Project Launch: 2-28-19
There is no accessible clean water source for residents of Kapenda Village. The consumption of local, dirty water leads to illness and, in some cases, death, particularly among children under the age of 5. Residents currently fetch water for drinking and cooking from shallow wells or waterways, or travel long distances to access water from another village. Women, in particular, are vulnerable in the absence of clean, nearby water sources, as they often are the ones collecting the water. Women fetching water from sometimes distant, unsanitary sources have experienced domestic abuse for taking too long, rape, and death from drowning in flooded rivers during the rainy season.
This project will dig a new borehole in Kapenda Village that will be publicly accessible. The installation will take three days to complete. Before drilling, a hydro-geographical assessment using electrical measurements will be conducted to find the depth of the underlying aquifer. Above ground, the borehole will include a standard metal pump mechanism, a cement foundation to protect the pump mechanism, a cement spillway to direct water into a nearby vegetable garden, and a washing station.