Project Status

Project Type:  Borehole Well and Hand Pump

Program: Wells for Kenya

Impact: 500 Served

Project Phase:  In Service - Jun 2012

Functionality Status:  Functional

Last Checkup: 04/17/2024

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Community Profile

Our implementing partner reports from the field (unedited): 

The proposed project is in collaboration with a self help group which is located in Butere District. The members of this self help group come from very hot and dry environment. It’s a self help group that is unique in that the old retired men decided to begin a group and brought in their spouses to complete the cycle. The group helps the community members by giving them small loans through table banking and they address food insecurity issues among other things. The  members of this group need clean water for drinking, cooking and washing. Apart from the group members, the entire community would also benefit from the source.  They are registered with the Ministry of social services and have opened an account with Butere Financial Services Association.

The self help group accesses water from river Mbaya which is 2 km away. The water from the stream is turbid and there are recurring problems of typhoid and cholera.  The stream is seasonal and does not give enough water leading to long queuing.  

The entire community has a population of 500 community members and the self help group has a membership of 50 members. 

A majority of the homes from which the self help group members come from have clean latrines.  The home compounds of this community are clean. Handwashing practice has been observed to be a challenge since water is not enough. Refuse is dumped in a composite pit dug in at least every home.

Water is greatly needed for drinking, washing, gardening and cooking. 

The Water committee to be in charge of the water system is yet to be formed, but shall be  comprised of representatives from the self help group and the community in general.

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Abundant water is often right under our feet! Beneath the Earth’s surface, rivers called aquifers flow through layers of sediment and rock, providing a constant supply of safe water. For borehole wells, we drill deep into the earth, allowing us to access this water which is naturally filtered and protected from sources of contamination at the surface level. First, we decide where to drill by surveying the area and determining where aquifers are likely to sit. To reach the underground water, our drill rigs plunge through meters (sometimes even hundreds of meters!) of soil, silt, rock, and more. Once the drill finds water, we build a well platform and attach a hand pump. If all goes as planned, the community is left with a safe, closed water source providing around five gallons of water per minute! Learn more here!