Project Status

Project Type:  Borehole Well and Hand Pump

Program: Wells for Kenya

Impact: 450 Served

Project Phase:  In Service - Oct 2010

Functionality Status:  Functional

Last Checkup: 05/09/2024

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Community Profile

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

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Project Type

Abundant water is often right under our feet! Beneath the Earth’s surface, rivers called aquifers flow through layers of sediment and rock, providing a constant supply of safe water. For borehole wells, we drill deep into the earth, allowing us to access this water which is naturally filtered and protected from sources of contamination at the surface level. First, we decide where to drill by surveying the area and determining where aquifers are likely to sit. To reach the underground water, our drill rigs plunge through meters (sometimes even hundreds of meters!) of soil, silt, rock, and more. Once the drill finds water, we build a well platform and attach a hand pump. If all goes as planned, the community is left with a safe, closed water source providing around five gallons of water per minute! Learn more here!


32 individual donors
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Holy Spirit Parish at Giest
Flowing Streams Ministries
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