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KIDUNDU

WATER PROJECT

Photos by:Bill Eugene Omollo

KIDUNDU.

This project location was Kidundu Secondary School, a local Kenyan High School located in Central of Vihiga County . Residents living there are surrounded by a low socioeconomic status, with little to no access to financial, social, educational and health resources. The main economic stay of Vihiga County is subsistence crop farming and livestock farming. 

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CHALLENGES.

Clean safe drinking water and proper sanitation is a big concern for residents in Western Kenya. The lack of access to clean drinking water and proper sanitation facilities contributes  to the  easy spread of water borne diseases such as cholera, typhoid, dysentery to mention but a few. 

The recent closure of the Giant Mukumu girls and Butere Boys schools  shows the actual dire  situation of water and sanitation in the County of Kakamega plus those surrounding them. Ninety percent of water in Vihiga county is from streams and underground springs.  This water is  utilized in its natural state without any treatment or filtration for more than 50% of the people dwelling in this county.

 

The county government has made efforts to address these challenges by partnering with stakeholders in the private sector and well-wishers to try and harness some of the surface water. Vihiga County has basement rock as such investments in borehole are minimal. These efforts have not been enough been able to meet the growing demand for clean water, not to mention enough water yield to be consumed by Vihiga residents. In addition to inadequate access to clean water, there is also a lack of proper sanitation facilities in many parts of Western Kenya. This has led to open defecation which further exacerbates the spread of diseases.

Challenges affecting water and sanitation in the region: 

 

  • Long distance travel by the community to fetch water. 

  • Children fetching water in heavy or bulky containers as routine.

  • Adolescents engaging in sexual activity in the pretense of looking for water. 

  • Drought periods affecting the residents even more negatively by reducing water availability. 

  • Emergence of diseases caused by unsanitary environment and water deficiency. 

  • Limited access to clean water resources. 

  • Waterborne diseases caused by the ingestion of contaminated water, which can contain bacteria, viruses, and parasites. 

  • Lack of proper sanitation facilities eg: toilets and latrines. 

  • Open defecation leading to intestinal worm infections, diarrhea, typhoid, cholera and other diseases.

  • In addition to waterborne diseases, inadequate water supply can also lead to malnutrition. The lack of access to clean water can impact agricultural productivity, limiting the growth of crops and the availability of food. This can result in undernourishment and malnutrition, especially among children.

WORK DONE.

  • Trenching of the ground from Masonry Tank to Stream Source. 

  • Pipes laid from Igogwa spring to Masonry Tank at Kidundu secondary school. 

  • Installation of 500 liters per hour submersible water pump in the Masonry Tank for primary and secondary school water circuit loop.

  • 300m PPR Pipe work from Kidundu Secondary School Masonry Tank, to Overhead Tank to the Kidundu Primary School Tank and hand wash at the primary school girl’s toilet.

  • Installed hybrid DC Solar/main voltage pumping system 

  • Installed 600 m cable from solar array to pump

  • Kenya Power interconnect cable for solar/AC hybrid pump

  • Rehabilitated a masonry 10,000 L water reservoir at ground leve

  • Repair and installed water tank serving the kiosk. 

  • Test pumping that found out there was insufficient water yield in the borehole. 

  • Rehabilitation of Water Kiosk. 

  • Repair, Painting and signange of  50 cubic masonry Tank.

  • Construction of water sump to harvest water at Igogwa spring.

  • Painting and signage of Kidundu Primary School toilets. 

  • Kidundu borehole flushing

IMPACT.

With the current estimated population of Kidundu location being 21.616, the Kidundu project is estimated to have impacted more than 1.600 direct beneficiaries of the Kidundu Primary and Secondary School, and more than 1.000 indirect community beneficiaries. 

 

Furthermore, access to water can also have economic benefits as it can be used for irrigation and livestock rearing. This can lead to increased agricultural productivity and improved livelihoods for farmers and their families.

EFFECT.

  • Project saves between 1.2 and 2 km of walking each day for 1.800 students

  • Providing water for hand washing and for toilet pour flush

  • Over 20 people employed on the project

  • Several Apprentices received their required work experience certificates

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FOLLOW UP
PROJECTS.

  • The sump needs to be isolated and security perimeter fence

  • Security patrols for power cables and water lines from theft

  • Operations & maintenance management training and ongoing auditing of operations

  • Revenue and repair fund establishment and monitoring

If you're interested in learning more about our water project and how you can make an impact, we encourage you to contact us. Our water project aims to address critical issues related to water scarcity and quality, with a focus on providing access to clean and safe drinking water to communities in need. Water and sanitation is human right, and we're committed to working towards this goal through our project. By working together, we can create lasting change and improve the lives of those who are most in need. Whether you're interested in donating or sponsoring a project as a company, we welcome your support.

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