Matsakha Jamia Mosque and Community Well Rehabilitation Project

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Well Rehab in Kenya

Latitude 0.33
Longitude 34.47

500 Served

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


The proposed Matsakha Jamia Mosque/Community Water Project Rehab is a hand dug well which was initiated by community members in collaboration with the neighboring Jamia mosque in the year 2006. The community members have since then been using a rope tide on a small container to fetch water. This as a result has led to outbreak of water borne diseases like typhoid, cholera and diarrhea among children and adults. This is due to contamination of water which draws back to the well. The well has also remained a threat to children since it’s not well protected and covered and therefore one can easily fall in.  Due to this situation, the community who are also members of the Matsakha Jamia Mosque have expressed their wish for the well to be rehabilitated by constructing the well and installing an Affridev pump so as to enjoy good and quality water supply from the well.


The Muslim worshipers and community currently accesses water from the same hand dug well in which the quality of water is not good, due to contaminants entering the source.


The community has a population of 450 members and 300 worshipers of the neighboring Jamia Mosque and 35 nursery school pupils. (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.)


The hygiene and sanitation of the people in the community is at risk because the hand dug well is not well protected so then the runoff water from rain carrying litter is dumped in the well.There are no hand washing points in the homesteads and neither do people boil nor chlorinate the water for drinking.


The project will benefit community members of Matsakha and the Jamia Mosque worshipers and the nursery school pupils.


The Bridge Water Project has seen the need to rehabilitate the borehole and install an Afridev pump so as to enable the community to have access to clean and quality water for their domestic use and to improve their sanitation and hygiene standards.


The committee of Matsakha Jamia Mosque has already appointed members who will be in charge of the water supply management committee. BWP will lead the committee in developing their management skills as part of this project.

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Recent Project Updates

12/20/2012: Project work at Matsakha complete - Water s flowing!

Project staff have completed work at Matsakha and water is now flowing. The project has been handed over to the newly trained water committee for ongoing management. Excellent news coming from Kenya! 

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11/30/2012: Community Education at Matsakha!

Bridge Water Project have sent us thes epictures showing the people at Matsakha taking part in the Hygiene Promotion component of this project. This is a crucial step in the process, and precedes the hardware phase.  

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11/13/2012: Project activities underway at Matsakha!

Bridge Water Project have commenced project activities with the people at Matsakha Jamia Mosque and the surrounding community . This project is now underway, and will be updated soon with news from the field!

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Monitoring Data

Project Type:  Well Rehab
ProjectID: 4131
Install Date:  12/21/2012

Monitoring Data
Water Point:
Needs Repair
Last Visit: 07/25/2017
Well Depth:  21.00M


We are actively working with this partner to resolve the issues in this community. The "last visit" date is not necessarily the date we were notified by the partner of any potential problems. Once informed of downtime, we work to respond quickly. We will update the project status when these issues are resolved.

Visit History:
05/22/2015 — Functional
01/28/2016 — Needs Attention
09/14/2016 — Functional
12/07/2016 — Functional
03/28/2017 — Needs Repair
03/30/2017 — Functional
04/11/2017 — Functional
04/11/2017 — Functional
07/25/2017 — Needs Repair

Country Details


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

Partner Profile

Bridge Water Project has been funded by The Water Project almost since they got their start in 2007.  This local Kenyan NGO works directly with the communities and neighbors they know well.  Building relationships with these villages and the local government helps ensure that the water projects we fund are sustainable in the long term.

BWP works to repair up to four wells for every new one they install.  In this area of Kenya, many old and broken down water points still exist.  We have found that restoring these water points and establishing new plans for maintenance and monitoring, is quite cost effective.

We work closely with partners like BWP to strengthen their teams, through professional development growing their impact and quality of work over time.  Your donations make it all possible.