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The Water Project: Nandemu Village -
The Water Project: Nandemu Village -
The Water Project: Nandemu Village -
The Water Project: Nandemu Village -
The Water Project: Nandemu Village -

Project Status

Project Type:  Well Rehab

Program: IcFEM Water Projects

Impact: 500 Served

Project Phase:  Canceled/Re-Allocated
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Community Profile

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: 

Brief Background:

The borehole is located in Nandemu village, Mukuyuni sub-location, Bungoma North District in Bungoma County. The area is a settlement scheme with fertile land for agricultural production. The residents grow crops like maize, beans, vegetables, sugarcane, cassava, bananas, avocado and rearing of livestock.

The amount of rainfall received in the area falls between 1,400mm and 1,800mm per annum. Though the area is highly productive, lack of access roads to take goods to the market curtails their development. Many locals depend on rivers and shallow wells to get water for domestic use and this has constantly exposed them to water borne diseases like typhoid and diarrhoea mainly because the water is untreated.

Nandemu borehole has been in existence since the pre-independence period. It was constructed by the European settler called Mathews (nicknamed Mfupi which is now the name of the place) for domestic use and to water his animals. It was used for about 15 years after independence by the locals who settled there but broke down due to lack of commitment by the residents to conserve it. A lot of siltation occurred rendering the water from the borehole unfit for consumption and the site was abandoned. Being a swampy area, the site is a long-term source of water since it does not dry up. Those who have no wells in their farms have been using water from a stream 200 metres away which is seasonal.   

The residents are excited about the prospects of restoring the borehole and are promising to take care of it so that it can serve future generations.

Project Updates

09/25/2013: A Change And Progress

You may have noticed a lack of information coming from Birunda PAG Primary School in the last number of months.  That project was supposed to be the rehabilitation of an existing well.  Unfortunately it was discovered that well was not of repairable, so a new location has been selected.  The work in the field is not always smooth; in fact, most often there are challenges.  The Water Project makes provision for these types of circumstances in our contingency funds.

We just posted a report by which we would like to introduce you to the village of Nandemu, Kenya.  Work has begun to repair a well in Nandemu which served the community for 15 years before breaking down.  This well will be restored and made into a dependable source of safe, clean water for the community.  Check out the report for more information on the community, GPS coordinates, and a few pictures.  We’ll keep you posted as the work progresses.  

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04/04/2013: Water Coming To Birunda PAG Primary School

We are excited to report that Birunda PAG Primary School has been selected as a location for a borehole rehabilitation.  A well that was first drilled in 1997 will be repaired and updated so that it is a safe, dependable source of water for the school and the community.  We just posted an initial report from our partner in the field including information about the community and GPS coordinates.  We hope to have some pictures soon.  We’ll let you know as soon as they are posted.

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Well rehabilitation is one of the most cost effective ways to bring clean, safe water to a community.  Sometimes it involves fixing a broken hand pump, other times it means sealing a hand dug well to prevent it from being contaminated.  These repairs, and often time total replacements, coupled with sanitation and hygiene training make a huge impact in communities.