Project Status

Project Type:  Borehole Well and Hand Pump

Program: Wells for Schools - Kenya

Impact: 500 Served

Project Phase: 
Community Managed
Implementing Partner Monitoring Data Unavailable
Initial Installation: Jul 2010

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Community Profile

The students of Bishop Sulumeti Girls Secondary School near Kakamega, Kenya need a new well.  The shallow, hand dug well they use currently is simply not sufficient to meet the needs of the school.  Our partner reports that it runs dry after only 30 minutes of hand pumped use.  That is not enough water.  So, the students currently trek up to 3km away to the local river which is not safe to drink from.

The school serves over 500 students and this new well will benefit the entire community as well.

This well project will be managed by the school administration.  The students are taught proper hygiene and sanitation by the head mistress at the school.

We look forward to seeing a new well serve these girls so that they can reach their full potential at this successful school.

Handing Over Report (filed by implementing partner, unedited):

The Bishop Sulumeti himself came to the commissioning of the water source as a result of the water he also commented the construction of a storey Dormitory for the school. He personally thanked Bridge Water project for giving the school clean water and encouraged the girls to work even harder in order to pass the exams. He emphasized that life begins with WATER.

The schools Chairman on behalf of the committee, parents thanked Bridge water for having provided clean water for the school and urged Bridge to continue providing for other schools too.

The principal on behalf of the entire school really appreciated she said it was difficult for the girls since they used wake up very early to look for water and did not concentrate in class and so she feels by having clean water they will no longer worry for water and so they will concentrate well in books . The Sanitation and  Hygiene of the school and the girls will also be good, the girls sung with joy we have found water, water for LIFE.

Latest Update:

7/28/2010 - The project has been handed over to the school.  Pictures and report added.
7/19/2010 - Pump installed, pictures added

Project Updates

02/27/2018: New Intervention at Bishop Sulumeti Girls' Secondary School

The initial project at this school (seen in the reporting found on this page) is a display of our shared commitment to helping this school with first time water access. Equally as important to this school and The Water Project is providing ongoing support to make sure that water is reliable, day after day, year after year. This is why we monitor all our projects. Over time we’ve found that the water table has dropped in this area, limiting the intended benefit of this well. Though not common, this does happen from time to time.

Because of our commitment to this school (and the lasting impact that our supporters want to make), we’ve decided to construct a rainwater catchment tank that will store 50,000 liters of rainwater that’s chlorinated throughout the year. This is a proven solution within this specific region. To see that work, click here.

Project Photos

Project Type

Borehole and Hand Pump

Girls and women walk long distances for water when safe water is very often right under their feet! Underground rivers, called aquifers, often contain a constant supply of safe water – but you have to get to it. No matter what machine or piece of equipment is used, all drilling is aiming for a borehole that reaches into an aquifer. If the aquifer has water - and after the well is developed - we are able to pull water to the surface utilizing a hand-pump. If all goes as planned, the community is left with a safe, closed water source providing around 5 gallons of water a minute through a hand-pump.


3 individual donors
Greenleaf Church
Jewish Communal Fund
One Plus
Emily Rains Fundraising Page