Lwanda Primary School Borehole Rehab



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Country:
Kenya

Program:
IcFEM Water Projects

GPS:
Latitude 0.82
Longitude 35.09

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 Kona village, Kona Location of Kakamega County. The area is a settlement scheme with many residents being large scale maize farmers. Other crops grown include beans and bananas. 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 concern for area residents

The borehole in the school was made by KEFINCO in 2004 to provide a solution to the perennial water problem in the school and surrounding villages. The pump is still on site but not functional and the water is now contaminated producing a foul smell thus making it unfit for human consumption. Since then, proper hygiene and sanitation has become a major challenge to the school and the surrounding community exposing them to the risk of water-borne diseases. Cases of typhoid and dysentery have also been reported in the school. The alternative source is an unprotected spring 1 kilometre away  

According to the residents, the borehole became dysfunctional due to a weak committee which did not understand or discharge its duties effectively. Again, the spare parts of the pump were not locally available meaning that it could not be repaired upon breaking down.

There is therefore a genuine need for refurbishment of the borehole to ensure that lives are protected. The community and the school are willing to participate in the rehabilitation process in order to bring healing for water users in the area.


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11/04/2013: Update from Lwanda

We wanted to pass on the following report from our partner in the field.  It gives the latest status of the project in a great summary form (edited for clarity).  We also just posted a few new pictures of the project and the students at the school.  Take a look, and Thank You for your help.

Project Description and Status

Lwanda Primary School borehole is located in Kona village, Kona Location of Kakamega County. It is found in IcFEM Likuyani Local Transformation Unit (LTU). The area is a settlement scheme with many residents being large-scale maize farmers.

The borehole in the school that was identified for rehabilitation by the community was made by KEFINCO in 2004 to provide a solution to the perennial water problem in the school and surrounding villages. At the time of our intervention, the pump was still on site but not functional and the water produced a foul smell suggesting a high degree of contamination. This made it unfit for human consumption.

According to the area locals, the borehole became dysfunctional and, the spare parts of the pump were not locally available meaning that it could not be repaired easily upon breaking down.

Since it broke down, proper hygiene and sanitation became a major challenge to the school and the surrounding community exposing them to the risk of water-borne diseases. Cases of typhoid and dysentery were often diagnosed in the school. The alternative source was an unprotected spring 1 kilometer away.

The Solution

A new water management committee was put in place. IcFEM engaged a local contractor to undertake the rehabilitation, which was done in July 2013. The process took 2 days in which the borehole was flushed and a new pump installed. The water was then tested and the analysis concluded that it was safe for human consumption.

The site has not been officially handed over but the community of approximately 2,250 people is taking the water and a sense of healing has come to the residents.  (Editor’s Note: While this many people may have access on any given day, realistically a single water source can only support a population of 350-500 people.  To learn more, click here.)


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10/03/2013: New Pictures From Lwanda

Just a quick note to let you know we have added a few new pictures of the project and community in Lwanda, Kenya.  Take a look, and Thank You for your help!


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08/19/2013: Lwanda Well Rehab Complete!

We are excited to report that the project to rehabilitate a well in the community of Lwanda, Kenya is now complete.  We just posted a new set of pictures showing some of the work being done, and the community members enjoying this new source of safe, clean water.  Take a look, and Thank You for your help!


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04/04/2013: Water Coming To Lwanda Primary School

We are excited to report that Lwanda Primary School in Kenya has been selected for the rehabilitation of a broken well.  The well, originally dug in 2004, will be repaired and updated so that it is a dependable source of safe, clean water.  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 will let you know as soon as they are posted.




Project Data


Project Type:  Well Rehab
Location:  Kona village, Kona Location of Kakamega County, Kenya
ProjectID: 4143
Install Date:  08/19/2013




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.