Namushiya Well Rehabilitation Project

Regional Program:
Western Kenya WaSH Program

Latitude 0.51
Longitude 34.78

450 Served

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Stories and Community Profile

This project is a part of our shared program with Safe Water and Sustainable Hygiene Initiative (SAWASHI). Our team is pleased to directly share the below report (edited for clarity, as needed).

Welcome to the Community

Namushiya Community is home to farming families; the men work all day on the land, and the women work in the home and at the markets.  The majority of crops grown here are maize, bean, and potato.

If a young person can get their hands on a motorbike, they often choose to employ themselves with taxiing locals to and fro for money. This job tends to draw them away from school. When a child here stays in school, they will attend Namushiya Primary and then Namushiya Secondary School.

Water Situation

The school and community had always relied on the same water well. This well served the people for a long time, from the year 1987 when it was installed until 2007 when the pump was vandalized. Kenya Finland Company dug the shallow well in the school compound to give students and locals the chance to improve health, hygiene and sanitation. The area became so reliant on the source that when the pump was vandalized and removed, they constructed a hatch cover and started accessing water with a bucket and rope. The school and its neighbors still access the well’s water on a daily basis, but consequently suffer from waterborne diseases such as typhoid and dysentery.

With a pump and a proper well pad, the water inside the well used to be safe for consumption. Since the pump was removed and the well pad degraded, water is now open to contamination from garbage and runoff that flows through the cracks during the rains. The bucket and rope contraption that is lowered inside the well also introduces dangerous contaminants from human hands and other sources. Community members also use another hand-dug well that is in the same state as this school well.

Because of the high rate of waterborne disease after using this well, mothers and children often walk long distances in search of safer sources.

Sanitation Situation

A little over half of households in Namushiya have some type of latrine. Most of these are pits surrounded by a superstructure made of wood, mud, cow dung and grass. Not many families have bathing rooms, hand-washing stations, dish racks or clotheslines. We took pictures of what we could find and included them in the “See Photos & Video” section.

Even if there’s a little knowledge about hygiene and sanitation practices here, it’s being ignored because of the common belief that it’s a hassle to take these steps.

Plans: Hygiene and Sanitation Training and Hand-Washing Stations

We met Isaac Lunani during our visit. He’s noticed that “a large percentage of people in this community are diagnosed with typhoid and diarrhea. This is a result of poor hygiene practices like drinking untreated water and eating dirty food.”

Our hygiene and sanitation training will address the above topics and many more. We will treat how to properly fetch, treat, and store water. We will train on proper food preparation and storage. Training will emphasize the importance of having and using a latrine, as well as having a place to wash hands and how to do so. We believe that hand-washing is one of the most important factors in preventing sickness, so the two hand-washing stations will be delivered by the project’s completion.

Training will last for two days. Those who attend will form a water user committee that takes responsibility for overseeing and maintaining the  rehabilitated well.

Plans: Well Rehabilitation

The schools and their neighbors claim that the well within the school compound has never dried. With a proper AfriDev pump and a new well pad, this source will become not only more sustainable, but safe. Out of the two wells in this area, this is the better choice for rehabilitation.

We measured a total depth of 8.4 meters and a static water level of 5.2 meters. The inside has a brick lining of a one meter diameter.

Rehabilitation will include reconstruction of the well pad, flashing, test pumping, treatment, and pump installation.

Once this project is complete, we and the community believe that waterborne disease will drastically decrease. Academic performance will increase in the local schools, and more time will be spent on economic activities in the community!

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Recent Project Updates

12/20/2017: A Year Later: Namushiya Community

A year ago, generous donors helped rehabilitate a well with Namushiya Community in Western Kenya. Because of these gifts and contributions from our monthly donors, partners can visit project sites throughout the year, strengthening relationships with communities and evaluating the actual water project. These consistent visits allow us to learn vital lessons and hear amazing stories – we’re excited to share this one from our partner, Paul Weringa, with you.

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10/06/2016: Namushiya Well Rehabilitation Project Complete

We are excited to share that the rehabilitated well in Namushiya Community is now providing clean water. Hygiene and sanitation training was conducted in the community, which invited all local students and parents to learn about practices like washing hands and using latrines. Two hand-washing stations were delivered upon the well’s completion. This water and new knowledge give the community and school a great foothold in eliminating water and sanitation-related illness! Please enjoy this update detailing all the work that was done in Namushiya Community, and make sure to click on the “See Photos & Video” tab above to find new pictures of the finished project.

Thank You for unlocking potential for these people. You made clean water a reality, and now you have a chance to make sure it keeps flowing. Now, you also have the opportunity to join our team of monthly donors who help us maintain this well and hundreds of other projects!

Project Result: New Knowledge

We held hygiene and sanitation training on school grounds, inviting community members, students, and staff to attend. Most students who are members of the school health club showed up to learn, and were very involved in both asking and answering questions. Men and women from the community also came to learn about ways they can live healthier lives.

We focused on the important roles of the community and school once the well rehabilitation project is handed over to them. Training participants will form a water user committee that is responsible for overseeing and maintaining the well. We want locals to feel that the water system belongs to them so that they will keep it clean and use it with care.

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We used illustrations to help teach the difference between a good and bad hygiene practice. By the end of our discussions, people were able to discern between the two. Most importantly, everyone now understands the reason it is so important to choose good hygiene practices over bad. We taught about the disease transmission route by making connections between everyday habits. Where do people use the restroom? Where do they store food? Are flies not attracted to both? Last but not least, we demonstrated the proper way to wash hands. This is the simplest and most effective way to stop the transmission of disease. Each participant had a chance to practice with a partner!

