Nabing'eng'e Primary School

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Latitude 0.75
Longitude 34.90

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Nabing’eng’e Primary School, Naitiri

Naitiri Local Unit borders a number of other local units including Mbakalo, Kiminini, Kamukuywa and Kabuyefwe. Naitiri is a beautiful hilly part of Western Kenya usually receiving good rains, and the area has many small streams and rivers, yet Naitiri is known as an area which greatly suffers from a lack of clean water. There are two small streams close to Nabing’eng’e Primary School and a small number of shallow, hand-dug wells which are currently used as water sources, yet these dry up during the end of the dry season leaving the community sometimes unable even to access this dirty water on which they currently rely.

IcFEM staff members Dominic and Sarah recently visited the site to meet Catherine Khisa – a teacher at the school – and a local farmer, Jacob Mulati, who had agreed to show them around the school site and to give them an introduction into the challenges facing the local community in order to access water. During their visit they also walked to the closest of the streams to demonstrate the poor water quality that is all they currently have available.

There are no major employers or industries in Naitiri and so the majority of people rely on subsistence farming. Jacob indicated that most people grow maize and beans and attempt to breed livestock. There is a small amount of microenterprise activity which centres around the small village shopping street in Nabing’eng’e.

There are particular problems affecting the local villages in the community due to poor water supply, particularly high levels of malaria and typhoid.  Catherine said that the responsibility for fetching water would normally be taken by women and children – especially girls – who must regularly walk long distances to bring water to their respective homes. Because of the major shortage of clean water, Catherine said that 10 local villages will use the new borehole as their principle source of water, representing a total of 8,000 people.

Through the provision of clean water, Catherine and Jacob spoke of their hopes for the future. The first impact they spoke of was their dream of being free from typhoid and other diseases caused by poor water which have been very common problems for villagers. Both noted that villagers will have much more time to use each day when not having to walk long distances to the streams and shallow wells, and because of this extra time they suggested that villagers will meet more regularly, helping the community to become more cohesive.

As well as these benefits, some practical opportunities are already being seen by local villagers. Jacob spoke of a hope for the creation and development of tree nurseries which will be aided by extra water for irrigation that will further enhance the environmental stewardship in Naitiri. There was also excitement that all villagers would benefit from the extra water that could be used for crops and consumption by livestock. This should produce higher yields and healthier animals, increasing the incomes for the many local people who live below the poverty line. They just can’t wait for the project to get started!

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Recent Project Updates

01/03/2012: Nabing'eng'e pump installed and water flowing

Nabing’enge borehole has been fitted with an Afridev handpump, and the community is now using the source. This is great news, and we are delighted that after months of delays and challenges in the field the hardware aspect of this project is complete!

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12/21/2011: Nabing'eng'e Pad construction complete

We have another update from IcFEM, detailing the pad construction phase of the project. The concrete works have now been completed, as the photos show. The team will now give the concrete ample time to cure before installing the handpump. 

The project hardware is now nearing completion! 

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12/20/2011: Nabing'eng'e flushing and test pumping complete!

IcFEM have confirmed that the project borehole at Nabing’eng’e has been flushed and test pumped and that after considerable delays the hardware installation will be complete in the coming days. This is welcome news after a severe delay to this project. IcFEM are now working with Bridge Water Project to complete this work after the previous contractor failed to complete the work to the required standard. We are glad TWP has been able to bring together two of our trusted partners to ensure that this work gets completed, and to begin the process of removing obstacles to empowerment for the people of Nabing’eng’e.  

We’ll have another update just as soon as we get news that the pad construction and pump installation phase are underway. 

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10/05/2011: Project Update at Nabing'eng'e Primary School

IcFEM have completed the community education, and report a great response from the community and a real improvement on the ground. Hygiene and sanitation has been a focus of this education, but IcFEM have also worked through ideas relating to water source management and sustainability. 

The borehole has been drilled, and it has a great yield, suitable for either a submersible electric pump or a simple handpump. We are so happy to be able to report this! 

However, there are two issues that we need to address before this project can progress further. Firstly, there have  been some logistical issues with the District Water Office in Western Kenya relating to the paper work required for this project. Ourselves at TWP, the contractor we hired for the borehole drilling, and IcFEM are all working hard to push these issues through, and hope to be able to complete this project soon. Secondly, the lab results we have got back from the Ministry for Water indicate that the the water has high fluoride levels, beyond the acceptable levels according to the World Heath Organisation. High fluoride is an issue that can be addressed through water treatment, but the issue is choosing a technological response that is appropriate for the community. 

We are currently exploring our options, alongside IcFEM and the community itself, and will update this page just as soon as we have agreed on a way forward.  

05/03/2011: Nabing'eng'e Primary - Update

This project is one of ten that form a ten project programme with IcFEM and Water For All. 

IcFEM (Interchristians Fellowships’ Evangelical Mission) are a large Christian development organisation based in Western Kenya, but with support from the UK. 
They will be looking after all the community outreach on this project – all the hygiene and sanitation promotion, community liaison and capacity building that goes into our work. IcFEM are already active within the community, and have well established relationships with community members and the local leadership. They can call upon a rich experience when it comes to community outreach, and we will be supporting them as they role out their program. 
Water For All are based in South Africa, and fund the development and provision of solar water systems. Once this borehole has been developed, Water For All will come in and install a solar powered pump, tower and tap at the site. 
In the coming days and weeks IcFEM will begin their community outreach. We will bring you updates on this as soon as we have them. 
We at The Water Project are really excited about this collaboration, and the impact it will have on people’s lives. 
Expect more as we get it! 

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Project Data

Project Type:  Borehole Well and Solar Pump
Location:  Near Kakamega, Kenya
ProjectID: 471
Install Date:  01/02/2012


Country Details


Population: 39.8 Million
Lacking clean water: 43%
Below poverty line: 50%

Partner Profile

IcFEM is an indigenous Kenyan organization based in Kimilili, Western Kenya with a mission of smooth integration of community development, evangelism and innovative provision of holistic care. IcFEM aims at building people, especially in rural areas, both spiritually and practically to become self supporting.