Baraton Primary School Borehole Rehab



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Country:
Kenya

Program:
IcFEM Water Projects

GPS:
Latitude 0.92
Longitude 34.93

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 found in Baraton village, Nabiswa sub-location, Baraton Location of Trans-nzoia County. The area is occupied by farmers who grow crops like maize and beans. The area receives high amounts of rainfall (between 1,300mm to 1,800mm per annum) and the land is highly productive. However, water for domestic use is a major problem in the area.

The borehole in the school was built by SIDA Programme in 2005 to provide safe water to the residents. It was used by the community, Baraton Primary as well as Secondary school students. The pump was used until late last year when it stopped working. It was then vandalised and the pump stolen. Several attempts were made by the community and the school to repair the pump but they were unsuccessful. The locals have resorted to using water from a river 2 kilometres away which exposes them to the risk of water-borne diseases. Cases of typhoid, dysentery and poor sanitation have also been reported in the school

The site became dysfunctional due to the large number of water users and the failure to set up a committee to take care of the borehole. This led to careless handling of the pump and lack of ownership of the project.

The community and the school are willing to form a joint committee and make their contribution in the rehabilitation process in order to improve sanitation in the area.


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Recent Project Updates


11/04/2013: Baraton Project Complete

We are excited to report that the project to rehabilitate a well in Baraton, Kenya, is complete.  The report below from our partner in the field gives the latest status of the project.  We also just posted some new pictures of the finished well.  Take a look, and Thank You for your help.

Project Description and Status

Baraton Primary School borehole was among the 6 refurbishment projects that were planned to be done in Q3. The project is found in IcFEM Kiminini Local Transformation Unit (LTU) in Trans-nzoia County, Western Kenya. The site was identified by the community through the LTU leadership in April 2013.

The borehole was built in 2005 to provide safe water to the school and the area residents. The pump was functional until late 2012 when it stopped working. It was then vandalized and the pump stolen. Several attempts were made by the community and the school to repair the pump but they were unsuccessful. The locals resorted to using water from a river 2 kilometres away which exposed them to the risk of water-borne diseases. Children were forced to carry water from home to use in school. Cases of typhoid, dysentery and poor sanitation were also reported in the school.  

The site became dysfunctional due to a large number of water users and improper management of the borehole. To remedy the problem, with the help of TWP, IcFEM trained a new committee on its responsibilities. The committee mobilized the community to make their contribution in June and this was rapidly done. The community gave sand, ballast, casual labour and food for the workers.

With funding from TWP, refurbishment was carried out in July whereby the process involved removal of old and broken parts of the pump, flushing of the borehole to remove all the water and clean the borehole, installation of a new pump and testing the quality of the water to ascertain its safety before the community could be allowed to use it. The process was completed in July.

The school and the community are a happy lot because of being able to access clean and safe drinking water from a  source that is close to their homes. 


The Water Project : kenya4142-32


10/03/2013: Progress at Baraton Primary School

Just a quick note to let you know we added some new pictures of the work being done at Baraton Primary School in Kenya.  The well is nearly finished, and will soon be in use by the school and surrounding community.  Take a look, and Thank You for your help!


The Water Project : kenya4142-5


04/04/2013: Water Is coming To Baraton Primary School

We are excited to report that Baraton Primary School in Kenya has been selected for the rehabilitation of a broken well.  The well, originally dug in 2005, will be repaired and updated so that it is a dependable source of safe, clean water for the school and the surrounding community.  We just posted and initial report from our partner in the field including information about the community and GPS coordinates.  We hope to have pictures soon.  We will let you know as soon as they are posted.




Project Data


Project Type:  Well Rehab
Location:  Baraton village, Nabiswa sub-location, Baraton Location of Trans-nzoia County, Kenya
ProjectID: 4142
Install Date:  11/04/2013




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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.