Project Status

Project Type:  Well Rehab

Program: IcFEM Water Projects

Impact: 500 Served

Project Phase: 
Community Managed
Implementing Partner Monitoring Data Unavailable
Initial Installation: Oct 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:

Lukhuna borehole is located in Lukhuna village, Nalondo location of Bungoma West District in Bungoma County. The area is occupied by small scale and large scale farmers who grow sugarcane for commercial purposes. Other crops grown in the area include maize, bananas, sunflower, beans and local vegetables.

 Despite the sufficient amounts of rainfall (between 1,300mm to 1,600mm per annum) and the huge agricultural potential, a significant portion of the populace in that area are poor as a result of high population growth, low levels of literacy and retrogressive cultural practices.

 Lukhuna borehole just like many others in the area was built by KEFINCO in 1976 to provide clean and safe drinking water to the locals who relied on water from rivers. This made them prone to water borne diseases.

 However, the pump broke down 5 years ago and was vandalised (some parts were stolen). Members of the community now draw water from the borehole using a little container tied to a rope. This is a potential health risk as the cleanliness of the container and the rope is not guaranteed. The alternative source of water is a river 2 and a half kilometres away.

 Among the reasons given by the community for the dysfunctional state of the borehole are poor management and an ineffective water management committee that was not trained. Only women were trained as pump minders and the community was largely not involved. As result, there was lack of ownership by the community which explains why some of its members vandalised the pump.

 A new committee is being formed to be followed by empowerment through training on its responsibilities to ensure sustainability. The community has agreed to work with the Mission and rehabilitate the site to solve the perennial water problem in the area and minimise the risk of infections.

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Well rehabilitation is one of the most cost effective ways to bring clean, safe water to a community.  Sometimes it involves fixing a broken hand pump, other times it means sealing a hand dug well to prevent it from being contaminated.  These repairs, and often time total replacements, coupled with sanitation and hygiene training make a huge impact in communities.