Sikhokoro Community

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Well Rehab in Kenya

Latitude 0.50
Longitude 34.52

315 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 Sikhokoro water project is a community well that was drilled in 2005. A Kenyan local known as Father Kizito who is a priest of the Catholic Church sponsored the well. His aim was to provide clean and safe water for the community since he had experienced firsthand as a child the problems of water in this community. The well was fitted with an afridev pump. However during the post-election violence period in 2007 unknown people vandalized the pump.


The community currently gets water from the Lewa stream which is 1km away from these community members.


This community has a population of 45 households with each homestead having approximately 7 persons.


The Hygiene and sanitation of the community is not good. The animals do not have an enclosed shed but are left to wander around family homesteads thus making the homesteads very dirty.  Some do not have cloth lines or utensil racks to keep clothes and dishes away and clear of the animals that roam freely.


If rehabilitated, the well will serve the entire community members of Sikhokoro.


BWP has seen the need to rehabilitate the well so as to provide safe and clean water for the community. BWP staff also aims to sensitize the community on the importance of living in a clean environment by holding a participatory training in PHAST and CLTS at the community level. A focus on the importance of household latrines will also be emphasized to avoid the spread of water bourne diseases. 


Presently no water committee exists amongst community members, however BWP staff has already planned to hold training with community leaders to ensure that a committee is formed, so monitoring of the condition of the well can be maintained. BWP will conduct this training before the rehabilitation of the well.

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01/16/2014: Sikhokoro Project Complete

We are excited to report that the community of Sikhokoro, Kenya, has a new source of safe, clean water! A broken well is once again a dependable resource for the community.  We just posted some new pictures showing the installation of the pump as well as the day the well was handed over to the community.  The report below from our partner in the field gives the latest status:

After confirming that the well pad was well cured after the repair, the well was tested and  pumped for eight hours. The well came up with a yield of 3m3/hr. The well was ready to be installed with a pump. It was evident from the community members that they were very happy to have their water source back. Some of the community members even came with their containers to get the first drop of water.

The well was officially handed over to the community at the end of December. The community members were very happy and thanked BWP for making sure that they had their water source rehabilitated. The committee has already set up rules to govern the running of the water project. They have decided that there would be specific hours for fetching water and will be locked at night by a member of the water committee.

Children will not be permitted to play around the well area. The well area will be fenced so as to prevent animals from getting to the well pad. This, they say will be some of the ways that they will use to ensure that they sustain the pump for a long time.

Take a look at the new pictures to see all the smiling faces.  And Thank You for your help!


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01/02/2014: Water Coming To Sikhokoro

We are excited to announce that work is underway to bring clean water to the community of Sikhokoro, Kenya.  A well originally constructed in 2005 will be restored so that it is a dependable source of safe, clean water.  We just posted an initial report from our partner in the field including information about the community, GPS coordinates, and pictures.  The report below gives some great detail about what has happened so far in the project:


During the training that was held on 6th December 2013 at BWP offices, Sikhokoro community sent three community members as their representatives. They were among three other communities that attended the training.

The communities were already at the BWP Offices by 8:15am ready for the days’ activities. The main purpose of these training was to equip the community representatives as community hygiene officers so that they can continue to train other members in their community.

 The three representatives would also be our contact people and help mobilize other community members when we get to the community for community education. The training commenced at 8:30am. After a word of prayer from one of the community members and introductions from both the communities and BWP staff, the training started.

Mr. Wycliffe Makongo, the Manager of BWP addressed the trainees by telling them about BWP, our objectives, mission and vision. The participants came up with the rules and regulations that would govern the training.

BWP Officer Paul introduced the five hygiene domains (Personal hygiene, safe disposal of excreta, water hygiene, food hygiene and household and domestic hygiene). After being put into groups, Shikhokoro community was given the task of discussing the personal hygiene domain and coming up with a presentation. The secretary of the group went ahead and made the presentation after a lengthy discussion. All in all, the group came to the conclusion that if one kept his or her personal hygiene, most water related diseases could be prevented.

