Water for Kenya
“The Joint EORR Enkitok Water Project ”
This Rotary Global Grant project will provide a sustainable source of clean water to about ten thousand members of the Maasai community of Eorr Enkitok in the rural hill country 15 miles north of Narok City in the Great Rift Valley of Kenya, about 100 km north west of Nairobi, Kenya
The project proposes to drill a deep water well, equip it with an electrical pump and holding tanks, and distribute water through seven kilometers of pipeline to access points serving five cluster communities downhill from the well head. Water selling kiosks, cattle drinking troughs and storage tanks will be placed in the communities near schools, clinics and in public areas (Project Diagram). This system, once established, will be self sustaining through a water tariff system operated by the communities which will pay the electricity for the pump and minor system maintenance.
The project is a joint venture between Rotary District 7670 (Western North Carolina), District 5490 (Northern Arizona), District 9212 (Kenya, Ethiopia, Eritrea and Uganda), the host Rotary Club of Naivasha, Kenya, and the non-governmental organization (NGO) Maasai Environmental Resource Coalition (MERC).
The project manager is the Rotary Club of Naivasha, Kenya, who will have a field manager at the site to monitor the contractor and liaise between the contractor and the community.
This construction project will be executed by a single Kenyan well contractor using skilled labor from Nairobi and unskilled labor from the local communities. The project will proceed in five phases starting at the well head and progress downhill 6 km to the served communities at Katani, Olekari, Eorr Enkitok community & Compassion Intl. Orphanage, Olgenchemi and Rotian. Water selling kiosks will be established in these villages and at the well head, along with water troughs for cattle, and storage tanks where necessary.
Technical operations orientation training will be provided to the local community water committees by the contractor and MERC. Hygiene, clean water use and the sustainability business operating model training will be provided by MERC.
Project outcome will be monitored and assessed by the RC of Naivasha and MERC, with assistance from volunteer students from Prescott College, AZ, who will spend the next two summers on field studies with the Maasai community.
Current Status, 6-3-14: Planning and fundraising are complete. The Global Grant Application is awaiting final authorization and approval by TRF.
The construction is expected to start in August, and should take about four months to complete.