Kolunje, Kenya is a community comprised of 7,200 people currently functioning without a water system. Many community members rely on unprotected water sources like hand-dug wells and intermittent streams. Due to the lack of clean water sources, residents contract water-borne diseases including typhoid, cholera, and diarrhea, and must be treated at Miranga Sub-District Hospital. Water collectors, most often women and children, spend up to three hours per day providing for family water needs. These pressures divert the attention of school children and hinder productivity in Kolunje.

Weekly Updates

2/4/19 – Watsan is planning to install the submersible pump soon; our team will work on the pump details and drafting new email to Watsan.

1/28/19 – Researched aspects that our PE brought to our attention (pump specifications). Will be getting in contact with Kenya people for well updates and when to expect the MOU.

11/26/18 – Next week is our last working meeting! Sent out emails to various Kenyan contacts and discussed with more distribution ideas/found prices for electric pump and piping.

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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 EWB-USA RU will achieve this goal by implementing, monitoring, and evaluating our first water project and health program in Magwar village

Project Leads

Shivanee Hendre & Alicia Villafuerte

Professional Mentors

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

Cultural Mentor

Ms. Asenath Dande