The Shiamakhubu Health Workers groups consists of 50 volunteers who are trained to offer health services and education to the local community. This grass roots organization helps supplement an over-burdened health system in and near Kakamega, Kenya.
Before The Water Project installed a well, in Oct. 2010, the community surrounding this health center relied on unprotected springs that were both insufficient to meet their needs for water and generally unsafe. The health workers had reported recent outbreaks of typhiod and cholera in the area.
All told, the local population is about 4,000 from 19 villages. This well should serve about 450 and most importantly will provide clean, safe water for the medical dispensary to treat the sick.
The management committee of Shiamakhubu Health Workers group will oversee the project.
Original Project Timeline:
10/4/2010 - Project complete and Handed over - Pictures and Report Added
Our implementing partner reported from the dedication ceremony... (edited for clarity)
"Shiamakhubu is an area near the Kakamega Forest and the road is a nightmare, but as the BWP staff went to hand over the well, the community members were happy and humbled for what BWP had done to them by providing clean and safe water for use.
They really thanked The Water Project for the water source since they have been walking great distances in search of dirty water. The health worker, Winston, really appreciated the community members getting clean and safe water. He also appreciated the sanitation and hygiene education that had been provided that will help people to look at their hygiene and sanitation seriously more than before. Now with clean water the community stands to benefit greatly.
The church pastor also blessed the water and appreciated that the water will also help to develop the church that is still incomplete. The church will provide security for the source."
8/12/2010 - Pump Installation - Pictures added
7/23/2010 - Drilling in Complete - Pictures added
7/14/2010 - Drilling is underway - Pictures added