Kwa Maji CBO Well Project

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Latitude 0.01
Longitude 34.74

500 Served

Project Phase:  Canceled/Re-Allocated
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This well project will serve the community of Kwa Maji and the surrounding churches and schools.  It will be managed by the Kwa Maji community based organization (CBO) who’s active role in the water project will help ensure its long term success.

The community gathers their water from a Sosiani (water pool) which is seasonal
and is especially scarce during January, February and December. This source cannot not serve the whole
community and so severe rationing is in place. It is also not a safe source of water, often contaminated by nearby latrines and other human activities.

This new well will serve up to 1,500 people according to our partner.

Latest Update:

9/8/2010 – Drilling Underway
8/18/2010 – Sanitation and Hygiene Training – Picture Added

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01/20/2011: Kwa Maji Drilling Fails

No one is more disappointed than the community in Kwa Maji…

After taking a risk and drilling in an area the surveyor suspected only moderate chance of finding water, our implementing partner was initially excited when water was found at about 21m below ground.  They began the work to prepare the cap and pump as usual.  But, unfortunately upon their return the next day, the well was dry.  The water had gone.

The team recalled the surveyor and together they determined it is unlikely drilling again will bring about a different result.  No one wanted that news.

The next step for the team is to meet with the community and determine if they are willing to perhaps consider rain catchment as an alternative.  In this area of Kenya, rains do come.  There could be a good supply if the project is implemented correctly.

We’ll reassess too and work to find the funds needed to cover those lost to the failed drilling.

It’s not a result anyone wanted and it proves once again that this work is hard and setbacks are common.  Let’s hope with the people of Kwa Maji that a good solution can be found.

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Project Data

Project Type:  Borehole Well and Hand Pump
Location:  Near Kakamega, Kenya
ProjectID: 423
Install Date:  09/30/2010


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.