Bodoi Water Tank Project – Kenya

Bodoi Community, Mwareni Village, Bore Sublocation, Madina Location, Magareni District, Coast Province, Kenya

Community Description
People of the Bodoi community, much like the larger Marafa area, are primarily Giriama, one of the nine Mjikenda tribes. Major forms of employment include farming, animal rearing, and small businesses.

Magareni District is within a semi-arid climatic zone, causing many water-related challenges. The community has formed committees in each of the surrounding villages to combat these problems and encourage appropriate water use.

According to a recent census, there are 2,822 people in the immediate area, the majority of whom are women and children.

The Village Development Committee of Mwareni was established in 2003 and consists of 12 members elected by the community. The group built a tank which is able to store water pumped from the Marafa borehole. This first tank acted as a catalysts for the creation of additional tanks, allowing water to reach villages in even more remote sublocations.

The tank experienced minor problems in 2009, but was fixed by the community.

Recently the tank was damaged when a rock holding down the lid fell into the tank, cracking the base of the structure. Furthermore, the tank presently experiences significant leakage through the walls and bottom.

Project Description
This project is to repair and upgrade the water tank in Bodoi.

The crack in the tank will be repaired with wire and cement. Waterproof cement will be mixed with the regular cement to make the tank less porous.

In addition, the lid will be appropriately secured to the tank.

The work will be carried out by a trained worker, with the help of members of the community. The community will also provide sand and water from the Marafa area, and transport the materials from Marafa town to Mwareni village.

Project funds will be used to purchase 15 bags of cement, 1 large roll of wire, 15 bags of waterproof cement, 1 roll of polythene paper, and small gravel stones (to be mixed with cement). In addition, funds will pay for the transport of the materials from the closest town and for the trained worker.

Project Impact
This is the primary water source for 2,822 people, who will benefit from the project.
The tank also acts as the first in a series of tanks for additional villages. Its repair will provide these villages with easier access to water.

Peace Corps Volunteer Directing Project
DeAnne Turner

DeAnne previously successfully completed the Kavunyalalo Water Catchment Project – Kenya.

A strong and secure tank is essential to the well-being of the people of Bodoi and surrounding areas. Utilizing and upgrading the existing infrastructure is the appropriate solution under the circumstances.

Dollar Amount of Project

Donations Collected to Date

Dollar Amount Needed
$0.00 – This project has now been fully funded through the generosity of The Soneva SLOW LIFE Trust as a part of their Clean Water Projects initiative.

We encourage others to continue to donate using the Donate button below, and we will notify DeAnne of your donation. Additional funds will be used to fund the next project by the PCV and/or other projects in the country of service.

This project has been finished. To read about the conclusion of the project, CLICK HERE.