Project Status

Project Type:  Borehole Well and Hand Pump

Program: Wells for Schools - Kenya

Impact: 500 Served

Project Phase: 
Community Managed
Implementing Partner Monitoring Data Unavailable
Initial Installation: Jan 2012

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Community Profile

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Sabata K.A.G. Primary School

The school is attended by 800 pupils and is located in Trans-Nzoia West district, part of the most fertile 17% of agricultural land that is famously known as the ‘bread basket’ of Kenya. Unsurprisingly this area is densely populated as many people moved into the region to take advantage of the excellent opportunities for growing food. As with many areas of Kenya, maize is the staple crop grown by the small-scale subsistence farmers who form the majority group in the area, with beans the other principle crop and others breeding livestock for meat and dairy products.

3 shopping centres – located around the main road running through the area – provide the focus for microenterprise activity, but manual labour work provides the major way of raising income in the area alongside farming.

Following the violence which followed the controversial elections in 2007, a number of displaced families and individuals were temporarily settled in Kiminini. The majority of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) have returned to their former areas of residence, but some families and individuals remain in the area.

Charles Khisa Ngwangwe – the pastor of the adjacent K.A.G. church – uses water from a seasonal shallow well, from which water is available whilst the water level is higher during rainy season. As is the typical situation for most local households, the women are the principal gatherers of water although some girls are also responsible for fetching the water for their household. Charles expects that there will be many benefits from the project, such as;

  • Clean water for domestic use
  • Improved farming during the dry season
  • More water for livestock
  • A reduction in water-borne diseases
  • Extra time available for the household where once they would have been searching for water
  • Reducing hunger due to higher yields from the crops
  • Better environmental conservation – local tree nurseries will be able to provide better stock allowing more trees to be planted and to flourish

Mary Mayende of Sabata K.A.G. Primary School expressed her gratitude for the project, which will serve not just the school but more than 14 villages which surround the site. She says that the total number of people to benefit from the project will be approximately 10,000, and that the project will be a big relief to the big local population which has been lacking clean 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.