Kewa Village Borehole Rehab

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Latitude 0.73
Longitude 35.01

500 Served

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Estimated Install Date:   (Explain This?)  12/31/2013
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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: 

Brief Background:

The borehole is located in Kewa Village of Mbagara Township in Kakamega County. The area is well known for agriculture especially maize, beans, vegetables, bananas and livestock production.

The area has two rainy seasons with an average rainfall of between 1,200mm to 1,800mm per annum.

The borehole was constructed by Action Aid in 2002 to assist the villagers who did not have a clean source of water for domestic use. Prior to its destruction, it was the only source of water for the residents; the alternative being the famous Nzoia river 3 kilometres away.

The pump broke down in 2008 during the post-election violence when marauding youths vandalised the pump, completely destroyed the site and threw rocks into the borehole. The people now draw water from Nzoia River.

The community says it has learned from its mistakes and is willing to move on by reconciling the communities and repairing the site for their own benefit.

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Recent Project Updates

10/03/2013: Work Goes On At Kewa

We wanted to let you know that work is still going on to repair a broken well in Kewa, Kenya.  We just posted some new pictures showing a hindrance that the crew ran into early in the process:  a black mamba snake!  The work of bringing clean water to communities in need is filled with challenges, some more unexpected than others.  So in Kewa, the schedule has slipped a bit, but the plan is still for the project to be completed.  We’ll keep you posted as it progresses.

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04/04/2013: Water Is Coming To Kewa Village

We are excited to report that Kewa Village in Kenya has been selected for the rehabilitation of a broken well.  The well, which was originally dug in 2002 but destroyed by violence in 2008, will be repaired so that it is a dependable source of safe, clean water for 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 pictures soon.  We’ll let you know as soon as they are posted.

Project Data

Project Type:  Well Rehab
Location:  Kewa Village of Mbagara Township in Kakamega County, Kenya
ProjectID: 4140

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.