Ebwaliro Community

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Well Rehab in Kenya

Latitude 0.29
Longitude 34.52

500 Served

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This project is part of Bridge Water Project’s program in Western Kenya. What follows is direct from them:


The proposed Ebwaliro community water project rehab is a community well that was drilled by the Kenya Finland Company (KEFINCO) in the year 1980. The well served the community for a long time but failed in the year 2005. The nira pump could not be repaired because the spare parts were not locally available. In the year 2006, the well was repaired by CDF (Community development fund) through the intervention of the local area chief. The well served the community for a while but it was vandalized during the 2007 post-election violence. The community has not been able to access safe and clean water for their domestic use. Leaders from the community visited Bridge Water Project offices and asked if we could visit their community and rehabilitate their well by reconstructing the well pad and installing a new afridev pump.


The community currently gets water from Ebwaliro Stream which is 11/2km from the community. The stream is far making it cumbersome for the women and children to get water as they have to go through sugar cane plantations which expose them to a lot of risks. The turbidity value of the water from this stream is 80 which is high not adhering to the recommended World Health Organization value of 5.


The community has 90 household and 600 hundred students of the neighboring Ebwaliro primary school. (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.)


Most homes have bathrooms, toilets, utensil racks and cloth lines. However there were no hand washing points noted in any of the homesteads.


If rehabilitated, the well will benefit the entire Ebwaliro community and the neighboring Ebwaliro Primary school.


The Bridge Water Project has seen the need to clean the borehole and install an Affridev pump so as to bring it back in use and provide safe and clean water for the community and neighboring school and improve the hygiene and sanitation status of the entire Ebwaliro community.


BWP staff in support of the existing water committee will ensure the strengthening of a strong water committee that will be able to manage the community water supply once it starts functioning so as to avoid sustainability crisis.

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Recent Project Updates

10/29/2013: Ebwaliro Project Complete!

After a long delay, and some difficulty communicating with our partner in the field, we are excited to be able to tell you and show you in pictures that the project to rehabilitate a well in Ebwaliro, Kenya, is complete.  We just posted a new set of pictures including community education, but also the finished well with some of the community members.  Take a look, and Thank You for your help!

The Water Project : kenya4201-11

09/19/2013: Progress at Ebwaliro

We are excited to report that the project to rehabilitate a well for the community of Ebwaliro in Kenya is moving along well.  We just posted a few new pictures showing the work to install the new pump.  As soon as we hear that the project has been completed, we’ll let you know!

The Water Project : kenya4201-pump-installation-1

08/26/2013: Water Coming Ebwaliro Community!

We are excited to announce that the community of Ebwaliro in Kenya will soon have a new source of safe, clean water.  A broken well, originally constructed in 1980 will be repaired and made into a dependable source of water.  We just posted an initial report from our partner in the field including information about the community, GPS coordinates, and pictures.  Thank You for your help!

The Water Project : kenya4201-paul-insisting-on-the-importance-of-clean-hands

Monitoring Data

Project Type:  Well Rehab
ProjectID: 4201
Install Date:  10/29/2013

Monitoring Data
Water Point:
Needs Attention
Last Visit: 03/02/2018

Visit History:
07/15/2014 — Functional
11/18/2015 — Unknown
06/08/2016 — Needs Repair
07/14/2017 — Functional
07/26/2017 — Functional
03/02/2018 — Needs Attention

Country Details


Population: 39.8 Million
Lacking clean water: 43%
Below poverty line: 50%

Partner Profile

Bridge Water Project has been funded by The Water Project almost since they got their start in 2007.  This local Kenyan NGO works directly with the communities and neighbors they know well.  Building relationships with these villages and the local government helps ensure that the water projects we fund are sustainable in the long term.

BWP works to repair up to four wells for every new one they install.  In this area of Kenya, many old and broken down water points still exist.  We have found that restoring these water points and establishing new plans for maintenance and monitoring, is quite cost effective.

We work closely with partners like BWP to strengthen their teams, through professional development growing their impact and quality of work over time.  Your donations make it all possible.