Our Lady of Peace Girls Secondary School

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Latitude 0.10
Longitude 35.18

266 Served

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


The proposed Our Lady of Peace Secondary School was started in 1996 through the initiative of the parish council of Nandi Hills Catholic Church. Upon the inception, the school occupied the Catholic Church hall which was partitioned to form classrooms and semi-permanent dormitories which were constructed using timber and iron sheets.

In 2003 January, the school moved to its permanent site and occupied 13.5 acres of land which was donated by Nandi Tea Estates. All of its physical facilities have been put up through the efforts of parents, fund raising and donations.


The school has tried a variety of water sources.  They access water from Nyanas water and Sanitation Company limited. However the supply is not sufficient and the school experiences acute shortages from time to time and this negatively impacts on the student’s schooling. To eliminate this problem, the school dug a bore hole which has not yielded much since the school obtains only 500 liters per day. The school has also made use of roof top rainwater harvesting systems as can be seen in the pictures below.  Still none of these sources have proved sufficient for their needs.  The school has been forced to hire tractors from business men to transport water. Buying water from private individuals is much more costly due to transport costs which include fuel and paying for delivery.


The school population is as follows:

  • Students                      230
  • Teachers                      20
  • Support staff               16                   


The school has six pit latrines which serve the pupils and the latrines 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.


If a well is drilled it will benefit the students of our lady of peace Girls Secondary school.


There is need to intervene and drill a well at the school compound so that the students 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 program in the school will help the girls 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.

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Recent Project Updates

01/16/2014: Our Lady Of Peace Project Complete

We are very excited to report that Our Lady Of Peace Girls Secondary School in Kenya has a new source of safe, clean water!  The project to construct a new well to supplement the rainwater harvesting system the school has already has been completed.  We just posted some new pictures showing the installation of the pump as well as the ceremony where the well was officially handed over to the school.  The report below from our partner describes that great day:

Handing Over Ceremony

It was a fabulous day at Our Lady of Peace when Bridge Water Project staff arrived at the school for a handing over. Although it is opening week for the school, and many student and teachers were busy organizing and preparing the school to start sessions again, some of the students and teachers who were present took the time out of their busy schedules and prepared for the occasion.

The students in the leadership of their principle Mrs. Catherine Obilo assembled around the new water system. They all had happy faces since their dream had come true after a long journey of struggle in search of water.

A set of songs and poems were sung and narrated respectively. The poems contained messages in relation to water and its importance. The girls also narrated how the new well will have an impact in their academics as well as to their hygiene and sanitation.

Mrs. Obilo was overwhelmed since she said that the presence of the well was a great achievement for the school and she feels proud that this happened while she is the principle of the school.  She also said that the presence of water in the school will save time for the girls  and they will be able to focus more on their studies.  Also their health will be greatly improved with a clean water supply and they hope that this will hence lead to an improved performance in schools.

One of the biggest problems the school has experienced was the decline in new student enrollment because of lack of a clean water supply.  Parents had been avoided the school because of this issue, but now it is expected that school enrollment will increase this year and the years to come.

To end the ceremony, the girls posed for photos at the well to show their happiness and gratitude. The principle also wrote and appreciation letter to BWP appreciating the good work done.  

Take a look at the pictures to see all the smiling faces!  Thank You for your help.

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12/12/2013: Our Lady Of Peace Rainwater Harvesting Tanks

The explanation below describes the rainwater harvesting systems that Our Lady Of Peace Girls Secondary School uses, and why they are not sufficient to provide water for the school throughout the year:


The school which is a girls boarding school receives rain in March to June whereby they harvest rain water from the roofs and reserve them in a 10,000 litre UPVC tank and a 30,000 litre masonry concrete tank. During the third term from September to November, short rains experienced are not able to fill the tanks, hence not meeting the school’s water demand for domestic use. During this time it is difficult to run the school programme, especially as that’s the time when students are sitting for end year exams and Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) for the form fours.

Due to inadequate water supply in school, students often fall ill due to using unquality water harvested and stored in the tank. The situation has forced the school administration to buy crates of bottled water that sick students use when they are swallowing drugs hence being expensive for the school.

12/09/2013: Great Progress at Our Lady Of Peace School

We are excited to get to show you all the great work that has been done toward bringing clean water and healthy sanitation and hygiene to the students at Our Lady Of Peace Girls Secondary School in Kenya.  We have posted many new pictures of hygiene training and of construction on the project.  Also, the report below gives a great timeline of what has been done so far.  Take a look, and we’ll let you know as soon as we hear that the project is finished.

WEEK 1 NARRATIVE – November 4th – 7th


We arrived at Our Lady of Peace Girls Secondary school and began with a word of prayer from one of the girls present. The introduction of the BWP staff together with the teachers present was done.

On the same date, an agreement was made for the schedule of the community education.


Despite the fact that, there was a lot of rain, we managed to arrive at the school early ready for Community Education. The attendance of the girls was 50 from all the streams and 6 teachers.

The facilitation was begun by Janet who tackled on Disease Transmission Routesby the use of the F-diagram Chart. The session was very interesting because the girls were able to outline some of the diseases in their school and back to their communities. Such diseases included; typhoid, cholera, diarrhea and many others diseases

In addition, Hand Washing was dealt with where by the students learned more on importance of washing hands.

Other topics dealt with during this day were Food Storage and Handling. This was facilitated by Paul. The students learnt on how food should be handled hygienically. More of the remaining topics will be discussed on the third day.

WEEK 2 NARRATIVE – November 11th– 15th

November 11th

As we drove back to our Lady of Peace the weather was still chilly due to the rains But found the eager students waiting for us and we went straight to re-cap on what we had learned last week and the girls really participated well and it encouraged us as Bridge Water to see this amazing girls.

