Hafoland Primary School

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Wells for Schools - Kenya

Latitude 0.73
Longitude 34.90

500 Served

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Hafoland Primary School, Naitiri

Naitiri is in the Northern area of Bungoma county, and borders a number of other local areas 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. Naitiri is leading the way in producing fish in the area with 10 dams having been developed creating small fish ponds for fish farming. Despite the heavy rainfall during the rainy season, poor local infrastructure means that there are few good water sources in the area and hence the dry season brings water shortages with a high number of water-borne diseases suffered by local people. Therefore a key element of the community education work alongside the project is to encourage the development of rainwater harvesting systems, and better understanding of the importance of clean water.

Hafoland Primary School is unique among the 10 water projects being carried out within the Western Kenya region within which IcFEM operates. The school is still in the construction phase, rather than being an established site as with all other locations. The school is being built through a partnership between IcFEM and Harambee Foundation Holland, who have supported the new-build and / or improvement of 27 schools over the past 10 years. The site has been chosen due to the severity of the water-related issues in the region, and the large number of requests from the local community for assistance in accessing clean water.

Local community leader Dominic Mumelo indicated his excitement about the project which he says will be a big relief to a thirsty community. He says that in addition to helping the students at the school site, several local villages will also travel to take advantage of the clean water. This view was reinforced by Gladys Nanyama Nandasaba (a farmer) and Roda Nafula (a local business lady) who live in the nearby village of Sango. Rather than walking long distances to a poor quality natural spring, over 6,000 people will finally have the opportunity to get clean water, to avoid preventable diseases such as typhoid and diarrhoea, to have enough water for kitchen gardens, bathing and washing, and to allow local hotels to serve safe drinking water for visitors and local residents.

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01/03/2012: Hafoland pump installed and functioning

The construction team have installed a handpump at Hafoland and the water is now flowing. This is such a great way for us to start 2012! 

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12/19/2011: Hafoland Primary School construction underway!

IcFEM have been able to confirm today that work is back underway at Hafoland after a considerable delay. The borehole and been flushed and test pumped, and the concrete pad is being constructed. This project has been complicated, due to the initial contractor used as well as some confusion with local government officials, but these issues are now behind us and the project can move towards completion. This is fantastic news, as the people of Hafoland Primary, as well as the surrounding community, have been waiting for positive news for quite some time. Thanks to everyone who has made an effort as we move towards another successful project!  

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10/05/2011: Project Update at Hafoland 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, during this time there have also been some logistical issues with the District Water Office in Western Kenya relating to the paper work required. 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. 

05/03/2011: Hafoland 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: 472
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.