Ikobero School Well

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Wells for Schools - Kenya

Latitude 0.14
Longitude 34.82

500 Served

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Stories and Community Profile

The Ikobero school has over 500 students who, along with the 1,000 community
members, will soon be enjoying clean and safe drinking water.  Previously, these students walked nearly 3km to collect water from
an unprotected stream.  Many suffered from water borne disease,
according to Mr. Irangi, a local community leader interviewed about the
water situation.

A water committee of 3 men and 7 women was formed last year and together
with the community they had raised nearly $300USD to cover the initial
expense of the well survey and permits.

This drilling of this well was originally attempted a year ago, and during the process the team encountered rocks that their equipment could not dig through.  Thankfully, they have been able to contract with another driller to complete the borehole and access water.  Without your generous support this year, we could not have gone back and made this project a success!

Current Updates:

January 6th, 2011 the pump has now been installed and the project is nearing completion!

December 1, 2010 the hole has been completed and test pumping is underway.


Previous Updates:

Jan. 1, 2010: The drill crew has encountered hard rock formations which their
drill cannot penetrate.  We are awaiting access to a compressor to
break through.  We hope that arrives by Jan. 11th.

Oct. 7th, 2009: Construction
has begun on the Ikobero School and Community Well in Western Kenya.
This community is located about 30km from Kakamega in the Busali

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Monitoring Data

Project Type:  Borehole Well and Hand Pump
Location:  Busali, Kenya
ProjectID: 444
Install Date:  12/30/2010

Monitoring Data
Water Point:
Last Visit: 03/01/2018

Visit History:
10/10/2012 — Functional
11/03/2015 — Functional
05/19/2016 — Functional
09/16/2016 — Functional
12/09/2016 — Functional
04/03/2017 — Functional
07/03/2017 — Functional
11/08/2017 — Functional
03/01/2018 — Functional


3 individual donors
Mayo High School
Alvarado Independent School District
PS 91X Class 4-403 Penny Harvest Project
Adlai E. Stevenson High School
Chester Academy NHS
Kaiser Permanente
Washakie County School District
De Soto High School
McKinley-Thatcher Elementary Penny Harvest
Commonwealth Club of the Riviera
St. Columban Catholic School

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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.