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.
CURRENT WATER SOURCE.
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.
HYGIENE AND SANITATION.
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.
ASSESSING THE NEED.
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.