This is our Kasipo sign post. Sadly the borehole we had a pump in earlier in 2013 collapsed and after much ‘ toing and frowing’ decided we HAD to help out and drill a new bore hole.. this will ease the pressure on the beautiful lugga above and leave the wildlife at peace..
the old system still kept well by the community..
the panels after 8 years still in perfect shape
BUT no water in the borehole..
SOOOO.. start with a survey…
looking for water at Kasipo
The Survey man says there’s water, and the community prayed to NGAI…
drilling new bore hole at Kasipo.. At 100 meters down we have VERY GOOD WATER and PLENTY!! We are very excited and the community ecstatic..
Our new project in the desert … This borehole was dug at the time they built the road for the wind power but there was not enough water for the road, and was deserted but the other day the community took control and have asked Milgis to help get the water out..
lugga moran bore hole.. south east of Mt Nyiru
We have decided to at least put a trough and a solar pump to help both wild life and livestock passing through..
First we had to flush it out.. The lorries got badly stuck getting there, and spent a very long night digging themselves out.. All part of the challenges there…
flushing lugga moran borehole
water!!! hooooooray.. probably the most valuable thing on earth!
community soooooo excited
goats happy as well.. the borehole is 195 meters deep but the good news is we should be able to get at least 1 cubic meter per hour out..
We hope to install a small solar pump and to build a trough, for wildlife and livestock alike.. with a small outlet for people passing by to fill their gerry cans..
Next to Siangaan .. the community dug a very deep well and have asked the Milgis to secure it from flooding..
Siangaan.. this community asking for help to secure their well..
The well is quite dangerous as is.. Lekilwai was waiting for us.. a good friend of the ‘Milgis”.. He sadly had his leg amputated when he was quite young because of this ghastly incurable Madura foot.. He has a prosthetic leg given to him by the Milgis SMF now, but because he was incapacitated, he missed out on his warrior years which has been very hard for him.. At least he was useful this day, as he was asked to wait for us to show the well..
Just as a by the way, the Milgis helps a lot of people in the area when they have health problems they can not deal with, or have no one else to turn to.. as per our MOTTO.. ‘You can not talk CONSERVATION to a person in need with out helping him deal with his problem’
On our travels, we often meet these people who now are able to live their lives decently.. its great!..
Siangaan well.. its about 40 feet deep in soft sand so we hope to be able to help with this.. The logs had been put across the well to stop it getting flooded, and to save a disaster of something falling in, it had been opened up so we could check it out.. We have found a new system of heavy 1 meter pipping that we could put in as a sleeve to save the well..
back at Kasipo…
another well at Kasipo.. a back up system to the borehole should the pump break down..
Discussions on how best to safe guard the well..
Really dangerous.. again an elephant could slip in..You can see where he was standing.. all he wants is a simple drink!
The risk of leaving this well open to an elephant slipping in, got to our conscience, plus rains hopefully on their way we decided to start work soonest.. It was impossible to include the elephant in the equation BUT there is good and safe water further up stream so they will have to go there.. ..
Work done so far! Its looking good, and is now safe as far as the elephants are concerned..
I leave you with a multitude of pictures on what its like to maintain our solar water projects!.. showing you some of the challenges out there… Also consider we are 300 kms away from the nearest town for materials!
this is at Keleswa, community always very keen to help… They are lowering a pump back down into a bore hole.. a very dangerous and delicate job, which needs good control .. The pipe gets very heavy..
Broken solar panel.. as always in life, even up here, you have jealousy, or misunderstanding which is VERY FRUSTRATING!.. Or it may be just bad luck.. we’ve had a few this year sadly.. even somebody throwing a stone thinking the panels are water!??
Urra… All good, pump is working!
Urra.. new panels and pump
the complicated wiring in the controller Urra
rewiring the solar panels having replaced the broken one.. Ilgwe Eldome
Urra. All the parafinalia one needs for work.. Remembering that they have to walk 3 kms with every thing as there’s no road, so don’t forget anything..
Urra.. Balancing on the solar frame to drill the holes for the panels
Urra.. cementing the frame in.. cement carried 3 kms in the wheel barrow
Urra.. welding the frame together.. generator carried 3 kms by hand!!
beginnings of a frame.. Urra
the community always there to help, to get all the materials on site.. Urra
last stop in the car.. Urra centre now they walk the last 3 kms
carrying the solar panels 3 kms
the all important community meetings
testing the pump before you put it all together ..Ilgwe Eldome
We are looking for support to our wells and solar water projects if any one is interested in helping, PLEASE!
PLEASE CLICK below for a report, and more explanation by Digs on some of the other work being done keeping all the projects working and producing lots of water!!