Project Status

Project Type:  Borehole Well and Hand Pump

Program: Wells for Kenya

Impact: 500 Served

Project Phase: 
Under Community Care
Initial Installation: Jun 2012

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Community Profile

Our implementing partner reports from the field (unedited): 

The proposed project is a community which is located in Khwisero area. The community experiences water shortage during long dry spells since the streams usually dry up and community members walk long distances in search of water.   Lack of access to water is  a very big issue in this community. Women we met expressed how they spend most of their time looking for water other than getting their daily work accomplished. 

The community currently accesses water from Yala River which 2km away. The river is contaminated due to human activities. Problems of cholera and typhoid have been reported in the area due to consumption of contaminated water from the river.   

The community has a population of 680 people and the local school that has 850 pupils will also be served by this project.

The hygiene and sanitation condition of this community is average and the school is also trying but given water they would stand up well. As we interacted with the community and the pupils we came to ask them about their hygiene situations.

The community and school will make up committee that would oversee the running of the water system.The project will greatly be of help to the pupils and the community in general. Water is highly needed for drinking, washing, cleaning and irrigation. 

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Project Photos

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.