Project Status

Project Type:  Well Rehab

Program: IcFEM Water Projects

Impact: 500 Served

Project Phase: 
Community Managed
Implementing Partner Monitoring Data Unavailable
Initial Installation: Oct 2013

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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 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. 

We're just getting started, check back soon!

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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.


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