Funded by Bob Hoff in conjunction with Jacky Falkenberg's Walk for Water, The Samburu Project will drill and install a shallow well equipped with a handpump in the Lerata B Community.

Narrative

Initially we attempted to drill a well in a place beyond Lusen Gap called Ngutuk Elmuget in Lodungokwe. After two days of surveys, it was concluded that drilling a shallow well in this area was not viable. Thus, Kariuki and Lucas decided to move to an entirely new area on the road between Wamba and Archer's Post called Lerata B.

This community is located in one of the driest areas of the Samburu District. Access to water is challenging. A government truck ferries water from Archer's Post 20 kms away to this village once a month. The water is not enough to last the community a whole month.

With a well, the community will have access to a safe and reliable water source. Women will have enough time to do other productive business. More children will attend school. The water from the well will be used for both domestic and livestock use. The community also intends to do farming.

It is hard to imagine what this community goes through to have access to water. It is equally as hard for the community to imagine that a clean, safe water source is on its way.

Three sites were surveyed before finding a viable location.

    Kristen Kosinski ( The Samburu Project ) 5 Months after completion 13 May, 2013

    Hygiene & Sanitation Workshop

    Status: Complete - Successful

    Operating Status:

    Now that Lucas has his new car, he is visiting our new well communities this week for Hygiene and Sanitation workshops. 1st stop - the Lerata B, Nakwamuru and Lolgerdad community representatives met at Lerata B.

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    Kristen Kosinski ( The Samburu Project ) Less Than A Minute after completion 4 Dec, 2012

    Construction Complete & Well Pumping Water

    Status: Complete - Successful

    Operating Status:

    It is a very happy day for the community in Lerata B. Their well is pumping water!

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  • Impact Assessment (M&E) Phase Project completed on 4 Dec, 2012 Implementation Phase
    Kristen Kosinski ( The Samburu Project ) 3 Months after start 12 Nov, 2012

    Water Struck at 58 Meters!

    Status: In-progress

    Operating Status:

    More good news from Lucas today. We struck water at the Lerata B well site at 58 meters. Drilling began yesterday. Big welcome to our 42 well!!!

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    Kristen Kosinski ( The Samburu Project ) Less Than A Minute after start 16 Aug, 2012

    Lerata B = WATER

    Status: In-progress

    Operating Status:

    After surveying three possible locations, Kariuki found a viable well site in Lerata B.

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  • Implementation Phase Project started on 16 Aug, 2012 Preparation Phase
    Kristen Kosinski ( The Samburu Project ) 8 Days before start 8 Aug, 2012

    No Water in Ngutuk Elmuget, Lodungokwe

    Status: In-progress

    Operating Status:

    Lucas and Kariuki spent two days in Ngutuk Elmuget, Lodungokwe and surveyed 13 sites unsuccessfully. The water is deep and there is a lot of hard, un-fractured rock, making it impossible to drill a shallow well. With this, they decided to move on to an area outside of Archer's Post called Lerata about 3 km beyond the junction from Archer's Post to Wamba.

    After they are finished surveying in Archer's Post on the way to Sere Olipi, they will go back to Lerata to do surveys.

    Kristen Kosinski ( The Samburu Project ) 17 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 Bob Hoff in conjunction with Jacky Falkenberg's Walk for Water, The Samburu Project will drill and install a shallow well equipped with a handpump in the Lerata B Community.

Narrative

Initially we attempted to drill a well in a place beyond Lusen Gap called Ngutuk Elmuget in Lodungokwe. After two days of surveys, it was concluded that drilling a shallow well in this area was not viable. Thus, Kariuki and Lucas decided to move to an entirely new area on the road between Wamba and Archer's Post called Lerata B.

This community is located in one of the driest areas of the Samburu District. Access to water is challenging. A government truck ferries water from Archer's Post 20 kms away to this village once a month. The water is not enough to last the community a whole month.

With a well, the community will have access to a safe and reliable water source. Women will have enough time to do other productive business. More children will attend school. The water from the well will be used for both domestic and livestock use. The community also intends to do farming.

It is hard to imagine what this community goes through to have access to water. It is equally as hard for the community to imagine that a clean, safe water source is on its way.

Three sites were surveyed before finding a viable location.

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: 975

People Getting Safe Drinking Water: 975

195 households @ 5 people per house
Data Source: Community Elders & Local Government

School Children Getting Water: 200

Kalama Preschool - 80 students
Kalama Primary School - 120 students

People Getting Sanitation: 975

Improved sanitation is an ancillary benefit of community water availability.

People Getting Other Benefits: 975

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