Hirumbi Primary School Well - Site 2

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Wells for Schools - Kenya

Latitude 0.27
Longitude 34.74

500 Served

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A new well will be provided to this primary school near Kakamega, Kenya.

The students currently access water from a river, nearly 4km away.  This water source is contaminated by sewage and by cattle that also drink from the same river. The students and teachers spoke of recent typhoid outbreaks and regular stomach ailments.

The new water source will serve both the school and local community.  The school management committee will oversee the project.

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09/19/2011: Hirumbi Primary School project complete!

Staff at Bridge Water Project are delighted to inform us that the project at Hirumbi is complete, and has been a great success!

The team have now installed the pump and water is now flowing. This has been a great project so far, and we’d like to thank Bridge Water Project and the community at Hirumbi for all the hard work they have put in over the last few months.

Thanks very much everyone, and lets raise a glass of clean water to the people of Hirumbi!  

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09/05/2011: Hirumbi Primary Site 2 - Test Pumping photos

Today we received these photos showing test pumping at the Hirumbi Site. Our partner Bridge 

Water Project is test pumping the borehole to ascertain the yield of water, so we will know 

how much water the people of the community will be able to use. Wycliffe makongo, the General Manager at BWP, told us over the phone that the yield is good, and the people of Hirumbi Primary School can expect to 

be able to rely on this supply. Great news! 

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08/30/2011: Hirumbi School drilling on going

I received these pictures from our partner Bridge Water Project today, showing drilling underway on site.

Bridge Water Project staff have told me how much this means to the people they meet on the ground, and we are so enthusiastic about the future of this community now this project is underway.   

We look forward to hearing of a successful well development in the coming days. 

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Project Data

Project Type:  Borehole Well and Hand Pump
Location:  Hirumbi, Kakamega Central
ProjectID: 4005
Install Date:  09/19/2011

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.