Ebuyalu Primary School

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Latitude 0.10
Longitude 34.56

500 Served

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


Ebuyalu  primary school was started in 1952 and sponsored by the Church of God of Kenya- Buyalu Branch. The  Church of God has been in the fore front of supporting communities to enhance Education and seeing that kids don’t go long distances in search of Education. The school currently offers education from  Nursary school to standard Eight They have an extra unit of children with special needs. They now have a secoundary school that was started in 1986 that will also benefit from this source if provided. The school however faces the challenge of access to quality water for their domestic use. The church management committee and the School have therefore requested Bridge Water Project to intervene in the matter and drill a borehole that is aimed at providing quality water for domestic use and improving sanitation and hygiene standards of the pupils. The pupils because of saving time feed in school and therefore making it difficult to fulfill the feeding programme if there is no clean water for use. Having such young kids is very difficult to make them come with water every day which they do now but the quality of water is compromised.


The school access water from Ochando stream which is 1km away hence the quality of water is not good and again it dries up during dry seasons. The students as they go to  that stream they collide with the villagers due water as they surpass  the villagers in drawing the water due to their large numbers. The school has roof catchment project that was supported by Africa now but the tanks are no longer working to benefit the pupils.


The   school population is as follows:

Students                      724pupils, 368girls and 356 boys

Ecd pupils                  80       48 boys and 32 girls

Special unit                68       41 boys and 27 girls

Secondary                350 students

Teachers                     20

Support staff               3

Community                 30 households (approx. 5 members per household)

(Editor’s Note: While this many people may have access on any given day, realistically a single water source can only support a population of 350-500 people.  To learn more, click here.)


The school has 6 pit latrines which serves the Girls and  4 latrines for Boys and 1 for Teachers. They are washed daily and the classrooms are washed twice per week. There is no hand washing points neither outside the classrooms nor at the toilets. The school is trying to see if they can get money to build asset of abolution block.


If a well is drilled it will benefit the pupils and students of Ebuyalu learning institutions  and the surrounding Ebuyalu community.


There is need to intervene and drill a well at the school compound so that the pupils,students and the entire community can have access to clean and safe water for their domestic use. With availability of a reliable well, the school will start a health club that will instill good health habits to the learners hence making them hand washing champions, the feeding programme will help the kids not to waste a lot of time going home at lunch time therefore having enough time to read and improving their performance in school.


The water committee is already there and it will be strengthened during sanitation and hygiene workshop prior to the implementation of the project. The water committee will comprise of the , teachers on staff and community members.

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02/01/2017: Water Still Flowing at Ebuyalu Primary School

We are excited to share some pictures and video from training at Ebuyalu Primary School yesterday. The student health club is going strong, and they’re using clean water from their borehole for cleaning, cooking, and drinking at the school.

It’s so powerful to see the picture from our recent monitoring survey that shows students gathered around a working pump, thanks to the hard work of our staff in Kenya.

Check out these new pictures and video added to the “See Photos & Video” tab above. Thank You for your generosity that makes this possible!

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01/23/2014: Ebuyalu Project Complete!

After many delays in the drilling process, we are excited to report that Ebuyalu Primary School has a new source of safe, clean water!  Testing of the pump was completed and the borehole was deemed to have a strong water flow.  Afterwards the pump hardware was installed.

Once the school was reopened the borehole was handed over on the 7th of January in the presence of the teachers and pupil of the school. As they held the plaque from the donors of the well, the teachers and pupils of Ebuyalu Primary school expressed their gratitude. The pupils have promised to spend more time in class since they have a water source in the school and will not have to go out of school in search of water.

One of the longest serving teachers of the school noted that for over 25 years, the school has experienced numerous water problems. She thanked all that had made it possible for the school to have a clean and easily accessible water source. With more time on their hands, she believes with out a doubt that the pupils will improve in their academics. With clean water access, she also believes that the pupils health will continue to improve and therefore the children will have a higher attendance rate in schools as well.

In their effort to sustain the water source, the water committee has decided upon with rules and regulations. They are stated below:

  • The school will employ a watchman who will have to ensure that the pump is safe at all times.
  • Children will not be allowed to play at the pump as this will lead to the weakening of the pump.
  • The community will be required to make a monthly contribution towards the maintenance of the pump so that in case of a breakdown, funds for repair are available.
  • The pump area will be fenced so as to keep away animals that may contaminate the water source with their waste.
  • Women will not be allowed to do their washing at the well area since dirty water may flow back to the well and cause contamination.

After many set backs and many months of waiting the community is ready to follow their newly implemented rules and are committed to care for the well and therefore themselves.

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12/09/2013: Overcoming Challenges In Ebuyalu

We are very excited to report that the project to construct a new well in Ebuyalu, Kenya, is almost complete.  As you can read in the timeline below, the team encountered a great challenge in the form of some very hard rock.  But hard work and determination have prevailed!  The drilling is complete and the project is nearly finished.  Take a look at the new pictures we just posted, and be sure to read the report below.  As soon as the project is finished, we’ll let you know!

