Laboret Girls Primary School

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Latitude 0.50
Longitude 35.05

355 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 Laboret Girls Primary school is a mixed day and boarding school started in the year 1995 by African Inland Church Mission with an aim of eradicating illiteracy in the area where the church serves and also to curb the problem of high rate of young girls dropping out of school due to far distances covered while going too far end of primary schools looking for Basic Education. However, due to low girl’s enrollment the school management decided to admit young boys in lower primary since they also experience long distances while going to seek education elsewhere.

A.I.C Laboret girl’s primary school is on the hilly area and lies in a 6 Acres piece of land with a provision of conducive learning environment for a girl child. However, among many challenges the school has, access to reliable and quality water supply is a biggest problem that the school is facing and as a result lack of quality water has affected the enrollment of targeted girl child.

Therefore, the school management of A.I.C Laboret girls boarding primary sought the support of well wishers to intervene in the lack of water supply problem in school and provide a lasting solution through drilling of a borehole.


Currently the school gets water from the neighboring AIC Laboret Boys high school which pumps its water from a Dam constructed in the forest, so many dropped leaves covers the water surface forming a green colouring matter, human activities such as clothes washing, bathing etc contaminates the water,  hence the water is not treated before use. Sometimes when the area experiences power interruption the Laboret Boys high school can’t allow the little reserved water to flow towards primary section since they fear it might not be enough to sustain them till when the power will be back. There’s surveillance of water borne diseases i.e. Typhoid. Amoebae, diarrhea among both primary pupils and boy’s high school. During rainy season the school harvests water from the roofs in 2000 and 500 litres UPVC tank which is not enough for their domestic use.


The school population has an enrollment of 220 girls, 60 boys, 64 ECD pupils with 11 teachers, 3 non-teaching staff total population is 355 people.


The school has 8 pit latrines 4 for girls, 2 for boys and 2 for teachers, which are washed daily.

Permanent classrooms and dormitories are washed ones per week that is during the weekend. The school kitchen is well ventilated with modern stoves though water storage facilities not in hygiene status since they are not covered to ensure safety for the stored water. Outside kitchen there is dish rack, the cloth lines are also available near to the dormitories. There’s composite pit where litters are dumped. However, no hand washing stations either outside toilets or staffroom


There is need to drill a borehole for Laboret girls primary school to enable pupils access clean and quality water for their domestic use that will also improve hygiene and sanitation standards. With a reliable quality water supply available in school, water borne diseases will be reduced also contribute to enrollment increase of pupils.


If the proposed well is drilled, the Laboret Girls primary school and Laboret boys high school will be the beneficiaries.


The school management committee is organized in that has selected amongst themselves a water committee that will oversee the operations and maintenance of the water point to ensure its sustainability. Prior to the implementation of the proposed water project, pupils, teachers and management will be trained by BWP staff on matters related to hygiene and sanitation.

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Recent Project Updates

01/26/2015: New Pictures From Laboret Primary School

Just a quick note to let you know we received some new pictures from Laboret Girls Primary School in Kenya. The report below from our partner in the field gives the latest:

Handing Over

Handing over of the borehole was the final activity in implementing rehabilitation of the borehole. There was a significant delay in the final handing over of the pump to the school as the school closed for break before the BWP team could officially hand over the pump to the school and the pupils. Also, in January 2015 the teachers union of Kenya staged a strike and the opening of schools for the New Year was delayed due to this strike.

Once the schools reopened a few days ago the BWP was able to conduct the official handing over of the well and share a few photos.

After the completing the installation and ensuring that water was flowing from the pump, the water was handed over to the school. The BWP team urged the school Head teacher to work in harmony towards ensuring that the pump was sustained and the well pad is not contaminated. The head teacher and the entire school thanked the BWP and THE WATER PROJECT for providing safe and clean water to Laboret Boarding School that will help the pupils to perform well in their academic work.

Take a look to see the smiling faces of the students celebrating their new water source. We love to see those grins! And Thank You for your help!

The Water Project : kenya4280-78-handing-over-laboret-boarding-primary-school

12/15/2014: Almost Finished at Laboret Primary School

Our partner in the field has made great progress on the project at Laboret Girls Primary School in Kenya.  The new well has been finished and is delivering safe, clean water, and the community has been trained in sanitation and hygiene.  The report below from our partner gives the latest details about the project:



This is a process report of the activities conducted by Bridge Water Project in initiating water, hygiene and sanitation project at Laboret Girls Boarding Primary School in Nandi North Sub-county. The activities included sensitization of the school administration and management committee, conducting hygiene and sanitation training for pupils using the CHAST methodology, borehole rehabilitations works and handing over to the school.

Sanitation and hygiene training

Sanitation and hygiene training targeted upper primary pupils at the school. The training was carried out on a week day for easy mobilization and assurance of adequate participation. BWP adopted CHAST methodology because the target group consisted of children.

Description of the venue and target participants

The venue for sanitation and hygiene training was outside the classroom under a tree. The total number of participants was 32 pupils who were proportionately drawn from grade 1 through 7. Twenty three were girls and nine were boys. 4 teachers were in attendance including the school head teacher and a member of the school management committee. The pupils were then taken through all the steps of CHAST methodology;

Objectives of the training

The specific training objectives were as follows:

1. To enable participants to relate their day to day activities with prevention of water and sanitation related diseases

2. To enable participants acquire knowledge and practical skills identification of hygiene and sanitation problems

3. To enable participants understand ways of preventing hygiene and sanitation problems

CHAST methodology steps

CHAST is an innovative approach to promoting hygiene, sanitation and community management of water and sanitation facilities. It aims to empower communities particularly children to manage sustainably their water and sanitation facilities and to prevent sanitation-related diseases, and it does so by promoting health awareness and understanding which, in turn, leads to environmental and behavioral improvements.

