St Andrews A.C.K Eshikalame Parish Water Project

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Well Rehab in Kenya

Latitude 0.26
Longitude 34.46

500 Served

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This project forms part of Bridge Water Project’s program in Western Kenya. What follows is direct from them, edited for clarity: 



St. Andrews Anglican Church of Kenya (A.C.K) Water Project was initiated in the year 2010 by Mothers Union Group with an aim of making water available for domestic use in the Parish and for church use while hosting conventions.

The Mothers Union has identified lack of water problems on the church compound. They raised funds and engaged someone who dug a well for them. The well was constructed using local burnt bricks from down to the top and laid 4’’ inch concrete slab, then fixed a metallic opening measuring 18’’ inches square which is lockable and through same opening, they draw water using a 10 litre plastic jerrican tied on the rope. Since 2010 the well’s water potential has proven to be good. It has never gone dry despite the long dry spell which was experienced in the year 2011.

The bad experiences women have seen on the well is that once the rope gets weak it often drops the bucket/jerrican in the hole hence being a challenge for them to remove it.

The Mothers Union of Eshikalame Parish having discovered Bridge Water Project made an appeal requesting for a provision and installment of an Affridev pump for their well.


Currently they get water from the same borehole using the jerrican tied on the rope.


The well serves a population of estimated 300-500 people being the members of the church and the community around the church.


The sanitation and hygiene status of the entire church compound is good. The church has got a clean latrine, a composite pit for disposing the litter and clean containers for drinking water.


The project will greatly benefit the A.C.K church members and the entire community surrounding the church.


There’s need to install an Affridev pump on this well so as to seal the well’s slab to avoid foreign objects from dropping in the well thus contaminating the water. If installed, the pump will improve the way of drawing water from the well as a result reducing water borne diseases.


The Mothers Union is organized in a manner that they have identified a water committee amongst themselves who are responsible for the maintenance of this water supply. They are on the process of opening a bank account where money collected for maintaining the well will be safeguarded.

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Recent Project Updates

08/23/2012: St Andrews ACK Project Complete

Bridge Water Project have had huge success with the community on this project, and together they have rehabilitated the borehole. Water is now flowing and the community have assumed control of the ongoing project management. The project has been handed over and commissioned – in fact the ceremony was accompanied by the community church choir singing some songs! Overall, a real success.  

The Water Project : handing-over-a-c-k-shikalame-church-3 The Water Project : singing-happily-a-c-k-shikalame-church-2

Monitoring Data

Project Type:  Well Rehab
ProjectID: 4103
Install Date:  08/23/2012

Monitoring Data
Water Point:
Last Visit: 03/08/2018

Visit History:
10/15/2012 — Functional
05/27/2015 — Needs Attention
11/06/2015 — Functional
01/23/2016 — Functional
08/05/2016 — Functional
12/07/2016 — Functional
02/24/2017 — Needs Repair
04/11/2017 — Needs Repair
07/24/2017 — Needs Repair
03/08/2018 — 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.