We have good news! My last update mentioned the need for a hydrological survey to determine the feasibility of drilling a borehole to meet the water consumption needs of the Yimbo community. Just last week our contractor, Water Masters (K) Ltd., submitted their report on developing a new borehole, and it contains good news.
In a nutshell, the report states that a borehole sunk into an underground aquifer in the immediate area will produce enough good quality water to meet the community's consumption needs. Of course the report recommends that samples be tested for physical, chemical, and bacteriological analysis before the water is used for human consumption, but it foresees no critical problems. The report also says that this new borehole will not affect any others because it's far enough away from them.
The next step is to get drilling. That's the most expensive part, and we're still working hard to make it happen. The Friends of Yimbo's Southern California March fundraiser was a success. We raised over $4,000, but that's not nearly enough to complete this project. Water Masters estimates that drilling the new borehole, together with all the ancillary drilling requirements, will cost 1,587,000 Kenya shillings. That's a big number. It translates to about $18,400 at the current exchange rate, which is still a big number. And it doesn't include the cost of a pump and filtration system, which may add another $5,000 or so. We also plan to drill a second borehole sometime in 2013 so that the two Yimbo communities currently working together, Muguna and Angwenyo, can take full advantage of this opportunity. That's why our project goal is to raise $40,000.
So we still need your help to bring this project to fruition. As always, the Yimbo community remains committed. They're still pledging their time and money to help make it all happen. Please help them make their effort (and their shillings!) go farther.
All the best!