Funded by Nimick Forbesway Foundation, The Samburu Project will drill and install a shallow well equipped with a handpump in Sere Olipi Trading Centre.

Narrative

The leaders from the Sere Olipi Community invited Lucas to a meeting a the chief's office while he was in Nairisha. They requested an additional well to be placed in Sere Olipi Trading Centre to ease the pressure on the Sere Olipi Primary School well. After Lucas deliberated with Kariuki, they felt that this was a genuine request.

There is a great need to ease the pressure of overuse on the Sere Olipi Primary School Well which is 1 km away. It is estimated that 5,000 people are using this well! This has negative effects on the environment around the well and the well is also prone to frequent breakages.

With this well, the distance to water will be reduced. Women will have more time to engage in other productive businesses. The well will be used for both domestic and livestock usage as well as small scale farming.

Two sites were surveyed before finding a viable location.

    Kristen Kosinski ( The Samburu Project ) 6 Months after completion 29 May, 2013

    Kristen's 2013 Visit

    Status: Complete - Successful

    Operating Status:

    When I arrived at the Sere Olipi Trading Centre Well, I was greeting by 20 children. Many were just from school and still in uniform. They were excited to have visitors and share stories of their well!

    I have been hearing stories of Sere Olipi for a couple of years and was happy to finally see it for myself. Before The Samburu Project expanded into Sere Olipi in 2011, this part of Samburu East had never seen a hand pump. Clearly, this is a well that is heavily used. In the short time we were there, 10s of people took water including school children, women and warriors.

    When I asked how many people were using this well, I was told the whole town: 3,000 - 4,000 people! Because the well is in town, the area chief is the first point of contact and the one who is ultimately responsible for maintenance. There is also a water committee comprised of women, elders and local administration.

    No animals use this well because there are so many humans who are utilizing it. The community members use the well water for bathing, washing clothes, drinking and cooking.

    Prior to this well being drilled, the warriors and the women claim to have walked each day, many hours for water. Now, the water is close to their homes which gives them more time to tend to the animals and look for work in town. Some people have even started a water delivery business where they take water from the well and sell it to people outside of town. Some people have been thinking about starting a gardening project.

    One of the places where the community used to get water is from a dam that is about 5 kms away. The dam water was contaminated and salty, making people very sick with diseases such as diarrhea, gout, pneumonia, common cold and small pox.

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    Kristen Kosinski ( The Samburu Project ) Less Than A Minute after completion 10 Dec, 2012

    Construction Complete & Well Pumping Water

    Status: Complete - Successful

    Operating Status:

    Today, well construction was complete and the community is happily pumping water!

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  • Impact Assessment (M&E) Phase Project completed on 10 Dec, 2012 Implementation Phase
    Kristen Kosinski ( The Samburu Project ) 3 Months after start 17 Nov, 2012

    Water Struck at 52 Meters!

    Status: In-progress

    Operating Status:

    Water was struck in Sere Olipi at 52 Meters! Pictures and completion forthcoming. Stay tuned!

    Kristen Kosinski ( The Samburu Project ) Less Than A Minute after start 22 Aug, 2012

    Sere Olipi Trading Centre = WATER

    Status: In-progress

    Operating Status:

    After urging from local leaders, Lucas and Kariuki decided to select an additional site in Sere Olipi to relieve the over burdened Sere Olipi Primary School Well. After surveying two locations, Kariuki found a viable well site.

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  • Implementation Phase Project started on 22 Aug, 2012 Preparation Phase
    Kristen Kosinski ( The Samburu Project ) 23 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 Nimick Forbesway Foundation, The Samburu Project will drill and install a shallow well equipped with a handpump in Sere Olipi Trading Centre.

Narrative

The leaders from the Sere Olipi Community invited Lucas to a meeting a the chief's office while he was in Nairisha. They requested an additional well to be placed in Sere Olipi Trading Centre to ease the pressure on the Sere Olipi Primary School well. After Lucas deliberated with Kariuki, they felt that this was a genuine request.

There is a great need to ease the pressure of overuse on the Sere Olipi Primary School Well which is 1 km away. It is estimated that 5,000 people are using this well! This has negative effects on the environment around the well and the well is also prone to frequent breakages.

With this well, the distance to water will be reduced. Women will have more time to engage in other productive businesses. The well will be used for both domestic and livestock usage as well as small scale farming.

Two 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: 1250

People Getting Safe Drinking Water: 1250

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

School Children Getting Water: 264

Full Gospel Preschool - 40
Omar Preschool - 60
Lengaya Preschool - 64
Sere Olipi Primary School - they have a well at the school
Secondary Tution students during school holidays - 100

People Getting Sanitation: 1250

Improved sanitation is an ancillary benefit of community water availability.

People Getting Other Benefits: 1250

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