Wazee Hukumbuka Self Help Group

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Latitude 0.23
Longitude 34.56

500 Served

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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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Recent Project Updates

06/12/2012: Wazee Hukumbuka project complete

Project staff at Bridge Water Project have completed the installation of hardware, and together with the community they have held a ceremony to hand over the project.  This project is now a functioning water source. 

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05/31/2012: Water flowing at Wazee Hukumbuka!

Project staff have completed the installation of the hand pump at Wazee Hukumbuka, having test pumped the borehole and constructed the well pad last week. Water is now flowing! The handing over ceremony will take place next week.  

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05/21/2012: Drilling underwat at Wazee Hukumbuka

Drilling is currently underway at Wazee Hukumbuka, as these latest photos direct from the field show.

Great news!

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05/08/2012: Wazee Hukumbuka community education underway

Bridge Water Project are currently working alongside the community, facilitating work on hygiene promotion, household sanitation and project operation and maintenance. 

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05/02/2012: Photos uploaded of Humkumbuka Self Help Group

Bridge Water Project have sent through some photos of the community at Hukumbuka, as well as a photo of the current water source. This project is now underway and will be updated again shortly. 

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04/27/2012: Funds wired, construction to begin very soon

TWP is delighted to confirm that this project has been funded, and we are expecting our partner to send us through photographs as well as news of project activities very soon. 

Monitoring Data

Project Type:  Borehole Well and Hand Pump
ProjectID: 490
Install Date:  06/30/2012

Monitoring Data
Water Point:
Last Visit: 02/27/2018

Visit History:
10/12/2012 — Functional
05/15/2015 — Functional
07/09/2015 — Functional
02/05/2016 — Functional
08/02/2016 — Functional
12/06/2016 — Functional
03/27/2017 — Functional
04/25/2017 — Functional
07/28/2017 — Functional
02/27/2018 — Functional

Country Details


Population: 39.8 Million
Lacking clean water: 43%
Below poverty line: 50%

Partner Profile

Bridge Water Project has been funded by The Water Project almost since they got their start in 2007.  This local Kenyan NGO works directly with the communities and neighbors they know well.  Building relationships with these villages and the local government helps ensure that the water projects we fund are sustainable in the long term.

BWP works to repair up to four wells for every new one they install.  In this area of Kenya, many old and broken down water points still exist.  We have found that restoring these water points and establishing new plans for maintenance and monitoring, is quite cost effective.

We work closely with partners like BWP to strengthen their teams, through professional development growing their impact and quality of work over time.  Your donations make it all possible.