This project is part of Bridge Water Project's program in Western Kenya. What follows is direct from them:
The proposed Ngaywa water project is situated in Ngaywa village and it is a Kefinco hand dug well no. KA529 developed by installing 3M diameter concrete casing covered with 4inch concrete slab and installed a NIRA pump. The well was completed in the year 1993 and served the community well until 2008 when it got spoilt, the community found someone to repair the pump but since it was a NIRA pump they never got the spare parts locally to repair this well and they are not being able to use this well since 2008. The community then had no option other than go back to collect stream water for their domestic use. The water supply is not so reliable hence it forces the community members to go fetch water from the stream situated 2km from the community.
CURRENT WATER SOURCE
Since the water source failed, the community currently fetch water from Shilongo stream, During long dry spell, the flow of water reduces hence causing overcrowding in the steam area an issue which causes chaos among community members.
The Community has a population of 50 to 80 households (approximately 1000 people ) that would benefit from this water source if rehabilitated. (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:
At least the community members have improved their hygiene and sanitation condition. The hand washing practice is still an issue and when they get water it would really improve the conditions of this community hygienically. The compounds are kept clean at all the time and they really work hard to plan their compounds.
Ngaywa community will be the beneficiaries of this water project if rehabilitated
ASSESSING THE NEED:
There is need to rehabilitate Ngaywa community water project that is aimed at improving sanitation and hygiene standards of the entire community, to control overcrowding and crumbling at water points and reduce walking distances covered by community members while looking for water. Also enable the community access quality water
The water committee will be formed during the community education and they have been advised by the Bridge water project staff to register a Self Help Group where matters related to the water supply management will be discussed during their group meetings to ensure the sustainability of the supply.