Brydges Centre Children's Home Borehole Construction ProjectJune 28, 2010
Just a quick update on the Brydges borehole (water well) in Kitengela, Kenya. On Wednesday afternoon the drilling crew and equipment from Water for the World arrived at the drilling site. After about an hour of getting the equipment set up, the crew decided to drill and set the temporary casing. This all went well, so the crew decided to continue drilling and by 6 PM had drilled to about 40 meters and stopped for the night.
A couple of NEMA (National Environmental Management Authority) officials showed up during the drilling and even though we did not have the official NEMA certificate in hand they let us keep drilling. The NEMA guys did ask that we email them the NEMA number we had. That evening we were able to find that number and emailed it as requested. NEMA is the group that we have had so much trouble with in getting final documentation for drilling. NEMA could have shut us down but instead let us continue drilling.
On Thursday morning when Dave, Jen, Camille and I showed up at the drilling site, the crew had already hit one of the two aquifers at 67 meters and had water coming to the surface. Later that afternoon the second aquifer was encountered at 90 meters and lots of water was shooting up in the air. This aquifer will be the primary source of water for this borehole. Every meter drilled will cost about $90. We all thought the final depth for drilling this borehole would be about 150 meters. At 100 meters the water pressure was so great the crew had to stop drilling. Hitting water at this depth will save a considerable amount of money and will help pay for the submersible pump, tower and water storage tank.
Today the drilling crew is going to set the permanent casing and on Saturday will start test pumping the borehole and install the pump. This project has gone very smoothly and we praise God for the progress and abundance of water that this borehole will provide for the children at Brydges. Look for more updates in a few days! Please join us as we praise God and give Him the glory. It is very clear for us to see His hand in the details.
Oldonyo Orasha Hand Pump Repair
We are happy to report that the hand pump repair at the Oldonyo Orasha Primary School was successfully completed by our team on April 22. This hand pump is located in the Great Rift Valley of Kenya about 10 kilometers from the rural town of Ewaso-Ngiro. Ewaso-Ngiro is southwest of Nairobi and by road is about 2.5 hours driving time.
There are over 250,000 hand pumps like this one installed in rural areas of sub-Saharan Africa. It has been reported that over half of these hand pumps are no longer working because they are in need of repair. A borehole with a hand pump can provide clean, safe drinking water for 500 people per day. When the hand pump at Oldonyo Orasha stopped working in November 2009, it left the Maasai community with no other choice but to return to using water from unsafe water sources. Most of these sources are from contaminated surface water and are often shared by elephants and other wildlife.
We have included a lot of pictures so you can get a visual of the area, the terrain, the people (the Maasai tribe), the well, and the team. Even if the details of the repair are difficult to grasp, the pictures say so much, we think you will get a good idea of where we work and what we’re doing to bring clean water to the people of Kenya.
The only other available clean water for this community is from a water well 10 kilometers away by road. We drove this road for several days to get to the hand pump site. By vehicle the trip takes 30 minutes on very bad roads. At one point the road is washed out due to flooding in February and we had to drive across a river. Traveling that far by foot and then hauling water back by foot every day from this clean water source is just not an option.
This hand pump repair was a challenge from the start because of the depth and the extent of damage to the pump. We found a broken pedestal that had to be replaced along with a separated main riser pipe. The plunger in the pump cylinder had separated from the pump rod and one of the seals in the cylinder was torn and in bad shape. Despite all the challenges, our team spent five days in the bush repairing this hand pump and were finally able to get it working for the benefit of the community and the school. Most importantly we were able to build relationships with local community members and train several community volunteers and people on the local water committee in repairing their hand pump.
We would like to thank every one of our donors and partners for another successful clean water project for Kenya!
Brydges Centre Children's Home Borehole Construction Project
Update from Nairobi, Kenya. Due to a delay with our driller for the Brydges borehole it has not been drilled. Late last week we found out the driller is now ready to mobilize to Kitengela from Machakos. Anther delay has been the environmental impact report from NEMA that we are waiting for and is needed before drilling can commence. We are now projecting to start drilling on April 6.
Oldonyo Orasha Hand Pump Repair
The handpump repair at the Oldonyo Orasha Primary School near Narok and Ewaso-ngiro had been badly damaged by the Maasai community during the drought. It was obvious that when the water level in the borehole was lowered due to the multi-year drought the hand pump was over-worked causing stress on the flange of the pump pedestal. It is possible the community thought by pumping the pump harder this would get the water pumping again. During our initial trip to the handpump we found one corner of the mounting flange had broken off. Another corner had an extensive crack and is about to come of the mounting flange as well. We also found that when we tried to lift the main riser pipe, pump rod and the pump we could not do it with four men. Either there is a lot of pipe in the borehole or the riser pipe and pump is stuck in the borehole and will need a truck with a winch to pull the pipe out of the borehole. We have documented our finding and have made recommendations to our partner on the ground about the next steps.
Eleos Project is happy to announce the drilling of a new water well in Kenya. The new well is scheduled to start drilling the beginning of March 2010. This clean water project is part of our Never Thirst Again Clean Water Initiative for sub-Saharan Africa. Funding to make this project possible came from a partnership that includes CSI Ministries in Muncie, Indiana and Eleos Project in Centennial, Colorado. Water for the World- Kenya has been contracted to do the drilling on this project.
The new well will be located at the new Brydges Centre, a new children's home and school just outside of Nairobi, Kenya in Kitengela. This new centre is located on six acres of land and will have over 120 children once all the construction is completed. The clean, safe water from the new water well will provide life-sustaining water that will keep these children healthy and reduce the number of absences from school due to water related illnesses.
Eleos Project is honored to a part of this clean water project and sends a special thank you to all our donors who made this project possible.
Staff from Eleos Project in Centennial, Colorado will be traveling to Kenya in March to help oversee the drilling and completion of this clean water project. Our staff will also repair a broken hand pump near Narok and will be visiting future clean water projects during this trip.
Brydges Centre is an institution that takes care of vulnerable children in Kenya, particularly the orphaned, homeless and impoverished throughout Kenya. The Centre provides shelter, food and education to these children. The Centre has three branches, two in Ngong Hills about an hour south of Nairobi which provide boarding and support for needy children. The third branch of the Centre is located in Western Kenya in the district of Bungoma which houses and cares for the male youths that are taken into our programs.
February 5, 2010
To listen to a recent radio interview with Eleos Project, Executive Director,
Mark Purington and Ken Whatmore with PowerPlayers Radio please click on the PowerPlayers icon below.
This interview was about the Global Water Crisis, Eleos Project's Never Thirst Again Clean Water Initiative for Kenya, living and working overseas in a developing country and the journey!