Thanks to generous contributions from the Waterloo Foundation (UK) , Dry Creek Charity , and First Parish Church, Weston, Kiko Primary Schools’ children have a long future of plentiful, all year round, clean water from their own borehole. Currently schools rely on rain water catchment systems which run out quickly during the 2 dry seasons.
The well was drilled using a hand operated drill, built by Village Drill for us in Mombasa Kenya, capable of drilling up to 90 meters deep. Village Drill sent an engineer with it to train the Kasiisi Project 3-man drill team. After they have completed 3 wells with him, they will be fully trained to drill all the others we need. Unlike most bore hole drills that need to be transported by trucks which are too big to get easily down our roads and are very expensive, the Village Drill can be broken down and put in the back of a large pick-up, drills wells for a fraction of the cost, and since it is hand operated needs no source of power. Each school signs a contract with us agreeing to provide labor for drilling, 2 members of the community trained to maintain the drill and a deposit on replacement pump washers.
This is the first of many wells we have planned. Once we have drilled wells in all Kasiisi Project schools that are geologically appropriate, we will offer the drill to the surrounding communities. Girls in particular will be positively impacted as they are the ones who fetch most of the water. Less time carrying water, plenty of water for cleaning latrines for washing hand and during their menstrual periods, means higher attendance, more time for school, better grades and brighter futures!
If your family, your rotary club,your scout troupe, your church would like to give the gift of clean water – please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org . The $2,000 it costs to drill and cap each well is a bargain that will last for many years! For just $28,000 we can ensure that all 10,000 children in our 14 schools, plus families living around the schools, have clean, pleniful water. That is just $2.80 a child for the first year alone – that is a great deal!