Tongaren DEB Primary School Borehole Rehab



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Country:
Kenya

Program:
IcFEM Water Projects

GPS:
Latitude 0.78
Longitude 34.96

Impact:
500 Served

Project Status:
Installed


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Stories and 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 situated in Tongaren Township, Tongaren sub-location in Bungoma County. The area is known for agriculture and the residents grow crops like maize, beans, vegetables and rearing of cattle.

The amount of rainfall received in the area falls between 1,300mm and 1,800mm per annum. Despite the heavy rainfall, the people largely depend on rivers to get water for domestic use. Water borne diseases are very common such as typhoid and dysentery. The community as well as the school have no access to piped water and the water drawn from rivers is contaminated due to poor sanitation. Jiggers are also a major problem in the area.

Tongaren DEB borehole was built by KEFINCO (Kenya Finland Company) in 1998. The borehole has been in use until 3 years ago when the pump stopped working. The school attempted to repair the pump severally but eventually gave up. The community says low quality materials were used to do the work reducing its lifespan

The people have been drawing water from the borehole using ropes tied to small containers. The alternative source is a river 1 kilometre away especially during the dry season. This exposes them to the risk of water-borne diseases.

The rehabilitation of the borehole will go a long way in reducing the suffering of these people. 


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Recent Project Updates


11/04/2013: Update From Tongaren

We wanted to pass on to you the report below from our partner in the field (edited for clarity).  It gives the latest status and is a great summary of the project.  We also just posted a picture of the finished well with water flowing.  Take a look, and Thank You for your help.

Project Description and Status

The borehole is situated in Tongaren Township, Tongaren sub-location in Bungoma County. The project was identified for rehabilitation by the local community through the IcFEM Soysambu Local Transformation Unit (LTU).

Tongaren DEB Primary School borehole was built by KEFINCO (Kenya Finland Company) in 1998. The borehole was used until 2010 when the pump completely stopped working. The school attempted to repair the pump several times but could not repair it. The community says low quality materials were used to do the work reducing its lifespan.

The community as well as the school had no access to piped water and depended on rivers which were often contaminated due to poor sanitation. Jiggers were also a major problem in the area.

The Rehabilitation

The borehole refurbishment was done in July 2013. The work took about a week and included removal of the broken parts of the old pump, flushing of the borehole, installation of a new pump, testing of the water quality and construction of a pump house to protect it from vandals.  

The community was quick to make their contribution in the form of materials, food and labour and this explains why the work was done very fast. The rehabilitation of the borehole has gone a long way in reducing the suffering of the people.

A committee was chosen and a date for training is being discussed. 


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10/03/2013: Tongaren Project Complete!

We are excited to report that the project to restore a broken well in Tongaren, Kenya is complete.  The well is now a dependable source of safe, clean water for the school and surrounding community.  We have added a few new pictures of the project, but are still waiting for the final photos showing the finished well.  Take a look at what is there, and we’ll let you know as soon as we receive anything more.


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04/04/2013: Water Is Coming To Tongaren DEB Primary School

We are excited to report that Tongaren DEB Primary School in Kenya has been selected for a project to rehabilitate a broken well.  The well, which was originally dug in 1998 will be repaired and updated so that it becomes a dependable source of safe, clean water for the school and surrounding 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 pictures soon.  We’ll let you know as soon as they are posted.




Project Data


Project Type:  Well Rehab
Location:  Tongaren Township, Tongaren sub-location in Bungoma County, Kenya
ProjectID: 4139
Install Date:  10/03/2013




Sponsors

The First Church of the Brethren


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Country Details

Kenya

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.