Project Status

Project Type:  Borehole Well and Hand Pump

Program: Wells for Kenya

Impact: 0 Served

Project Phase: 
Community Managed
Implementing Partner Monitoring Data Unavailable
Initial Installation: Mar 2010

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Community Profile

This new well at a medical dispensary near Kendu Bay was not successful in reaching our goal of clean, safe water.  We're disappointed and are exploring our options at this stage.

Here is what our partner in the field reported on April 14th, 2010.

"Simbi Dispensary has a functioning well, and the cement work is of a
very high standard. The issue with this scheme is that the water
quality is very poor. The water is of a brown colour and
saline. They are using the water for cleaning, feeding cattle and body
washing, but cannot use it for drinking or cooking. This is a great shame, and the chance
of this was not indicated on the geo survey. We have handed the project
over, but of course there was little cause for a celebration.
The good people there have though expressed their gratitude at our
efforts, and appreciate that the quality of the water sourced is beyond our control. I am going
to try and help them explore treatment processes, and they have agreed
to take a sample to the government laboratory for testing as a
next step."

While this is obviously not the outcome we had hoped for, we're hopeful the water it does provide will help with food security and for some convenience.  Water filtration and treatment may be possible and we are exploring that with our partner.

While the expense of digging this well cannot be re-captured, we will consider using funds set aside for well repair and maintenance to potentially re-drill in a different area and then transfer the pump.

Donors to this project should continue to monitor this page for updates.

If this project cannot be fixed, we will assign donors to a new project.

Thanks for your support and patience.  We're disappointed but hopeful.  If this work were'd be done.

We're just getting started, check back soon!

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.


34 individual donors
Basin Youth Bells
Clover Creek Elementary School
SAS Peacemakers
Granby Memorial High School
Saint Martins Church