St Emmanuel Kapng'etuny Church

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Well Rehab in Kenya

Latitude 0.50
Longitude 35.03

449 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 St. Emmanuel Kapngetuny A.C.K water project Rehabilitation is a church water project done in 1998 by the help of Christian Health Association of Kenya (CHAK) under the WASH programme led from the U.K.

This is a shallow hand dug well with a total depth 52 ft. constructed by locally burnt bricks leaving an open reserve of 1-meter diameter, static water level is 10ft and records a turbidity value of 5 (WHO) recommendation.

The well was installed with a unique pump, which served from 1998 till 2007 when it broke down due from wear and tare.

The church council through their interaction with CHRIST THE KING MOGOYWET A.C.K. learnt of BWP development activities in the region and made an application to Bridge water project requesting for assistance to clean up their failed shallow well and install an Affridev pump so as to enable the church access water from the well for their domestic use.


Currently the church gets water from gravity piped water from Kipkaren Township Water project. The dam is located 1.5km away from the church compound. The gravity water is managed by Kapng’etuny community Self Help Group. The water is turbid and doesn’t go through any treatment before being released to the community hence being good only for animals to drink and irrigation purposes. During the dry spell, the gravity water level goes down and it fails to flow as it should. The water is highly contaminated from animals and human activities around i.e. washing, bathing and watering the domestic livestock hence lowering its quality for human consumption. Since the dam is within the indigenous forest, there’s a lot of leaves dropping from the trees and covering the surface of the water making it unsafe for human consumption. The church therefore whenever they need water for drinking they have to hire a motorbike or a donkey to go for as 1 ½ km to Mogoywet A.C.K to fetch water from the drilled borehole that BWP drilled recently.


The church has a population of 320 worshipers who usually come for Sunday services and are also community members. The church being at the center of Kipkaren Salient market attracts other water users who usually work for various business organizations in the surround area which all add up to a total population of 449 people.


There is a vicarage house, which is kept clean and there is a utensil rack outside the kitchen. The church has four latrines, two for the women and two for the men. The latrines are kept clean at all times. The church also has a compost pit where all litter is dumped. There are no hand-washing stations present in the church compound.


If the shallow well is rehabilitated the St Emmanuel Kapng’etuny A.C.K members, Kipkaren Salient Market residents, and staff of surrounding businesses, who board nearby and who do not have any access to potable water, will also benefit if the water source is rehabilitated.


Through the intervention of Bridge Water Project, the church will come up with a water committee before the implementation of the project.

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06/02/2014: St Emmanuel Kapng etuny Church Project Complete

We are excited to report that a water project has been completed at St. Emmanuel Kapng’etuny Church in Kenya.  A broken well has been restored, and training in sanitation and hygiene has been accomplished.  The report below from our partner in the field gives some great information on how all of this was done:


Poor hygiene and sanitation has been a source of waterborne diseases in this church and the community at large

A total of 35 adults (15 men and 20 women) attended the training that took three days respectively.

After carrying out a survey through community mapping, the church and the community did not have several facilities that would enable them improve on their hygiene and sanitation practices. Hand washing facilities, dumping sites, dish tracks and cloth lines were part of the facilities they lacked. This was due to lack of knowledge and to some, it was ignorance.

During the training, some of the diseases that re-occurred in the rainy and dry seasons according to the community members were typhoid, diarrhea and cholera. The community members believed that it was due to the changes in weather. After the training was done, they all realized that it was due to poor hygiene and sanitation practices.

Hand washing is a practice that has been over looked by the church and community members. As a result, there are reported cases of diarrhea among the children and even the adults. To help them overcome this, training on proper hand washing was done. In addition, the importance of hand washing was discussed in groups.

Lack of latrines in some homes has led to open defecation. Some women and children do defecate in the open fields and maize plantations. Besides that, the faecal matter would be seen in the bushes around the church. This as a result has caused the community members suffer from diseases like typhoid, cholera and diarrhea. However, trainings on importance of defecation in latrines and risks of open defecation were done. An analysis on open defecation was carried out by use of a pocket chart to investigate on the exact number of people who were still practicing open defecation. To address this problem completely, the village elders were given the responsibility of ensuring that every community house-hold has a latrine.

Among other sessions that were tackled during the training were the spread of diseases, food handling and preparation, water handling and treatment and the practice of good hygiene practices.


Having done the hygiene and sanitation training to this church and the community; members initiated a program through the village elders to ensure that proper hygiene and sanitation was observed by everyone in the community.


More of follow-ups have to be carried out so as to ensure that the community members don’t go back practicing poor hygiene.


As soon as the Christians and the community members of St. Emmanuel kapn’getuny had undergone the hygiene and sanitation training, the Bridge water project service team mobilized for the construction of the well pad. The church had provided the relevant materials like; sand, concrete and further provided water.

Women were busy in the kitchen preparing food for the team, as men were present in support of the work by providing man power. The work progressed on well and it took two days. The well was then left to cure for one week.

After the well pad cured, the team went back for pump installation. The church members were again present during this stage. As the pump installation went on, the members were joy full as they would equate the project to a miracle, which they said God has answered their prayer.

As soon as the pump installation was through, the church members demanded that the well be handed to them. BWP therefore handed over the project to the church and the community members present. A session was set aside for strengthening the water committee that shall be in charge of the water project.

Both the church members and the community at large promised to observe good practices of hygiene and sanitation that were trained on during the project implementation.

The church members and the community appreciated the efforts of Bridge water project through The Water Project for provision of safe and clean water.


We just added some new pictures of the project including the finished well.  Take a look, and Thank You for your help.

The Water Project : kenya4253-38-handing-over

04/23/2014: St Emmanuel Project Underway

We are excited to announce that St. Emmanuel Kapng’etuny Church and the surrounding community will soon have a new source of safe, clean water.  A well originally built in 1998 will be restored so that it is a dependable resource for the community.  Together with training in sanitation and hygiene, the people of this community will be well prepared to fight the spread of disease.  We just posted an initial report from our partner in the field including information about the community, GPS coordinates, and pictures.  We’ll keep you posted as the work continues.  Take a look, and Thank You for your help! 

The Water Project : kenya4253-04-church-members-at-the-well

Monitoring Data

Project Type:  Well Rehab
ProjectID: 4253
Install Date:  06/02/2014

Monitoring Data
Water Point:
Last Visit: 02/20/2018

Visit History:
07/01/2014 — Functional
07/21/2015 — Functional
06/02/2016 — Functional
09/21/2016 — Functional
03/29/2017 — Needs Attention
06/16/2017 — Functional
07/13/2017 — Functional
02/20/2018 — Functional


Caryn J. & Paul J. Koenig
Marcia and Philip Rothblum Foundation, Inc.
Northeast Elementary School

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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.