Madioli Primary School

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Wells for Schools - Kenya

Latitude 0.24
Longitude 34.82

500 Served

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This project has been selected and will be implemented by out partner in Western Kenya, Bridge Water Project. What follows is direct from them, but has been edited for clarity:  

The project is a primary school which is located in Kakamega district. The school’s environment is very hot and dry. During the interview done to one of the school teachers, he said that due to lack of water in the school, most activities like hosting school games, seminars and other activities cannot be done. This as a result damages the motivation of pupils in participating to such activities when proposed to be held in other schools that have water. The school has had a problem of loosing pupils to other schools since parents cannot allow their children to stay in a dry environment without water.

The school has a large 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 hence leading to poor performance.


The school accesses a stream which is 2 km away from the school. The water from the stream is turbid hence causing recurring problems of typhoid and cholera. The stream is seasonal and does not produce enough water leading to long queuing. It is also dangerous for pupils to go for water in the stream since it’s located in a bushy area making it insecure. It’s un-fortunate that pupils consume the water directly without treatment. The pupils also carry water from home during the dry seasons.


The school has a population of 616 pupils, 11 teachers and 3 support staff. There is also Madioli Friends Church neighbouring the school with 300 Christians. The community surrounding the school has a population of 300-500 people.


The school has few latrines (8 for girls and 6 for boys). 10% of the pupils have shoes while 90% go bare foot to the latrines. The sanitation teacher of the school inspects the children once a week. There is no hand washing in the school due to lack of water. The litter is dumped in a composite pit dug in the school.

We at TWP are delighted to be able to support Bridge Water Project as they embark on this project, and look forward to updating this page in the near future.  


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Recent Project Updates

12/06/2011: Water flowing at Madioli!

Bridge Water Project can confirm for us that they have successfully completed the installation of hardware at Madioli, that water is flowing and that the community have accepted responsibility for the operation and maintenance of the facility at the handing over ceremony. This is great news! We are delighted that the people of Madioli now have access to clean water, and we look forward to reconnecting with the community during follow up activities.  

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12/01/2011: Test pumping at Madioli Primary

Bridge Water Project have completed the test pumping phase of this project, and sent through some images today that show the process underway. 

Another step along the road to another successful project!  

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11/28/2011: Drilling complete and well cases at Madioli

Today we received news that the team at Bridge Water Project have successfully drilled and cased the borehole at Madioli. Bridge Water have sent us these photos which show the work progressing on the ground, and in a recent online meeting we discussed the next step, which is test pumping and then pad construction. The team are confident of completing the hardware stage of this project this week. 

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11/14/2011: Hygiene promotion sessions underway!

It’s great to hear news from Bridge Water Project that the hygiene promotion component of this project is now underway. This is an integral aspect of a water focused project, and BWP staff are well trained in undertaking this work. 

We’re also expecting drilling to commence in the coming days, and look forward to the next stage of this project!

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Monitoring Data

Project Type:  Borehole Well and Hand Pump
ProjectID: 4010
Install Date:  12/06/2011

Monitoring Data
Water Point:
Last Visit: 11/08/2017

Visit History:
10/17/2012 — Functional
05/22/2015 — Needs Repair
12/23/2015 — Needs Repair
03/21/2016 — Needs Repair
04/08/2016 — Functional
12/13/2016 — Needs Attention
03/31/2017 — Needs Repair
04/04/2017 — Functional
07/14/2017 — Functional
11/08/2017 — 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.