Lelmokwo Boys Secondary School

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Latitude 0.31
Longitude 35.35

400 Served

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This project is part of Bridge Water Project’s program in Western Kenya. What follows is direct from them:


The proposed Lelmok Secondary School is a day and boarding mixed for both boys and girls which was started in 2002 by Catholic church with an objective of eradicating illiteracy and poverty reduction in the region since it came to the church’s realization that there were a large number of boys and girls who couldn’t access secondary school education due to being left out during form one selection. Among many challenges, the school is in lack of sufficient and quality water supply.


During the rainy season of March through late July the school harvests rain water from the roofs but when it doesn’t rain for 3 days the PVC reservoir tank goes completely empty then it disrupts the learning programs in school. The school management tried to dig a hand dug well in the school compound but still water potential in the well is minimal that it doesn’t meet the school water needs and during dry season it dries completely.  Thereafter, the school has to engage someone to fetch water using donkeys and at most he may only bring water for cooking whereas students have to go out 11/2km to fetch water for bathing and washing their school uniforms.


The school has a population of 400 students, 13 teachers and 8 non teaching staff who will benefit from the water supply.


Sanitation and hygiene status of the entire school is not good since the pit latrines are extremely dirty. There are no hand washing points for both students and teachers. The habit of taking a bath is irregular since water is not easily and quickly accessible. Therefore, community education would do to students, teachers and parents from the community. During community education, more will be taught on hygiene and sanitation, water handling, water in the home, Phast, 5 f’s diagram and the sustainability of the water system.


If the well is drilled in school, students, teachers and the parish priest and the entire Lelmok community will be the beneficiaries.


BWP has seen a great need to intervene the lack of quality water problem in this school and therefore proposes for possibility of a donor funded well to be drilled in school. The aim of drilling a well is to provide sufficient water supply in school that will be able to cater for the school’s domestic use and improve sanitation and hygiene status of students’ health and entire schools’ general primary health.


There is already a School Infrastructure Committee (SIC) that is ready to manage the sufficient water supply when drilled In addition, the water committee will consist of eight people, two parents, a man and a woman, two pupils from the student’s body, and four teachers .

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Recent Project Updates

03/13/2018: New Intervention at Lelmokwo Boys' Secondary School

The initial project at this school (seen in the reporting found on this page) is a display of our shared commitment to helping this school with first time water access. Equally as important to this school and The Water Project is providing ongoing support to make sure that water is reliable, day after day, year after year. This is why we monitor all our projects. Over time we’ve found that the water table has dropped in this area, limiting the intended benefit of this well. Though not common, this does happen from time to time.

Because of our commitment to this school (and the lasting impact that our supporters want to make), we’ve decided to construct a rainwater catchment tank that will store 50,000 liters of rainwater that’s chlorinated throughout the year. This is a proven solution within this specific region. To see that work, click here.

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11/18/2013: Lelmokwo Project Complete

After long delays, we are excited to report that the project to construct a new well for the students and community of Lelmokwo Secondary School is complete!  We just posted some new pictures showing the finished well and the students enjoying this new resource.  Take a look, and Thank You for your help.

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08/19/2013: Water Coming to Lelmokwo Boys Secondary School

We are excited to announce that Lelmokwo Boys Secondary School in Kenya will soon have a new source of safe, clean water.  We just posted a report from our partner in the field including information about the school and community, GPS coordinates, and pictures of the project.  We’ll keep you posted as the project progresses.

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Monitoring Data

Project Type:  Borehole Well and Hand Pump
ProjectID: 4159
Install Date:  11/18/2013

Monitoring Data
Water Point:
Needs Repair
Last Visit: 05/19/2016

We are actively working with this partner to resolve the issues in this community. The "last visit" date is not necessarily the date we were notified by the partner of any potential problems. Once informed of downtime, we work to respond quickly. We will update the project status when these issues are resolved.

Visit History:
07/01/2014 — Functional
07/21/2015 — Needs Repair
05/19/2016 — Needs Repair

A Student's Perspective

October, 2013

“If water is readily available in school we will have ample time to study instead of going to the river and water born diseases will be a forgotten story” 

Despite his soft-spoken, calm nature and small physique, he is actually the school captain and he is the link between the students’ body and the administration of Lelmokwo Boys High School. His name is Kennedy Koech. He hails from Kapsabet and was born to a single mother twenty years ago.

Kennedy comes from a family of six. His siblings and their mother live together with their grandmother. Coming from an impoverished family and having had a hard childhood did not deter him from working hard at school. Due to his excellent performance in primary school and his appeal for sponsorship, he was awarded a scholarship by the Jomo Kenyatta Foundation.

He is currently being sponsored by the foundation to pursue his secondary school education at Lelmokwo Boys High School. He is in fourth form (his fourth year). The school has 800 students and 45 teachers. Kennedy’s favorite subject is physics as he aspires to be an electrical engineer. His favorite sport is rugby.

“I love my school but I wish that we had a constant and reliable water source,” says Kennedy. “We mostly depend on rain water and a well that was dug by the school but dries up during the dry season,” adds Kennedy. He says that during such times the school hires people to bring water to the school for cooking but the students have to walk 11/2km to get water for their own personal use and cleaning. He adds that cases of typhoid and diarrhea are very common in the school due to unsafe water.

Luckily for Kennedy and his fellow students, the school has already contacted Bridge Water Project and the school will soon be getting a donor funded well. After hearing this news he can’t hide his joy. “If water is readily available in school we will have ample time to study instead of going to the river and water born diseases will be a forgotten story,” he says.

With a project like this in his school, Kennedy can only hope for the best. His dream of one day becoming an electrical engineer is clearer and hopes that his hard work at school will one day pave way for him to support his grandmother, siblings and his mother who have really sacrificed a lot for him to be where he is today.


Project Sponsor - Deeanne R. Akerson
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Country Details


Population: 39.8 Million
Lacking clean water: 43%
Below poverty line: 50%

Partner Profile

Bridge Water Project has been funded by The Water Project almost since they got their start in 2007.  This local Kenyan NGO works directly with the communities and neighbors they know well.  Building relationships with these villages and the local government helps ensure that the water projects we fund are sustainable in the long term.

BWP works to repair up to four wells for every new one they install.  In this area of Kenya, many old and broken down water points still exist.  We have found that restoring these water points and establishing new plans for maintenance and monitoring, is quite cost effective.

We work closely with partners like BWP to strengthen their teams, through professional development growing their impact and quality of work over time.  Your donations make it all possible.