Khayimba Primary School Water Project

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Well Rehab in Kenya

Latitude 0.33
Longitude 34.62

500 Served

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This project is part of Bridge Water Project’s current well rehabilitation program. The following detail is direct from BWP, and has been edited for clarity:

The proposed project is a borehole, a drilled well at Khayimba primary school. The school has a population of 1156 pupils and 17 teachers. The local community consisting 300 households will also have access to this facility. In addition there is a Anglican church neighbouring the school which will draw water from this source. (Editor’s Note: While this many people may have access on any given day, realistically a single water source can only support a population of 350-500 people.  To learn more, click here.)

The hand pump was stolen five years ago. The head teacher of this school said that the water committee was never set up and the community never owned the project. The head teacher also said that since then the pupils have had a hard time even to concentrate in their class work. The school currently access water from a stream which is 2km away.

As well as flushing the borehole and replacing the hand pump at this site, BWP is also running a hygiene and sanitation program with staff and students, and working with the school to ensure the creation of a functioning water user committee to ensure the ongoing maintenance of this source in the future.

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Recent Project Updates

08/01/2012: Khayimba project complete!

Bridge Water Project have just sent through this update, detailing the handing over ceremony at Khayimba. Great news, th eproject hardware has been completed, and the project is now fully in the hands of the community. Bridge Water Project will be back at Khayimba in a few months to ensure everything is running smoothly.  

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07/09/2012: Well rehabilitation under way at Khayimba

Bridge Water Project and the community have started the hardware repair at Khayimba. The work has been complicated, as there were some rocks down the borehole casing. The team have had to dig down around the casing in order to get at the blockage. Interesting stuff, and great to see innovative problem solving on the ground in Kenya!

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06/27/2012: Communmity education at Khayimba

The kids at Khayimba have been learning about hygiene, as Bridge Water Project focuses on the hygiene promotion aspect of this project, prior to the commencement of the well repair. 

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Monitoring Data

Project Type:  Well Rehab
ProjectID: 4106
Install Date:  08/01/2012

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Last Visit: 10/03/2012

Visit History:
10/03/2012 — Functional

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.