Simbi Dispensary and Community Well - Kenya

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Latitude -0.36
Longitude 34.73

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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 easy…it’d be done.

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Project Type:  Borehole Well and Hand Pump
Location:  Kendu Bay, Kenya
ProjectID: 402
Install Date:  03/08/2010


34 individual donors
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Country Details


Population: 39.8 Million
Lacking clean water: 43%
Below poverty line: 50%

Partner Profile

Bridge Water Project has been funded by The Water Project almost since they got their start in 2007.  This local Kenyan NGO works directly with the communities and neighbors they know well.  Building relationships with these villages and the local government helps ensure that the water projects we fund are sustainable in the long term.

BWP works to repair up to four wells for every new one they install.  In this area of Kenya, many old and broken down water points still exist.  We have found that restoring these water points and establishing new plans for maintenance and monitoring, is quite cost effective.

We work closely with partners like BWP to strengthen their teams, through professional development growing their impact and quality of work over time.  Your donations make it all possible.