Project Status

Project Type:  Borehole Well and Hand Pump

Program: Wells for Schools - Kenya

Impact: 500 Served

Project Phase:  In Service - Dec 2010

Functionality Status:  Functional

Last Checkup: 01/24/2024

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Community Profile

The Busyubi Primary School has over 850 students who, along with the additional 300
nearby community members, will soon be enjoying clean and safe drinking
water. This community is located about 45km from
Kakamega in the SW Bunymore location.

Previously, these students walked nearly 2km to collect water from an unprotected stream.

Construction has resumed and the
borehole has been cased.

This project is a re-drilling of the first borehole intended to supply the Busyubi School.  Since that project was not properly completed, which we discovered during a visit this year, our implementing team suggested we re-engage with the school to finish what the original team could not.  Thanks to our supporters in 2010, we were able to take on this very important project and see that it lasts for a very long time.  Sometimes we don't get the results we want on the first attempt.  Going back and checking up regularly makes sure we get it right in the end.

A water committee of 5 men and 2 women has been formed, and together
with the community they have raised nearly $300USD to cover the initial
expense of the well survey and permits.

Update: 1/5/2011 - The pump has been attached and water is flowing!

We're just getting started, check back soon!

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Project Type

Abundant water is often right under our feet! Beneath the Earth’s surface, rivers called aquifers flow through layers of sediment and rock, providing a constant supply of safe water. For borehole wells, we drill deep into the earth, allowing us to access this water which is naturally filtered and protected from sources of contamination at the surface level. First, we decide where to drill by surveying the area and determining where aquifers are likely to sit. To reach the underground water, our drill rigs plunge through meters (sometimes even hundreds of meters!) of soil, silt, rock, and more. Once the drill finds water, we build a well platform and attach a hand pump. If all goes as planned, the community is left with a safe, closed water source providing around five gallons of water per minute! Learn more here!


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