Project Status

Project Type:  Borehole Well and Hand Pump

Program: Wells for Schools - Kenya

Impact: 500 Served

Project Phase: 
Under Community Care
Initial Installation: Dec 2010

Project Features

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Community Profile

The Ikobero school has over 500 students who, along with the 1,000 community
members, will soon be enjoying clean and safe drinking water.  Previously, these students walked nearly 3km to collect water from
an unprotected stream.  Many suffered from water borne disease,
according to Mr. Irangi, a local community leader interviewed about the
water situation.

A water committee of 3 men and 7 women was formed last year and together
with the community they had raised nearly $300USD to cover the initial
expense of the well survey and permits.

This drilling of this well was originally attempted a year ago, and during the process the team encountered rocks that their equipment could not dig through.  Thankfully, they have been able to contract with another driller to complete the borehole and access water.  Without your generous support this year, we could not have gone back and made this project a success!

Current Updates:

January 6th, 2011 the pump has now been installed and the project is nearing completion!

December 1, 2010 the hole has been completed and test pumping is underway.


Previous Updates:

Jan. 1, 2010: The drill crew has encountered hard rock formations which their
drill cannot penetrate.  We are awaiting access to a compressor to
break through.  We hope that arrives by Jan. 11th.

Oct. 7th, 2009: Construction
has begun on the Ikobero School and Community Well in Western Kenya.
This community is located about 30km from Kakamega in the Busali

We're just getting started, check back soon!

Project Photos

Project Type

Borehole and Hand Pump

Girls and women walk long distances for water when safe water is very often right under their feet! Underground rivers, called aquifers, often contain a constant supply of safe water – but you have to get to it. No matter what machine or piece of equipment is used, all drilling is aiming for a borehole that reaches into an aquifer. If the aquifer has water - and after the well is developed - we are able to pull water to the surface utilizing a hand-pump. If all goes as planned, the community is left with a safe, closed water source providing around 5 gallons of water a minute through a hand-pump.


3 individual donors
Mayo High School
Alvarado Independent School District
PS 91X Class 4-403 Penny Harvest Project
Adlai E. Stevenson High School
Chester Academy NHS
Washakie County School District
Kaiser Permanente
De Soto High School
McKinley-Thatcher Elementary Penny Harvest
Commonwealth Club of the Riviera
St. Columban Catholic School