This project is part of Bridge Water Project's program in Western Kenya. What follows is direct from them, edited for clarity:
The proposed project Emuchimi community health Centre rehabilitation water project is in Emuchimi village, Mumias district. The Emuchimi health Centre was initiated by members of the community in the year 2005 since they could walk 9 km looking for health services at St. Mary’s Mumias mission hospital whenever one is sick and sometimes most of them could not meet the cost of medical bills.After the completion of the health centre, the committee had some balance from the construction money of which they resolved to start a water project with. They decided to have a shallow well and engaged some boys who dug and developed a good hand dug well for the facility. The Emuchimi community health Centre committee is now on the process of opening the facility to start administering health services to the community members. Therefore they have made an appeal to Bridge water project to consider flushing their hand dug well and install an Afridev pump so as to make it possible for the health workers and community around to start using water from the well.
CURRENT WATER SOURCE
The community and health Centre currently get water from an open stream located ½ km away. The water from the stream records 80 turbidity value and therefore not safe since people water their flocks in the same source hence causing contamination.
The Emuchimi health Centre is expected to administer to a projected population of 250-300 patients whilst the Emuchimi community is 2000-3000 people(100-250 households). (Editor's Note: While this many people may have access on any given day, realistically a single water source can only support a population of 350-500 people. To learn more, click here.)
HYGIENE AND SANITATION.
The hygiene and sanitation of the health Centre is poor since it is not cleaned regularly, while the homes around don’t have bathrooms, clothes lines and kitchen washing stands for utensils.BWP staff examined the water containers (Jerri cans) and found they are not cleaned thoroughly before fetching water. There is a need to do a thorough community education on sanitation and hygiene in this community before the implementation of the proposed rehab project.
The Emuchimi health Centre and entire community will be the beneficiaries of the project.
ASSESSING THE NEED.
The bridge water project therefore have seen the need to consider and rehabilitate the Emuchimi community health Centre water project that is aimed at improving sanitation and hygiene status of the facility and the community around. And also as a providing solution to access to quality water in the facility and the entire community.
The Emuchimi health Centre has a water committee which only requires some strengthening from BWP community education officers. The committee has a bank account already where all money’s for the health Centre are kept.