Shianda Community

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Well Rehab in Kenya

Latitude 0.38
Longitude 34.86

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 Shianda community water project is situated in Shianda village and it is a Kefinco hand dug well developed by installing 3m diameter concrete casing covered with 4 inch concrete slab and installed a MARK II pump. The well was completed in the year 1994 and served the community  well 2006 when it got spoilt. The pump was later vandalized and stolen by unknown persons. The community then had no option other than break the slab and draw water by use of a rope and in  the  process the rope breaks and drops the buckets into the well and as a result contaminates water hence reducing its quality status.


Currently the community gets its water from the same well using a rope and jerrican to draw water.   This is not hygienic given that the rope and the jerrican can never be 100% clean when everyone who handles them does not have clean hands.


The community comprises of 35 to 4o house holds approximately has a population of 660 people who directly benefit from this well. (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.)


The community  as visited by BWP staff found that most of the homes have Pit Latrines, cloth lines and composite pit. No hand washing points in the homestead was observed during our visit.


The project shall greatly benefit the entire community of shianda .


There is need to rehabilitate this well by installing an Afridev pump so as to help the  community access quality water that is sustainable that is aimed at improving the sanitation and hygiene status of the community.


The Bridge Water project staff will strengthen the already existing water committee. During the community education, the committee will be taught how to manage the improved water supply to ensure sustainability.

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09/16/2013: Shianda Community Project Complete!

We are excited to report that the project to rehabilitate a broken well in Shianda, Kenya is complete!  The well, originally built in 1994, has been repaired and made into a dependable source of clean water for the community.  We just posted a report from our partner in the field including information about the community, GPS coordinates, and pictures of the project.  Take a look, and Thank You for your help!

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Monitoring Data

Project Type:  Well Rehab
ProjectID: 4203
Install Date:  09/16/2013

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Water Point:
Last Visit: 09/27/2017

Visit History:
07/08/2014 — Functional
11/19/2015 — Functional
06/07/2016 — Functional
08/04/2016 — Functional
09/15/2016 — Functional
12/13/2016 — Functional
01/31/2017 — Functional
03/14/2017 — Functional
04/27/2017 — Functional
09/27/2017 — Functional

A New Dawn for Christopher

October, 2013

I am now very happy that I have access to clean and safe water. This will help me get more production from my farming activities and also I will no longer get sick from water born diseases nor will my family.

Christopher, a 32 years old man, hails from Shianda Community where he is an active farmer. He is married and is a father of two children who have passed away recently due to contaminated water. “I am very sad to say that I buried my two children recently because they suffered from cholera and typhoid which was a result of taking in dirty water. My family and I had no option, other than taking in such water because it was the only source in our village.” said Christopher.

Besides Christopher having lost his two children, he has never given up with life. He has a poultry farm that contains eighty chickens and he also has one cattle head, which he says provides him with milk. “It has been a challenge to me since my chickens need a lot of water for high egg production. No access to clean water has really affected me since the stream we depend on is very far and dries up during dry seasons. I therefore spend a lot of time looking for water, and the water has not been enough for my cattle and poultry.”

Finally, Christopher had a reason to smile when he realized that the Bridge Water Project was there to help him find a solution to his problems. The Bridge Water Project rehabilitated a well, which had been constructed but eventually vandalized and destroyed by unknown people a long time ago.

The well, which is 50 meters from Christopher’s house, has a potential of serving the whole community.  “I am now very happy that I have access to clean and safe water. This will help me get more production from my farming activities and also I will no longer get sick from water born diseases nor will my family.  My wife and I have learned matters of hygiene and sanitation from the Bridgewater Project and all of this gives us hope of beginning a new family and raising healthy children. I pray that God will bless all who contributed towards this project.”


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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.