Timbito Well Rehabilitation Project

Regional Program:
Western Kenya WaSH Program

Latitude 0.52
Longitude 34.81

300 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

Timbito Community is located in Malava, Kakamega. It is home to approximately 300 people from 30 different households. Most families rely on farming as their source of income, and specialize in maize, beans, and other vegetable crops. They take their produce to Butali Market to sell and trade to get what they need.

Water Situation

After years of wasting time and effort in search of clean water, Timbito Community decided to try accessing the water under their own village. They dug down to start a well, reaching a depth of seven meters. The good thing is that they reached a good supply of water. The unfortunate is that the community didn’t have the money or resources to finish their well properly. The well has a pad, but is covered with only a tin sheet. There wasn’t enough money to buy a pump in order to protect and safely access the water inside.

Without a pump, the community is forced to use rope and a bucket to draw water. The constant dipping of a dirty jerrycan and rope further contaminates the well’s water. The main source of contamination is water both from rain and the well itself that washes waste back inside.

Women bring 20-liter jerrycans to fill with that bucket. Once delivered home, the water is separated into different containers. A clay pot is used for drinking water, and the rest of the water meant for cleaning is stored in the same plastic jerrycan.

Because of these conditions, community members often complain of diarrhea and typhoid. Money made at the market is turned right around and used for treatment.

Sanitation Situation

A little more than half of households have a pit latrine made of mud and roofed with iron sheets or grass. The same number of families have bathing rooms dedicated for personal hygiene.

Most homes also have dish racks and clotheslines to dry their things up off the ground. However, no hand-washing stations were found in Timbito Community. Garbage is separated into two pits: one is for compost to be used on the farm, and the other is for general trash that is eventually burned.

Plans: Hygiene and Sanitation Training and Hand-Washing Stations

Our hygiene and sanitation training will address issues described above 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 community living around the well claims that it doesn’t dry up, even during the driest of seasons. This reliability of this source makes it a great candidate for well rehabilitation. The well is lined with bricks. It has a well pad with a hole that is covered with an iron sheet.

The well pad is worn out and cracked. Rehabilitation will begin with the reconstruction of a new well pad. The well will then be flushed, test pumped, and chlorinated. To finish the work, a new AfriDev pump will be bolted to the well pad.

At the time of our visit, we measured the total depth as seven meters and the static water level as five meters.

We believe that with the rehabilitation of this well, the community will have a safe source of clean water. Cases of waterborne disease will decrease, giving community members here more time on their farms and less money wasted on medicines and treatments.

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Recent Project Updates

11/15/2017: A Year Later: Timbito Community

A year ago, generous donors helped rehabilitate a well for Timbito Community in Kenya. Because of these gifts and our monthly donors, partners are able to 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 with you.

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11/09/2016: Timbito Community Project Complete

We are excited to share that the well in Timbito Community is now rehabilitated and providing clean water. Hygiene and sanitation training was conducted for community members, which invited representatives from each family 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 Timbito families a great foothold in eliminating water and sanitation-related illness! Please enjoy this update detailing all the work that was done in Timbito 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 this community. You made clean water a reality, and now you have a chance to make sure it keeps flowing. We invite you to join our team of monthly donors who help us maintain this well and hundreds of other projects!

Project Result: Hygiene and Sanitation Training

Hygiene and sanitation training was held under the trees in the center of the community.  Most households had a representative attend, with both men and women showing up to learn. Each person actively participated by listening and asking questions.

We first focused on the importance of having and using a latrine. We then used pictures to help participants identify and describe good and bad hygiene practices. Last but not least, we focused on hand-washing with both demonstrations and individual practice. Another lesson taught participants how to form a water user committee that will oversee and maintain the rehabilitated well.

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These same committee members and training participants were inspired by the new practices they learned. Together, they set targets for what they want to undertake over the next few weeks. They will ensure that every household has the facilities they should, such as dish racks, latrines, and hand-washing stations.

One of the committee members, Edwin Onzere, learned a lot of new things he’s excited to put into practice. He said, “We are very grateful. Through this training, we have learned a lot we did not know; that ash kills germs, but now we know! We shall practice what we have been taught.” His picture is displayed below.

