Kapkoimur Secondary School New Well Project

Regional Program:
Western Kenya WaSH Program

Latitude 0.52
Longitude 34.97

267 Served

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Stories and Community Profile

This project is a part of our shared program with Safe Water and Sustainable Hygiene Initiative (SAWASHI). Our team is pleased to directly share the below report (edited for clarity, as needed).

Welcome to the School

Kapkoimur Secondary School is located in Kapkoimur Village, Kapkoimur Location, Kapkoimur Sub-Location, Chepterwai Division, Nandi North Sub-County of Nandi County.

Kapkoimur Secondary School is a mixed day and boarding secondary school started in year 2000 through combined efforts of Kapkoimur Anglican Church of Eldoret Diocese and its community members. The school is situated on the top of a hill approximately 5,100 km above sea level.

The school’s area received long rains between March and May, and short rains from August to October. The mean precipitation range is 1100-1400 mm, and the temperature ranges between 15-20°c. However, the school is still faced with a clean water shortage challenge.

The school board of management made an appeal to SAWASHI requesting for a donor-funded water source to be drilled at the school.


The school records a total enrollment of 135 boys, 105 girls, and employs 12 government teachers, eight board of management teachers, and seven subordinate staff members. This puts the school’s total population at 267.

Water Situation

The school fetches water using donkeys from the unprotected Kapkoimur Spring situated 1.5 km away from the school compound. The water is highly contaminated with a turbidity value of 80, which is far above what the World Health Organization recommends for consumption. “Due to using the water from Kapkoimur Spring, most students and teachers suffer from waterborne diseases i.e. amoeba, typhoid fever, which poses danger to their lives. This also affects their schooling as there is a high rate of absenteeism because of illness related to waterborne diseases,” says Miss Chepchumba, the school nurse.

During an interview with Mr. Rono, the man in charge of fetching water, Rono says he has to take 15 trips (1500 litres per day for kitchen use only). Students have to go to the spring every evening to shower and wash their uniforms.

Sanitation Situation

The school has seven classrooms and one computer lab which are washed once a week. The school kitchen has water containers which are well covered, and outside there is a dish rack for utensils.

The school has 27 pit latrines; 13 for girls, seven for boys and seven for teachers. These are cleaned on a daily basis by the subordinate staff.

There are not enough clotheslines, so some students must still dry their uniforms on the ground. There is a compost pit where litter is dumped.

Assessing the Need

There is a need to drill a borehole for Kapkoimur Secondary School to give students access to quality water for both drinking and domestic uses. This will improve the sanitation and hygiene for the entire school and will thus improve health.

Project Beneficiaries

The students, teachers, and Anglican Church of Kapkoimur will be the beneficiaries of this water project.

Management Committee

The school management board already has a water committee, which will be trained by staff before implementation of the proposed project. Training will target students, teachers, and the school board.

Thank you for partnering with this community to make safe water a reality! This is not possible without you.

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Recent Project Updates

12/20/2017: A Year Later: Kapkoimur Secondary School

A year ago, generous donors helped drill a well for the Kapkoimur Secondary School in Western Kenya. Because of these gifts and the contributions of our monthly donors, partners are able to visit project sites throughout the year, strengthening relationships with communities and evaluating the actual water project. These consistent visits allow us to learn vital lessons and hear amazing stories – we’re excited to share this one from our partner, Paul Weringa, with you.

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09/28/2016: Kapkoimur Secondary School New Well Project Complete

We are excited to announce that after much delay and many challenges, there is a water source at Kapkoimur Secondary School! This is a realtime example of how difficult it can be to bring water to new places, so we thank you for your patience and faith in the perseverance of our coworkers in Kenya. Not only do these students and staff have a new borehole that yields clean, safe water, but they’ve also received training in hygiene and sanitation. You made it happen, now help keep the water flowing! Join our team of monthly donors and help us maintain this well and many other projects.

