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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.
Project Type: Borehole Well and Hand Pump
Install Date: 06/30/2012
Water Point: Functional
Last Visit: 12/06/2016
10/12/2012 — Functional
05/15/2015 — Functional
07/09/2015 — Functional
02/05/2016 — Functional
08/02/2016 — Functional
12/06/2016 — Functional
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.