Funded by Ryan’s Well Foundation/Rally4Life , The Samburu Project will drill and install a shallow well equipped with a handpump in the Nesesiai community.

Narrative

This community was chosen due to its high rates of waterborne diseases. Community members walk for about 8 kms each way to get water from the Sere Olipi Stream by scooping hand dug wells in the dry river bed. This water is contaminated and dirty.

With a well, the distance to a water point will be significantly reduced. The cases of waterborne diseases will also be significantly reduced. Women will have more time to do other businesses. Children, especially girls, will have the opportunity to go to school. The water from the well will be used both domestic and livestock usage.

Because the Ndonyo Wasin area has never had a well with a handpump, community members are very eager and excited for this project!

Five sites were surveyed before finding a viable location.

    Kristen Kosinski ( The Samburu Project ) 5 Months after completion 29 May, 2013

    Kristen's Visit

    Status: Complete - Successful

    Operating Status:

    The journey to Ndonyo Wasin was long and hot. Though Ndonyo Wasin is just 25 kms from Sere Olipi and only 22 kms off A2, the tarmac road, it seemed to take forever to get there!

    As Wednesday is market day in Ndonyo Wasin, Lucas and I did not meet many people in the community. We did meet a young boy, Leipua (9) and a young girl, Nenderua (11) who were fetching water for themselves and their herd. These children are not going to school as the closest primary school is Ndonyo Wasin Primary School and quite far from their homes.

    The great surprise that we were met with at Nesesiai was that the water in the well is NOT salty! Reports prior to the spring rains had been that the water in the well was salty and therefore not good for human consumption, however, since the rains the water is fresh. Lucas and I even tried it for ourselves.

    The community has made improvements by fencing the well. The children told us that since the well the community has not been plagued with cholera, malaria and flu. Prior to the Nesesiai Well, the community would take water from hand dug wells nearby. This water caused sickness and even death. During the raining season, it was impossible to use the hand dug wells. Now, well water is used for drinking, cooking, bathing (even when salty) and for livestock (salty or not).

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  • Impact Assessment (M&E) Phase Project completed on 19 Dec, 2012 Implementation Phase
    Kristen Kosinski ( The Samburu Project ) Less Than A Minute after start 23 Aug, 2012

    Nesesiai = WATER

    Status: In-progress

    Operating Status:

    Lucas and Kariuki ventured into one of the remotest parts of Samburu East in hopes of providing clean water to the community of Nesesiai. This is a place that has never had a drilled well with a handpump. Fortunately, after surveying five locations, Kariuki found a viable well site.

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  • Implementation Phase Project started on 23 Aug, 2012 Preparation Phase
    Kristen Kosinski ( The Samburu Project ) 24 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 Ryan’s Well Foundation/Rally4Life , The Samburu Project will drill and install a shallow well equipped with a handpump in the Nesesiai community.

Narrative

This community was chosen due to its high rates of waterborne diseases. Community members walk for about 8 kms each way to get water from the Sere Olipi Stream by scooping hand dug wells in the dry river bed. This water is contaminated and dirty.

With a well, the distance to a water point will be significantly reduced. The cases of waterborne diseases will also be significantly reduced. Women will have more time to do other businesses. Children, especially girls, will have the opportunity to go to school. The water from the well will be used both domestic and livestock usage.

Because the Ndonyo Wasin area has never had a well with a handpump, community members are very eager and excited for this project!

Five 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.

Other Issues

Unusual and unexpected issues faced during project execution

This is one of the most remote parts of Samburu East. The road is very bad and the terrain is extremely challenging.

Impact

People Impacted: 1035

People Getting Safe Drinking Water: 1035

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

School Children Getting Water: 374

Nesesiai Preschool - 174
200 children not in school

People Getting Sanitation: 1035

Improved sanitation is an ancillary benefit of community water availability.

People Getting Other Benefits: 1035

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