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The Water Project: Eshikumulo Community -
The Water Project: Eshikumulo Community -
The Water Project: Eshikumulo Community -
The Water Project: Eshikumulo Community -
The Water Project: Eshikumulo Community -
The Water Project: Eshikumulo Community -
The Water Project: Eshikumulo Community -
The Water Project: Eshikumulo Community -
The Water Project: Eshikumulo Community -
The Water Project: Eshikumulo Community -
The Water Project: Eshikumulo Community -
The Water Project: Eshikumulo Community -
The Water Project: Eshikumulo Community -
The Water Project: Eshikumulo Community -
The Water Project: Eshikumulo Community -
The Water Project: Eshikumulo Community -
The Water Project: Eshikumulo Community -
The Water Project: Eshikumulo Community -
The Water Project: Eshikumulo Community -
The Water Project: Eshikumulo Community -
The Water Project: Eshikumulo Community -
The Water Project: Eshikumulo Community -
The Water Project: Eshikumulo Community -
The Water Project: Eshikumulo Community -
The Water Project: Eshikumulo Community -
The Water Project: Eshikumulo Community -
The Water Project: Eshikumulo Community -
The Water Project: Eshikumulo Community -
The Water Project: Eshikumulo Community -

Project Status



Project Type:  Borehole Well and Hand Pump

Program: The Water Promise - Kenya

Impact: 500 Served

Project Phase:  Installed - Apr 2015

Functionality Status:  Functional

Last Checkup: 07/23/2018

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Community Profile

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

BACKGROUND INFORMATION:

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.

CURRENT WATER SOURCE:

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.

POPULATION:

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.

HYGIENE AND SANITATION:

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.

ACCESSING THE NEED:

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

PROJECT BENEFICIARIES:

The project will benefit the community and the church.

WATER COMMITTEE:

The water committee is already in place.

Project Updates


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:

PHASE 1: HYGIENE AND SANITATION TRAINING.

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.

PHASE 2: PAD CONSTRUCTION, PUMP INSTALLATIONS AND HANDING OVER

PAD CONSTRUCTION

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.

PUMP INSTALLATION AND HANDING OVER

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.

THANKS TO THE WATER PROJECT.

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


Project Photos


Project Type

Borehole and Hand Pump

Girls and women walk long distances for water when safe water is very often right under their feet! Underground rivers, called aquifers, often contain a constant supply of safe water – but you have to get to it. No matter what machine or piece of equipment is used, all drilling is aiming for a borehole that reaches into an aquifer. If the aquifer has water - and after the well is developed - we are able to pull water to the surface utilizing a hand-pump. If all goes as planned, the community is left with a safe, closed water source providing around 5 gallons of water a minute through a hand-pump.



Contributors

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)