Project Status

Project Type:  Borehole Well and Solar 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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Note: This project has moved from its original location at Toloso.

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Malinda FYM Primary School

Chesikaki is high up on the slopes of Mount Elgon near the border with Uganda, with several rises and valleys providing the backdrop to communities with a recently troubled past. Tribal clashes resulted in tensions between the Bukusu, Teso and Sabot communities, although peace-building work between the communities has been healing relationships and increasing the cohesion among the tribes.

The roads to Chesikaki are some of the poorest roads in Western Kenya with many people using donkeys to transport goods, yet the views from Chesikaki are stunning. It is a beautiful place to go walking, with several cascading waterfalls in the rocky foothills of Mount Elgon. Chesikaki is particularly known as a coffee growing area with 5 coffee pulping factories which produce some of the best coffee beans in Kenya.

Jairus Barasa lives 100m from the school site, and is a pastor and farmer. He notes that typically it is women that collect the water, but that there is a long distance to the nearest water source. Those collecting the water from the village will usually leave home at 5am, walking 5km each way to join long queues at the water point for dirty water, and returning after 11am. The strain of carrying the water along the hilly route is causing health problems for the women, yet the water itself is not clean which causes frequent water-borne diseases.

He has great hopes for the future of the village and for his family. Jairus expects that access to clean water will reduce the number of diseases, provide opportunities to increase the families’ income by allowing them to grow vegetables (such as onions and tomatoes), and reclaim time for the women to spend more time at their home compounds tending to the shamba (domestic farm) and looking after the families.

Another local resident, Violet Wambole (a housewife who lives 500m from the school site) estimates that at least 2,000 – 3,000 people will use the site when the work is completed, and is excited since clean water is considered so precious in the community.

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Solar water systems use energy from the sun to power an (underground) submersible pump, pushing water into a storage tank for water distribution through a series of taps. These pumps are ideal for higher yield wells, contain only one moving part, and are among the most efficient in the world. Solar pumps are low maintenance, require no manual operation, and use clean, renewable energy.


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