Water Projects

School Fees

School Building

Honey Project

About Kitui

About this Site

The average per capita income in Kitui is less than €2 per day

Some of Friends of Kitui's achievements to date

To date (December 2011) we have achieved the following

Dalkey Parish has, since 2001, contributed approximately €80,000 for the support of developmental activities and emergency relief in  the parishes and communities of Endau and Zombe in Kitui. This has supported construction of classrooms, equipping polytechnics for girls, supporting student education, famine relief, etc etc.

Bray Parish has, since 1984, supported the education of hundreds of needy students in the parish of Ikanga

Since April 2007, Rathgar Parish has raised over €110,000 for the parish of Kyuso for support of income generating projects, supply of clean water, construction of educational facilities and school fees.

Cabinteely Parish has since 2005 been supporting the education of orphan children throughout Kitui, and also supporting the construction of a major educational facility- the new St Michael's Secondary School building project

Water Projects

In total, we have now completed 64 projects benefiting 27,800 people.


School Fees

Over 30 students, who would otherwise have no chance of doing so, are this year able to attend secondary school through the generosity of Friends of Kitui supporters


School Building Programme

A new 450-student St Michael's primary boarding school has been constructed.

At Makayauni, an isolated community in a very arid area of Kitui, a new primary school serving 280 pupils has also been completed.

In addition, other groups working under the Friends of Kitui umbrella have supported income generating projects such as The Honey Project, micro-businesses for chicken rearing, and a project for the manufacture of Aloe Vera soap in Zombe.

The groups currently operating with Friends of Kitui are

  • Dalkey Parish Outreach

  • Cabinteely Parish

  • Rathgar Parish

  • Bray Parish


Read about our work under the various headings at the top of this page, and see for yourself how we can achieve huge benefits with very little money. So be assured- your contribution will go a long way.
Knitting machine in Endau Polytechnic donated by Dalkey Outreach
Water Projects Achievements

Early Work:

The "Wells for Africa" campaign organised by Sheila and Gerry raised funds for water projects serving almost 3000 people in Kitui. The first two wells constructed were at Musuoni (funded by Loreto School) and Kiatineni (funded by the Seaver family). This was followed by a further three sub-surface dams at Ngathano, Makolongo and Kitula.

 "Wells for Africa" originally set out to fund  seven water projects in Kitui in the 2006/2007 school year. Due to the wonderful response,  we were able to add an eighth project- Kiatineni- which we brought to the head of the queue due to the urgent need of the community there

Typically, these water projects involve the construction or rehabilitation of a water well, or the construction of a sand dam (also known as a subsurface dam), and typical costs lie in the range €1400 to €4000.  Each of these projects  will typically provide clean water for a community of 200-300 people. Water capacity in the sand dams tends to be higher than for a stand-alone well, because the whole point of the sand dam is to provide water storage through the dry season, so a community with a sand dam will have additional water for crop irrigation and for animals, which of course is a huge bonus.
The well at Kiatineni is a typical example of a project which could not have been carried out without outside assistance. It is hard for us in Ireland to appreciate the difficulties faced by the people in Kitui in accessing water. The community at Kiatineni had for many years been faced with long walking distances to find water in the dry season- 10km would not be unusual. The water point would typically be a scoop hole dug out of a dry river bed. Then they might well have to queue up to collect water because of the low seepage rate into the scoop hole. So a major portion of the day would be devoted to the basic task of collecting 20 litres of dirty water. The Kiatineni community approached the local area co-ordinator for the Diocese of Kitui’s Water Department, and asked for assistance. To qualify for assistance, the community must show that they have formed a working committee with a commitment from each member to supply labour or materials for the construction. Typically the community will provide 50% or so of the total cost- everything except materials such as cement, and some special hand tools, and the hand pump which is fitted at the end of the construction period.
Several years ago they started digging a well by hand closer to their village in a desperate attempt to remedy the problem. The well was in very soft ground, and it caved in several times. Fortunately no-one was injured. These wells are often dug to incredible depths without the benefit of any safety precautions against collapse. Not only is collapse a hazard for those working in the well, but of course a cave-in means that water is no longer accessible until the well can be dug out again. Another benefit which we often don’t appreciate from the Irish perspective is that providing easier access to water empowers the women of the community. Fetching water is traditionally the task of the women and girls in a household. If the women are spending such a long proportion of the day in this task, they have little time or energy left over for the normal household tasks, never mind engaging in activities with economic value such as tending crops. With extra time available, the status of women is enhanced.

Other  achievements include:

Musuoni Well

Construction of a shallow well at Musuoni sponsored by "Wells for Africa" group, July 2006. This is just one of a number of water projects which have been funded by this group- in total, serving approximately 3000 people with clean water. More project details on the "Wells for Africa" page

Empowering Women

This new project launched September 2006. It aims to provide a meaningful source of income for families, and in particular aims to empower women through self-sufficiency.To date, Friends of Kitui have supplied and installed over 200 hives in Kitui.  Read more