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Project Result: Hand-Washing Stations

Two hand-washing stations were delivered for the handing over ceremony to celebrate the well’s completion. Because of all the training, community members will be able to effectively use and take care of these stations.

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Project Result: Well Rehabilitation

Construction to rehabilitate this well began on October 17th.

The construction team started by tearing down the old well pad to make room for a new one. They used a ring of bricks, wire mesh, and cement to make the new well pad. This was then coated with waterproof cement. Before we could do any more work, we had to let the cement dry for several days.

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After, we developed the well using a compressor. Before installing the new pump, we tested the well to make sure the yield was sufficient. We then fitted the pump base around the hole and anchored the PVC riser main with the cylinder. Finally, we could install the rest of the pump along with the rods and plunger.

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The rehabilitated hand-dug well was measured to have a depth of seven meters and a static water level of five meters.

The community provided sand to help us construct the well pad. Local women also cooked meals for our artisans throughout the process. With everybody working together, there were no delays to project implementation.

The water user committee will make sure that everybody does their part to take care of the rehabilitated well and keep the area clean. If there are any complications, they can call our office. We have a monitoring and repair team on standby, with the monitoring crew already on schedule to visit wells at regular intervals. This sustainable clean water source is now serving a grateful and hopeful community. In the near future, they hope to see the positive results of drinking clean water and practicing good hygiene.

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10/17/2016: Timbito Well Rehabilitation Project Underway

We are excited to announce that, thanks to your willingness to help, Timbito Community in Kenya will soon have a new source of safe, clean water. An old 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 North, Timbito
ProjectID: 4541
Install Date:  11/09/2016

Monitoring Data
Water Point:
Last Visit: 03/06/2018

Visit History:
03/22/2017 — Needs Repair
05/22/2017 — Functional
06/20/2017 — Functional
09/19/2017 — Functional
02/21/2018 — Needs Attention
03/06/2018 — Functional

A Year Later: Timbito Commuity

September, 2017

“Being farmers, we are strong to do our farming and there is hope of having enough food on our tables since we are not a sick community. This is because of the rehabilitated well.”

A year ago, generous donors helped rehabilitate a well for Timbito Community in Kenya. Because of these gifts and our monthly donors, partners are able to 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 with you.

“I used to get sick frequently because of drinking dirty water. This kept me out of school and kept me in the dispensary for treatment. Now I don’t get sick frequently because of this new pump that is put on our well,” said 10 year old Edwin Kutialo. It is news like this that excites us and WASH officer Paul Weringa who recently visited Timbito community.

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Paul reflected, “Before the well was rehabilitated, typhoid and diarrhea diseases was a thorn in the flesh of this community. Due to the contamination caused by the method of collecting water (bucket tied on the rope was lowered in the well) and the rainwater that flooded into the well, the community members spent money on hospital bills rendering them poor. Since the well was installed with an Afridev pump, the community enjoys drinking safe and clean water and therefore very minimal cases of diarrhea and typhoid occur. As a result of the rehabilitation, the community members are able to save their money to cater for other issues like paying school fees for their children and buying food for the family.”

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Community chairman Joshua Katamba Sakwa also sees the incredible change. “The whole community now relies on this water source. Everyone in the community is healthy since we no longer drink contaminated water. Being farmers, we are strong to do our farming and there is hope of having enough food on our tables since we are not a sick community. This is because of the rehabilitated well.”

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We are thrilled to hear of these great steps forward; but challenges still exist for Timbito. Through our regular monitoring visits to this site, and through the reports of community members, we have learned that this well can experience a lower yield during during the long periods between Kenyan rainy seasons, sometimes lasting 2-4 months. Extreme, longer dry seasons are proving to be a challenge to all water points in this part of Kenya, and we are working out solutions with our teams.

Paul and the rest of his team are talking with Timbito about how this well can be further developed into a reliable source all year long. In addition, Timbito can benefit from other projects that we are monitoring in the area. The map below shows nearby springs that have been protected (green dots) or where projects are underway (grey dots; Timbito is the green dot right in the middle), some within 1km of this water point.

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Challenges like this are why we are so committed to monitoring all of the water sources we install. The work is far from done, but with the support of our monthly donors, we are learning more every day! Read more about our program and how you can help.


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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.