Eshiamboko Primary School

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Wells for Schools - Kenya

Latitude 0.28
Longitude 34.64

467 Served

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This initial report comes from our implementing partner, Bridge Water Project. It has been edited for clarity.


The project that is proposed is a primary school which is located in Kakamega district, in Western Kenya. The environment is very hot and dry. When our partner Bridge Water Project spoke to the staff at the school they said that due to lack of water in the school, most activities like hosting school games, seminars and other activities cannot be done. It is very hard for the children to stay motivated as there is no water. The school has had a problem of losing pupils to other schools since parents cannot allow their children stay in a dry environment without water. The school has a small piece of land that can be used for gardening, but it’s not possible to plant vegetables because there is no water for irrigation. It’s therefore forced to buy vegetables on daily basis to cater for class seven and eight’s lunch. This becomes very expensive and therefore strenuous for the school. The pupils of this school have a hard time walking long distances searching for water. This wastes a lot of time for concentrating in their daily lessons and so it is really hard for them to get good grades.. With a new well and a hand pump, this school will be transformed and the students will have a much easier time. They will be more able to concentrate on their studies, and focus on achieving their potential.


The school currently accesses a spring of water which is 2km away and does not provide enough water for the school. From the interviews done to teachers and pupils, it is evident that the spring does not provide clean and safe water and it’s seasonal. The stream is overpopulated with people from the community. Due to this situation, the pupils are forced to carry water in small containers from home. The conditions are even made hard during construction where pupils have to be kept out of classes fetching water from the far spring. The school also depends on water that is harvested from the rains which are not regular.


Eshiamboko primary school has a population of 450 pupils, 14 teachers and 3 non-teaching staff. The surrounding community is likely to have 1500-2000 people. The people from the neighboring communities will also have access to the water once it’s in use.

HYGIENE AND SANITATION. The school has no enough latrines that can serve the whole population. This as a result has led to poor hygiene and sanitation. The pupils go to the latrines bare footed. This causes certain diseases like dysentery. Due to lack of water, no hand washing is done in the school. Bridge Water Project is undertaking a hygiene and sanitation campaign at the school as well as constructing the borehole and handpump supply.


We look forward to bringing you good news of work happening at the school in the coming few weeks.

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Recent Project Updates

10/10/2011: Eshiamboko Project Complete!

We have received confirmation and final reports from Bridge Water Project staff that the Eshiamboko water project has been successfully completed! 

The below text has been edited for clarity, but is direct from our partners in Kenya: 

Hygiene and Sanitation

“During this program, the pupils were taught more on hygiene and sanitation. The pupils were able to highlight some of the diseases that are present in the community as a result of poor hygiene. The diseases include typhoid, cholera and dysentery among others. The pupils also discussed more on disease transmission routes and how the chain can be broken.

“The pupils were also able to state some of the diseases that have occurred in their school due to poor hygiene. Such diseases included typhoid and diarrhoea. The pupils were taught about how to keep the environment clean, keeping the latrines clean, water treatment and proper maintenance of the water system.”

The drilling process and pump installation

“Drilling was done and we hit the aquiver at a depth of 18 M. The borehole was drilled to a total depth of 27m and then cased with PVC plastic and gravel packed.

“Test pumping was done to establish the yield and the recharge of the well per 1.57m3/h .The pump was installed at a depth of 24M. Finally the well was handed over to the Water User Committee who will now manage the facility.”

So, we at The Water Project are proud to say that Eshiamboko community now has a functioning clean water source, and the knowledge to  operate and maintain the facility into the future. 

We’d like to thank all the people who made this possible, especially Liam, for making such a fantastic effort to help those in the world who are not lucky enough to have safe and clean water. It makes such a difference! 

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09/26/2011: New images of Eshiamboko drilling!

We’ve had these updates from the team working hard on the Eshiamboko project. All is going well, drilling is under way and 

we’re hopeful of further details about the project in the coming days. 

A really big thank you to Liam for making this crucial and life changing work possible!

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Monitoring Data

Project Type:  Borehole Well and Hand Pump
ProjectID: 4007
Install Date:  10/10/2011

Monitoring Data
Water Point:
Needs Repair
Last Visit: 02/25/2016

We are actively working with this partner to resolve the issues in this community. The "last visit" date is not necessarily the date we were notified by the partner of any potential problems. Once informed of downtime, we work to respond quickly. We will update the project status when these issues are resolved.

Visit History:
10/10/2012 — Functional
05/15/2015 — Needs Repair
10/27/2015 — Unknown
02/25/2016 — Needs Repair

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.