Project Status

Project Type:  Borehole Well and Solar Pump

Program: Wells for Schools - Kenya

Impact: 500 Served

Project Phase: 
Community Managed
Implementing Partner Monitoring Data Unavailable
Initial Installation: Jan 2012

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This information was provided by our partner IcFEM

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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Solar water systems use energy from the sun to power an (underground) submersible pump, pushing water into a storage tank for water distribution through a series of taps. These pumps are ideal for higher yield wells, contain only one moving part, and are among the most efficient in the world. Solar pumps are low maintenance, require no manual operation, and use clean, renewable energy.