Eshikumulo Community

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The Water Promise - Kenya

Latitude 0.44
Longitude 34.74

500 Served

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


Eshikumulo community is inhabited by members of different classes i.e. the literate and non-literate, employed and jobless. The community has a bigger number of young people than old.

Most people in this community are small-scale farmers who depend mostly on farm products. Most households have at least two to three indigenous cows that are a source of milk and cow dung, a small farm of sugar cane and sweet potatoes.

In the year 1987, the community was provided with a drilled well done by the KENYA FINLAND COMPANY.  The well was installed with an afridev pump, which served the community for a long period until 2013 when it worn out and the community members did not know how to revive it. The well was then abandoned forcing the community members access water from a protected spring which is five kilometers away.

According to one of the community members, the afridev pump was later further vandalized and stolen by unknown persons.


Through efforts of women, the families in this community access water from a five kilometer away protected spring, which belongs to another community hence being a source of conflicts. The spring is seasonal and therefore, the community members are forced to wake up as early as 2am to cue to have water.


The community has a population of 60 households and each household has a number of 5-10 members. In addition, a church hosts more than 50 members from the neighboring communities.


At least every family has a latrine and a composite pit to dump litter. A lot of awareness on hand washing and water treatment practices need to be done.


Water is an essential need in this community especially for needs of cooking, drinking, cleaning, and watering animals and crops.


The project will benefit the community and the church.


The water committee is already in place. 

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05/29/2015: Eshikumulo Project Complete


We are excited to report that the water project at Eshikumulo Community in Kenya is complete.  A broken well has been rehabilitated and the community has received training in sanitation and hygiene.  The report below from our partner in the field describes how all of this was accomplished:


Hygiene and sanitation is an essential role in the community. Therefore there was need to train the community members of Eshikumulo on hygiene and sanitation in order to access to clean safe quality water to improve their health conditions.

Health problems in the community were identified as the source problem by the use of the seasonal calendar. The community members were able to identify diseases that occur during the two seasons that is rainy and sunny season. This was done by discussing the diseases that affected them mostly in their community, for example diarrhea, cholera, dysentery, malaria etc. They learned that some diseases occurred in both seasons and this made them spend a lot on treatment. The facilitator helped them to understand the route cause and prevention measures. This was done by the demonstration of disease transmission route. The community members learned how to prevent most of these diseases by washing hands with soap and running water, after every activity, and the importance of using latrines and water treatment.

This activity was done through the demonstration of the Good and bad pictures which showed their daily practices in the community. The community members learned the use of latrines as the safe disposal of human waste, keeping latrines clean and covering to improve hygiene and sanitation in the environment. Water treatment was emphasized by treating water before drinking for example filtering, chlorination and boiling. They learned that the containers for storing water should always be kept clean.



Pad construction was the next activity; it included removing the well pad in order to reconstruct. Ballast was used for tightening the anchor bolts. Cement work was done with keenness to ensure the well pad is safely covered to avoid contamination of water. Community members assisted where necessary. The well pad was left to cure for 3 days.


After the curing of Eshikumulo community well pad, chlorination was done. An Affridev pump was installed for the community members to access clean and safe water. Faces of joy and happiness are what could be seen on the faces of the community members. They promise to take care and maintain the borehole in which will highly benefit them. Finally the borehole was handed over to the community.


We just posted pictures of this project. Take a look, and Thank You for your help!

The Water Project : kenya4342-26-handing-over-at-eshikumulo

03/30/2015: Eshikumulo Community Project Underway

We are excited to announce that, thanks to your willingness to help, Eshikumulo Community in Kenya will soon have a new source of safe, clean water. A well originally built in 1987 is being rehabilitated and the community will receive training in sanitation and hygiene. Together these resources will go a long way toward stopping the spread of disease in the area. We just posted an initial report from our partner in the field including information about the community, GPS coordinates, and pictures.

Take a look, and Thank You for your help!

The Water Project : kenya4342-05-eshikumulo-community-members

Monitoring Data

Project Type:  Borehole Well and Hand Pump with Remote Sensor
ProjectID: 4342
Install Date:  04/23/2015

Monitoring Data
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Last Visit: 01/17/2018

Visit History:
11/18/2015 — Functional
03/18/2016 — Functional
06/12/2016 — Functional
08/02/2016 — Functional
12/14/2016 — Functional
01/10/2017 — Functional
04/12/2017 — Functional
08/02/2017 — Functional
01/17/2018 — Functional


Project Underwriter - Ruggles Family Foundation
The Charles and Gail Muskavitch Foundation
Georgetown University Clean Water H2OYAS 2014
The Rockwood Trust/Gregory P. Lee
Twincrest, Inc.
3 individual donor(s)

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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.