Funded by The Woodside Wishing Well, The Samburu Project drilled and installed a shallow well equipped with a handpump in this community.

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Narrative

Women and children formerly would walk 4 -10 km to the top of a hill to retrieve water. Now the well is within the village and they walk less than 1 km. They used to scoop soil for water that was polluted by animals and was therefore extremely unsanitary. The well has allowed for clean water. It is easier for them to use and they no longer have stomach aches. Women have time for business and to go town. They have more time for child-rearing and to oversee their families. Previously the women had back problems and some miscarriages due to the weight of carrying water over such long distances. Children have time to go to school because water is now closer to home.

    Stephanie Ng ( The Samburu Project ) About 2 Years after completion 23 May, 2012

    Stephanie Ng's Visit- May 2012

    Status: Complete - Successful

    Operating Status:

    Lucas and I walked to this well very early in the morning as we were hoping to leave Wamba and travel to Archer’s Post later in the morning. When we arrived, I was surprised at first that no one was present at the well. However Lucas reminded of the rains the night before. Recalling this storm, I honestly do not think I have witnessed such heavy rain ever in my life which went on for the better part of the night and early morning. Because of this rain, Lucas presumed that the women probably were sleeping in or taking their time to come to the well because they knew that the farm was well watered the night before.

    As I just alluded to, there is a beautiful farm right next to the well that is fenced off from the outside. Many aspects of this farm including the sturdy chain-link fencing around the entire farm was funded by M. Night Shyamalan Foundation. This farm was flourishing with many different crops: I saw a pepper tree that was already bearing a lot of green peppers; there were rows and rows of kale; we spotted a sugarcane plant; at the front near the other side of the fence was a pumpkin patch that was beginning to flower; Lucas pointed out a tree that bears peanuts. I am sure there are many other kinds of crops they are growing but those are the ones that Lucas could easily identify. Lucas informed me that this community is hopeful that this harvest will be very plentiful and fruitful.

    As for the well which is located next to the gate, there has been no problems with any of the hardware and has been pumping enough water to nourish both the crops and the people.

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    jackie jennings-bates Over 1 Year after completion 27 Oct, 2011

    rally4life visits Laga Well

    Status: Complete - Successful

    Operating Status:

    This was the busiest well, close to Wamba and with a community garden. It was a lovely spot, shady and fragrant thanks to the well giving life to the garden. 26 families are members of the garden, they have nursery beds and then transplant. It was close to harvest time and everything looked lush. We saw lots of kale, peanuts and I think some corn.
    This well is guarded 24 hrs a day because it means so much to them. Visitors are charged the small fee of 50shillings for water.
    Previously water was sourced from the river which was salty. There were some Muran present and they had filled bowls for washing clothes but took them down by the river so as not to contaminate the well.
    We met the delightful Peter Olesawa who learnt excellent English in school back in 1962!

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    jackie jennings-bates Over 1 Year after completion 27 Oct, 2011

    rally4life visits Laga Well

    Status: Complete - Successful

    Operating Status:

    This was the busiest well, close to Wamba and with a community garden. It was a lovely spot, shady and fragrant thanks to the well giving life to the garden. 26 families are members of the garden, they have nursery beds and then transplant. It was close to harvest time and everything looked lush. We saw lots of kale, peanuts and I think some corn.
    This well is guarded 24 hrs a day because it means so much to them. Visitors are charged the small fee of 50shillings for water.
    Previously water was sourced from the river which was salty. There were some Muran present and they had filled bowls for washing clothes but took them down by the river so as not to contaminate the well.
    We met the delightful Peter Olesawa who learnt excellent English in school back in 1962!

    Kristen Kosinski ( The Samburu Project ) Over 1 Year after completion 28 Aug, 2011

    Sneak Peak at Laga Club

    Status: Complete - Successful

    Operating Status:

    While on a walking photo safari, we stopped by the Laga Farm and Well. The place looks beautiful with lots of veggies growing though Peter and Mary Nyambura, two of the twelve farmers, told us a story of elephants and how they destroyed the farm some time ago. They both pleaded with me for a barbed wire fence.

