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The Water Project: Kakiriing Community Well -
The Water Project: Kakiriing Community Well -
The Water Project: Kakiriing Community Well -
The Water Project: Kakiriing Community Well -
The Water Project: Kakiriing Community Well -
The Water Project: Kakiriing Community Well -
The Water Project: Kakiriing Community Well -

Project Status

Project Type:  Borehole Well and Hand Pump

Program: Wells for Kenya

Impact: 300 Served

Project Phase: 
Community Managed
Implementing Partner Monitoring Data Unavailable
Initial Installation: Mar 2011

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Community Profile

Located 20km SW of Lodwar, Kakiriing community lies in the semi arid lands of Turkhana District. Traditionally the people here are semi nomadic pastoralists, herding cattle, camels or goats in search of pasture and water.

The last ten years have seen consistent drought, such that it is now uncommon to see the Turkhana people with their animals, for they have either been slaughtered for food or died due to lack of food and water. In Kakirring, the 300 residents have taken on a more sedentry lifestyle, and live in small huts scattered sparsely across the sandy land.

It is hot here, through the year, and the people are not able to grow crops for lack of water and poor soils. The walk to the river is 3km, and takes a hour. Once there, the women and children scoop up the turbid water into jerry cans and walk home with them on their heads.  

In Lodwar town, many international aid organisations have their offices, and do their best to support communities such as Kakiriing with food aid. Every 6 weeks each family is permitted an amount of maize meal, which they must live on until the next delivery. These people are on the edge of society, reliant on handouts to keep them alive.

Malnutrition is rife, especially amongst the children, as well as many water borne diseases including cholera, typhoid and dysentery.  

The Water Project is committed to trying to make a difference in Kakiriing. We visited last year, and are determined to try and help. The people in Kakiriing don’t want to rely on handouts. They want to grow crops and become self sufficient.

We are planning to drill a borehole in Kakiriing this year, which will provide safe and clean water to the community, and to their neighbours. This water will be for drinking, cleaning and cooking. If the borehole has sufficient yield it will also be used for irrigation.  

Sanitation and hygiene are also big issues in Kakiriing, as the sandy soil does not lend itself to the process of latrine construction, and people lack knowledge about hand washing and disease transmission. Latrines are liable to collapse, as they have done in the past during the voilent and short rains. As part of the project, The Water Project is committed to raising awareness about hygiene and sanitation through education, and is actively looking into ways of tackling the sanitation challenge.

To do this, we are working with SERV Ministries International, who have a presence in Lodwar as they run an orphanage in the town. As we drill for water in Kakiriing, we will also be providing the orphanage with a borehole.

In the long term, the staff at the orphanage, some of whom have a background in public health, will be ensuring that the Kakiriing community have the support they need when they need it.

Project Updates

11/14/2011: We've just got some follow up data to share

Our partner SERV International has forwarded us these photos from a recent trip to Turkana. They show the pump functioning well, children collecting clean water  and the community leader, Pastor Jackson Ewoi, standing next to the pump. It’s great to see! 

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09/26/2011: Follow up visit to Kakiring Community

When we designed this project, it was in partnership with SERV Ministries International. We committed to providing support for both the orphanage run by SERV, and this community at Kakiring. The idea was that in the long term, SERV would be able to undertake regular visits to the community at Kakiring, and make sure that the water project is functioning well, and the community are able to manage the operation and maintenance of the facility. 

Joe Garcia, the President of SERV, got back in touch with me today to let us know that the project is functioning well, and that they delivered some sacks of maize and beans recently to help the community get through the terrible drought that people are dealing with throughout the Horn of Africa at present. I’ve uploaded these pictures of the community, and I expect to get some more detailed shots of the water source in the coming days. 

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07/11/2011: New photos in from Kakiring!

News just in! I’ve just received new photos from our partner SERV Ministries International, who were in Lodwar at the end of June and were helpful enough to take a few shots of water flowing at Kakiring 

community for us. 
This has been a fantastic project. Personally I can attest that the impact of providing clean and fresh water for the people of this community is simply amazing. This is a dry and hostile environment. 
I’m looking forward ot getting more detailed news on how the community is doing, but for now I hope these images help to show the fantastic work we’ve all been involved in up in Turkana, Northern Kenya. 
The TWP team. 

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03/31/2011: First photos from Kakiring!

Hello everyone, following on from the great call I had with Pastor Jackson Ewoi 

of Kakiring when water was hit, I’ve just received the first photos of water flowing.
We hope to have many more in the coming days – but for now I hope these give you 
all an image of the great thing we’ve done together!
Posted By Jack, from Mombasa, Kenya

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03/24/2011: Maji Mingi! Lots of Water in Kakiring, Kenya

WATER!! We just got a call from Kenya about minute ago.  “Maji Mangi,” is what the Pastor from Kakiring was literally yelling into the phone to our Program Director.  “Water, lots of water!”

This is so important to these people!  What a blessing.

We’ll hopefully get the details soon, but we couldn’t wait to share the news.

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03/06/2011: Site Visit at Kakiriing

Posted by Jack Owen, WASH Program Manager, on returning to Mombasa after a week in Lodwar, Turkhana District

“Last week I had the pleasure of revisiting the community after nearly a year. It was in April last year that I travelled up to meet them for the first time. During that time we resolved to try our hardest to design a project with them. Their need is among the greatest I have ever seen. These are people living on the edges of existence.
On Thursday and Friday I spent the day at Kakiriing, laying the groundwork for the arrival of the drill team this coming week. It’s important that time is invested in discussion and sharing in the run up to WASH projects, to develop a common understanding and to ensure that as the project begins everybody is on board. 
I was delighted to find that the people of Kakiriing are mobilised, ready to go and full of enthusiasm for the coming work. They are committed to ensuring that the project lasts long term, and I have a lot of confidence that operation and maintenance (O+M) issues will be dealt with as they come up. 
The one disappointment of the trip was that due to slight delays with the drill team, I had to leave before the drilling started. However, I’m in close contact with the team on the ground, so I’ll be able to post some more good news in the coming days!
Whilst we were there, we also joined up with SERV Ministries International and contributed towards a food drop. The people here are so destitute they live hand to mouth, and survive thanks to the aid of organisations such as World Vision. It was great for The Water Project to be able to contribute in a small way towards the people’s food needs. 
Of course, food security is not a direct goal of The Water Project’s activities. However, the people of Kakiriing are actively planning to plant once water is available. We see food security as a spin off win. With water, everything changes!”    

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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.


55 individual donors
Beacon Hill International School
Independent School District 11
Our Lady of the Angels
Bunche Montessori Early Childhood Center