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The Water Project: DEB Primary School -
The Water Project: DEB Primary School -
The Water Project: DEB Primary School -
The Water Project: DEB Primary School -
The Water Project: DEB Primary School -
The Water Project: DEB Primary School -
The Water Project: DEB Primary School -
The Water Project: DEB Primary School -
The Water Project: DEB Primary School -
The Water Project: DEB Primary School -
The Water Project: DEB Primary School -

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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Community Profile

This information was provided by our partner IcFEM

Soysambu DEB Primary School, Soysambu

Soysambu is a lush and fertile area between Kimilili and Kitale. Soysambu is separated from Mautuma by the river Nzoia, near to other small towns called Naitiri and Tongaren.

There are no major employers or industries in Soysambu so the majority of people rely on subsistence farming. Villagers grow maize and beans, although Soysambu is also known for producing good cassava, potatoes, bananas and a few dairy animals. There are a few bee keepers producing local honey, and to broaden the variety of food available in the region, a man-made lake known as Fish Bones was created for breeding and farming fish for food.

Soysambu is typically a peaceful area and has avoided major clashes between tribes which have caused problems for other areas in Western Kenya. A mix of tribes live together in Soysambu; mainly Bukusu, Luhya, Maraguli, and Kikuyu. Many moved in to the area after the land was redistributed under a government scheme following independence in 1962 and the exit of European settlers.

For a long time now, the people of Soysambu have continued to suffer from a range of water-borne health issues such as typhoid. According, to Morris Britain, a resident who a day before being interviewed had been diagnosed with typhoid or brucellosis, at least 3 out of every 10 cases of sicknesses at the local Makutano Dispensary suffer from these diseases. Literally everyone you talk to in the area has had to contend with water-borne diseases at some point in their lives. Ann Aleyo Ananda, a local resident who runs a pharmacy in the area, observes that the majority of her customers are typhoid patients who spend a lot of money on treatment.

The residents attribute this to a lack of safe drinking as the people rely on a stream that is a kilometer away from the school and its waters are contaminated. Others depend on small, shallow wells in various homesteads whose waters again are untreated and therefore harmful to health. Children are often requested to carry water before going to school while women have to travel long distances in search of the rare commodity.

The proposed water project at Soysambu DEB Primary School will benefit both the school (with over 500 pupils) and the local community (at least 700 families) according to the Assistant Chief from the area, Christine Taracha.

In addition, the production crops and the rearing of cattle will become more productive, and water-related health issues will be greatly reduced, including addressing the problem of typhoid. However, more interventions are needed to fight a general state of poverty, treatable diseases, a lack of health facilities, and a health problem – jiggers – which affects many families (particularly children) in the area.

Project Updates

01/16/2012: Soysambu DEB Primary pump installed and water is flowing!

We’ve just received confirmation from our partner in Kenya that the concrete works have been completed, the pump installed and the children and staff at the school are now abe to use the water source. Great news! In the coming days the team will return to the school and arrange for the handing over ceremony, where the hardware will be officially handed over to the community. From this point onwards, the responsibility for the maintenance of the pump will rest with the school and its staff, although IcFEM will be providing them with ongoing support to ensure things go smoothly. 

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01/03/2012: Soysambu DEB Primary - test pumping complete

IcFEM have confirmed with us that after long delays the borehole at Soysambu DEB Primary School has been test pumped and is being prepared for hardware construction. The delays with this project have been frustrating for all concerned, not least the community themselves. It’s great news that we are moving closer to the hardware being completed at this site. 

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10/05/2011: Project Update at DEB 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: DEB 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 Type

Solar water systems use the power of the sun to drive a submersible electric pump and are ideal for boreholes with a high yield. The pumps Water For All uses - helical rotor pumps - are among the most efficient and simple pumps in the world with only one moving part. The system can pump water all day and excess water is stored in an overhead tank. Solar pumps are low maintenance, require no manual operation, and use clean, renewable energy.


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