Step 1: Introduction (ice breaker)

The training began by introduction of the facilitators. The facilitators used introduced themselves using the puppet. 4 pupils also introduced themselves using the puppet. This increased the attention of the pupils. The facilitators stated the objectives of the training and why it was relevant for the pupils. The second activity allowed the pupils to reflect on their daily lives by telling stories about their day to day activities from morning to evening. 2 pupils, 1 male and 1 female volunteered to share their day to day activities. From the day to day activities shared by the pupils, facilitators were able to point out important sanitation and hygiene activities that laid the foundation for the next session.

Step 2: Problem identification (Good and bad behavior)

The activities involved engaging the pupils in identifying the common hygiene problems. Drawings capturing local hygiene and sanitation situations were used. The drawings capture both good and bad hygiene practices. The facilitators ensured all pupils had an opportunity to participate in the exercise. Every pupil was given a drawing illustrating either a good or bad hygiene practice. Pupils were given time to reflect and consult what the pictures illustrated then every pupil came before the rest and stated what his/her drawing illustrated and whether the illustration was a good or bad hygiene practice. The activity was lively as students actively participated in correcting those who did not clearly understand what their drawings illustrated. The facilitators moderated the whole exercise giving corrections, illustrating with local examples to ensure pupils clearly understood. The activity culminated in a two pile sorting of the drawings on good and bad hygiene behaviors. The facilitators emphasized on the role of bad hygiene behaviors in the cause and spread of diseases such as diarrhea and encouraged pupils to stick to the good hygiene behaviors.

Step 3: Problem analysis (F – diagram)

This step focused on three activities. The activities included recap of the good and bad hygiene habits, routes of transmitting germs and vectors of transmitting germs particularly flies. Recap was important to assure knowledge retention by the pupils. The facilitators used the F-diagram that included drawings of the hand, water, food and flies to illustrate disease transmission. The pupils were also involved in identifying other diarrhea transmission routes by observing pictures displayed in the F-diagram. Problems analysis was aimed at capacity building the pupils in decision making on their hygiene and sanitation practices.

Step 4: Practicing Good Behavior

Activities targeted equipping the pupils with practical skills of blocking the routes of transmitting germs. The F-diagram was still utilized and some additional drawings of good hygiene behavior. The facilitators played an important role in leading the pupils in the exercise. The pupils were then engaged in identifying and blocking other routes of disease transmission.

In closing the training session, the facilitators rewarded the pupils who had participated actively. The pupils were encouraged to form a club on sanitation through which the lessons they had learnt would be transmitted to other pupils in the school. The pupils were also grateful for participating in the training and they extended their message of “thank you” to the entire Water Project Community.


Drilling activities were conducted on two days 28th and 29th December 2014. This stage involved contracting of competent driller, site mobilization, drilling, casing and capping of the borehole. The borehole was drilled to a depth of 40 M as recommended by the hydro geologist. The first aquifer was struck at 27 M while the second aquifer was stuck at 10 M, but the drilling process was extended to 40 M to ensure enough reservoir. During the entire process of drilling safety and sanitation around the site was prioritized. After drilling, casing was done to support the borehole and to help protect the aquifer from contamination. Selection of casing material was based on the depth of the well, borehole diameter, and the drilling procedure. UPVC 5” casings were used because depth of the well was less than 300 meters. 2:4 mm gravel pack was done to ensure constant recharge of the well. The borehole was then appropriately capped at the bottom to prevent siltation. During the entire drilling process, there was no major challenge that was encountered. The process ended successfully pending well pad construction.


Pad construction was done on 29th November, 2014, the same day drilling works ended. The BWP team embarked on pad construction to ensure the borehole was appropriately sealed to prevent contamination of water. The activities included ground excavation, concrete laying and fixing the anchor bolts, plastering, and thereafter left for curing.


Pump installation was done on 9th December 2014. The well was installed with a new afridev pump. The choice of pump was informed by its availability locally, durability, ease of maintenance, borehole technical data including the depth and the static water level. School management committee participation in the choice of the pump was minimal. In installing the pump, the PVC riser pipes were joined and installed in the borehole, then left overnight to ensure proper bonding of the joints. The entire process of pump installation was done with participation of some of the school management members in order to capacity build them. The BWP service team trained a pump caretaker on pump components; demonstration of all component function; daily, weekly and monthly checks and repair of common problems causing breakdown such as U seals and bearings. The caretaker was also trained in fault diagnosis and how to liaise with BWP in cases of further technical support in major repairs. No challenges were noted during the pump installation process. Handing over the pump to the school management committee was left pending until the reopening of schools in January.

Take a look at the pictures we just posted of the project in progress.  As soon as we receive pictures of the handing-over ceremony, we’ll let you know. Thank You for your help! 

The Water Project : kenya4280-77-laboret-boarding-primary-pump-installation

11/10/2014: Laboret Girls Primary School Project Underway

We are excited to announce that, thanks to your willingness to help, work has begun on a new source of safe, clean water for Laboret Girls Primary School in Kenya. A new well is being constructed, and the community will receive training in sanitation and hygiene. Together, these resources will go a long way toward stopping the spread of disease in the area.  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 : kenya4280-18-laboret-primary-pupils

Monitoring Data

Project Type:  Borehole Well and Hand Pump
ProjectID: 4280
Install Date:  01/26/2015

Monitoring Data
Water Point:
Last Visit: 02/20/2018
Well Depth:  40.00M

Visit History:
12/19/2015 — Needs Attention
06/02/2016 — Needs Attention
09/22/2016 — Functional
03/30/2017 — Functional
07/05/2017 — Functional
02/20/2018 — 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.