Kimaeti Lurende Borehole Rehabilitation Project

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Latitude 0.38
Longitude 34.27

500 Served

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This project is part of IcFEM’s WaSH program, which includes multiple water source schemes as well as substantial community level hygiene promotion, and training on project operation and maintenance. 

What follows is a brief project outline direct from our partner: 

The borehole is located in Siboti village of Bumula District in Bungoma County. The area is largely known for agriculture especially maize, beans, bananas, sorghum and livestock production.

The area has two rainy seasons with an average rainfall of between 1,200mm to 1,800mm per annum. The majority of the population in this area are very poor, only practicing subsistence farming to sustain their large families.

Lurende borehole was constructed by KEFINCO in 1992 to help the villagers who did not have a clean source of water for domestic use. It is the only source of water for the residents; the other source being a primary school well 4 kilometres away and which dries up during the dry season.

The borehole pump has been out of service since 2004 and parts of the pump are kept in a neighbour’s compound. However, the community continues to use the borehole which flows with water throughout the year because it’s built on marshy ground. They lift the lid and use cups or small containers to draw water from the borehole.

The main reason for the dysfunctional site was the weak water committee responsible for running the borehole which did not understand its role. The members lost hope and abandoned the work.

The community says it has learned from its mistakes and is willing to move on by securing the site for their use and future generations. IcFEM are committed to building the capacity of the committee to ensure that ongoing management of the facility is done to a high standard. 

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Recent Project Updates

10/30/2013: Kimaeti Lurende Project Complete!

After long delays, we are very excited to report that the project to rehabilitate a well at Kimaeti Lurende in Kenya is complete!  See the report below from our partner in the field for a complete status report (edited for clarity).  And don’t miss the new pictures of the completed well.

Project Description and Status

Kimaeti Lurende Borehole was also one of the projects earmarked for rehabilitation in Q2. It is located in Siboti village of Bumula District in Bungoma County. The borehole was constructed by KEFINCO (Kenya Finland Company) in 1992 to help the community access a clean and reliable source of water. The pump broke down in 2004 and the community resorted to rivers and a shallow well 4 kilometres away which usually dried up during dry seasons.

During our assessment, the major challenge of the site was  the capacity of the management committee which was unable to undertake repairs when the pump broke down.

The Solution

The water management committee was trained on the best practices of managing the site. The committee immediately took on the responsibility of mobilizing the community to register as water users in order to raise resources for future repair and maintenance.

IcFEM engaged Bridgewater from Kakamega to undertake the rehabilitation in January 2013. The process took 2 days in which the borehole was flushed, the floor cemented again and a new pump installed. The water was then tested and the analysis revealed that it was safe for human consumption.

The site was finally handed over to the community in February 2013. The site, is now being used by the community and no reports of pump breakdown have been made. The villagers are a happy lot because the site reduced the distances they had to cover in search of the precious commodity. 

The Water Project : kenya4136-kimaeti-lurende-borehole-6

03/20/2013: Work Underway at Kimaeti Lurende

The work has begun to repair a broken well at Kimeiti Lurende in Kenya.  Check out the latest pictures from the project site.  We’ll keep you posted as the work progresses.

The Water Project : kenya4136_bridge-water-staff-at-work

01/14/2013: Getting Ready In Kimaeti

As our partner prepares to restore a well in Kimaeti, Kenya, they sent us the following report outlining some of the training that is taking place, getting the community ready to care for this new source of clean water:

A committee was put in place to manage the borehole. The committee comprises of 11
members drawn from the water users and other stakeholders in the community. They include:

  •  The land owner
  • The LTU leadership
  • The provincial administration
  •  A health worker
  • Opinion leaders
  • Youth representative
  • Mothers’ representative
  •  Other members

2 days training was carried out in Kimaeti LTU for the committee. This was
to ensure that the committees understood their roles for long term sustainability of the sites.
During borehole identification, it was discovered that the biggest reason for the breakdown of
the pumps was as a result of weak committees which did not understand their mandate. Hence
the need for the training

The topics covered during the training included:

  • Borehole ownership-the need for community ownership
  • The role of the committee before, during and after the rehabilitation exercise (e.g. community mobilization/creating awareness, resource mobilization, ensuring community participation)
  • Borehole users recruitment/membership and proper record keeping
  • Security of the site
  • Finance management e.g. opening of bank accounts
  • Other uses of the borehole e.g. planting trees, fish farming
  • Environmental stewardship and management
  • Repairs and maintenance
  • Making of a constitution and by-laws for water usage
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Emergency planning
  • Finance management (e.g. opening of bank accounts)
  • Other uses of the borehole e.g. planting trees, fish farming
  • Environmental stewardship and management
  • Repairs and maintenance
  • Making of a constitution and by-laws for water usage
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Emergency planning

Each committee member was provided with a training manual, a notebook and a pen during
the training. They were encouraged to continue teaching one another and to empower
themselves further through attending of other trainings on water resource management
offered by various stakeholders.

We’ll keep you posted as the project continues!

The Water Project : kenya4136_committee-training_2

Project Data

Project Type:  Well Rehab
Location:  Siboti Village, Bumula District, Bungoma County, Kenya
ProjectID: 4136
Install Date:  10/30/2013


21 individual donors
Doty Family
Carbondale Community High School Speech and Acting Team
Biotechnology Class Georgia State University
Woodmen-Roberts Elementary First Grade
Arcadia University's Wellness Services

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Country Details


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

Partner Profile

IcFEM is an indigenous Kenyan organization based in Kimilili, Western Kenya with a mission of smooth integration of community development, evangelism and innovative provision of holistic care. IcFEM aims at building people, especially in rural areas, both spiritually and practically to become self supporting.