Q&A: GWAKO-Groundwater Abstractions in Kenya Outreach

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Water project plans

By Blue Planet Network Posted on Fri 03 Oct 2008, over 11 years ago

Dear Gwako-team,

Thank you for filling out your profile. I look forward to welcome you into PWX.

A couple of questions:

1/ Your water history is significant. What did you learn new at the conference?

2/ Is your website active? I could not find it.

Regards,
Rajesh

Water project plans

By GWAKO-Groundwater Abstractions in Kenya Outreach Posted on Wed 08 Oct 2008, over 11 years ago

The conference was such a big eye opener for us at GWAKO. We learn t the following

Various methods of rain water catchment and that it is possible to harvest rain water even on the grass tharthed roofing and that any flat surface can be used to collect water.

Though we have been doing water testing on the field the methods of water testing introduced at the conference is simple and easy to adopt.

The use of solar energy for cooking and for water pasturization;

I also learnt a lot from my senior women at the conference on how to relate with others.

Sorry our website has been down for well over a month. The problem is with the company that is hosting it. We are also updating the site with new ideas to include those that we gathered at the conference.

Water project plans

By GWAKO-Groundwater Abstractions in Kenya Outreach Posted on Wed 08 Oct 2008, over 11 years ago

The conference was such a big eye opener for us at GWAKO. We learn t the following

Various methods of rain water catchment and that it is possible to harvest rain water even on the grass tharthed roofing and that any flat surface can be used to collect water.

Though we have been doing water testing on the field the methods of water testing introduced at the conference is simple and easy to adopt.

The use of solar energy for cooking and for water pasturization;

I also learnt a lot from my senior women at the conference on how to relate with others.

Sorry our website has been down for well over a month. The problem is with the company that is hosting it. We are also updating the site with new ideas to include those that we gathered at the conference.

Community Selection

By A Single Drop Posted on Tue 07 Oct 2008, over 11 years ago

Hi Elizabeth and Lillian

It's so great to learn more about your organization and all your work!

Can you please tell us how you choose which communities you work with? Also, can you tell us how you acquire funding and how you choose which technologies you introduce?

Thanks!
Gemma

Community Selection

By GWAKO-Groundwater Abstractions in Kenya Outreach Posted on Wed 08 Oct 2008, over 11 years ago

GWAKO entry point into a community are organized self help/women groups. These groups are introduced to GWAKO by the areas community development assistant --- who are government officers. Once they have been introduced to us and have come to our office and makes an official applications that details the nature of their Water and Sanitation problem, a team from GWAKO thereafter plan a visit within that community for needs assessment for future intervention.

GWAKO has a team of three persons lead by Benjamin Koyoo (Co founder) that work on fund raising. These people are volunteers and professional in various field. They help write proposals and organize for local fund raising such as water walk that was done last year.

GWAKO started her activities by implementation of community water through hand digging of the shallow wells. This was because the area had soft formations that permitted hand digging. Over the years we came to learn that this methodology was not applicable in all region. To that end GWAKO decided to explore other technology to scale up safe drinking water within other area where hand digging was not possible . In nutshell we look into aspects of rainfall precipitation within a year, soil formation and it's potentiality for ground water and finally other surface water sources for water purification (household treatment)

Community Selection

By GWAKO-Groundwater Abstractions in Kenya Outreach Posted on Wed 08 Oct 2008, over 11 years ago

GWAKO entry point into a community are organized self help/women groups. These groups are introduced to GWAKO by the areas community development assistant --- who are government officers. Once they have been introduced to us and have come to our office and makes an official applications that details the nature of their Water and Sanitation problem, a team from GWAKO thereafter plan a visit within that community for needs assessment for future intervention.

GWAKO has a team of three persons lead by Benjamin Koyoo (Co founder) that work on fund raising. These people are volunteers and professional in various field. They help write proposals and organize for local fund raising such as water walk that was done last year.

GWAKO started her activities by implementation of community water through hand digging of the shallow wells. This was because the area had soft formations that permitted hand digging. Over the years we came to learn that this methodology was not applicable in all region. To that end GWAKO decided to explore other technology to scale up safe drinking water within other area where hand digging was not possible . In nutshell we look into aspects of rainfall precipitation within a year, soil formation and it's potentiality for ground water and finally other surface water sources for water purification (household treatment)


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