Sabore’s Well participated in it’s first grant writing proposal this summer. Blue Planet Network sent out a request for proposals for a Rural Water Supply System Rehabilitation and Expansion program. They were seeking applications from members to rehabilitate, expand or upgrade existing water supply systems. Using the evaluation criteria and the submission guidelines outlined in Blue Planet Network’s request, Sabore’s Well wrote a 10 page proposal pursuing funds to repair one of the boreholes.
Sabore’s Well #1 in the Supetai region was completed in May 2014 and was functioning at a maximum capacity of 30 CM per hour. It was serving the community for over a year when it experienced a malfunction with the motherboard on the control panel. This failure caused an issue with the solar pump and in an attempt to remove the device, it fell deep into the casings. Several attempts were made to extricate the pump but to no avail. The well at this point became non-producing and it was determined that the only solution was to drill a new borehole.
We are proud to announce that Sabore’s Well was selected as a grant recipient and received the full amount of grant dollars requested. We hired a very competent drilling company to drill the new well, install a solar pump and water meter, connect new pipes to the holding tank with a proper shut off valve and to revamp the solar structure previously installed. Once the funds were received by Blue Planet Network, drilling commenced immediately on October 17th. It took 3 days to complete the borehole and install new casings. The required 24 hour pump testing then followed and we are pleased to report as of October 29, 2016 the new well is functioning beautifully.
We are very thankful and grateful to Blue Planet Network for choosing Sabore’s Well as a grant recipient and the Maasai community, especially the women and girls, are overjoyed that a clean fresh water source near their homes is once again available.