Project Status

Project Type:  Borehole Well and Hand Pump

Program: Wells for Kenya

Impact: 400 Served

Project Phase:  In Service - May 2010

Functionality Status:  Functional

Last Checkup: 11/04/2022

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Community Profile

The Masingo Slum is located in Kakamega, Kenya.  Home to hundreds of the poorest people in this city, the need for clean, safe water and sanitation was immense here.

The former water source was a nearby "river" which carries sewage from the town of Kakamega.  There is also a nearby unprotected spring, pictured below.  The water from the spring flows down through piles of garbage and waste.  Poverty is rampant.  Water borne illness a given.

Our partner, Bridge Water Project, collaborated closely with members of this community to plan and support this well project.  They intend to continue that in the long term.

As you can read in the final update below, the people of Masingo, upon receiving their new well immediately began to develop other means to relieve their own situation.  Small gardens are popping up.  And the water committee has even begun to install public toilets to improve sanitation and hygiene.

Even amidst their own dire need, the people of Masingo realize the value of clean, safe water and have each committed portions of their income to maintain it in the long term.

Masingo is a great example of how community based and community led water projects can quickly begin to transform lives and even restore a small measure of hope.

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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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