Project Status

Project Type:  Borehole Well and Hand Pump

Program: Wells for Schools - Kenya

Impact: 500 Served

Project Phase: 
Under Community Care
Initial Installation: Dec 2009

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Community Profile

Updated with new photos 12/31/2009

A new well is now under construction complete in
the community of Sokone in Western Kenya.  This well will serve the
community of about 600 people and a local school.

Sokone is about 20km from Kakamega in the Central Butsatso Area.
Previously, the community fetched water from a stream about 2km away.
It, like most streams, is unprotected and shared by livestock.  The
water is not safe.

The community has mobilized a water committee of 2 men and 5 women
who together with the village have collected the $300USD needed for the
initial surveys and permits.

In the video here, a woman from the community demonstrates what fetching water is was like for hundreds of women in this community.


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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.


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