Paul then introduced PHAST (participatory hygiene and sanitation training) to the trainees. One community members form Shikhokoro community volunteered to take part in the community entry role play. The tool used in the role-play was the river crossing. The purpose of this role play was to help the participants understand the role of BWP as an agent and their role as a community in development. After the role play was performed, the participants were asked what they saw and learnt. This role play encouraged the community members to take ownership of their project so that it could be sustained for a long time.

Problem identification was then done with the aim of identifying health problems in communities and discussing health related issues. Community members were put into groups and asked to discuss health problems in their communities. They used the seasonal calendar as a tool. After coming up with the seasons that they experienced each year, they later stated under each season the diseases that occurred in each season. The group members realized that typhoid recurred in all the seasons. The group members gave their presentation to the rest of the groups. The community learnt that the diseases that appeared in all the seasons were caused by drinking contaminated water, eating contaminated food or maintaining poor personal hygiene.

The next activity that was done was mapping water and hygiene sanitation areas under problem analysis. The tool that was used the community mapping.  After going into their respective groups, the community members came up with a map and located all the water and sanitation areas. The purpose of this exercise was to show the community members how their water and sanitations are linked. The community learnt that the lack of compost pits could in one way or another lead to the spread of diarrhea diseases.

We also discussed the disease transmissions routes using the F-Diagram as a tool. This activity was aimed at helping the participants discover and analyze how diarrheal diseases are spread. Paul took the participants through the feces, field, fingers, fluids and flies posters so that they could have a better understanding and come up with the F-Diagram on their own. By the use of arrows, the group came up with the disease transmission routes that the feces could take to get to the human body.

Using the blocking posters as a tool, the group was required to block the spread of diseases on the F-Diagram. The purpose of this exercise was to let the community members identify the actions that could be taken to block disease transmission routes.


With a word of prayer from one of the community members and BWP Staff familiarized themselves with the community members. The community education was attended by 15 community members.

The first activity of the day was to recap what the representatives of the community that had attended the training at BWP Offices had learnt. It was good to learn that the representatives had gone forth and shared with the other community members what they had learnt.

BWP’s officer Janet introduced the three pile sorting whereby the community members were supposed to sort out a set of posters and classify them into good hygiene behaviors, bad hygiene behaviours and in-between hygiene behaviours. The aim of this activity was to let the community members get into discussions about common hygiene behaviours and their impact on health. The community members went into groups and sorted the posters into their respective classes. As the discussed through each poster, the members saw that all the posters what they all practiced in their homes. It was impressive for them to realize that some of their hygiene practices were not done the right way. After a lengthy discussion, a representative from each group came forward and shared what they had come up with. After all the groups had made their presentations, they all agreed that they would work on changing their bad behaviours and make an improvement on the in-between practices.

Since this community has had a lot of cases of diarrheal diseases, the community through the help of those that attended the training was helped to come up with the F-diagram. The aim of this exercise was for the community members to analyze and realize how diseases spread through the feces to the mouth. BWP Staff Brenda went through the posters with all the community members before putting them into groups. The groups through discussions located all the routes using arrows. Each group gave a presentation.

 The groups later, by the use of the blocking posters, did the blocking of the spread of diseases. The main aim of this exercise was to identify the actions that can be taken to block disease transmission routes. The community members blocked the disease transmission routes and realized that open defecation and lack of hand washing was a major issue in the spread of diseases.

Since most germs get to our bodies through our hands, it was very necessary for the community members to learn about hand washing. When asked about how they washed their hands, one community member volunteered to demonstrate. It was not done in the right manner so another person volunteered and showed the other community members the right way of washing hands.



Stanley and Obote from BWP arrived on site at Shikhokoro community to start with the repairing of the pad. The repairs went smoothly with the community members bringing the water that was used for the repairs.

The repaired pad is in a curing stage awaiting the pump installation and handing over.

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Monitoring Data

Project Type:  Well Rehab
ProjectID: 4215
Install Date:  01/16/2014

Monitoring Data
Water Point:
Last Visit: 03/28/2018

Visit History:
07/10/2014 — Functional
12/07/2016 — Functional
04/05/2017 — Functional
04/10/2017 — Needs Attention
07/25/2017 — Functional
11/24/2017 — Functional
03/14/2018 — Needs Repair
03/28/2018 — Functional

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.