Project information

Water for Enkito

On the plains that roll out from the foothills of Kilimanjaro lies a remote maasai village called Enkito. Last year our volunteers spent the Summer there. In November more volunteers will go to experience life in symbiosis with nature. Nature, however, is getting harsher and harsher.

November 2011 - November 2012

Charity information


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  • Need


    In Enkito, Amboseli, SW Kenya, the ground is always parched. When the rains finally do arrive the ground soaks up as much as it can and then surface water washes away most of the remaining fertile topsoil, leaving only rock and sand. But its been like this for hundreds of years. The maasai have learnt to cope - but not to the extent that global warming has now reduced even the glacial cover on Kilimanjaro. Since 2000, the plateau's three remaining ice fields have shrunk by 26 percent.


    A hydrogeological survey is about to be performed and with adequate funding we can sink a borehole well and provide thorough training to a "water committee" in the village to ensure they have ownership and maintain the well after drilling. Its important to make sure the goats and cows are fenced away from the source and a separate drinking area provided, for example. A fee can be charged to neighbours to raise funds for maintenance too.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To provide a sustainable water supply for the village and area surrounding.


    » Perform a hydrogeological survey then sink a borehole well

    Success will be a working pump owned and maintained by the village members

  • Impact


    Volunteers will be regularly hosted at the village to exchange customs and experiences and transferable skills. Each visit will be widely documented with every effort made to make low but positive impact on the community. The maasai are incredibly powerful teachers of sustainable living, in symbiosis with nature - we can all learn from them.


    The well could fail without proper maintenance so a local organisation is overseeing the establishment and training of a "water committee" for the village.


    Widely via website subscription. Blog entries with photographs, videos and journal entries can be sent directly to your email. You can always visit the village too.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £13,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £920 Mobilization Mobilization/ demobilization/ transportation of drilling unit, stores, personnel, tools, materials
      £5,500 Drilling Drilling to a diameter of 8” (203mm) to a depth of 180m + supply of water for operations
      £2,850 Construction Installation & design of casing / screens
      £850 Well development Installation of selected filter/ Well head slab / borehole cap / fencing
      £1,000 Testing Pumping for 24 hrs min. to establish borehole yield, physical / chemical analysis
      £1,000 Design for village Construction of feeder to separate cattle drinking area
      £880 Training & allowances Establishing / training the water committee + amount to allow for exchange rate fluctuation
  • Background


    -2.502027,37.229805 on Google maps
    Approx 90km east of Namanga by Amboseli National Park, SW Kenya, East Africa


    The maasai community and surrounding communities.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We know the community well. Our volunteers have spent time there and see this first hand as a sustainable development project for the community. We also know experienced drillers and registered organisations able to carry out the work needed diligently and professionally.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Jackson Lais

    Jackson is a member of the community and our liaison for the project. I have met Jackson personally he is a very intelligent driven young man.

One of the children in school

One of the children in school