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.
CURRENT WATER SOURCE
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.
HYGIENE AND SANITATION
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.
ASSESSING THE NEED
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.