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The Water Project: Kimatuni Borehole Rehab -
The Water Project: Kimatuni Borehole Rehab -
The Water Project: Kimatuni Borehole Rehab -
The Water Project: Kimatuni Borehole Rehab -
The Water Project: Kimatuni Borehole Rehab -

Project Status

Project Type:  Well Rehab

Program: IcFEM Water Projects

Impact: 500 Served

Project Phase:  Canceled/Re-Allocated
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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 Kimatuni village of Bumula District in Bungoma County. The area is largely known for agriculture especially sugarcane, sweet potatoes, bananas, sorghum and cassava.

The area has two rainy seasons with an average rainfall of between 1,200mm to 1,500mm per annum. A big portion (over 50%) of the population in this area is poor doing only subsistence farming to sustain their large families.

 Kimatuni borehole was constructed by KEFINCO in 1991 to help the villagers who did not have a clean source of water for domestic use. It is the only source of water for the residents in an expansive area with a high population.

 The borehole pump is currently broken down (since 2008). However, the community continues to use the borehole by using a little container tied to a rope to draw water.

 The main reason for the poor state of the pump was the failure of the water committee to play its role partly due to lack of training. They could not mobilise the stakeholders to repair the borehole pump and the work was abandoned.

 The community would like to secure the site for their use and future generations. 

Project Updates

05/29/2013: Water Is Coming To Kimatuni!

We are excited to report that a well in the community of Kimatuni, Kenya, has been selected for rehabilitation.  The well, originally dug in 1991, 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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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.