Project Status

Project Type:  Borehole Well and Hand Pump

Program: Wells for Kenya

Impact: 500 Served

Project Phase: 
Under Community Care
Initial Installation: Feb 2012

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Community Profile

This project is being undertaken by our partner Bridge Water Project, in Kakamega Kenya. This initial report has been edited for clarity. 


The proposed project is  at a training institute that upgrades skills for youth polytechnic graduates, instructors and managers.  This community has a big problem in terms of water since the local sources are unreliable and contaminated. Students from this community are forced to walk long distances looking for water. This as a result, wastes a lot of time to them and have no time for studies.


The institute currently accesses their water from rainwater harvesting tanks. Most of these tanks leak. During dry seasons, they are forced to go to the stream to collect their water for use. The spring has a problem of low recharge of water and contamination. Due to the problems encountered, there has been a problem of diarrhoea and typhoid.


The institute has a population of 580 students and 25 tutors. There is a secondary school with 820 students and the community around that would benefit greatly from the well. 


The hygiene and sanitation condition in the institute is fair. At least every student has the required hygiene and sanitation facilities. The community requires to be sensitised on how to handle clean water since they will be the majority users of water. 

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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.