Mama Sukuma Self Help Womens Group

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Latitude 0.31
Longitude 34.55

500 Served

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This new well project serves a community of nearly 800 people in the Kakamega area of Western Kenya.

The project is led by and also serves the Mama Sukuma Self Help Women’s group.

Their former water source was a muddy, seasonal and contaminated stream over 4km away (seen below).  It took nearly two hours every day, just to collect water from this unsafe source.

That has all changed.

Our implementer in the field filed this report on July 12, 2010 about the day they handed over the project. (unedited)

“Bridge Water Project Officers visit was when the community had some funeral around and this did not allow for meetings with many community members as you can see from the picture, however from Mama Sukuma Chair lady [held] brief discussions with BWP officers, it was apparent that availability of this hand pump scheme within the hospital grounds has enhanced a great impact on the health and well being of the patients in the hospital and local community.She also added that this well has contributed to the availability of enough water to the maternity rooms in the hospital, it has also resulted to the construction of the hospital kitchen (seen below), saved time for the local community members to do other things in their areas of operations i.e planting of sukuma wiki, dairy farming, bricks making which has become manageable through the provision of this clean and safe drinking water within hospital grounds. In her conclusion she was very thankful to The Water Project for providing them with this basic tool and that they should continue having the same spirit of helping people who have no voice and they are in need of clean and safe drinking water.”

As you can see, access to clean, safe water can do much more then providing a drink – as critical as that is.  Food security, improved health care and even increased construction of better shelter becomes possible.

Water transforms communities.


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Drilling is going well at Mama Sukuma Project


The drilling process is proceeding well at the Mama Sukuma Women’s Group water project near Kakamega, Kenya.  This well will serve the local community and a nearby health center.

WaSH Training at Mama Sukuma Womens Group


Our implementing team recently spent the day with the community and staff of the Mama Sukuma Self Help Group in Western Kenya.  In a few weeks, this community 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…

The chairlady of the group among others were there to receive us as they were really happy to get information and later get clean water which they have been eagerly waiting for long. They together appreciated the efforts Bridge water is doing to make communities get clean water so that they can concentrate on other development issues respectively. After the education as a group they agreed to pass on this information to the other community members beginning with their family members

They felt by getting water close they have more time for other projects they are involved in, when there is drought they will be able to use the water for irrigation especially planting of vegetables. The general acceptance of education is high in all communities and its something we will continue doing to make people make informed choices over their Hygiene and sanitation in relation to the clean water that Bridge water project is providing. May we live to continue to support more communities with the right  information and clean water.

Monitoring Data

Project Type:  Borehole Well and Hand Pump
Location:  Elusheya Sub-location, Mumias District
ProjectID: 407
Install Date:  05/31/2010

Monitoring Data
Water Point:
Last Visit: 03/02/2018

Visit History:
10/09/2012 — Functional
06/03/2015 — Functional
11/18/2015 — Functional
02/25/2016 — Functional
12/08/2016 — Functional
02/22/2017 — Functional
03/21/2017 — Functional
04/13/2017 — Functional
07/26/2017 — Functional
03/02/2018 — Functional


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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.