The report below from our partner gives the latest details of the project. We also just updated the project page with new pictures. Make sure to click on the “See Photos & Video” tab to check them out!

Project Result: New Knowledge

Hygiene and sanitation training was held in a large classroom on school grounds. Participants were selected from each grade, keeping the ages and genders balanced. All the students who came actively participated in each activity and demonstration, taking notes and asking questions. Teachers and our facilitator sat in the back and passed through the room to help whenever the students needed it. Below is a group picture of all the students and staff in attendance.

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Lessons for students were as follows:

1. Clean is Beautiful: How to wash hands and when to do so

2. I Drink Safe Water: Differentiating between safe and unsafe water sources, and how to treat water

3. Going to the Latrine: The importance of using a toilet, risks of open defecation, and flies and disease transmission

4. My School is Beautiful: Keeping a clean environment, rules against littering, and the role of the school health club

5. Germ-Free Food: How to prepare and store food properly

6. How to Prevent Diarrhea: Disease transmission routes and blocking them

The students who attended training also formed a student health club which will share this new knowledge with peers and families back home.

Richard Onyancha was one of the teachers who attended and supported hygiene and sanitation training. He said, “We are grateful for your training. The training is a reminder of our daily hygiene practices that we usually ignore every time. We promise that when you come next time you will see change. We shall also work hard in our club to ensure that hygiene is maintained.”

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Project Result: Hand-Washing Stations

Two hand-washing stations were delivered by the time the well construction was complete. These come in the form of plastic buckets raised on metal stands and fitted with taps. Training participants learned how to properly wash hands and will be able to teach their peers and families to follow suit. The student health club that attended training will make sure the stations are filled with clean water on a daily basis, and that a cleaning agent like soap or ash is available. Below is a picture of students with one of their hand-washing stations.

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Project Result: New Well

Construction for this borehole well began on September 4th on the arrival of the drill rig. The first aquifer was struck at 17 meters, the second at 48 meters, the third at 72 meters and the fourth at 96  meters. At 92 meters, the air pipe on the compressor burst, and it took two days to repair because the part wasn’t sold in the local market. Drilling was finished on the 11th.

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The rig was able to drill to a depth of 100 meters, and a static water level of 15 meters was measured. 6-inch UPVC was installed in the drilled hole. Once we finished with developing and casing the well’s inside, we could begin the well pad.  This was built with a mixture of sand and cement. Bricks were laid around the circumference and then plastered. Once filled in, the well pad was painted with a coat of waterproof cement. This was left to dry for several days before flushing and then the pump installation. Finally, the well was test pumped, chlorinated, and fitted with a new AfriDev pump.

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On completion, Kapkoimur Secondary Principal John Biwot said, “This project is of great help to the school and the entire community. It will enhance the good teaching and learning environment because the school will get access to clean and safe water on time, hence will reduce the outbreak of waterborne diseases. It will also enhance good hygiene of the school. Through this new water source, conflict between the community and the school has now been solved.”

School management will oversee the use and maintenance of their well. We also have a monitoring schedule to make regular visits to see that everything is functioning as it should. In the case of a breakdown, our team will dispatch to make the necessary repairs.

This water changes the environment for staff and students here, and will especially impact the students who live on campus. Health will improve, and students will be able to better focus on their academics.

Thank You for unlocking potential at Kapkoimur Secondary School!

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09/19/2016: Kapkoimur Secondary School Near Completion

A lot has happened since we set out to drill a new well at Kapkoimur Secondary School!

First, the drill rig we hired encountered delays for the projects scheduled before us. When it was our turn, the drill rig’s towing truck broke down! It couldn’t make it up the hill to the school until a mechanic came to take a look.

Now, we’re happy to announce that the drill rig has made it to Kapkoimur Secondary School. It’s drawn quite the crowd of onlookers!

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After drilling and flushing, we were able to start constructing the concrete well pad. Once the well pad dries, the new AfriDev pump will be installed.