By the end of training, the community members and school administration had agreed on a list of targets that they’ll work together to reach. Hand-washing stations will be available inside and outside the school, and every household should have a latrine, to name a few items on the list. The school security guard has also agreed to keep an eye on the well since it is at the school gate.

Brenda Mwivanda is a Namushiya teacher who attended training with some of her students. She said, “We are happy for the hygiene and sanitation training. We will ensure that the things we’ve learnt will be put into practice to reduce the spread of diseases.”

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Project Result: Well Rehabilitation

Construction for this well rehabilitation began on September 22nd.

This began with building a good foundation, since the existing well pad was old and cracked. We also took off the well cover in order to even out the edges. We want there to be a tight fit for the pump so that no contaminants can reach water inside. The well pad was plastered with a mix of regular cement and waterproof cement. After several days of drying, we developed the well with an air compressor. This cleaned it out so that we could test pump for the yield. The yield proved good, so we approved the installation of PVC pipes, rods, plunger, and then the rest of the new AfriDev pump.

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The community helped a lot by gathering sand, bricks, ballast, and other tools to be used by our artisans. They also gathered around as we undertook the project and offered a helping hand when needed. The local women also prepared food for our team.

There were no specific challenges with construction, but rainy weather often interrupted our work.

Below is a picture of Bernard Kalama, who lives outside the school near the well. He was there to celebrate when construction was complete. On behalf of his community he said, “We are grateful to have access to clean and safe water. This will help us improve on hygiene and sanitation of the school and the community. We promise to maintain the pump for our upcoming generation.”


Both the school and community have agreed to donate small fees on a monthly basis to use this rehabilitated well. This money will be deposited in a bank account and spent for repairs as needed.

Everyone living nearby looks forward to a decrease in waterborne disease now that there is clean, accessible water. The school also looks forward to improved academic performance, all thanks to a water, sanitation, and hygiene project!

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09/09/2016: Namushiya Well Rehabilitation Project Underway

We are excited to announce that, thanks to your willingness to help, Namushiya Community in Kenya will soon have a new source of safe, clean water. A broken well is being rehabilitated so it will be a protected, safe source of water, and the community will receive training in sanitation and hygiene. They will also receive two new hand-washing stations, and be encouraged to build their own. Together these resources will help stop the spread of disease in the area. We just posted a report including an introduction to the community, GPS coordinates, and pictures. We will keep you posted as work continues.

Click on the tabs above to find out more, and Thank You for your generous help!

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Monitoring Data

Project Type:  Dug Well and Hand Pump
Location:  Kakamega, Namushiya
ProjectID: 4538
Install Date:  10/06/2016

Monitoring Data
Water Point:
Last Visit: 02/20/2018

Visit History:
04/01/2017 — Functional
07/17/2017 — Functional
02/20/2018 — Functional

A Year Later: Namushiya Community

December, 2017

Being the head student, I used to send students out of school to find clean water for teachers and kitchen purposes. Today, the students don’t go out. They have time for studies hence an improvement in their academic performance.

A year ago, generous donors helped rehabilitate a well with Namushiya Community in Western Kenya. Because of these gifts and contributions from our monthly donors, partners can visit project sites throughout the year, strengthening relationships with communities and evaluating the actual water project. These consistent visits allow us to learn vital lessons and hear amazing stories – we’re excited to share this one from our partner, Paul Weringa with you.

People living in Namushiya no longer suffer from typhoid and cholera thanks to the overhaul of this water point. Before the rehabilitation, it was an open hole in the ground completely susceptible to contamination – especially since it was right under the shade of several trees. Now it is protected by a well pad and easily accessible thanks to an AfriDev pump. Below is a video of two primary students who came to the well to wash their bowls after lunch.

We met with the well’s caretaker, Isaak Lunani. “The outbreak of these diseases had an effect on our lives. Young children lost their lives, our little money was spent on medication and funeral expenses, worsening the level of our poverty.

The performance of children in school has improved. As we all know that when a child is sick, their performance is affected. This was the case here when the children complained of stomach pains. But today, they have enough time to spend in class and with their teachers. The project has also brought cohesion between the school, churches and community. No conflicts,” he shared.

Paul and Manoa at the well.

Manoa Nyamu is a 17-year-old student of nearby Namushiya Secondary School. He reports that the entire school relies on this clean water source. “Initially, I used to carry drinking water from home because the hole here had dead things that contaminated the water. Since its rehabilitation, life has become easier for me in school. There is a great improvement in my studies. Being the head student, I used to send students out of school to find clean water for teachers and kitchen purposes. Today, the students don’t go out. They have time for studies hence an improvement in their academic performance,” he said.

The Water Project and our partners are committed to consistent monitoring of each water source. Our monitoring and evaluation program, made possible by monthly donors, allows us to visit communities up to 4 times a year. Read more about our program and how you can help.

Country Details


Population: 39.8 Million
Lacking clean water: 43%
Below poverty line: 50%

Partner Profile

Safe Water & Sustainable Hygiene Initiative (SAWASHI) provides safe, affordable and sustainable water supply services through rehabilitation of boreholes, strengthening of Water User Committees, WaSH training of target beneficiary communities and monitoring & evaluation of water systems.