Shiamakhubu Health Workers Well Project

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Latitude 0.28
Longitude 34.84

450 Served

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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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Recent Project Updates

08/01/2011: Well Deepening at Shamakhubu Health Clinic

In October 2010, TWP installed a well at the Shamakhubu Health Clinic near Kakamega, Kenya.  About a year later, and as a likely result of the severe droughts gripping this part of East Africa, the well began to run dry.

When our implementing partner revisited the project recently, it became clear that this project would need some additional interventions to ensure a year-round water supply.  So, we worked with our partner to develop a plan to deepen this well.

This health clinic water project is a great example of the need to revisit and checkup on former projects.  Because we were able to do so, clean safe water will continue to flow here.  We are thankful to our supporters who see the value in funding both long term follow up and when needed, the repairs to get a project back online.

Today, we’ve posted pictures of the deepening efforts at the clinic.

The Water Project : shamakhubu-community-members-on-ground-thanking-the-water-project The Water Project : ready-to-put-the-pump-inside-the-well-for-test-pumping-shamakhubu The Water Project : test-pumping-complete-shamakhubu The Water Project : test-pumping-on-progress-shamakhubu The Water Project : construction-of-shamakhubu-community-well-1 The Water Project : construction-of-shamakhubu-community-well-2

Monitoring Data

Project Type:  Borehole Well and Hand Pump
Location:  Kakamega East, Kenya
ProjectID: 412
Install Date:  10/04/2010

Monitoring Data
Water Point:
Last Visit: 03/23/2018
Well Depth:  75.00M

Visit History:
10/17/2012 — Functional
05/22/2015 — Needs Repair
12/23/2015 — Needs Attention
03/21/2016 — Needs Repair
12/13/2016 — Functional
03/31/2017 — Needs Attention
04/11/2017 — Functional
04/18/2017 — Functional
11/08/2017 — Needs Repair
03/23/2018 — Functional


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

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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.