    They are making about 1500 KES/day on the sale of their produce. The money is put back into the farm as an investment.

    Overall, spirits seem high and the community is encouraged to expand and improve the farm.

    Heidi Sheppard ( The Samburu Project ) About 1 Year after completion 14 Jun, 2011

    June 2011 Update by Paalo Lekuuk

    Status: Complete - Successful

    Operating Status:

    Routine visit:
    -well is functional
    -established a new well committee for the community

    Heidi Sheppard ( The Samburu Project ) 10 Months after completion 23 Feb, 2011

    Kristen Kosinski's Visit - February 2011

    Status: Complete - Successful

    Operating Status:

    On her visit Kristen met with a variety of community members, including elders, children and the chairwoman of the community's women's group. Below is the information she gathered on this visit:
    -Community created a garden which took about five months to create
    -The garden includes carrots, kale, tomatoes, and spinach
    -The community needs a watering can which costs 800KSH
    -Elephants are the biggest issue
    -Average income for garden: 1000 KSH/day per woman
    -Reuben from Milimani community has been teaching the community how to farm
    -Fencing around the well could use an upgrade
    -The well has a watchman

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    Heidi Sheppard ( The Samburu Project ) 2 Months after completion 26 Jun, 2010

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

    Status: Complete - Successful

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    Notes from Langa Well:
    -The community is extremely happy with the well
    -Children in the community are now able to go to school
    -The chain link fence was stolen by non-community members
    -Wood and thorn branches were used to create a new fence around the well. Therefore this type of fence may be more logical for wells that are closer to towns and therefore more likely to be stolen
    -No current problems. They are prepared for breakages because they were taught how to fix the rubbers
    -Community is sure to have an older person oversee the well during the day to prevent children from playing with the well and breaking it

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    Charlie Tso ( The Samburu Project ) About 1 Month after completion 12 Jun, 2010

    The Falkenberg Family's Visit 2010

    Status: Complete - Successful

    Operating Status:

    Please see the pictures below for the Falkenberg Family's visit to this well in June 2010. (D4W1)

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  • Impact Assessment (M&E) Phase Project completed on 15 Apr, 2010 Implementation Phase
  • Implementation Phase Project started on 1 Apr, 2010 Preparation Phase

Funded by The Woodside Wishing Well, The Samburu Project drilled and installed a shallow well equipped with a handpump in this community.

Narrative

Women and children formerly would walk 4 -10 km to the top of a hill to retrieve water. Now the well is within the village and they walk less than 1 km. They used to scoop soil for water that was polluted by animals and was therefore extremely unsanitary. The well has allowed for clean water. It is easier for them to use and they no longer have stomach aches. Women have time for business and to go town. They have more time for child-rearing and to oversee their families. Previously the women had back problems and some miscarriages due to the weight of carrying water over such long distances. Children have time to go to school because water is now closer to home.

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: 2500

People Getting Safe Drinking Water: 2500

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

People Getting Sanitation: 2500

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

People Getting Other Benefits: 2500

Community health has improved because community members no longer are forced to scoop soil to get water as they had to do before the well was installed. The level of pollution in the water from animals as well as its generally unsanitary nature caused stomach aches throughout the community. However following the installation of the new wells, the prevalence of stomach aches has subsided.
Women have more time to go to town, oversee their families and children, and participate in income-generating activities. Previously community women had back problems and some miscarriages due to the weight of carrying water over such long distances. The well eliminates the need to spend long periods of time carrying water over larger distances.
Children no longer have to travel with their mothers to fetch water and, as a result, have more time to go to school.

Funding

Funded:
$13,000
Community:
$1,850
Final Cost:
$14,850
$13,000:
Anonymous

Plan/Proposal