Funded by The Klein Family, Kenton Zehr, M.D., Susan A. Baker, M.D., & the African Bush Club, The Samburu Project drilled and installed a shallow well equipped with a handpump in this community.

Narrative

The trek to retrieve water initially took up to 9 hours because the location was far away and elephants often ruined the hand-dug well in the night. Warriors tried to use hand-dug wells, but these are very dangerous and women won't go in. Otherwise they had to walk 5 km.
Now the walk is less than 20 minutes. Community members have more time to look after and feed animals and take care of children. The very clean water has meant no more water-related health problems.

    Stephanie Ng ( The Samburu Project ) Almost 5 Years after completion 22 May, 2012

    Stephanie Ng's Visit- May 2012

    Status: Complete - Successful

    Operating Status:

    On May 19, just a few days before my visit to this well, the community called Paul, the person in charge of our well maintenance, and said that the well was not pumping water. Paul came out to the well that same day and took apart the well to see what the problem was. He found that one rod needed to be replaced because one of the ends had broken off due to rust. Once Paul buys the replacement and is ready to fix the well, he will need to take four additional able men from Wamba as well as get men from the community to help him replace the rod since it is a very labor intensive job.

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    Heidi Sheppard ( The Samburu Project ) Almost 4 Years after completion 17 Jun, 2011

    June 2011 Update by Paalo Lekuuk

    Status: Complete - Successful

    Operating Status:

    Routine visit:
    -well is functional

    Kristen Kosinski ( The Samburu Project ) Over 3 Years after completion 27 Feb, 2011

    Kristen Kosinski's Visit - February 2011

    Status: Complete - Successful

    Operating Status:

    • NF – Rod and Rubber issue…water was still on the ground so well had been down for less than one week.
    • No fencing.

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    Heidi Sheppard ( The Samburu Project ) Almost 3 Years after completion 7 Jul, 2010

    Sarah Ball's and Ashley Cook's Visit - June 2010

    Status: Complete - Successful

    Operating Status:

    Notes from the Lopesiwo 3 Well:
    -If the well breaks community members go to Lucas, but 40 people know how to fix the well.
    -3 breaks since the well was built: steel, water, and rubbers.
    -Community is too poor to pool money for repairs.
    -Unusual and unexpected issues faced during project execution include:
    - The well was fenced when it was built (2006) but the fence was taken during the drought. Fortunately, they plan to replace the fence.
    -The community requests a trough.
    -They tried to create a farm but elephants ruined it.

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  • Impact Assessment (M&E) Phase Project completed on 31 Jul, 2007 Implementation Phase
  • Implementation Phase Project started on 1 Jul, 2007 Preparation Phase

Funded by The Klein Family, Kenton Zehr, M.D., Susan A. Baker, M.D., & the African Bush Club, The Samburu Project drilled and installed a shallow well equipped with a handpump in this community.

Narrative

The trek to retrieve water initially took up to 9 hours because the location was far away and elephants often ruined the hand-dug well in the night. Warriors tried to use hand-dug wells, but these are very dangerous and women won't go in. Otherwise they had to walk 5 km.
Now the walk is less than 20 minutes. Community members have more time to look after and feed animals and take care of children. The very clean water has meant no more water-related health problems.

Sustainability

Creating and measuring long-term impact

The community agrees by contract to pay for maintenance costs. Each well committee collects approximately $250 per year for this purpose. In order to ensure well functionality and monitor its use, The Samburu Project spends approximately $160 per year per well. This comes from our general fund, which is maintained by individual donations.

Impact

People Impacted: 1500

People Getting Safe Drinking Water: 1500

The main objective of the project is to provide clean, safe drinking water.

People Getting Sanitation: 15000

Improved sanitation has been an ancillary benefit of community water availability.

Maintenance/Operating Costs Annual, in US$: $410

Creating and measuring long-term impact

The community agrees by contract to pay for maintenance costs. Each well committee collects approximately $250 per year for this purpose. In order to ensure well functionality and monitor its use, The Samburu Project spends approximately $160 per year per well. This comes from our general fund, which is maintained by individual donations.

Funding

Funded:
$10,500
Community:
$1,850
Final Cost:
$12,350
$13,000:
Anonymous

Plan/Proposal