We are at this time raising funds for the second phase of the well in Ngu Nyumu which is home to the Kamba
people, for a water storage tank on top of a hill with pipelines up to the top, and purchase of a pump to
move the water from the well to the tank at the top of the hill. This will provide clean drinking water to
many more homesteads on that side of the hill, plus a school that has close to 400 students that now has to
truck water in for daily use.
Friends OF WONI KENYA INTERNATIONAL, INC also do small school projects, school uniforms for the Maasai
Preschool children, hand washing tanks for the preschool in Ngu Nyumu and the Maasai, Educational material
for the teachers in both schools, turn out soccer uniforms for rural schools, soccer balls, all of these
are small things, but most welcomed by the schools.
There is a drastic need for clean drinking water in Kenya and most of Africa. Water is there, but in most
cases deep drilling is the only way to access it. The Maasai well was 50 meters, 150 feet, and NGU Nyumu
well was 350 feet in depth. Each of these wells if they had pumps and generators would be able to furnish
an average of 1000 gallons a minute, but due to the cost of the generators and pumps, the Maasai at this
time have a hand pump, and fortunately the Ngu Nyumu village well is free flowing.
We have guidelines that villages have to follow to qualify for a well project; we bring in the Geologist
that searches for the best place to drill a well. Individuals own most of the areas in Central Kenya. Once
the site is located, the community comes together and asks the landowner to donate the well site portion to
a legally formed Community Based Organization. The owner of the land “Deeds” the well site portion of land
to the CBO, that way the land and the well cannot be claimed to be owned by one person and their family heirs
have to abide by the "Deed", and the money spent will be for the community as a whole.
The required Permits to drill can be a problem especially in areas where the Maasai live, as they do not own the
land. It is possible to get the permits, but it is time consuming and costly to fast track the process, this is
the same elsewhere in Kenya. We have people on the ground in Kenya that unite the people and see that they complete
the proper documents to obtain the permits. Many things come into play before a well is drilled. Nothing moves fast
in Kenya or Tanzania.