Clean, local water
The benefits of clean water are obvious; less disease and in some cases death. In the Maasai areas, dirty drinking water is the norm. It is the women and young girls’ role to fetch the water. A typical water container is 20L (20 Kgms) and this may be carried up to 7-8 miles each way, or 14-16 miles total. A girl who has the job of fetching water from 7 miles away will not have any time to attend school. There is a high correlation between closeness of water and school attendance for girls.
Osiligi’s intention, as a clean water charity, is to slowly rollout across the community, a network of clean springs, boreholes or wells fitted with handpumps such that no person is further than 3 miles from a source of clean water. Work will be carried out by local people so they have the skills to construct and maintain their water sources.
In May 2010, we fitted a handpump and concrete cap to a well that had been disused since 2005.
Prior to this well and pump, the only sources of free water were dirty waterholes – the waterholes being shared between humans and animals. Many people in the community suffered from diarrhoea and dysentery.
In 2013 we built a bore-hole and solar powered pump to supply water to the community and the school. The is much more information on this project on our bore-hole page.
We are also repairing the pumps installed by other charities. There are many charities that specialise in supplying wells and pumps. Often, after a couple of years, the pump breaks down, never to be used again. We are repairing these broken pumps and teaching the local community how to maintain them.
If you are interested in our building of the well, constructing the top and fitting the pump, the pump page has many pictures of the construction.
The cost of re-digging the well, adding the well cap plus deep-water pump was KES 130,000 approximately £1150. Around 100 – 200 families will be taking water from this well, so the capital cost is only £6 -£12 per family with a few pence per year running costs thereafter.
The cost of protecting a spring to give a source of clean drinking water is around £700 – £1000 per spring. This should be maintanance free for about 10 years..