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The Water Project: Ikuusya Community A -  Water Storage Container And Chairs In Compound
The Water Project: Ikuusya Community A -  Latrine
The Water Project: Ikuusya Community A -  Kasyoka Muthengi
The Water Project: Ikuusya Community A -  Donkey
The Water Project: Ikuusya Community A -  Dish Rack In Kitchen
The Water Project: Ikuusya Community A -  Cooking Area
The Water Project: Ikuusya Community A -  Clothesline
The Water Project: Ikuusya Community A -  Standing Outside Of Kitchen With Dog
The Water Project: Ikuusya Community A -  Compound
The Water Project: Ikuusya Community A -  Hauling Water Back Home
The Water Project: Ikuusya Community A -  Pouring Water Into Jerrican
The Water Project: Ikuusya Community A -  Scooping Water

Project Status

Project Type:  Dug Well and Hand Pump

Regional Program: Southeastern Kenya WaSH Program

Impact: 500 Served

Project Phase:  Under Construction
Estimated Install Date (?):  12/15/2018

Project Features

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People living in Ikuusya Community have to travel more than two miles to collect water from the nearby riverbed. They must scoop the murky water from a hole, fill their containers and make the return journey home – this time with the added weight of the water.

The journey is made easier for those who own a donkey. Others must resort to paying for people to fetch the water for them.

All of this effort is undertaken to bring home water that is unsafe. The water containers don’t even have covers, so water is succeptible to further contamination on the way home. The majority of people are using this water without any form of treatment.

The problem is amplified by the fact that it reduces the level of hygiene and sanitation in the community. Roughly three-quarters of households have latrines, but none of the households we visited had water nearby to use for handwashing due to the lack of access.

“The majority of people in our area want to lead decent lives, with high levels of hygiene and sanitation. However, water challenges in our community have led to poor levels of cleanliness at the household level,” Mrs. Mwikali Kimeli, a local farmer, said to us.

The Kwa Mbunza Self-Help Group heard about our work from neighboring groups. They got in contact with our field officer Patrick and expressed their intention to partner with us to improve access to safe water in their community.

Most people here rely on farming or casual labor as their source of income. However, some are employed in formal jobs and others conduct petty trade to make a living.

The community is found in a peaceful remote rural village with the characteristic indigenous dry-land tree species forming the majority of the vegetation cover. The majority of individual houses are mud made and grass thatched with others made of bricks and iron sheets.

What we can do:

Our main entry point into Ikuusya Community has been the Kwa Mbunza Self-Help Group, which is comprised of farming households that are working together to address water and food scarcity in their region. These members will be our hands in feet in both constructing water projects and spreading the message of good hygiene and sanitation to everyone.


We’re going to train self-help group members and their communities on hygiene and sanitation practices. Not every household has a pit latrine, so we need to explain the importance of this facility. Some of the latrines we were able to observe were very poorly constructed, so we are concerned they will collapse and sink when the rare burst of rain occurs. We will continue to encourage improvement here, especially when it comes to daily cooking habits, personal hygiene, water hygiene and its treatment, and handwashing.

Hand-Dug Well

This particular hand-dug well is being built adjacent to this group’s ongoing sand dam project (click here to see), which will supply clean drinking water once it rains. We have supplied the group with the tools needed for excavation. With the guidance of our artisans and mechanics, the excavated well will be cased, sealed with a well pad, and then finished with a new AfriDev pump.

Excavation takes a month or more on average, depending on the nature of the rock beneath. Construction of the well lining and installation of the pump takes 12 days maximum. The well will be lined with a concrete wall including perforations so that once it rains, water will filter in from the sand dam.

This well will be located in Ikuusya Village and will bring clean water closer to families having to walk long distances for their water.

Project Updates

11/05/2018: Ikuusya Community Well Project Underway

Dirty water from sandy riverbeds is making people in Ikuusya Community sick. Thanks to your generosity, we’re working to install a clean water point and much more.

Get to know your community through the narrative and pictures we’ve posted, and read about this water, sanitation and hygiene project. We look forward to reaching out with more good news!

The Water Project : kenya18219-scooping-water

Project Photos

Project Type

Dug Well and Hand Pump

Hand-dug wells are best suited for clay, sand, gravel and mixed soil ground formations. A large diameter well is dug by hand, and then lined with either bricks or concrete to prevent contamination and collapse of the well. Once a water table is hit, the well is capped and a hand-pump is installed – creating a complete and enclosed water system.


Project Underwriter - Andrew, Paula, and Elle Smiley
Thomas C Bishop Charitable Fund
2 individual donor(s)