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The Water Project: Ilinge Community E -  Well Progress
The Water Project: Ilinge Community E -  Clothesline
The Water Project: Ilinge Community E -  Cooking Area
The Water Project: Ilinge Community E -  Cooking Area
The Water Project: Ilinge Community E -  Handwashing Station
The Water Project: Ilinge Community E -  Handwashing Station And Latrine
The Water Project: Ilinge Community E -  Cattle
The Water Project: Ilinge Community E -  Donkey Carrying Water
The Water Project: Ilinge Community E -  Donkey Carrying Water
The Water Project: Ilinge Community E -  Hauling Water Home
The Water Project: Ilinge Community E -  Filling Jerrican With 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 (?):  03/01/2019

Project Features

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This is the third year we have worked with Ilinge Community and the Mwanyani Self-Help Group. Two dams and two wells have been constructed, giving people access to safe water for drinking and a source for irrigating their crops.

However, many people still must walk more than a mile each way to access the new wells and benefit from the dams. So we plan to construct another well and dam to ensure that everyone has safe water nearby.

Go here to view previous projects in the community and see their progress over the past few years.

This self-help group is in the third year of our five-year development program. They were trained during the construction of their first successful sand dam, and have grown immensely since then. But there is still more work to be done, community members say.

“Typhoid is still prevalent because of the ignorance around drinking water treatment. Some of the households have not implemented the tippy taps, dish racks, pit latrine lids despite them having been trained,” Mr. Sebastian Mumo said.

“This is purely out of ignorance rather than the lack of knowledge.”

The sanitation conditions are poor, found our field officers. They need to boost the levels of hygiene in the area.

The community members do not wash their latrines often which is evident by the foul smell that is emitted from the latrines. Some of the homesteads we visited had tippy taps installed by their washrooms.

Boiling and chlorination are considered the most effective methods of water treatment by the members of this community, however, not all the members practice this habit as they perceive it as costly and they give it less attention.

These areas can improve with the trainers following up with community members in order for them to practice as they have been taught.

Having worked with the group before, they have shown resilience, commitment and the willingness to build another sand dam and well.

This type of intervention will provide the community with a solution to accessing clean water, it will reduce the distance they walk in order to access clean water as well as reduce the risks of contracting waterborne diseases and any other health issues that may arise.

What we plan to do about it:

Our main entry point into Ilinge Community has been the Mwanyani 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 continue training the self-help group members and their communities on hygiene and sanitation practices. Though our visits to households were encouraging, we want to ensure that community members are practicing the day to day habits we are not able to observe during our routine visits. Food hygiene, water hygiene and treatment, personal hygiene and handwashing will all be a focus during our next review.

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 Ilinge Village and will bring clean water closer to families having to walk long distances for their water.

Project Updates

01/10/2019: Ilinge Community Hand-Dug Well Project Underway

A severe clean water shortage in Ilinge Community still affects hundreds of people. Thanks to your generosity, we’re working to install a nearby water system and much more.

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

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07/19/2018: Scheduling Construction in Ilinge Community

It won’t be long before the construction of the hand-dug well begins! As you can imagine, coordinating all the people involved in this kind of project is an important factor for success. The field officers meet frequently with the community to verify that all the materials and volunteers are ready. They need to prepare accommodations for our artisans, too. Based on the last review, the community needs more time to prepare. We’ve adjusted the expected completion date for this project, and we look forward to keeping you updated as the artisans and trainers get to work in the coming months!

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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 Sponsor - Barbara Belle Ash Dougan Foundation