Water Projects

Our Water Projects in Review:

Ladies fetching water from Kuku.Kuku Community Borehole Project:
Our current water project is located in Kuku, Kenya. In addition to walking hours daily for water,  women dig in a dry river bed daily to access the water table.  It takes 8 minutes to fill a 5-gallon jerry can. In a community with hundreds of women, and each woman needing several cans of water to take care of her family, the water line is long, and women are often forced to come at night in a group, with warriors to protect them from wild animals, like elephants, hyenas, and lions that gather at night to drink. Initial meetings have taken place with the community and we are in the initial steps of getting the borehole dug.


Joyce and commtee in front of the Lenkiloriti pump houseLenkiloriti Project:
1,678 people in Lenkiloriti had been without clean water for years. They used to rely on water from a dam during the rainy season. As the water in the dam went down it became stagnant and dirty. Typhoid ran rampant. During the dry seasons they suffered continuously walking long distances for water for themselves and their livestock.  Now because of the completed project,  the women from Lenkiloriti are experiencing a huge sigh of relief knowing water is always available close by. Children attending school are clean and attentive, performance is improving. Livestock keep their condition longer, thus keeping their value, even in current drought conditions, since water is close to home…


Dance in the waterEsukuta/Nasipa Community Borehole Project:
Esukuta is a community WILK has worked with since 2015.  We estimate that there are about 2,400 people with approximately 3,000 cattle and 11,000 small stock (goats or sheep).  A government primary school is nearby as well as an unregistered private school. The well is now fully equipped and the operators and water management committee have been trained.   Women have more time and have started small businesses like selling vegetables, doing Maasai beadwork, operating a small shop for foodstuffs, doing casual labor in local farms. Children are clean and able to focus on school work since they no longer have to worry about going to the seasonal river bed to dig for water before and after school… ➡ 


 water tank on motorcycle.
Olchorro Project:
In May 2015, Water is Life Kenya implemented our Olchorro Community Water Pipeline storage tank project.  The town of Olchorro has a pipeline but the water is unreliable, especially during August-October, the regular drought period. Pipeline members have water taps but few have water storage.  Small storage tanks for individual members was decided on as the most helpful, least risky water storage option.  As a result, families enjoy a much more consistent water supply with the additional water storage provided by the tanks… ➡ 


Enkongu-Narok project Enkong’u Narok Project:
The village of Enkong’u Narok is a village outside Amboseli National Park with 1,000 inhabitants. Translated, Enkong’u Narok means “black spring”, and it has earned this name because of the water source nearby that produces dark, murky water. Villagers used this water as their primary source and often complained about malaria and other water-borne illnesses.Nearby are both a school, Enkong’u Narok Primary School, and health clinic, and all used the same dirty water.  For WILK it was the most productive borehole we have ever drilled. For the community, joy and relief welled up!  Finally…an end to water problems and constant sickness. Villagers and their children have experienced a huge improvement in their own health… ➡ 


children getting wate from the pumpRisa Borehole Rehab/ Shallow Well Project:
Around 1,500 people call the village of Risa home. For a long time, the closest water source was at the Iremito gate of the Amboseli National Park, approximately five kilometers to the south. Unfortunately this source did not provide reliably year round, so women had no choice but to travel even farther to water sources like swamps and ponds. It was not uncommon for women to be gone eight or nine hours, every day. A few years ago, a well was dug but it failed to provide an adequate supply to all the villagers WILK was able to help them install  a rainwater harvesting system at the village’s primary school. The solution was simple and cost-effective, and now the children can better focus on their studies… ➡ 


school children with water tank solutionRisa Primary School Rainwater Harvesting Project:
Risa is a chronically dry area, with only poor supply of water from the pipeline managed by Kenya Wildlife Service.  Risa Primary School didn’t have water, and children carried drinking water from home. There was no water to prepare lunch for students or for teachers who live at the school. Boreholes in the area are extremely low yielding and far from the school. Installation of a Rainwater Harvesting system which collects seasonal rains by directing the rain which falls on the roofs of the school buildings into gutters and downspouts, which directed water into plastic water tanks.Students and teachers now have reliable drinking water and water to prepare from the rainwater collected in the tanks, so can focus on their school work…


Olepolos borehole projectOlepolos Community Borehole Project:
Olepolos is located in the Mt. Kilimanjaro Highlands, near the Tanzanian border. It is a densely populated area; home to almost 2,500 Kenyans. In the past, these villagers had to cross the border into Tanzania every day and wait in line at the Kamwanga well. This cost the women eight hours every day, and nearly three quarters of the villagers complained of being sick from drinking dirty water. It was an ambitious project and the benefits have been outstanding: the time spent gathering water has been dropped from eight hours to less than one, and as a result of the steady water supply both schools have grown larger to accommodate the many children who need education. The local pastor told us that livestock are healthier than ever, and that people have started moving to Olepolos for the water security..