WEEK 1 NARRATIVE – October 14TH – 18TH

 October 15Th

  • We arrived at Ebuyalu primary school in the morning of the 15th, we found the school committee eagerly waiting for us. The Head Teacher informed the committee why we were there and was happy that what had begun before is coming to pass. After talking to the committee about us they were keen on the PHAST AND CHAST training we were going to initiate in the school and they were in agreement with the sanitation and hygiene trainings and therefore signed the agreement forms between BWP and the community, which stipulates all of us working together and how the community needs to be involved and invested in the project to ensure sustainability.
  • Thereafter discussions were held to clarify issues or concerns the community had and we were happy by the warm reception we received by the school committee.
  • After lunch we met with the Health club of Ebuyalu primary school and discussed with them the agenda for the sanitation and hygiene training that would take place for the next two days. They were 30 pupils 13 boys and 17 girls who were excited of the program and looking forward to begin the sessions on the 16th.

October 16th

  • As we arrived in the morning of the 16th we found the parents already converged and waiting to hear from us, and this was very encouraging to our team. We spent doing the introductions and an icebreaker to warm up the group. We then had to split the kids into two groups and we began the hygiene and sanitation sessions.
  • Janet remained with parents talking to them about the importance of sanitation and Hygiene in the home and how the same hygiene practices that they are learning through our school training, should also be repeated in the home to ensure proper hygiene standards on the family homestead.   There was also discussion of the importance of the community to also contribute to the project (at least 20% whether by in-kind contributions or otherwise.). And to ensure that they were overseeing the project on the community level to ensure sustainability.  Afterwards we did a short review of what was learned that morning.
  • Paul worked with the kids and took them through a mapping exercise of their school and how it is related to sanitation and hygiene and Disease Transmission Routes and Hand washing.
  • The Geological survey was being done at the same time.

WEEK 2 NARRATIVE – October 20th-25th


  • The day began at 10.30 with 5 men and 5 women and we decided to start with a recap of the previous sessions as we waited for more members to arrive.
  • Janet began the day by introducing Environmental Sanitation by discussing and using charts to illustrate. The participants were then put in groups to discuss on Environmental sanitation. The groups were given charts showing good and sanitation practices.
  • We also talked about Latrines and open defecation and how this leads to disease and sicknesses in the community. The reactions from community members when they realized how open defecation was a main contributor in spreading disease was quite telling and we feel that now that they understand the risks involved with open defecation there will be an increase in latrine building and use. Towards the end of the day we covered the important topic of safe water storage and handling in the home.
  • At the end of the day, the BWP staff then thanked all members for availing themselves during this time and hoped that they will put into practice what they had leaned.


  • All through this third week, no activity was done because of the delay from the external

Contractor because their compressor had mechanical problems. We therefore had to wait until the problem was solved.

WEEK 4 NARRATIVE -25th October-29th

  • The service team mobilized on 29th despite the fact that the roads were closed by the striking students of Maseno University.
  • Drilling started on 30th although there was a shortage of water for drilling. Pupils were engaged to fetch water from the river to allow for continuation of drilling.
  • Drilling was done during this day up to 21 meters using mud drilling and then it was stopped due to the existing hard rock.
  • Until now, we are still waiting for good compressors which will enable us continue drilling through the hard rock by use of a hammer.

NOVEMBER  10, 2013

  • At the moment we are at a stale mate with the Ebuyalu Project, because of geological rock formation that continues to prohibit us from finishing the drilling process. We hope that this weekend waiting to see what happens this weekend before taking another step of action next week. We will keep you updated and thank you for your continued patience, as you know not all projects go smoothly and according to plan or on time.

NOVEMBER 20, 2013

  • The BWP Program Manager for the Embuyalu project has gone to meet the contractor to discuss the ways forward and we should be able to update you on any resolutions that has been agreed upon.  We are hoping that we can overcome this obstacle of difficult geological rock formation.


Nov 27th

After a considerable delay the contractor was able to re-conditioned the compressor and eventually after the delay we resumed on site on the November 27th .  We started by deepening the well with two rods from a depth of 21m to an increase of 24m.  The process that day went smoothly.

Nov 28th

We continued deepening the well and managed to reach a depth of 31m and experienced a lot of water from the well. We continued to a depth of 35m and at this depth we feel it is sufficient to provide an abundant amount of water. We managed to case the borehole successfully. All that remains is pad construction and pump installation. We are quite happy that we were able to overcome the obstacles that came our way with this particular well. It is not always easy to dig a successful borehole and we count our blessings that with hard work and dedication, we were able to finally persevere and complete this well. Thank you again for your patience.

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11/05/2013: Progress at Ebuyalu

Just a quick update to let you know we just posted some new pictures from Ebuyalu showing community education and drilling.  Take a look, and we’ll keep you posted as the project continues.

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10/16/2013: Water Coming To Ebuyalu Primary School

We are excited to announce that Ebuyalu Primary School in Kenya will soon have a new source of safe, clean water.  Work has begun to construct a new well for the school and surrounding community.  We just posted an initial report from our partner in the field including information about the community, GPS coordinates, and pictures.  Take a look, and Thank You for your help!

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Monitoring Data

Project Type:  Borehole Well and Hand Pump
ProjectID: 4163
Install Date:  01/23/2014

Monitoring Data
Water Point:
Last Visit: 07/03/2017
Well Depth:  115.00M

Visit History:
07/17/2014 — Functional
11/03/2015 — Functional
04/28/2016 — Needs Attention
06/26/2016 — Functional
09/16/2016 — Functional
12/02/2016 — Functional
02/01/2017 — Functional
03/28/2017 — Functional
03/29/2017 — Functional
07/03/2017 — Functional


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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.