Shisango Secondary School

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Latitude 0.19
Longitude 34.61

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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 Shisango secondary school was started in the year 2009 through the combined efforts of Shisango primary school teachers and parents. Shisango secondary school is a girl’s school, which is now having two academic streams, that is form one and two.

Since its inception, the school has managed to put up one block building, which serves as the computer class and the other two rooms where the students conduct their studies.

Most of the students of this school come from the neighboring communities. Among many challenges, like lack of a library, limited teaching personnel, and lack of basic facilities, the school’s most pressing challenge is a lack of consistent quality water supply.

The school management board and entire fraternity of Shisango girl’s secondary school learned of Bridge Water Project Development activities and completed an application for help to drill and provide water for the school.


Currently, the Shisango secondary school together with the primary school students and pupils respectively carry water from their homes. The water quality and water storage is questionable since the containers used to carry water are dirty and the children have not been properly trained in transport and storage of water. They are also collecting water from unsafe sources such as open streams.
During the dry season, most of these streams in the area dry up, which leaves children having to walk even farther for water. This can also be a risk for young girls who have to travel far distances for clean water. They are at risk by predators and also lose valuable time that could be more constructively used, for studying and play.


The secondary school has an enrollment of 150 girls as the enrollment of the new students joining form one still going on, and 4 teachers. The primary section has a population of 750 pupils and 25 teachers.

(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.  This community would be a good candidate for a second project in the future so adequate water is available. To learn more, click here.)


The school has few permanent classrooms which are washed once per week (that’s on Friday), 6 pit latrines for students and 8 pit latrines for pupils, 4 for teachers (2 for male and 2 for female teachers). The latrines are not washed on daily basis.

Both the secondary and primary section have no hand washing stations except one for teachers which is located at the office door.

There’s a kitchen where food is prepared and served. There is composite pit where litters are dumped.


There is need to drill a borehole for the proposed Shisango Girls Secondary school that is aimed at improving sanitation and hygiene status of the entire school and also to enable students get quality water supplies for their domestic needs, hence reducing water borne disease cases in the school with a reliable water point which will contribute towards academic performance.


If a well is drilled, it will benefit the students and pupils of Shisango.


The water management committee will be formed and strengthened by BWP staff during community education on water and sanitation prior to the implementation of the proposed water project.


Lack of water for drilling and therefore more manpower is required for bringing water needed for the drilling process.

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03/10/2015: Shisango Secondary School Project Complete

We are excited to report that Shisango Secondary School has a new source of safe, clean water! A new well has been constructed and the community has received training in sanitation and hygiene.  The report below from our partner in the field describes all the work that went into unlocking potential in this community:

PHASE1 NARRATIVE: 16th -20th February 2015.

Shisango girl’s secondary school had a great need of proper training on good practices of hygiene and sanitation. The school doesn’t observe the proper hygiene and sanitation practices. The school does not have hand washing stations for girls; only the teachers have one hand washing station.

Apart from drilling a well which is anticipated to help improve the situation of the school, the BWP community education team had to train the girls and teachers on good hygiene and sanitation practices. The training targeted the health club of the school which will later disseminate the information to the other pupils.

The health club is comprised of 20 girls who were partly selected from form one and two. Some of the topics learned during the training were:
     a. Hand washing.
     b. Importance of using a latrine.
     c. Why some people don’t use latrines.
     d. Transmission of diseases by flies.
     e. Safe water, its handling and treatment.

The girls were able to learn on the risks of failure to wash hands and the importance. To do this, a demonstration on proper hand washing was done. The girls learned that hands must be washed by use of soap or ash. In their discussion groups, the girls discussed the critical moments of washing hands. Some of the moments analyzed were:
     a. After visiting the toilets.
     b. Before and after eating.
     c. After work.
     d. After changing the nappies of the young ones.
     e. After playing.

As a result of group discussions, the girls learned that drinking water should be kept separate and that water should be treated before consumption.

PHASE 2 NARRATIVES: 23rd -27th February 2015.

After the training on good hygiene and sanitation was done, Bridge Water’s drilling team mobilized to the ground on the 21st of February. The drilling activity begun on 23rd February.

Our drilling rig (301 PAT DRILL) was able to drill the well using a mud pump to a maximum depth of 4Om. Some of the challenges experienced during the drilling process include:
     a. There was a lot of breakdown of the mud pump hence delaying the drilling process.
     b. Water, which was to be used for drilling was fetched from a river 2km away hence causing an implication on the costs and time.

The drilling process is complete and now the well is waiting for the construction phase which is set to begin soon.


Being one the projects that were visited by the donor during its implementation, it was drilled successful with a good potential of water that will satisfy both the secondary school, primary school and the community.

As the donor partners arrived in the school, the students of Shisango girls were already set to receive them. Good and powerful African songs were sung as a way of entertaining the guests. Without a delay, the donors joined the girls and danced the African way. This was so much exciting as what you could see on everyone’s face was joy.

In their songs, the girls narrated how life was tough without safe and clean water. They did not forget to mention how they wasted a lot of time out of class walking 2km away in search of water which was not safe for human consumption. For instance, the situation at the current water source was saddening since vehicles and motorbikes were washed in the same river as well as the animals drinking water from the same source.

While the singing and cheering went on, the service team on the other hand was busy installing the pump on the new drilled well. A lot of people from other neighboring communities came in awe ready to witness as the school received a new well which would change their lives.

As soon as the installation of the pump was complete, teachers, students, parents and guests came together and it was time for testimonials. The head principle of the school, Mrs. Washa, was overwhelmed with joy not knowing where to start her speech and end. All she could remember was to say thank you to our dear donors for standing in and saving the school from a harsh condition that was believed to be permanent. She further expressed how the girls will now have more time spend in class unlike it was before where more hours were spend going to the river which is 2km away.

The head girl of the school said that the new well will help reduce the outbreak of waterborne diseases like cholera, typhoid and diarrhea which have seen the girls out of school on several occasions looking for medications.
After the speeches were over, the well was finally handed over to the school and the community.

As an organization, we believe that the presence of the well in the school will be the beginning of good practices of hygiene and sanitation.


Some of our staff just got to visit this project in Kenya. We just added a lot of new pictures and a great video they were able to gather while there!  Take a look, and Thank You for your help!

The Water Project : kenya4333-88-shisango-handing-over

02/25/2015: Shisango Secondary School Project Underway

We are excited to announce that, thanks to your willingness to help, Shisango Secondary School in Kenya will soon have a new source of safe, clean water.  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 and allow the students to focus on learning and growing.  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!

The Water Project : kenya4333-07-shisango-girls-secondary-school-2

Monitoring Data

Project Type:  Borehole Well and Hand Pump
ProjectID: 4333
Install Date:  03/02/2015

Monitoring Data
Water Point:
Needs Attention
Last Visit: 03/09/2017
Well Depth:  40.00M

Visit History:
11/05/2015 — Needs Attention
12/23/2015 — Needs Attention
02/24/2016 — Needs Attention
05/27/2016 — Needs Repair
06/06/2016 — Functional
07/11/2016 — Functional
07/19/2016 — Functional
09/21/2016 — Functional
09/21/2016 — Functional
03/09/2017 — Needs Attention

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.