Olkiriane and Lengina
Water and Community Project
KDI started working with the community of Lengina in dry and arid Narok South in 2013 after being introduced by Mandy Senhen and Beth Fisher, long-time collaborators with KDI, and friends of community leaders Julius and Jonathon Mpusia.
The community had asked for assistance in providing a new clean source of water on the school grounds for its 500 pupils. The pre-existing water source was a polluted river located 15km away from the school to which the women of the community would spend hours walking to each day.
In 2013, KDI, together with the support of the Ministry of Water, the Lengina School, and the wider Olkiriaine community, convened a representative water management committee to develop and operate the water project. A hydrogeological survey was procured and a location for the borehole selected. KDI oversaw the borehole drilling (to 250m depth), equipment of the borehole and construction and fitting of a generator and pumphouse, with the support of an Engineers Without Border UK/Red-R placment volunteer. Since the installation of the system KDI has supported the testing and fine-tuning of the system and installation of the pipe network.
The water source currently supplies the school buildings and a sanitation block via 4 tapstands. The new water source has allowed the school to provide boarding facilities to secondary school students and has paved the way for increased education access to the children who live far away from the school. The community has also realized other benefits, including water for irrigation of planting and vegetables on the school campus. The community is currently planning to extend the supply network to support household and agricultural usage for the wider community. The community and local government funded 25% of the capital cost of the project via a CDF grant.