Khalakha Community Water

Khalakha Village

Water Crisis

Khalakha village is found in the rural areas of Malava sub-county neighbouring Cheptuli village

Malava sub-county

The successful completion and rejuvenation of Cheptuli Community Water Point (NIRA Pump Repair at Cheptuli Village), another need arose immediately over a non-functional Kefinco hand-dug well (Khalakha Water Point) in Khalakha village of Malava sub-county in Kakamega County. A Khalakha village member approached SAWASHI team seeking assistance for rehabilitation of their broken-down hand-dug well since 2005. SAWASHI team responded to the call and went to assess the extent of damage the water point had and establish ways to rehabilitate the water point. SAWASHI team made the following observations:

  • Khalakha hand-dug well was commissioned by KEFINCO in 1983;
  • It was installed with NIRA handpump;
  • It was serving about 45 homesteads in Khalakha village and Cheptuli village;
  • The well has a lot of water;
  • An alternative source of water takes the community an average of 2 hours to fetch one 20 litres of water per day; and
  • Absence of this water point has hurt the socio-economic potential of the area.
Khalakha Community Kefinco Hand-Dug Well of 1983 Rehab (Video Clip by Kem Paul)

In 2009, the Nira pump was stolen by an unknown individual. Since then, the community has been relying on water from an unprotected spring that is far for most villagers in Khalakha and Cheptuli.

In 2018, Khalakha community members came up with an idea of opening up the well so that they could fetch water from the well as shown in the photos below. This alternative idea is associated with a lot of risks to children and adults. The exposed hand-dug well is potentially dangerous to children, who may fall in and drown. To adults, in case of conflicts, there is a high potential of poisoning the water source or compromising its quality.

This poses a sanitation and hygiene problems to Khalakha community members. It has rendered women unproductive because most of the time they spend a lot of time fetching water for domestic and animals use. Addressing this water challenge will reduce time wastage and increase the socioeconomic potential of the area by empowering women and girls in Khalakha. Most girls in the area drop out of school at a tender age thus contributing to increased illiteracy levels among girls and women.

It takes a concerted effort to address this endemic problem (water challenge and girl child education).

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