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: 05/10/2023

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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

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.


32 individual donors
La Crescenta Presbyterian Church
One Plus
Holy Spirit Parish at Giest
Flowing Streams Ministries
K. Baccetti's Fundraising Page
Oconee County High School
Trinity Eight's Fundraising Page