Maraba Primary School

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Wells for Schools - Kenya

Latitude 0.30
Longitude 34.74

500 Served

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The Maraba Primary School in Western Kenya serves over 1,000 students with 160 staff members.  Until recently, they had no source of safe, clean water.

Previously water was collected from rooftops when it rained and stored in tank.  But for the most part, students gathered water from a nearby river (seen below).  This river is contaminated by sewage and other activities around the river.

Just before this project began, our partner reported that there had been another outbreak of cholera – an often deadly water borne disease.

The school committee is overseeing this project.  They are already at work building additional latrines that will go a long way toward improving overall sanitation and hygiene.  With the addition of clean, safe water, the students health should improve dramatically.

Well Dedication Report (as filed by our implementer, unedited)

The visit was during school closing day and actually people came in large numbers including students, parents, teachers and entire community member. BWP members were happily welcomed with great joy through singing of praising songs i.e maji ni uhai (water is life).

The Headmaster of the school stood up and testifies that without this water in place the school could have been closed by public health officers due to poor hygiene and sanitation of the school, so it was the struggle of BWP along with interim WASH Manager Mr. Jack Owen for the school to be not closed down by providing the school with clean and safe drinking water.

Students promised to utilize time spent out looking for dirty water miles away now to sit down in class and concentrate in studies for them to improve academically while community members were very happy in that they will no longer suffer from waterborne diseases since they are having clean, safe drinking water.

Maraba is one of the most populated community in Kakamega town thus the well will serve more than 2000 people respectively.

Latest Update:
8/12/2010 – Well Completed – Report and Pictures Added
8/10/2010 – Pump Installation – Pictures Added
7/23/2010 – Drilling Complete – Picture Added

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Monitoring Data

Project Type:  Borehole Well and Hand Pump
Location:  Near Kakamega, Kenya
ProjectID: 426
Install Date:  08/12/2010

Monitoring Data
Water Point:
Last Visit: 06/27/2017
Well Depth:  50.00M

Visit History:
10/01/2012 — Functional
05/22/2015 — Needs Attention
11/01/2015 — Functional
06/07/2016 — Functional
08/12/2016 — Functional
12/07/2016 — Functional
03/24/2017 — Functional
06/27/2017 — Functional


39 individual donors
Garrad Hassan America, Inc.
In Memory of Kathryn Holman
College Lorette Collegiate
South Brunswick High School
Park Lane Elementary
Jefferson County Open School Water Project
Newport Baptist Church
Polk County Middle School

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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.