We had the same no. of girls 50 across all forms. The principal was sad that Hand Washing is one the things that was not taken keenly in this school and yet she has seen the dangers involved and so she promised to make it a routine to have hand washing stations placed strategically in school and to provide soap for the girls to use. Brenda then took the girls through the importance of Personal Hygiene as a person and this was evident as you look at this girls smartly dressed in their school uniform you cannot tell that they have a water problem in school.

Paul crowned the day by talking about Environmental Sanitation as one of the methods of avoiding Disease Transmission to the human body. He stressed on having Latrines in homes and school and keeping them clean always, avoid Open Defecation in the fields. Having cloths lines and compost pits for the litter is Hygiene.

Janet thanked both the students and teachers for their time during this time and encouraged the school to form a Health Club that would look at the sanitation problems in school of which they agreed to do so before the end of the term. The students promised to improve the academics since they will have sufficient water and nothing will deter them from working hard.

WEEK 3 NARRATIVE – 18th – 22nd

November 17TH

The drilling team mobilized to Our Lady of Peace Girls Secondary school. The journey was cumbersome due the hilly nature of the Nandi Hills region. They arrived late in the evening, rested for the night and commenced the drilling process the following day.

November 18th

At 8:00am a word of prayer was said on site and then the drilling began using the mud drilling system due to the loose nature of the soil. The 1st aquifer was struck at 21M. The teachers and support staff of the school participated fully as they brought water that was used for the mud drilling. The drilling continued and struck a rock at 32M forcing the drillers to switch to air drilling using the compressor and a hammer. 

November 19th

The drilling commenced where the 2nd aquifer was struck at 33M. The drilling continued and the 3rd and main aquifer was struck at 40M. As the water gushed from the well, the looks on the people’s faces was priceless.   The well was deepened and finally stopped at 45M. The well was cased with plain and screened casings whereby the screened casings were being inserted on the metres where the aquifers had been struck. The drilling team, the teachers and the support staff of the school were all happy because the dream of a successful and rich well was now a reality. The principle of the school could not hide her joy and thanked the drillers and BWP team for work well done.

WEEK 4 NARRATIVE – 25th -29th

November 26th

Report on construction work

The construction team left for Our Lady of Peace Girls Secondary school water project site early so that they could be there on time. They found the School’s principal and the support staff waiting for them and ready in case they needed any assistance.

They started the work by digging the foundation, layed the foundation concrete and thereafter layed a course of bricks to raise the wall of the well pad. There after they did the plastering and applied the Neel for the finishing works and fixed foundation bolts for the Afridev pump. The school non-teaching staff helped a lot in terms of manual labour. The school also provided food for the construction team.

During the pad construction, the test pumping was also underway and was done for 8 hours. The borehole was 42 M depth due to fill back with a calculated yield of 5 cubic litres of water per hour.

The well pad is in the phase of the curing process and when the school re- opens early January next year, the pump will be installed and hand over the water supply to the school.

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10/30/2013: Water Coming to Our Lady Of Peace Girls Secondary School

We are excited to announce that Our Lady Of Peace Girls Secondary School in Kenya will soon have a new source of safe, clean water.  We just posted an initial report from our partner in the field including information about the school, GPS coordinates, and pictures.  We’ll keep you posted as the work of providing a new well continues.  Take a look, and Thank You for your help. 

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Monitoring Data

Project Type:  Borehole Well and Hand Pump
ProjectID: 4218
Install Date:  01/16/2014

Monitoring Data
Water Point:
Last Visit: 03/01/2018
Well Depth:  138.00M

Visit History:
07/01/2014 — Functional
12/18/2015 — Needs Repair
05/19/2016 — Functional
12/09/2016 — Functional
04/05/2017 — Functional
04/26/2017 — Functional
03/01/2018 — Functional

Aliceson Cherop

December, 2013

Our performance has gone down due to being late for classes and having to go to the water supply to look for water.

As we moved to Our Lady of Peace Girls Secondary School in Nandi, we found well dressed and neat girls. There came a smiling girl known as Aliceson Cherop who is in fourth form and the outgoing Sanitary Prefect. She comes from Cheplasgei village in Eldoret Town. Her hobbies are Singing, Reading novels and interacting with other students on academic issues and aspires to excel in her exams and become an Engineer.

Cherop is the first born to a humble family of three. Her farther works as an Administrator of Living Streams Kisumu and her mother is a Businesswoman in Eldoret town. Her determination in school made her excel in her exams and joined Eldoret Girls Secondary School. In form two she left Eldoret Girls and joined Our Lady of Peace Girls Secondary school and was really surprised by the population of 500 girls which is smaller compared to the school she had left previously.

“It’s been really hard for me,” says Cherop. Amidst laughter, she says that as a Sanitary Prefect   she has many cases where the girls steal water from each other. “Why the laughter?” I ask. She replies, “It’s funny that girls can steal water from each other and this are the cases I handle every day as a prefect.  I would wish to tackle other Sanitation issues but it all Zeros down to water.”  Cherop says that supervision becomes hard because she can’t force the girls to work when there is no water to use. “Our performance has gone down due to being late for classes and having to go to the water supply to look for water,” she laments.

Cherop says that the school has been since losing many girls to other schools because of lack of water.  The school’s population has reduced from 500 students from when I joined our Lady of Peace to 226 currently due to the scarcity of water in the school. She claims that the girls are happy during the rainy season as they collect the rain water from the roof catchment.

Despite the difficulties to access water, Cherop takes her role as a leader and encourages other students to always work hard. She and the other girls are happy because BWP will be drilling a well in the school. Her hope is that as she finishes her fourth form, the remaining students will have access to safe and clean water and that they can improve in their Academics.


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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.