Tulia Project

Background

Before the start of the project, the Tulia community had two wells which currently serve the community are inadequate to meet the needs of the citizens. People who collect water from shallow wells and streams see these sources disappear during the dry season forcing them to walk miles for water. In the dry season, women and children, primarily school age girls, spend four to twelve hours a day collecting water from pits dug in the bottoms of dry river beds. This water is sandy and contaminated with typhoid. The project now provides clean, safe water to 15,000-20,000 people.

Project Brief

Three wells that had been drilled, tested, cased, and capped. Each well now has pumps, tank stands, and water tanks added. Piping was laid from the wells to the tanks and then to six kiosk distribution stations. Davis & Shirtliff Water Co. employees installed the water pumps. Community members dug trenches, lay pipe, built tank stands, and lay bricks for the kiosk stations. Thika Rotarians and local leaders, Erastus Kavuti and Justus Matua, oversaw the trench digging, laying the pipe, and making system connections. Gary Masters (Caring for Kenya Board Member, Healing Hands International Advisory Council Member, and Rotarian from Osceola, Arkansas U.S.A.) and Dean Ekberg, hydro-geologist from Mahomet, IL U.S.A., wasl be in Tulia to oversee installation of the pumps.

Borehole locations:

    Tulia, Kitui District of Eastern Kenya, Kavonge sub-location
    Mibhiini (Nziathwu)
    Latitude 1o 11' 03" S
    Longitude 37o 59' 16" E
    Altitude 4,509 feet
    Kwambelu
    Latitude 1o 10' 02" S
    Longitude 38o 00' 05" E
    Altitude 4,576 feet
    Mwangya
    Latitude 1o 10" 11" S
    Longitude 37o 58' 57" E
    Altitude 4,351 feet

Rotary Clubs That Participated

Rotary Clubs of Champaign, Champaign-Urbana Sunrise, Decatur, Decatur Metro, Rantoul, and Urbana IL, USA; Greater Lake Charles, Louisiana, USA; and Thika, Kenya.

Rotary Clubs That Participated

Meters at the kiosk stations will show the number of liters of water used. Interviews conducted with well users will illustrate the project's impact on area families. Interviews with health care providers will indicate changes in disease and illness cases in the area thereby showing the impact using clean versus contaminated water. School attendance records will signal that more students are attending school because the walk for water will be shorter. Farmers will be surveyed to determine the impact of an increased dry season water supply. Caring for Kenya will record the number of farmers who are trained in sustainable agriculture including the use of drip irrigation.

The community water committee will monitor, operate, and maintain the water system. Individuals who use the kiosk stations will be charged a small amount for the water. Local citizens will be trained by the Community Water Committee to maintain the equipment, and the fees will pay for maintenance and repairs as well as wages for the kiosk operators. Caring for Kenya and Healing Hands International will continue to offer sustainable agriculture training, provide vocational training at the secondary school level, and will continue to provide humanitarian assistance in the area.

Project Photos

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