

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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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.


8 individual donors