Noosidan pumpNoosidan Community Borehole Project:
Noosidan, like Enkorbobit, is outside of the Amboseli National Park, but next to the southwestern corner. It is a rural community, and due to their distance from the park and lack of resources they had a difficult time getting water for themselves.  Drilling in Noosidan proved exciting: a collapsing volcanic rock formation gave the drillers quite a challenge, with equipment getting stuck in the borehole during the drilling, but their skill saved the situation and the well was completed successfully.  Nanyukie, one of the ladies from Noosidan said to us on a monitoring trip: “We are cleaner and our children don’t get sick like they used to since we have water in Noosidan.” Now there is a small school in Noosidan for nursery and kindergarten and they get clean water every day from Noosidan Community Borehole! ➡ 


Men standing at EsokotaEsokota Community Shallow Well Project:
Esokota is a large community of almost 3,000 people near the town of Kajiado. They had done everything they could to improve their own lives: they built a school for the children and even a rainwater harvesting system. For such a large population, however, rainwater isn’t enough even in a good year, and it certainly is not enough during drought times. Their current system needed to be supplemented in order to meet the demand of community members as well as school children and staff.
Now the children have water close-by through the new well…

Enkorbobit well Enkorbobit Community Shallow Well Project:
Enkorbobit is a village located further outside the Amboseli National Park, and thus it lacks the access some communities have to the park’s resources. One of these resources is water, and the six miles that separate their homes from the park made getting water an all day affair. The people knew they needed clean water, but did not want to abandon their homes to get it. WILK was able to dig them a shallow well. This provides clean water year round, and the locals are able to remain in their homes. After its completion, people began to migrate to the village. The locals were pleased to share the gift they had been given with those in need. Solomon from Enkorbobit says, “Since we got the shallow well, our baby animals can… ➡ 

Joyce and community member washing hands from Mesenani A pipeline Meshenani A Community Water Pipeline Connection:
Meshenani is an area located near the northwest corner of the Amboseli National Park. It is a chronically dry area and home to approximately 1,600 people, who are spread out over a relatively large area. The water source they were using was a hand dug shallow well 10 miles walk one way from Meshenani.
Community members dug trenches, pipes were laid, water tank purchased, a concrete platform for the tank was constructed, connection made and the community now uses the water from two piplines with the help of Water is Life Kenya. ➡ 


Elephants that live near IlmarbaIlmarba Community Borehole Rehabilitation Project:
The community of Ilmarba is located near the Tanzanian border, in between two of our other projects, Imisgiyio and Olepolos. The village has had a borehole well, pump, and generator for some time, that approximately 1,500 people use. The issue Ilmarba faced was a rather unique one: elephants came and damaged the well system. The borehole actually provides water for the elephants as well, and they have learned that the sound of the pump means there is water. When the pump stopped, the elephants became upset and pulled up the pipes and the community water point looking for water. The problem was overheating in the pump house. WILK rehabilitate the pump house with proper materials and… ➡ 


Meshenani wellMeshenani C Community Water Pipeline Connection:
Problem: Meshenani is an area located near the northwest corner of the Amboseli National Park. It is a chronically dry area and home to approximately 1,600 people, who are spread out over a relatively large area. The water source they were using was a hand dug shallow well 10 miles walk one way from Meshenani. There is a school close to the park that almost 300 students attend, and a total of about 1,000 people live nearby. Further from the park is a group of villages, Kenyans who live a more rural lifestyle, of about 600.
Solution: With support from the Rotary Club of Penbury, UK, Water is Life Kenya was able to implement another solution to Meshenani community’s water problem after the borehole drilled had problems with salinity. We were able to convince Kenya Wildlife Service, who manages Amboseli National Park and the water pipeline which serves the gates at the entrance to the park, to allow the community to have a connection to the pipeline. Community members dug trenches, pipes were laid, water tank purchased, concrete platform for the tank was constructed, connection made and the community now uses the water.


Meshenani borehole produces water

Meshenani borehole produces water.

Meshenani Borehole Project:
Meshenani is an area located near the northwest corner of the Amboseli National Park. It is chronically dry and it is home to about 1,600 people, who are spread out over a large area. The water source they were using was a hand dug shallow well –  10 miles walk one way. With such a great need for water, it was clear to us that a borehole well would be necessary.  So in the summer of 2008, we drilled Meshenani’s first well. Unfortunately, the well yielded no water. Since the community still needed water, we surveyed another site and drilled again. This time we hit water, and a lot of it: almost double the typical yield of a borehole well. However the news was not all good. During test pumping we realized the groundwater was  too salty to drink. It was heartbreaking for both WILK and the villagers to have two wells, neither of which could provide drinkable water.  Read Meshenani Pipeline C and Meshenani Pipeline A to see how we solved the water problem in Meshenani. ➡ 

Joyce with community member from Imisigo Imisigyio Community Borehole Project:
Imisigyio was the first community WILK helped. In 2006, WILK was unable to provide food relief for Imisigiyio during the drought and Joyce wanted to help this community of about 2,000 people. The women used to have to walk to TZ and wait at the back of the line for water because they were outsiders. This was a 8 km walk one-way.  Money was raised in 2007, including money from the local government’s Constituency Development Fund (CDF) for a 100,000 Liter water storage tank.
Eventually, a pump, generator and borehole, tank, and troughs were installed. The tank funded by the CDF cracked and was repaired in 2010. Water has been pumping steadily for use by the community and their livestock since early 2008.Today the women can leave their home, get water, and return all in… ➡