Project Status

Project Type:  Borehole Well and Hand Pump

Program: Wells for Kenya

Impact: 500 Served

Project Phase: 
Under Community Care
Initial Installation: Jul 2010

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Community Profile

A new well is being dug for a Girls High School in Western Kenya.

This very large school has had multiple water systems in the past, none
of which has proven reliable.  At one point they had access to piped
water, but that has since gone dry.  There is simply too little supply in and
around Butere anymore.  The school attempts to collect rain water when
available, but it is far too little to serve the nearly 1,200 students
and 120 staff members.   Many times, they simply have to send the girls
to a nearby stream that is unsafe and dirty.

As you can imagine, proper sanitation and hygiene is essential at a
school, especially a girls school.  Having ready access to reliable
water will allow the infrastructure in place at the school (some toilets
and a shower) to once again be usable.  The tanks which now sit empty
(seen below) will once again be full of clean, safe water.  This will
have a huge impact.

By re-establishing this school's water source, these girls will have a
far greater chance to succeed and help their own communities continue to
grow out of poverty.

Latest Update:
9/8/2010 - Well Complete - Report and Pictures Added
7/20/2010 - Drilling in Process - Pictures Added
7/19/2010 - Community Education in Process - Picture Added

We're just getting started, check back soon!

Project Photos

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.


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