Kakemer Borehole Rehab

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Latitude 0.75
Longitude 34.38

500 Served

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Estimated Install Date:   (Explain This?)  12/31/2013
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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 located in a market place in Kakemer village, Kakemer sub-location, Chemasiri location in Busia County. The area is known for agricultural activities like tobacco production (as a cash crop), ground nuts, cassava, bananas, finger millet and small quantities of maize, beans and livestock rearing etc.

Rainfall amount ranges between 750mm and 1,500mm per annum. Most of the region is typically remote with grass thatched houses making it difficult to harvest water and a majority depend on boreholes, springs and seasonal rivers to get water for domestic use.

Kakemer borehole was made by KEFINCO in 1986. The pump was functional but was stolen 3 years ago. The residents now draw water from Moding River which is about 4 kilometres away. Because of the distance, many cannot travel to get the precious commodity and have to wait for vendors who sell 20 litres at Ksh. 20. There are no clean and protected water sources around.

The main reason given by the community for the failure of the borehole was lack of community involvement and ownership which explains why some of its members vandalised the pump. In addition, no organised handing over of the site to the community was done by KEFINCO.

The process of identifying new committee members is on-going to ensure the community is fully involved in the process of refurbishment.

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Recent Project Updates

04/30/2013: Water Coming To Kakemer Community

We are excited to report that a well in the community of Kakemer, Kenya, has been selected for rehabilitation.  The well, originally dug in 1986, will be repaired and updated 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, and pictures of the project site.

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Project Data

Project Type:  Well Rehab
Location:  Kakemer village, Kakemer sub-location, Chemasiri location in Busia County, Kenya
ProjectID: 4146

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.