Kolunje, Kenya is a community comprised of about 9,000 people who historically relied on seasonal and unsafe water supplies such as hand-dug wells and intermittent streams. Since 2018, the community has had access to a well drilled by EWB Rutgers at the Magwar Model School. However, the well is at a single location on private property, and water collectors, most often women and children, still must spend hours of their day collecting water for their families’ needs.

To alleviate some of the pressures on these populations, the project’s current goal is to design and install a public water kiosk that would allow community members to have more reliable access to potable water. We will also assess the possibility of piping water to the nearby hospital and schools to improve sanitation.

Weekly Updates

10/18/22 – During this meeting, we set up volunteer village accounts and formally announced subcommittee leads and their responsibilities for the semester. We also introduced the international travel waiver form.

10/04/22 – We held subcommittee elections, finalized a meeting time with our project mentors, and reviewed a google calendar with important due dates throughout the semester.

09/26/22 – In the first meeting of the Fall semester, we went over the subcommittee lead applications and gave an overview of the reports and requirements needed to be completed before we travel.

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project timeline


Game Plan

First Assessment Data on water sources and other landmarks were collected in order to create a sitemap.
Second Assessment EWB-USA Rutgers is to drill a test well to better understand the groundwater conditions in Kolunje
Follow up Close collaboration with ECODS secures our project a valued partner in education and on the ground support. This will increase the longevity of the project.
2013 Assessment The planned borehole was drilled, but was not water bearing. After careful re-assessment and surveying, the team and community members decided to shift the focus of the project to rainwater catchment at the Miranga secondary school, primary school, and Lunga primary school.
Moving Forward The current goals of the project for the academic year of 2020-2021 is to design and to ultimately conduct an implementation effort for a water kiosk. The kiosk will be located in close proximity to the school and will be made available to people throughout the community. Assess the feasibility of installing water distribution system, if not feasible close out the project. 

Project Leads

Mandy Rafferty & Shraya Chintalapudi

Professional Mentors

William Nichols, P.E.
Natalya Shimunova, P.E

Cultural Mentor

Ms. Asenath Dande