Eleos Project helps Hanna Project find elusive water in arid
Samburu area of Northern Kenya.
In April, 2017, Eleos Project was contacted by the Hanna Project working in the Barsalinga area of northern Kenya. The Hanna Project is in the process of drilling three new boreholes (or water wells) for the Samburu people who live in this remote part of Kenya. The area where the Hanna Project plans to drill these new boreholes only receives 3-8 inches of rain per year and is very dry throughout the year -- so water is a huge challenge for the Samburu people. The Samburu women are walking many kilometers each day just to fetch water in this area, a task that takes most of their day.
Eleos Project was contacted after the Hanna Project drilled their first borehole. Unfortunately, this borehole did not produce any water. The Hanna Project staff in Kenya found us through one of our clean water partners. After hearing of their struggles, we accepted the challenge to help them locate a suitable drilling location. The area where they would like to drill new boreholes covers a vast area -- this is similar to finding a needle in a haystack. We knew from the start that trying to determine the next drilling location would not be accomplished by conducting hydrogeological surveys on the ground. This process must be initiated many miles above the surface of the earth, from space actually. Using Google Earth satellite photos we were able to locate potential fractures on the surface of the earth in the area where they wanted the new boreholes. After mapping these fractures, we were able to provide two strategic focus areas to conduct hydrogeological water surveys in the field. The field surveys confirmed the presence of groundwater, which led to a second drilling attempt in June. We are happy to report that after drilling to 120 meters at Lemore, this borehole is now producing 1,200 liters per hour. This new borehole will have a hand pump installed so the community can have access to clean water every day!
After the success at Lemore, we are now in the process of locating two additional drilling locations for the Hanna Project. These two additional drilling locations are scheduled to be drilled in August and God-willing will have the same success as Lemore.
We are so grateful that this technology exists and we are able to apply it in a country where over 17 million people do not have access to water. In addition, the 2017 drought in Kenya has heightened the need for water in this country. In our opinion, we believe approximately half the boreholes drilled in Africa today are dry holes due to poor siting methods. Years ago when we started our own borehole drilling projects in Kenya we ran into the same challenges as the Hanna Project and started using this technology to improve our drilling success. We went from a success rate of only 50% to over 90% after we started using this technology. As an organization working in the water sector, we are thrilled to have access to this technology as a way to improve and transform lives in Kenya!
Spreading Love at Rapha
The first quarter of 2017 has been a busy one for Eleos Project. In February we traveled to Kenya to drill a new borehole at the Rapha Community Center. The name Rapha comes from the Bible, Jehovah-Rapha “the Lord who heals you."
Rapha is located in the central highlands of Kenya, about 3.5 hours from Nairobi, the capital of Kenya. Rapha serves two purposes: one is a children’s home, and the other, is a secondary school, or high school. At Rapha Children’s Home they care for 70 children, boys and girls. Most of the children have been orphaned due to the HIV/AIDS pandemic. In many cases, they were living with grandparents who could not afford to care for them. They missed school, and some were even caring for younger siblings. In addition, Rapha provides a safe haven to children who were physically, mentally and/or sexually abused in their previous home situation. Every child has a unique story, but they all need a new home and safe place to be a child. Rapha truly provides a place where children can be loved and healed!
We first visited Rapha in 2014 and came away from that visit knowing we had to do something to help the children at the center with their water situation. The water they were using came from an open, dirty source. This water is not safe for drinking and many of the children had chronic illnesses due to drinking the unsafe water. While we were drilling at Rapha, we noticed two donkeys pulling a crude wooden cart loaded with many Jerry cans filled with water. Every morning, water was collected from a small pond and brought back to Rapha. The pond is several kilometers away and this burden takes most of the morning to complete. Every child at the home receives one Jerry can (about five gallons) of water a day (imagine how different life would be if you only had 5 gallons of water a day?). In order to provide every child with water they have to collect 70 Jerry cans of water a day. Needless to say, there was never enough water, which led to poor sanitation and health.
The new borehole at Rapha produces 2,250 liters of water an hour. Once the solar pump is installed the available water for the children's home and school will be a little over 10,000 liters a day. This will be more than enough water for all the children at the center and insures plenty of clean, fresh water for the future!
We would like to take this opportunity to thank each and every one of you for standing with us in providing the gift of clean water in this drought-stricken area of Africa!
We are now in the process of locating two additional drilling locations for the Hanna Project after the success at Lemore. These two additional boreholes are scheduled to be drilled in August and God willing will have the same success as Lemore.
The water they were using came from an open, dirty source. This water is not safe for drinking and many of the children had chronic illnesses due to drinking the unsafe water.
The new borehole at Rapha produces 2,250 liters of water an hour.