This project is part of Bridge Water Project's program in Western Kenya. What follows is direct from them:
The proposed Wakukha water project is a community well that was done by Kenya Finland Company( Kefinco) in 1993 serial no. KA 42. The well is hand dug well installed concrete casings (calvates) of diameter 3ft, covered with a 4inch concrete slab and was fixed with a NIRA pump which got spoilt and the community could not find the spare parts locally and therefore forcing community members to go to the stream to get water for their domestic use and posing them to water borne diseases that has been experienced in this area because of poor water quality.
The community to access the stream, they have to go through a large sugarcane farm which exposes young girls and women to potential rapist an issue which need an intervention
CURRENT WATER SOURCE:
The community currently accesses water from Mwiyala stream which is 3km from this well that needs to be rehabilitated in that during dry seasons, it dries up forcing the people to walk long distances in search of water hence interfering with the involvement to development activities in this community. The water from the river is turbid hence not clean at all. Due to this, there has been a recurrence problem of CHOLERA AND TYPHOID.
The Community has a population of 50-100 households (each house with 5 to 8 people) 400 people and there is Shamoni primary school with a population of 600 pupils, 15 teachers and 5 non-teaching staff that could benefit from this source if rehabilitated. The total population of the beneficiaries is 1020 people. (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.)
HYGIENE AND SANITATION:
The hygiene and sanitation condition of this community is good despite the fact that water is scarce .The community members have toilets in their homes, Bathrooms for bathing and compost pit for litter they are cleaned up by family members on a daily basis. The hand washing practice in this community is not adequately adhered to and this will be dealt with during Bridge Water Project community Education workshop before rehabilitating this well.
The project will greatly benefit the Wakukha Community, both Shamoni students and pupils.
ASSESSING THE NEED:
There is need to rehabilitated this hand dug well so as to improve sanitation and hygiene of the community and the learning institutions around and also enable them access quality water for their domestic use.
Before the implementation of the proposed rehab project, Bridge Water Project staff, through the direction of local administration will facilitate the formation of the water committee.