Giving back to local communities has been a commitment of Davis & Shirtliff since its founding in 1946...

St. Lucy’s School for the visually impaired in Meru County - was established in 1961 by the Catholic Church. It is now a public school with an enrollment of over 300 pupils in Primary School and another 140 pupils in the secondary school. The school’s water source has been a nearby river as well as rain water.

These sources are distant, scarce and unreliable. In September of 2019, Davis and Shirtliff received an application from the school for borehole drilling through a mutual partner. The D&S #ImprovingLives Initiative reached out to several of its other partners to sponsor the drilling, and in 2020, the appeal was picked up by a US based organization, ‘With My Own 2 Hands’. They drilled a 220m borehole, and D&S Meru equipped the borehole with a solar powered 2.2kw Dayliff borehole pump. The solar powered pump, with an array of sixteen 200w panels mounted on a 3m support structure, will give both schools clean, accessible water at zero running costs. The ribbon cutting ceremony was attended by representatives from the drilling partner, staff from D&S Meru Branch, D&S Embu Branch and D&S HO.