Ark of Orphans Development Project

Water Point
Project Features
Click icons to learn more


Wells for Schools - Kenya

Latitude 0.08
Longitude 34.57

500 Served

Project Status:

Take a Tour

Explore The Project

Stories and Community Profile

This new well project serves an orphanage of 50+ children and also provides water to the surrounding community of over 1,000 people.

The former source of water for these children was an unreliable and unprotected spring about 1km away (seen below).  The spring is flooded and dirty when it rains and dries up in the dry season.  It is also a very congested water source, which indicates the need for clean, safe water in this area.

Our team has established that a water committee is in place and very active in the upcoming project.  They plan to collect a small fee for use of this water point so that the project can be maintained in the long term.  Our implementing team is also working with the committee to ensure proper sanitation and hygiene training is available.

Project Photos

Project Updates

Ark of Orphans Well Completed


A new well has been completed and handed over to the community at Ark of Orphans Development Project.

This local, grass roots organization cares for orphans and helps place children in local foster homes.  This well project serves the resident orphans, the foster families and the surrounding community.

Our local implementing partner reported…(unedited)

“It was another beautiful day as we arrived at Ark of Orphans offices with the Orphans of Ark looking happy and anxious to be handed over clean and safe drinking water. One could tell as the parents, guardians and community members came in large numbers to witness the handover of the new well.

There was one Orphan child of Ark who gave a testimony describing the new well as their only savior. She said that they have been suffering from water related diseases i.e typhoid as a result of  taking turbid, muddy water, she also added that they had difficult time to concentrate on their daily activities i.e reading, singing in class instead there were forced to walk miles away looking for dirty water now she believes that this will never happen again with this new well near them. On behalf of  the Orphans of Ark she expressed thanks to The Water Project through Bridge Water Project for caring the lives of Orphans by providing them with safe clean water.

A testimony from the Director of Ark of Orphans who described the new well as a source of income to the Ark members since they will utilize this new well to start other new projects i.e brick making, crop growing and dairy farming in turn which will help to raise funds for other basic needs I,e food, clothes and education to Orphans of Ark. On behalf of staff and Board members of Ark he was very thankful to The Water Project through Bridge Water Project for remembering those people who are in need of clean water.”

Ark of Oprhans Community WaSH Training


Our implementing team recently spent the day with the community and staff of Ark of Orphans in Western Kenya.  In a few weeks, this community and orphanage will be receiving their new well.  To prepare them for this and to ensure the impact of the project is as great as possible, WaSH training (Water Sanitation and Hygiene) is carried out.

Here is the unedited report from our partner…

Since they work for orphans and widows they were happy to learn a bout Hygiene and sanitation since most of the orphans have never had parental guide on hygiene and sanitation so it was upon the members to take up the responsibility of teaching them and so they really need this information.
The local Administration was part of the training and she patiently listened and happy that the community members were able to learn  skills on hygiene and sanitation so that they can in turn pass the information to the  other community members. The proposed water point is central at a market place called Ebuyangu market and so the other larger community would benefit too. The watsan committee has a bigger role to play but they assured us that the local administration would  be included in the decision making .

Monitoring Data

Project Type:  Borehole Well and Hand Pump
Location:  Ebuyangu Village, Embali Sub-Division
ProjectID: 406
Install Date:  06/10/2010

Monitoring Data
Water Point:
Needs Repair
Last Visit: 03/07/2018
Well Depth:  50.00M


We are actively working with this partner to resolve the issues in this community. The "last visit" date is not necessarily the date we were notified by the partner of any potential problems. Once informed of downtime, we work to respond quickly. We will update the project status when these issues are resolved.

Visit History:
10/11/2012 — Functional
11/03/2015 — Functional
04/28/2016 — Functional
09/16/2016 — Functional
02/28/2017 — Functional
07/03/2017 — Needs Repair
03/07/2018 — Needs Repair


53 individual donors
Church of Living Water
Grace Church of Orange

Want to start your own campaign? Learn more »

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.