Tulon Secondary School

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Latitude 0.25
Longitude 35.21

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:


The proposed Tulon Secondary is a mixed day and Boarding school started in the year 1993 with the help of Tulon Anglican Church of Kenya (A.C.K) Eldoret Dioceses. The Anglican Church wanted to eradicate illiteracy in the entire area of Tulon where it serves. Since inception, the Tulon Secondary School has really molded many responsible men and women of Tulon society, including some who pursued with their studies in university, graduated and who have now returned as teachers in Tulon Secondary School. Among many challenges the school is facing, lack of reliable quality water supply is the most urgent to address.

The school management committee, during their interaction with other schools in Nandi County, learned of Bridge Water Project activities in the Region and immediately made an application to the BWP office requesting assistance in drilling a borehole for their school so as to provide a solution to their lack of access to quality water.


Currently the school has a shallow hand dug well where they draw water using rope and 20 litre bucket. The water from the well is not quality since during rainy season it overflows and turns milky hence increasing the turbidity value to 100, far above the World Health Organization (WHO) recommendations. During long dry spells it dries up and it forces the school to hire Water Tanks on a daily basis to enable the school programs to continue without interference. Sometimes when they fail to get clean water, students are forced to go through villages 1 ½ km away from the school compound looking for water from the nearest swamp. And as a result many students suffer from typhoid, bilharzia and amoebas.


The school records an enrollment of 330 boys and 380 girls, 28 teaching staff plus 8 non teaching staff totaling to 648 people. (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 a kitchen where food is prepared and cooked; there are water storage containers, which are clean. They have stores where Grains are kept. There are 3 hand washing stations with soap, which is an inadequate number considering the population of the school. There are clothes lines outside the dormitories, 24 pit latrines (10 for boys and 10 for girls and 4 for teachers) which are washed daily. A composite pit is available where litters are dumped.


If the well is drilled students and teachers of Tulon Secondary School will be the main beneficiaries.


There is need to drill a borehole for Tulon Secondary School that is aimed at improving Sanitation and Hygiene status of the entire school and also enable students access to quality water for their domestic use. Also with a reliable borehole in school, much time wasted while going to fetch water will be used for studies hence improving their academic performance, as well as reducing the disease prevalence mentioned before.


The School Management has already formed a water committee which will be trained by BWP Community Education Facilitators before the implementation of the project. The BWP Staff will also target the students and teachers who will be trained in Sanitation and Hygiene matters (WASH).

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04/10/2014: Tulon Secondary School Project Complete

We are excited to report that Tulon Secondary School in Kenya has a new source of safe, clean water.  The report below from our partner in the field gives some great information on how this project went, including some of the difficulties often faced in the work of bringing clean water:

Provision of water without proper training on good hygiene and sanitation practices cannot bear the desired fruits to eradicate water borne diseases. Despite the fact that some schools, communities, churches, individuals and other institutions have access to water, water borne diseases have remained to be a challenge due to improper hygiene habits.

Having carried out several analysis to assess the needs and source of the problems, the school was trained for three days on practices of good hygiene and sanitation.

During the training, the students discussed good and bad sanitation habits. In groups, they all learned that lack of hand washing would lead to the spread of diseases like typhoid, cholera, dysentery and diarrhea. To clarify more on hand washing, the students demonstrated the best way of washing hands by use of soap or ash. They also discussed when it is important time to wash hands. (meals, bathroom etc.) After this session, the students expressed the need to wash hands properly. Hand washing in this school was not done hence leading to existence of sicknesses among students. It was noted that only teachers have a hand washing station.

The school children, whom also live in the surrounding communities, stated that open defecation was a serious problem back in the community and within the school. They explained that some students defecate on the school grounds at night hours, as they are afraid of walking to the latrines in the dark. Group discussions were done to discuss on the importance of using a latrine, risks of open defecation, why do some people do not use the latrines and how flies transmit diseases. Other important topics that were dealt with were of prevention of diarrheal diseases and the way to keep our foods free from germs.

Having trained the students of Tulon secondary school on good hygiene and sanitation practices, the drilling team mobilized to the site after a span of one week.

Students, teachers and some parents were already out on the ground to see how drilling would be done with the hope of getting a permanent solution to the scarcity of safe and adequate water supply.

The drilling process went well until the 10-meter mark, when the rig experienced hard rock, and the team was forced to stop drilling until the following day.

The drilling process resumed the next day as the drilling rig drilled through the hard rock and successfully struck water aquiver at 45 meters. The well was then cased by 6 inch P.V.C pipes and is now a waiting for test pumping, construction, pump installation and finally handing over to the school.

As drilling has been completed at Tulon secondary school, the well was awaiting construction, which was completed March 4th 2014.

The school management provided materials such as sand, bricks and concrete, which enabled the construction to begin off well.

The school further provided meals for the men who took a whole day doing the work. The students of this school fetched water, which was needed for the construction process.

The well has now been completed and it’s left for curing purposes. After the well is cured, pump installation will be done and further handing over.

Like other public secondary schools in Kenya that closed for a half-term break, Tulon Secondary School was not an exception. The half-term break was for a period of one week, which affected our day-to-day operations to complete the project that had been started in the school.

Immediately upon the school re-opening, the service team had to mobilize to the site for test pumping, pump installation and finally hand-over to the community.

Keeping in mind that the school is in a different county (Nandi County), the service team started off the journey at 4 am. On their way to the school, the vehicle broke down due to mechanical problems. This was very discouraging, as the target of reaching the school early to complete the work was not achieved.

The mechanics were assigned to the vehicle to repair it and allow the journey to the school to proceed. Unfortunately the vehicle was not and the vehicle was pulled back to Kakamega County. 

It took three consecutive days for the vehicle to be repaired and conditioned. At this point, the service team mobilized to the school to complete the work. On reaching the school, test pumping was done for at least 5 hours and later the pump was installed.

Teachers and students were present until the work was completed. The well was then handed over to the school and now it is proper use serving the students and other beneficiaries. It’s important to note that the well will be of great importance to the school as it will save valuable time for students who collected water from far away points and the well will also further improve their hygiene and sanitation situation.

With the presence of the well in school, more is expected for good academic performances.


Clean water and a greater understanding of sanitation and hygiene.  With your help, life is already changing for these students.  We just posted the latest pictures from the project.  Take a look, and Thank You for your help!

The Water Project : kenya4221-37-tulon-secondary-school-handing-over-2

02/18/2014: Tulon Secondary School Project Underway

We are excited to announce that the Tulon Secondary School in Kenya will soon have a new source of safe, clean water.  Work is just beginning to construct a new well for the school, as well as to provide training in proper sanitation and hygiene.  We just posted an initial report from our partner in the field including information about the community, GPS coordinates, and pictures.  We’ll keep you posted as the work continues.  Take a look, and Thank You for your help!

The Water Project : kenya4221-06-lelmengich-adressing-the-students-during-our-visit

Monitoring Data

Project Type:  Borehole Well and Hand Pump
ProjectID: 4221
Install Date:  02/28/2014

Monitoring Data
Water Point:
Last Visit: 07/04/2016
Well Depth:  148.00M

Visit History:
07/01/2014 — Functional
12/22/2015 — Needs Attention
05/19/2016 — Needs Attention
07/04/2016 — Functional

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.