Project Status

Project Type:  Borehole Well and Hand Pump

Program: Wells for Kenya

Impact: 400 Served

Project Phase: 
Under Community Care
Initial Installation: Dec 2012

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Community Profile

This project is part of Bridge Water Project's program in Western Kenya. What follows is direct from them, edited for clarity:


The proposed A.I.C Kamanyinya Secondary School is a day and boarding mixed secondary school started in the year 2002 by the African Inland Church (A.I.C) with an aim of eradicating illiteracy and reducing poverty within the Kamanyinya Community where the church serves. The school is in a 14 acre piece of land and grows maize, beans and vegetables. When harvested they are allow for the students to eat lunch at school. The school also has 6 dairy animals.

The school has many challenges. However, above all water is a major challenge and therefore the school management committee, parents and students have loudly campaigned for intervention from well wishers to step in and provide a solution to the lack of quality water in their school.


The school gets water from Biriri stream located 1Km away. The water flows by gravity through a 1” pipe and before getting to the school it has to pass through other peoples’ lands and during dry spells the supply is interfered with since the water level goes down hence not being possible for the stream to meet the populations’ demand and the school. The Biriri stream water has a turbidity value of 30 and thus it doesn’t guarantee the quality and quantity of water from this source.


The school has a population of 350 students with 20 teachers and 11 non teaching staff (381 people).


The hygiene and sanitation of the school is good despite lack of quality water. The toilets are washed twice a week as well as classrooms. Hand washing point is placed outside the toilet. A compost pit is available where all litter is thrown.


When drilled, the well will greatly benefit the Kamanyinya Secondary school, Kamanyinya primary school and A.I.C Kamanyinya church.


There is need to drill a borehole for Kamanyinya Secondary School that will aim at providing consistent quality water supply that will meet the school’s domestic needs and that can be relied on throughout the year, improving health standards of the students and their neighboring primary school.


The school management board is organized that already there is a water committee which is currently managing the gravity supply. They will be the ones in charge of the proposed well if drilled. 


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Abundant water is often right under our feet! Beneath the Earth’s surface, rivers called aquifers flow through layers of sediment and rock, providing a constant supply of safe water. For borehole wells, we drill deep into the earth, allowing us to access this water which is naturally filtered and protected from sources of contamination at the surface level. First, we decide where to drill by surveying the area and determining where aquifers are likely to sit. To reach the underground water, our drill rigs plunge through meters (sometimes even hundreds of meters!) of soil, silt, rock, and more. Once the drill finds water, we build a well platform and attach a hand pump. If all goes as planned, the community is left with a safe, closed water source providing around five gallons of water per minute!


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