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Thank You for your patience while we ensure that this work is done the right way. We expect news of this new well’s completion to come in soon, and we’ll share it with you right away!

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10/30/2015: Kapkoimur Secondary School Project Underway

We are excited to announce that a project to provide clean water to Kapkoimur Secondary School in Kenya is underway. 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 a report 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!

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Monitoring Data

Project Type:  Borehole Well and Hand Pump
Location:  Nandi, Kenya
ProjectID: 4369
Install Date:  09/28/2016

Monitoring Data
Water Point:
Last Visit: 02/20/2018

Visit History:
03/29/2017 — Functional
07/05/2017 — Functional
02/20/2018 — Functional

A Year Later: Kapkoimur Secondary School

December, 2017

By saving a lot of costs that were spent on water, we have been able to employ school workers to help in school activities.

A year ago, generous donors helped drill a well for the Kapkoimur Secondary School in Western Kenya. Because of these gifts and the contributions of our monthly donors, partners are able to visit project sites throughout the year, strengthening relationships with communities and evaluating the actual water project. These consistent visits allow us to learn vital lessons and hear amazing stories – we’re excited to share this one from our partner, Paul Weringa, with you.

The ongoing survival of many schools in Kenya is threatened if they are not able to provide water and sanitary facilities for the schools, yet it is difficult for parents to pay these expenses in addition to usual school fees. The Water Project and SAWASHI have targeted schools just like this because of the potential that can be unlocked for both students and staff when clean water and sanitation is available.

Paul Weringa turns on the well’s tap for Deputy Principal Hesbon Teno.

In situations of clean water scarcity, such as in Kapkoimur, conflicts often arise between those who have access to water and those who do not. The projects at Kapkoimur Secondary School has helped to improve the relationships between the school and the community. Paul Weringa reports the many effects that the water source has had on school and community life: “Initially, there was conflict as a result of relying on one source which could not provide enough water for both [the school and the community]. As a result of this project, the school’s enrollment has increased and a new stream has been introduced where a new block of classrooms is under construction. Expenditure on water has drastically reduced and the money is now redirected to other development activities. The school academic performance has improved as a result of water being in school. The students have enough time for studies. They no longer need to go out in search of water.”

The school even upgraded the hand pump to a submersible pump through a decision to take part of a government initiative enabling easier access to the water. This upgrade is an exciting improvement because the water can now be accessed through a tap instead of the more labor-intensive pump, and with this change the school assumes full responsibility for monitoring and maintaining this water point.

Mr. Teno and one of his students, Amos Langat, standing in front of the pump and storage system connected to the borehole.

Amos Langat, a student at the school, shares, “I have stopped going to the river, therefore having enough time for studies.I no longer have issues with typhoid disease which affected me much when I used to drink the water from the stream. I am a healthy person since I began drinking water from the drilled well.” Many of the students like Amos have experienced not only improvements in health, but also improvement in school performance. Hesbon Teno, the school’s deputy principal reports, “As a result of the drilled well in school, students have enough time for studies therefore a great improvement in their academic has been observed.” He also conveyed the financial impact that the well has had, enabling the school to invest money in extensions to both offices and classrooms.

We are excited to stay in touch with Kapkoimur Secondary School and to report the impact that access to clean water and sanitation facilities continues to have in the lives of the Kapkoimur students, teachers, and surrounding community as they continue on their journey with clean water.

The Water Project and our partners are committed to consistent monitoring of each water source. Our monitoring and evaluation program, made possible by monthly donors, allows us to visit communities up to 4 times a year. Read more about our program and how you can help.


Country Details


Population: 39.8 Million
Lacking clean water: 43%
Below poverty line: 50%

Partner Profile

Safe Water & Sustainable Hygiene Initiative (SAWASHI) provides safe, affordable and sustainable water supply services through rehabilitation of boreholes, strengthening of Water User Committees, WaSH training of target beneficiary communities and monitoring & evaluation of water systems.