Bore Community Water Improvement Scheme

This project is a collaboration between the Rotary Club of Malindi, the Rotary Club of Lampeter, the Boré Green Umbrella and the CCL to expand and diversify the community's mains water supply

Bore Community Water Improvement Scheme

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       This humanitarian project will improve the mains water supply and storage capacity for a community of some 5,000 subsistence farmers in Bore, located to the south of the town of Marafa in Coast Province, Kenya.

      Despite recent govt. funded local extension of mains water supply, many families are still faced with lengthy daily journeys carrying their domestic needs manually by jerry can. Most of this work is conducted by women and girls - an arduous activity that can frequently occupy 2-3 hours of every day. By freeing women from this heavy and debilitating labour, their energy budget can be dramatically reduced – enabling more time to be spent on productive/earning activities such as cultivation and entrepreneurship. Moreover, when faced with a long carry from a mains kiosk, many families opt to travel shorter distances to unhygienic local water sources, frequently shared with (and contaminated by) domestic cattle – often condemning their children to the standard tropical diseases associated with stagnant water - diarrhoea, bilharzia etc. Needless to say, use of unsafe water is one of the major causes of infant mortality in rural communities throughout Africa.


The project is a collaborative venture with primary participant roles set out as below:


Rotary Club of Lampeter (Wales, UK) with assistance from the Lampeter-based NGO, the Community Carbon Link and the University of Wales, Trinity St David’s - Initial fund raising target $10,000.


Rotary Club of Malindi - Overall responsibility for project implementation and monitoring, disbursement of all monies, negotiation with local authorities/utilities/contractors etc.


Bore Green Umbrella Self Help Group - Community liaison and supervision of community labour contribution.



Salient elements of project


1.   Diversification/extension of existing mains water supply by ~12.5Km of new pipework

2.   Provision of 13 (5,000L) communal water storage tanks

3.   Connection of community Forest Centre and 3 schools to mains water supply



outline costing


1.   Excavation (and refilling) of pipe trenching by

 the community @Ksh50 per M (12,500x50)            = 625,00 Ksh


2.   Tank costs including purchase, transport,

fittings, labour, stand construction etc.

(@50,000 per tank x13)                                                 =650,000 Ksh


3.   Laying and jointing of pipework + connection to

mains supply (@KSh150 per M)                              =1,875,000 Ksh



4.   Administration, commissioning, oversight,

permissions, monitoring and reporting                    =100,000Ksh


                                                                                               3,250,000 Ksh

10% contingency allowance                                            325,000 Ksh


Project total cost                                                             3,575,000 Ksh

                                                                                            = ~ 34,500 US$


Drawn up by Ru Hartwell with

assistance from Alex Katana, BGU Project Manager

and input from Malindi Rotary Club

Members of Lampeter Rotary Club and student supporters at fund raising event.