Funded by Clear Blue Global Water and initiated by Vickie Reynen of the Free Methodist Church, The Samburu Project will drill and install a shallow well equipped with a handpump in at the Ntepes Free Methodist Church.

Narrative

This well project was initiated by Vickie Reynen who works with the Free Methodist Church in Kenya along with Pastor Charro of the Ntepes Free Methodist Church. In April 2012, Vickie was visiting churches in the Wamba area and identified the need for water. Pastor Charro suggested that she contact The Samburu Project. After much correspondence, in May 2012, Vickie traveled back to Wamba to meet our team and discuss the possibility of drilling two wells with The Samburu Project. One in Ntepes and the other in Lorian. Following the meeting, it was decided that they would fund one well in Ntepes. Also in May, Stephanie Ng and Lucas Lekwale had a lengthy meeting with Pastor Charro to discuss The Samburu Project's process and expectations of the community. Lucas and Pastor Charro have been working together for the last two months to prepare for the well drill, mobilizing the community etc.

SIte Selection
The Ntepes FMC well was the 1st to be sited for The Samburu Project's 2012 well drill. After 6 surveys, a viable site was found. Joseph Kariuki, hydrogeologist and Lucas Lekwale worked with the community to find the best site possible. Because this project was initiated by the Ntepes FMC, the goal was for the well to be near to the church itself. It was uncertain if this would be possible as the church is some distance from the riverbed. However, the site selected is within the church grounds. The likely reason that the water table is high enough at this point is that some old wazees (male elders) from the community told Lucas and Kariuki that many, many years ago the river flowed through this location. This goes to show how important the oral history of the community is in this process of well drilling.

The community is currently getting their water at the Upper Margwe Well, drilled by The Samburu Project in 2011. Though it is only 10 minutes away, people have to wait in line for many hours to get water. This takes a big part of their day. Also, the Upper Margwe Well is overused which can cause maintenance issues as well as over taxing the water table.

The community expects to benefit in a number of ways: women will have time to participate in income-generating activities, children will attend/have time to go to school, and they will have clean, safe drinking water.

The community anticipates using the well for the following purposes: to enhance their livelihoods through farming, to use water for domestic and livestock purposes, and the establishment of a community meeting point where elders will meet to pass key resolutions of the community.

  • Impact Assessment (M&E) Phase Project completed on 10 Jan, 2013 Implementation Phase
    Kristen Kosinski ( The Samburu Project ) 5 Months after start 4 Jan, 2013

    Construction Complete & Well Pumping Water

    Status: Complete - Successful

    Operating Status:

    Today, well construction was completed and the community in Ntepes at drinking clean water!

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    Kristen Kosinski ( The Samburu Project ) 4 Months after start 28 Nov, 2012

    Water Struck at 35 Meters!

    Status: Complete - Successful

    Operating Status:

    Drilling is underway and water was hit at 35 meters today! Stay tuned for an update and pictures of the completed well.

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    Kristen Kosinski ( The Samburu Project ) Less Than A Minute after start 1 Aug, 2012

    Site Selection - Day 1 Success!

    Status: In-progress

    Operating Status:

    After surveying six sites, a viable location was found for the Ntepes FMC well.

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  • Implementation Phase Project started on 1 Aug, 2012 Preparation Phase
    Kristen Kosinski ( The Samburu Project ) 2 Days before start 30 Jul, 2012

    Kariuki Lost in the Bush

    Status: In-progress

    Operating Status:

    Hydrogeologic surveys were scheduled to begin on July 12th, however, our wonderful hydrogeolgist, Joseph Kariuki, was delayed. He rescheduled to arrive in Wamba on July 22nd, but he has yet to appear. We hope that he has just gotten stuck in the bush on another job. Oftentimes, there is no mobile signal where he works. We will send an update as soon as he surfaces.

Funded by Clear Blue Global Water and initiated by Vickie Reynen of the Free Methodist Church, The Samburu Project will drill and install a shallow well equipped with a handpump in at the Ntepes Free Methodist Church.

Narrative

This well project was initiated by Vickie Reynen who works with the Free Methodist Church in Kenya along with Pastor Charro of the Ntepes Free Methodist Church. In April 2012, Vickie was visiting churches in the Wamba area and identified the need for water. Pastor Charro suggested that she contact The Samburu Project. After much correspondence, in May 2012, Vickie traveled back to Wamba to meet our team and discuss the possibility of drilling two wells with The Samburu Project. One in Ntepes and the other in Lorian. Following the meeting, it was decided that they would fund one well in Ntepes. Also in May, Stephanie Ng and Lucas Lekwale had a lengthy meeting with Pastor Charro to discuss The Samburu Project's process and expectations of the community. Lucas and Pastor Charro have been working together for the last two months to prepare for the well drill, mobilizing the community etc.

SIte Selection
The Ntepes FMC well was the 1st to be sited for The Samburu Project's 2012 well drill. After 6 surveys, a viable site was found. Joseph Kariuki, hydrogeologist and Lucas Lekwale worked with the community to find the best site possible. Because this project was initiated by the Ntepes FMC, the goal was for the well to be near to the church itself. It was uncertain if this would be possible as the church is some distance from the riverbed. However, the site selected is within the church grounds. The likely reason that the water table is high enough at this point is that some old wazees (male elders) from the community told Lucas and Kariuki that many, many years ago the river flowed through this location. This goes to show how important the oral history of the community is in this process of well drilling.

The community is currently getting their water at the Upper Margwe Well, drilled by The Samburu Project in 2011. Though it is only 10 minutes away, people have to wait in line for many hours to get water. This takes a big part of their day. Also, the Upper Margwe Well is overused which can cause maintenance issues as well as over taxing the water table.

The community expects to benefit in a number of ways: women will have time to participate in income-generating activities, children will attend/have time to go to school, and they will have clean, safe drinking water.

The community anticipates using the well for the following purposes: to enhance their livelihoods through farming, to use water for domestic and livestock purposes, and the establishment of a community meeting point where elders will meet to pass key resolutions of the community.

Sustainability

Creating and measuring long-term impact

A well committee has been created and roles have been established. Once the well has been successfully drilled, the well committee will establish a fund for the well. Every household will contribute an agreed upon amount of money monthly towards well maintenance and management.

Impact

People Impacted: 2000

People Getting Safe Drinking Water: 2000

200 households @ 5 people per house
1000 additional children living outside Ntepes who go to Ntepes Primary School.
Data Source: Community Elders & Local Government

School Children Getting Water: 1491

Ntepes Preschool - 111 students
Ntepes Primary School - 1380 students

People Getting Sanitation: 2000

Improved sanitation is an ancillary benefit of community water availability.

People Getting Other Benefits: 2000

Water is the foundation from which all things grow. The expectation is that this community will receive many benefits beyond access to clean, safe drinking water.

Funding

Funded:
$15,000
Community:
$1,850
Final Cost:
$16,850

Plan/Proposal