Shikhambi United Pentecostal Church

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Well Rehab in Kenya

Latitude 0.31
Longitude 34.74

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 Shikhambi United Pentecostal Church (UPC) Water project is a Kenya Finland Western Water Supply Program  (KFWWSP) drilled in 1986 with an aim of making clean water available and accessible to Shikhambi community members. The well records a total depth of 40M cased with 4 inch UPVC casing, water rest level at 20M. The well was equipped with an Afriddev pump, which worked up until 2007 and was vandalized by unknown people during the post election violence.

Since then whenever the church has big gathering like conferences or youth rallies they have to hire people to fetch water for cooking and domestic use. This money could be better spent on serving the poor. Also, community members have to walk 1KM to AMAMBIA spring to fetch water for their domestic needs, Among many challenges the community’s has, Access to quality water is the major problem.

The UPC counsel and the village elders made an application to Bridge Water Project (BWP) requesting if BWP can consider rehabilitating their vandalized well to enable them access to quality water.


The UPC church and the entire community currently fetch water from Amambia spring and Lwatingu river. Both are 1KM away from the church and the water quality is not good, it records a turbidity value of 60 below the recommended World Health Organization parameters.

BWP interviewed church members / communities showed that most of them suffer from water borne diseases i.e. typhoid, amoeba, and diarrhea due to the unsafe water they drink.


The United Pentecostal Church has a membership of 100 people while the community has 80 household with an average of 6-10 people per house approximating 900 people. (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.  This community would be a good candidate for a second project in the future so adequate water is available. To learn more, click here.)


The church has 4 permanent pit latrines (12 doors) with bathrooms which are washed on rare cases. The church compound is clean with a compost pit where litters are dumped. Most homes around have pit latrines, clothes lines and dish racks. However water storage facilities in most homes are not cleaned to the required standards.

There are no hand washing stations in the church compound nor in the community households.


There is need to rehabilitate the proposed UPC failed well so as to enable the church and the Shikhambi community members’ access quality water for their domestic use and also improve their sanitation and hygiene standards for better health


The UPC church counsel and local administration are in the process of forming a management committee that would be responsible for the operation, maintenance of the supply to ensure sustainability that the BWP community education staff will train them on proper management before the implementation of the rehabilitation works.

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10/30/2014: Shikhambi UPC Project Complete

We are excited to report that Shikhambi United Pentecostal Church in Kenya has a new source of safe, clean water.  A broken well has been repaired and the community has received training in sanitation and hygiene.  The report below from our partner in the field gives some great details on all the work that went into this project:

WEEK1 NARRATIVE: September 22-26, 2014.

The members of the United Pentecostal Church of Kenya, Eshikhambi, together with the neighboring community members converged at their local church for a training on good hygiene and sanitation.

Based on the baseline survey carried out earlier in this community, most children under the age of five contracted diarrhea diseases, which resulted in death of some of the children. Women of this community were also affected with diseases like typhoid and cholera. This was due to poor practices of hygiene and sanitation.

Most of the families consumed dirty water as well as dirty food.

As the training begun, the community members were able to identify the diseases that occur during different seasons like, rainy, windy and dry seasons. Some of the diseases that were seen to be a threat and occurred throughout the seasons included;

a)      Typhoid.

b)      Cholera.

c)       Diarrhea.

Most of the community members believed that the diseases came in as a result of the poor seasons and not poor hygiene and sanitation practices.

By differentiating between good and bad practices, the community members were able to realize that it was due to their poor practices of hygiene and sanitation that led to the occurrence of the diseases.

Some of the poor practices that were expressed by the community members being practiced in the community include;

                          I.            Lack of proper hand washing.

                        II.            Poor handling and preparation of food.

                      III.            Consumption of untreated water.

                      IV.            Poor storage of water for drinking.

                        V.            Poor personal and body hygiene.

More emphasis was put on the importance of observing good hygiene and sanitation by ensuring that;

  1. Hands are well washed by use of soap or ash.
  2. Food is well handled and prepared.
  3. Drink clean and safe water that is treated.
  4. Drinking water is kept in clean containers and separate from other water.
  5. Observe good personal hygiene.

WEEK2 NARRATIVE: September 29-October 30, 2014.

After the community and church members had been trained on good practices of hygiene and sanitation, the construction team mobilized to the site for rehabilitation.

The team began the rehabilitation work by reconstructing the well pad. The community and the church members were present during the rehabilitation process and gave the support to the team by providing water, sand and food.

The reconstruction of the well took a total of three days and now it’s left to cure thereafter the installation of the hand pump will be done followed by handing over.

WEEK3 NARRATIVE: October 6-10, 2014.

After the well pad had cured, the BWP service team mobilized to the site for pump installation. A good number of the community members and the church were present as the work was being done.

The well was installed with a new Afridev pump at the depth of 35 meters.

After the pump was installed, the well was then handed over to the community and the church members. The well is now under the full management of the water committee, which will oversee its operations and maintenance with assistance from BWP when needed. 

We just posted a new set of pictures including the finished well and members of the community excited about this new resource.  Take a look, and Thank You for your help!

The Water Project : kenya4259-63-handing-over

10/06/2014: Shikhambi United Pentecostal Church Project Underway

We are excited to announce that the community surrounding Shikhambi United Pentecostal Church in Kenya will soon have a new source of safe, clean water. A broken well, originally built in 1986, will be restored so that it is a dependable resource. This well, together with training in sanitation and hygiene, will go a long way toward stopping the spread of disease in the community. 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 progresses.

Take a look, and Thank You for your help!

The Water Project : kenya4259-03-the-upck-church-community-members-2

Monitoring Data

Project Type:  Well Rehab
ProjectID: 4259
Install Date:  10/30/2014

Monitoring Data
Water Point:
Needs Attention
Last Visit: 02/27/2018
Well Depth:  131.00M

Visit History:
05/15/2015 — Needs Attention
10/30/2015 — Needs Attention
03/22/2016 — Functional
12/06/2016 — Functional
04/05/2017 — Functional
04/07/2017 — Functional
04/28/2017 — Functional
06/28/2017 — Functional
08/01/2017 — Functional
02/27/2018 — Needs Attention


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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.