Kewa Community

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Well Rehab in Kenya

Latitude 0.53
Longitude 34.58

300 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 Kewa water project is a community well that was dug in 1988. The aim was to provide clean and safe water for the community. The well served the community until 1998 when it was vandalized. Since then, the community has had tough moments in search for clean and adequate water for their domestic use. It was therefore through the help of the Local Administration that BWP was approached for assistance.


The community currently gets water from Sokoro stream. The stream is 2 ½ km away from this community and the water is unfit for consumption as the stream is surrounded by contaminants like latrines which are built on the upper side of this stream.


This community has a population of 60 households with each homestead having approximately 5 members per household.


The hygiene and sanitation of the community is a dire situation where by most homes don’t have designated litter areas, no hand washing points and the compounds are dirty in totality.


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


BWP has seen the need to rehabilitate the well so as to provide safe and clean water for the community. It has also established a need to help the community overcome hygiene and sanitation problems. We will conduct trainings on PHAST, and CLTS so that the community members understand the importance of hand washing stations, separate litter areas and keeping a clean compound.


They have a water committee that has been inactive therefore more capacity building with the community to ensure the activation of the previous committee or to select new committee members.  The committee will have the power to foresee the daily running of the water source and ensure that the well is sustainable and continues functioning.

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01/30/2014: Kewa Project Complete!

We are excited to report that the project to repair a well for the community of Kewa, Kenya, is complete! The report below from our partner in the field describes the last steps of completing the installation of the pump and handing the well over to the community:

Despite the fact that it was a holiday whereby everyone was busy preparing for 31st and 1st of January celebrations of opening and closing of the year, BWP team had to mobilize to Kewa community to finally rehabilitate the well. This was a result of persistent calls from the community members who waited patiently to see their water project back into use. On receiving their calls, some expressed how they were forced to use dirty water which was causing them fear of becoming victims of waterborne diseases come the New Year, 2014.

On arrival, BWP found the community members already waiting and willing to help. Women were busy running up and down to prepare a meal for our four workmen as men helped to offload the equipment from the vehicle.

Flushing (cleaning of the well) began and a lot of dirt particles came out from the well. The cleaning was conducted with an air compressor, which pumped dirty water out of the well. The well contained a lot of water hence it took two hours to complete the cleaning.

After the flushing was complete, BWP team returned the following day for test pumping. This was meant to determine the yield of well. The test pumping took eleven hours and the water flow was constant. On calculating, the well yielded to 3.5 cm3. During this process, the community members were very excited as we could see them fetching water from the well immediately and used it for cleaning services.

ThePump installation was then done with the help of the community members present. On completion of the pump installation, the community members organized themselves and requested for a handing over ceremony which was then done.

The community members expressed their joy by giving testimonies of how glad they are now that their water system is back in use. With the help of the water committee, the community members have committed to fully take charge of the well. They are also keen to observe all the required practices of hygiene and sanitation that was taught to them from BWP.

With clean water and a greater understanding of sanitation and hygiene, think how the lives of this village will change.  Take a look at the latest pictures.  And Thank You for your help!

The Water Project : kenya4217-35-handing-over

01/02/2014: Project Underway in Kewa

We are excited to announce that the community of Kewa in Kenya will soon have a new source of safe, clean water.  A well originally constructed in 1988 will be restored and turned into a dependable resource for the community.  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 information on the work that has happened so far:


December project beneficiaries attended first day training at our offices, and Kewa community members were a part of this training. The first day training included the five representatives from Kewa community included; brainstorming on terms like community, hygiene, sanitation, health and sustainability. This exercise was meant to help us understand how deep the participants had knowledge on hygiene and sanitation.

In groups, the Kewa community representatives were given a task of identifying activities done in relation to water hygiene as one of the hygiene domains. Impressively, the participants were able to come up with the answers of which they claimed that 35% of the community members practice. Some of the activities highlighted by the Kewa group included, water treatment, cleaning of the water containers, drinking water kept separately from the other water among other activities. The other domains were discussed by the other groups.

Kewa participants participated in a river crossing role play game, to demonstrate on the relationship between agencies like BWP and the communities. This was exciting since they were able to have a positive attitude towards bringing change in their community.

A part from the role play, the Kewa community participants were able to participate in a community mapping exercise whereby they draw their community on a sheet of paper locating the facilities present in their community. By doing so, they were able to realize that some homesteads in the community did not have safe disposal areas and enough latrines.


In the continuation of training, BWP took two more days in the community to conduct training. Attendance of the community members was good. Twenty four members were present that is (twelve men and twelve women).

The training begun well by doing a recap of what was learned by the five participants who attended the first day training allowing them to share the knowledge gained to the whole group. The community members were able to discuss and give views on the hygiene domains in relation to what was shared by the first five who attended the training. Kewa community members expressed their concern on open defecation and food hygiene. They claimed that most of the community members especially women who work in the sugarcane plantation do defecate in sugarcane and bushy areas.

By identifying some of the health problems in Kewa community, an activity seasonal calendar was done by the participants. They said that they experience rain and dry seasons hence during rainy season, diseases like typhoid, amoebas and bilharzias’ are the common diseases while in dry season, typhoid and diarrhea are the dominant diseases. Asking them why the diseases prevailed in these seasons, they all realized that it was due to poor practices of hygiene and sanitation. As a matter of fact, the members said that poor practices like drinking dirty water, doing open defecation; poor hand washing and poor food handling are the real source of such diseases in their community.

With a lot of reactions from the participants, they all said that children of young age defecate in the open fields and close to the houses especially during night hours. Being a risk, elderly people in charge of the children have not been quick in removing the waste hence allowing flies from the faeces pass the waste to substances like food.

A secret voting was done by the use of the pocket chart to clearly show where women and men defecate. The results were as follows, 5 women out of 12 present defecated in the sugarcane plantation, while 2 men out of 12 present defecated openly especially in the bushy areas.

A disease transmission route activity was done to show the community members how faeces being one of the contaminants can reach a person through water, food, fields, flies and fingers. Having done the activity, they were also able to block the routes by the use of the blocking posters.

To conclude the training, an activity on good and bad practices was done by the community members to help them differentiate between the good and bad practices and finally was encouraged to continue doing good practices and stop bad practices.

The Water Project : kenya4217-23

Monitoring Data

Project Type:  Well Rehab
ProjectID: 4217
Install Date:  01/30/2014

Monitoring Data
Water Point:
Needs Attention
Last Visit: 02/23/2018

Visit History:
07/10/2014 — Functional
12/16/2015 — Needs Attention
02/22/2016 — Functional
11/21/2016 — Functional
03/01/2017 — Needs Attention
06/12/2017 — Needs Attention
07/27/2017 — Functional
02/23/2018 — 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.