Tulwa Self Help Group Water Project

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Latitude 0.48
Longitude 34.97

500 Served

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This project iso being undertaken by Bridge Water Project, and what follows is direct from them, edited for clarity: 

Tulwa Self Help group was registered with social services Department on 30th May 2005, and numbers 30 members. The group also have a bank account, and are able to save money collectively for development activities, and in future for maintenance events with the future water source.

Tulwa Water Project Self Help Group has a vision of coming together so as to fight the lack of water within their community since lack of quality water has been a problem since before any of them were born. The group has many times made appeals to various organizations requesting assistance.

The burden of making water available for domestic and animal use is rested on the heads of mothers and young girls who always have to walk two kilometres to a stream called Mumetet. The stream is not protected and has some wild worms which are very dangerous to both human and livestock and none can guarantee the quality of the water to be safe. As a result they have developed a culture of drinking milk instead of water whenever one is thirsty so as to avoid being infected by waterborne diseases. Of course, this is not possible all the time and the community suffers from waterborne diseases. 

The Tulwa Community keep dairy cows for milk production for their income besides other farming activities and during long dry spells they experience very low milk production. Last year 2011 the area experienced dry spell and the farmers lost their animals due to lack of water. The community hope that with this project they will be able to both use clean water at household level as well as for looking after their livestock and diary production.

BWP carried out the Baseline Survey in the proposed project area and found out that despite of pit latrines in every home, there were no clothes lines and bathrooms since women go to wash clothes from the stream. Most people bathe from the stream since it is not possible to fetch and bring home for everybody’s use. 

When the borehole is made available to the Tulwa Water Project Self Help Group, the population of 350-500 people will benefit from the supply.

The group is organized and has already identified a water committee amongst its members who will directly deal with management of water project. 

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Recent Project Updates

07/16/2012: Project complete at Tulwa

The drilling process has been completed, the well test pumped, concrete pad constructed and pum pinstalled. Water is now flowing at this site! 

Bridge Water Project took part in the handing over ceremony in the last few days. From here, BWP will return for follow up sessions with the community in the next few months, to ensure the committee is adequately skilled and equipped to look after the management of the facility into the future. 


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06/27/2012: News coming from Tulwa project!

Community education is ongoing and in the last few days the drilling has started too. Excellent progress on the ground, thanks to the work of our partner Bridge Water Project and of course the community at Tulwa themselves. 

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Monitoring Data

Project Type:  Borehole Well and Hand Pump
ProjectID: 493
Install Date:  07/16/2012

Monitoring Data
Water Point:
Last Visit: 02/20/2018

Visit History:
10/18/2012 — Functional
12/19/2015 — Needs Repair
06/02/2016 — Needs Attention
06/02/2016 — Functional
09/06/2016 — Functional
09/21/2016 — Functional
03/29/2017 — Needs Repair
04/06/2017 — Functional
07/05/2017 — Functional
02/20/2018 — 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.