Machakos, also called Masaku is a town in Kenya, 63 km southeast of Nairobi. It is the capital of the Machakos County, Kenya. Its population is rapidly growing going from 150,041 in 2009 to 1,421,932 as of 2019. Many in this region have to work extremely hard to obtain water walking for miles each day. Most walk as far as two miles to unreliable water sources like streams or open pit wells. These sources often run dry or become contaminated. A solar powered, deep-bore well would be absolutely life changing to the community and schools of Machakos.
Project Cost: $27,000
Impact: 10,000+ people
A solar powered deep-bore well pulls fresh, safe, consistent water from the ground.
A reliable water source means residents can spend more time developing agriculture, building a business and taking care of their families. Studies have shown that in communities with reliable water sources, school attendance and overall student performance increases.
These wells eliminate the need for residents to get water from dangerous sources that can lead to typhoid, cholera and other life threatening diseases.