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The Water Project: Esumeyia Primary School Well -
The Water Project: Esumeyia Primary School Well -
The Water Project: Esumeyia Primary School Well -
The Water Project: Esumeyia Primary School Well -
The Water Project: Esumeyia Primary School Well -

Project Status

Project Type:  Borehole Well and Hand Pump

Program: Wells for Schools - Kenya

Impact: 500 Served

Project Phase:  Installed - Nov 2009

Functionality Status:  Partner Monitoring Unavailable

Last Checkup: 10/30/2015

Project Features

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Community Profile

A new well has (finally) been completed at the Esumeyia Primary
School in Kakamega.  This well now serves the 720 students at the
school and their parents, a total of over 1,000 people!

The well is located about 19km from Kakamega in Western Kenya.  It
is one of a cluster of wells we continue to build at schools in the

The project is being overseen by a local water committee of 4 women
and 3 men.  They are responsible for the management and maintenance of
the well.  The committee mobilized the community and helped raise the
initial $300USD needed to complete the geological surveys and permit
process.  This local investment of time and money brings ownership to
the project.  It helps ensure the well project will be maintained over
the long-term, providing a sustainable water solution.

The school leaders have been instructed how to keep the area around
the well safe from contamination and will receive follow-up training in
sanitation and hygiene later this Fall.

Previously, the students gathered water from over 2.5km away at a passing stream.

Our implementing team said… “We interviewed the school
‘Head Teacher’ and a student.  They both said that their new water
source is going to provide clean and safe water which they know will
be  reliable.  They also said that the issues such as Cholera and
Dysentry caused by their previous water source…they’ve given them a

This well presented many challenges during construction which led to
extensive delays in getting water to flow.  After the original borehole
was drilled, one section of casing was apparently not properly seated.
This caused the well, over the following weeks, to back-fill with sand
and gravel pack.  Our team returned to the site and had no choice but
to remove the casing and drill out the hole again.  It’s part of this
work.  Sometimes things don’t go as planned.  Having a local drill team
however, meant we could get back to the well and fix it in weeks, not
months or years.

Project Updates

03/23/2011: Esumeyia Project Repaired

Wells break. We wouldn’t know it if we didn’t revisit our project sites.

In a few of the wells we installed about two years ago, we found that a former crew (no longer employed by our partner) had used inferior parts on the inside of the wells they installed.  The rods that connect the pump to the handle were not rust-proof.  So, when our partner recently visited the community here they found rust colored water and knew something wasn’t quite right.

They reported back to us and we took the opportunity to carry out another sanitation and hygiene training session in the community while the crew replaced the rusted out parts.

We’re thankful to donors who “Give Where Needed”.  It allows us to check up on and repair wells, keeping our projects working.  It’s the hard part of this work…and it matters the most.

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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.


4 individual donors
Friendship Missionary Baptist Church
United Health Group
First Assembly of God
Snapper Swim Team
First United Methodist Church - Albany
St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church