Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects 2011/2012: Japan’s Tranditional Well-Digging Technology “Kazusabori” Improved Access to Safe Water

Ambassador Takata cutting the tape to open the ceremony
Ambassador Takata unveiling the sign board
Title Japan’s Tranditional Well-Digging Technology “Kazusabori” Improved Access to Safe Water
Date 18 January 2012
Location Funyula, Samia District, Western Province
Project title The Project for Providing Safe Water through KAZUSABORI Technology in Western and Coastal Provinces
Amount US$ 90,424 (Approx  Ksh6.7 million)
Totaling about 200 participants
Main activity H.E Mr. Toshihisa Takata, the Ambassador of Japan to the Republic of Kenya attended the official handing over ceremony of 20 wells in Funyula, Samia District, Western Province. The wells were dug using KAZUSABORI Technology, a Japanese traditional well digging technique, and funded by Japanese Government under the Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects (GGP) in 2010. 
The prime objective of this project was to improve access to safe water in Funyula and IWP successfully achieved it in cooperation with the communities. This project also aimed at transferring KAZUSABORI skills as the technology uses locally available* materials only thus easy to be spread by the people who have learnt it through the project.
At the ceremony, Mr. Takata first expressed his deep appreciation to the Government and people of Kenya for the assistance and relief it gave to Japan and its people following the tragedy caused by the Great East Japan Earthquake in 2011.  He then congratulated IWP for the successful completion of the project and said “I hope that the KAZUSABORI Technology will be spread to other areas in Kenya by the people who have learnt this technology through the project, and that the lives in the communities will improve as a result of eased access to safe water.”
KAZUSABORI Technology was originally developed in Kazusa, now called Chiba which is one of 47 prefectures in Japan around 1870, and introduced by International Water Project (IWP) to Kenya in 2002. It is a simple but a unique technology of digging wells using percussion system of those main tools are an extendable steel pipe for digging, with a metal flap valve inside to remove cuttings through, an aluminum pipe and a heavy iron shaft for crushing rock. It does not require either electricity or fuel and all materials are locally available thus easy to operate and to maintain in rural areas.
*The Embassy of Japan promotes Appropriate, Affordable and locally Available(3A) Technology such as KAZUSABORI Technology for water, DO-NOU Technology for road, ECOSAN Toilet for sanitation and agriculture.


Community people welcomes the guests with their traditional dance
Ambassador Takata testing the hand pump at one of the project sites