This project is part of Bridge Water Project's program in Western Kenya. What follows is direct from them edited for clarity:
The Shughulika Women Self Help Group is a registered self help group started in 2008 by the Ministry of Gender, Sports and Social Services. The group is active with a membership of 31 women who are widows as a result of HIV/AIDS prevalence. The Shughulika women group since 2008 started poultry farming as an income generating activity (IGA) and they managed to attract investment from the local government.
The group then bought some dairy animals for milk production so as to generate more income that is aiming at improving their lives and for their families as well. The group cares for people living with HIV/AIDS, orphaned children education needs besides others. (OVC Programme).
Shughulika Women Group has a well drilled by Kenya Finland Company in the village where they live. The well identification number is C8806 of 1990. During the inception of this well a NIRA pump was installed and it has served the entire community to date and now its worn out parts can’t be found locally. The pump’s PVC rods are often dropping in the hole and then it becomes a great challenge to the entire community to draw water from the well.
Shughulika Women Group has identified BWP as a partner who they can work with to find a solution to their well’s pump problem.
CURRENT WATER SOURCE
The women depend on the same well since there is no other alternative source in the area.
There is an estimated projected population of 1,000 people who are beneficiaries of the proposed well rehab.
HYGIENE AND SANITATION
The sanitation and hygiene status of the homes where the group serves is good since almost every home has a latrine pit, utensils, washing stands and clotheslines, and the environmental sanitation is good.
The Shughulika Women Group and the entire community of Mwituha will be beneficiaries.
ASSESSING THE NEED
BWP has seen the need to consider Shughulika Women Group for a possible donation of a new Affridev pump. A good pump will enable the group to make use of water from the well for both domestic and for their livestock hence improving their health status and high production in their income generating activities (IGA).
The group has a water committee that is organized in that they have already opened a bank account with Equity Bank Mumias branch where their money is banked.