Emanyala Hospital

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Latitude 0.16
Longitude 34.46

500 Served

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This initial report comes directly from our partner Bridge Water Project, and has been edited for clarity. 


The proposed project is a hospital which was started 1990 by Emanyala Community members as a self help group, with an aim of meeting their primary health services since the community could not access health services nearby and if there was need they were compelled to travel 40KM to St. Mary’s Hospital Mumias , which most  people cannot afford.

In the neighborhood of the hospital, there is Emanyala secondary school where it was recorded 200 students lost their lives due to typhoid and cholera attack in the year 2000 and since then the school has never experienced growth in population. So it is anticipated that with such water supply in place at the hospital students from the school will also benefit. 



 The hospital’s hygiene and sanitation is fairly good since the  administration has engaged laborers who always ensures it is cleaned all  the time using water that is bought from their water retailers at five shillings for every 20 litres. This places a heavy strain on the hospital finances. The new water source will make keeping the hospital clean a much easier and affordable task.           


Ever since the hospital was built, the staff and patients have had to use water from a nearby stream. When the government built the hospital it also constructed a water tower and tank, but there has never been any water flowing into the tank. 

 Instead, the hospital staff have had to buy water from a local retailer who gets the water from the stream. This stream also serves the local community, market traders and Emanyala Primary and Secondary School. It is heavily used and the quality of the water is not good. 


 This project will include a borehole and electric pump. The pump will sit in the well, and pump water up to a tower on the hospital site. From there, the water will flow into the pipes and through the taps that the hospital has already. It will be a fantastic thing to see water flowing through the hospital system, all of these years after it was constructed! 

We look forward to news on this exciting project in the coming weeks, when we will be posting photos and reports on progress on this project page. 

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Recent Project Updates

10/10/2011: Emanyala Hospital Water Project Complete!

We are happy to be able to pass on news from our partners in Kenya that they have successfully completed the project at Emanyala Hospital. 

We received the reports over the last few days. What follows has been edited for clarity, but is directly from our partners at Bridge Water Project: 

Hygiene and Sanitation

During this program, more of hygiene education was done to the patients and nurses who were present. Some of the issues tackled during this program were disease transmission routes, hand washing, food storage/handling and personal hygiene.

The patients admitted that their children have been sick due to diseases caused by lack of proper hygiene. The nurses claimed that more patients who report in the hospital suffer from diseases like cholera, typhoid and other water borne diseases.

The patients were encouraged to ensure that they wash their hands after visiting the latrines, before handling food and after every meal. They were also reminded of proper food storage and proper personal hygiene like washing clothes and bathing.

On day three, more was discussed on environmental sanitation, latrines/open defecation and water in the home. Most patients claimed to have latrines in their homes and all are kept clean. It was noted that water was poorly stored and therefore causing waterborne diseases at household level. The patients were therefore reminded to ensure that water is well stored, treated and served in clean containers.

The committee to be in charge of water in the hospital was also formed and given full responsibility to oversee all operation and maintenance practices.

The drilling process 

Drilling was done and the team hit water at a depth of 24 M. The drilled hole was then cased and gravel parked at a depth of 30 M. 

Test pumping was done to establish the yield and the recharge of the well was 2.57 m3/h. The sub massive pump was installed at a depth of 27 M. Piping was laid to the existing water tower and the system has been tested. Finally the well was handed over to the Water User Committee who will now manage the facility.

Again, The Water Project would like to thank all of our partners and those who made the great efforts to make this project a reality. The people of Emanyala Hospital now have access to a life changing resource, thanks to your hard work!  

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09/26/2011: More photos of progress at Emanyala

This morning we received these pictures of drilling progress at Emanyala, as well as photos showing the community education under way and the newly formed water user committee.

We’re glad to share these with you, and look forward to confirming the successful completion of this project in the coming days.  

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Monitoring Data

Project Type:  Borehole Well and Hand Pump
Location:  Emanyala Sub District, Kenya
ProjectID: 4006
Install Date:  10/10/2011

Monitoring Data
Water Point:
Last Visit: 04/20/2018

Visit History:
10/13/2012 — Functional
05/15/2015 — Functional
12/17/2015 — Functional
02/04/2016 — Functional
12/06/2016 — Functional
03/27/2017 — Needs Attention
04/25/2017 — Needs Attention
07/28/2017 — Functional
03/07/2018 — Needs Attention
04/20/2018 — Functional

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.