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The Water Project: Erechero Womens Group Well Project -
The Water Project: Erechero Womens Group Well Project -
The Water Project: Erechero Womens Group Well Project -
The Water Project: Erechero Womens Group Well Project -

Project Status

Project Type:  Borehole Well and Hand Pump

Program: Wells for Kenya

Impact: 500 Served

Project Phase: 
Under Community Care
Initial Installation: Oct 2010

Project Features

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Community Profile

A new well has been constructed for the Irechero Women’s Group and their surrounding community in Western Kenya.  This local community based group is deeply involved in this project which will help ensure its long term sustainability.

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

The Irechero women’s group is in charge of
supporting the women in the community particularly in small business and small scale farming which helps them and
the whole community become self-sustainable.

Previous  Water Source

The previous water source was the Shasile
stream that is 1 km away and the water is contaminated by human activities like
bathing and animals using the same source for drinking. The water is turbid (muddy).

the need.

The self help group and the community needs
water for domestic use (drinking and cooking) and irrigating their farms during dry seasons.


The water well can serve500 people in the community and the
surrounding communities.


Irechero Women group shall be in charge of
the water point.

& Hygiene

The community is fairly knowledgeable about
hygiene. Most of them have toilets and bathrooms, have on going project around
them i.e banana plantation and mixed farming.

Project Timeline

10/4/2010 – Project Complete and Handed Over – Pictures Added, Report Posted

Our implementing team reported from the dedication ceremony… (unedited)

“Irechero Women group had joy as the water supply was being handed to them. They thanked The Water Project for providing water for them and really appreciated as women group their energy will now go unto development work as women so that the time they have been using to look for water will be used for other activities.

They can also use the source of water as an income generating activities. One old women said that she has been suffering walking long distances to look for clean water has come to an end. An old man appreciated  that his wife will no longer walk ling distances anymore and thanked Bridge Water Project.”

9/21/2010 – Drilling complete, pump attached – Pictures Added
8/26/2010 – Drilling is underway – Pictures added
8/18/2010 – Sanitation and Hygiene Training – Pictures Added

Project Updates

08/10/2011: Irechero Womens Group Well Deepened

In October 2010, TWP installed a well at the Irechero Womens Group
near Kakamega, Kenya.  About a year later, and as a likely result of the
severe droughts gripping this part of East Africa, the well began to
run dry.

When our implementing partner revisited the project
recently, it became clear that this project would need some additional
interventions to ensure a year-round water supply.  So, we worked with
our partner to develop a plan to deepen this well.

This community water project is a great example of the need to revisit and
checkup on former projects.  Because we were able to do so, clean safe
water will continue to flow here.  We are thankful to our supporters who
see the value in funding both long term follow up and when needed, the
repairs to get a project back online.

Today, we’ve posted pictures of the deepening efforts at the clinic.

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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.


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