The Kibwezi Kenya Project sent viLogics a recent update on the donation that was made last fall. viLogics funded $15,000 for a well, solar pumping system and water storage tower in Kebwezi Kenya.
The update stated, “The deep well has successfully been drilled in Kibwezi, Kenya which now provides access to water in this very dry place. They do not have to trek many kilometers to the river to get water. They have begun to grow vegetables for use at the Philemon Youth Center (site where well was drilled) and are more easily able to water livestock. Currently there is an issue with the taste of the water which is not an unusual issue and one that our partner, Heaven’s Family, has faced before. Occasionally, the water from a new borehole can have some issue affecting the taste (even though the water is good, clean fresh water). In this case, the water has a ‘salty’ taste due to the pH of the water. Our partner is researching a few options that are available to correct the taste issue, but it is a solvable issue. Currently, drinking the water is on hold until the issue is resolved. Until then, the water is good for every other use and for watering animals.
This project also included a solar pump and water storage system. Both of those ‘pieces’ of the project also have been completed so that water can be pumped from this deep well and stored to maximize use to all for drinking (once taste issue has been resolved), and watering crops and livestock (which in turn enhances the diets of the people).
Below are photos of the drilling process (gives you a sense of the size of the equipment needed to drill a deep well), the water tower and solar panels (which run the solar pump), local villagers enjoying access to clean water and crops which can now be irrigated with water that is now accessible in this incredibly dry area of Kenya.
We will be back to you when the taste issue is resolved, which will mark the successful completion of this project. We could not have done this without you. Ingomar Living Waters, and the people of Kibwezi Kenya thank you for stepping up and being “World Changers”!”