Project Status

Project Type:  Borehole Well and Hand Pump

Program: Wells for Schools - Kenya

Impact: 500 Served

Project Phase: 
Under Community Care
Initial Installation: Sep 2011

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Community Profile

A new well is being constructed for the Care Compassion Children's Home and their local community in Kenya.

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

Care Compassion Children's supports orphaned children of HIV infected parents and other affected children in Vihiga. The home keeps 50 orphans and also runs an outreach programme for the vulnerable children within Vihiga district. It’s registered with the Ministry of Social Services as a children's charitable organization

Current Water Source

It relies on water catchment (seen below) that is not enough to take care of the children. They are forced to walk2 km to the stream that serves the whole
community and during dry season it dries up.


It has a population of 50 children staying there and 6 staff attached to the children. The surrounding community has a population of over 800 members.


The management committee in place would oversee the running of the drilled water.

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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!