Funded by Pittsburgh Children’s Foundation, The Samburu Project will drill and install a shallow well equipped with a handpump in the Lolgerded community.

Narrative

Finding communities to work with in Archer's Post has been challenging because many have moved locations due to issues with neighboring tribes. Thus, our team was happy to work with the Lolgerded community and find a viable site.

The nearest water source currently is approximately 8 kms walk to Laresoro Stream.

With a well, women will have enough time to do other businesses and more children will go to school. There will be a significantly reduction of waterborne diseases. The well will serve both domestic and livestock use. The community also intends to start farming.

Six sites were surveyed before finding a viable location.

    Kristen Kosinski ( The Samburu Project ) 6 Months after completion 30 May, 2013

    Kristen's Visit 2013

    Status: Complete - Successful

    Operating Status:

    We had a wonderful visit to the Lolgerded Community. We picked up Sabaya Letimorit, one of the community elders, along the main road (A2). He drove with us to the Laresoro Well first so we had a chance to talk for a while.

    Sabaya has lived in the area since 1990. For some time, he worked at Governer's Camp in the Maasai Mara as he is a #1 sharp shooter, While living in the Mara, his daughter was attacked by a hyena. At the time she was 5 and spent two years in the hospital in Nairobi. I had the chance to meet Evelyn later in the day at the Lolgerded Well. She is now about 13 and in Grade 7.

    When I asked Sabaya about the well he said that he did not believe there could be water near their home. Because of this, they take really good care of it. The community has a sand harvesting business in which they earn about 6000 KES/month. Some of these funds are set aside for well repair and maintenance.

    When we arrived at Lolgerded, there were many people waiting for us to have a meeting. This is what learned.

    Prior to the Lolgerded Well, women and children walked six hours each day for water. Now that they do not have to spend most of the day walking, women have time to look after animals, fetch firewood and take care of their children. The water from the well is fresh. The well is used for drinking, eating, washing and livestock. Growing crops is not possible as the soil in this community is sandy.

    In the hand dug wells they drank from before, the water was salty which caused diarrhea. Also, the common cold and eye infections have decreased significantly since the new well.

    Thus far, the well has had no breakages. The community improved the well by digging a trough for the domestic animals that was further from the water point so as to avoid contamination.

    When I asked how many people were using the well, they just said soooooooo many. This community is clearly grateful for clean water! As a way of showing their gratitude, they adorned Lucas and me with bracelets and necklaces.

    Kristen Kosinski ( The Samburu Project ) Less Than A Minute after completion 1 Dec, 2012

    Construction Complete & Well Pumping Water

    Status: Complete - Successful

    Operating Status:

    Today, the well construction was completed and the community is pumping clean water!

  • Impact Assessment (M&E) Phase Project completed on 1 Dec, 2012 Implementation Phase
    Kristen Kosinski ( The Samburu Project ) 3 Months after start 10 Nov, 2012

    Water Struck at 65 Meters!

    Status: In-progress

    Operating Status:

    Lucas' Update:

    After wide consultations with the driller and his team, it was decided to begin drilling in Archer's Post then proceed to Sere Olipi and Ndonyo Wasin.

    Attached are lovely pictures as the community leaders conduct ground breaking traditional prayers/ceremony at our first site, Lolgerded.

    Drilling began on Friday, November 9th and water was struck at 65 meters on Saturday, November 10th! Big welcome to our 41st well!!!

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    Kristen Kosinski ( The Samburu Project ) Less Than A Minute after start 17 Aug, 2012

    Lolgerded = WATER

    Status: In-progress

    Operating Status:

    After looking at six locations, Kariuki found a viable well site in Lolgerded.

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  • Implementation Phase Project started on 17 Aug, 2012 Preparation Phase
    Kristen Kosinski ( The Samburu Project ) 18 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 Pittsburgh Children’s Foundation, The Samburu Project will drill and install a shallow well equipped with a handpump in the Lolgerded community.

Narrative

Finding communities to work with in Archer's Post has been challenging because many have moved locations due to issues with neighboring tribes. Thus, our team was happy to work with the Lolgerded community and find a viable site.

The nearest water source currently is approximately 8 kms walk to Laresoro Stream.

With a well, women will have enough time to do other businesses and more children will go to school. There will be a significantly reduction of waterborne diseases. The well will serve both domestic and livestock use. The community also intends to start farming.

Six 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: 465

People Getting Safe Drinking Water: 465

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

School Children Getting Water: 45

Lolgerded Preschool - 45 students

People Getting Sanitation: 465

Improved sanitation is an ancillary benefit of community water availability.

People Getting Other Benefits: 465

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