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 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.