Project Status

Project Type:  Borehole Well and Hand Pump

Program: Wells for Kenya

Impact: 500 Served

Project Phase:  In Service - Jun 2010

Functionality Status:  Functional

Last Checkup: 04/30/2024

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Community Profile

A new well is being dug for the Msamaria Women's Group and the surrounding community.

The Msamaria Women's Group is a local grass roots organization who work to support orphans and supply basic needs like food, clothing and education.  They also work within the larger community, teaching hygiene and sanitation.

Currently, the group and their community gather water from seasonal (unreliable) springs that are muddy and unprotected.  Small children are particularly vulnerable to water borne diseases that cause diarrhea and other ailments.

The larger community consists of about 2,000 people from 3 villages.  This well should meet the need of the orphans at least 750 community members.

The Msamaria Women's Group will oversee the project.

Our implementing partner reported from the dedication ceremony... (unedited)

"22 Community members attended the ceremony on behalf of the whole community that had gone to attend the funeral ceremony. The MSAMARIA WOMEN GROUP looked to be very happy on their faces because of clean water provided.

Out of the 22 members, 13 were women, 4 were men and 5 were children. The hygiene and sanitation department of B.W.P reminded the members present to do all the practices required to maintained cleanness.

It's glad to know that the water system is closely located next to the public road where by the passers-by will also benefit.

THE MSAMARIA (meaning the SAMARITAN WOMEN) women group, expressed there gratitude’s saying that the orphans supported by them will have a reason to smile since the water provided will greatly support them. The Orphans had gone to school at the time of handing over.

They all sung a song of joy saying 'ASANTE YESU KWA KUWA WEWE U MWEMA' meaning 'THANKS JESUS BECAUSE YOU ARE GOOD.'"

Latest Updates:
9/21/2010 - Well completed - Project Dedicated
8/12/2010 - Well Pad Prep - Pictures Added
7/23/2010 - Drilling Underway - Pictures Added
7/19/2010 - Community Education in Process - Pictures Added

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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!


44 individual donors
St. Luke's Lutheran Church
Vessel Drinkware
Eagles Baptist Youth Group