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The Water Project: Bumwende Primary School -  Students Collecting Water
The Water Project: Bumwende Primary School -  Students Collecting Water
The Water Project: Bumwende Primary School -  Students Collecting Water
The Water Project: Bumwende Primary School -  Students Carrying Water
The Water Project: Bumwende Primary School -  Students Carrying Water
The Water Project: Bumwende Primary School -  Students Carrying Water
The Water Project: Bumwende Primary School -  Water Storage Containers
The Water Project: Bumwende Primary School -  Small Water Tanks
The Water Project: Bumwende Primary School -  Current Water Source
The Water Project: Bumwende Primary School -  Sorrounding Area
The Water Project: Bumwende Primary School -  School Sign
The Water Project: Bumwende Primary School -  School Motto
The Water Project: Bumwende Primary School -  Playgound
The Water Project: Bumwende Primary School -  Landscape
The Water Project: Bumwende Primary School -  Kitchen Inside
The Water Project: Bumwende Primary School -  School Kitchen
The Water Project: Bumwende Primary School -  Girls Latrines
The Water Project: Bumwende Primary School -  Exterior School Building
The Water Project: Bumwende Primary School -  Exterior School Building
The Water Project: Bumwende Primary School -  Dishrack
The Water Project: Bumwende Primary School -  Classroom
The Water Project: Bumwende Primary School -  Older Students Classroom
The Water Project: Bumwende Primary School -  Boys Latrine
The Water Project: Bumwende Primary School -  Young Students Classsroom
The Water Project: Bumwende Primary School -  Phelisters A Fetching Water
The Water Project: Bumwende Primary School -  Robert Indakwa Fetching Water

Project Status



Project Type:  Borehole Well and Hand Pump

Regional Program: Western Kenya WaSH Program

Project Phase:  Donate to this Project
Estimated Install Date (?):  01/28/2022

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Bumwende is located in a vegetated area, and most people are small-scale farmers. Community members donated a three-acre property surrounded by community homesteads for Bumwende Primary School to begin in 1979. Since then, its population has grown to over one thousand pupils. The school has done well in academic performance and generally performs very well on the national examinations. It has produced important community members such as police officers, teachers, church leaders, and nurses.

The school currently relies on a community hand-dug well and two small plastic rain tanks that do not last through the dry season. Everyday pupils have to be at school by 6 AM with containers from home, often dirty, so they can fetch water before going to class. The small hand-dug well is shared with the community, which means students waste a lot of time waiting to fetch water, and hostility develops between community members and the school if it runs dry. The delays affect students’ class time, academic performance, meals at the school, and contamination of the well leads to water-borne diseases like diarrhea and cholera.

What We Can Do:

New Well

We conducted a hydrogeological survey at this school, and the results indicated the water table beneath it is an ideal candidate for a borehole well. Due to a borehole well’s unique ability to tap into a safe, year-round water column, it will be poised to serve all of the water needs for this school’s large population, even through the dry months.

The school will help collect the needed construction materials such as sand, rocks, and water for mixing cement. They will also provide housing and meals for the work team, in addition to providing local laborers. We will complement their materials by providing an expert team of artisans and drilling professionals, tools, hardware, and the hand-pump. Once finished, the school’s students and staff will use water from the well and staff for drinking, handwashing, cooking, cleaning, and much more.

The school and we strongly believe that all of these components will work together to improve standards at this school, which will help lead to better student academic performance and unlock the opportunity for these students to live better, healthier lives.

Handwashing Stations

The student health club will oversee the two new handwashing stations we will provide and ensure they are kept clean and working. The club leaders will fill the handwashing stations with water daily and make sure they are always supplied with a cleaning agent such as soap or ash.

VIP Latrines

Two triple-door latrine blocks will be constructed with local materials that the school will help gather. Three doors will serve the girls, and three doors will serve the boys. These new latrines will have cement floors designed to be easy to use and clean. And with a rain tank right on school property, there should be enough water to keep them clean.

Training on Health, Hygiene, COVID-19, and More

We will hold a one-day intensive training session with students, teachers, and parents. This training will cover a wide range of topics, including COVID-19 symptoms, transmission routes, prevention; personal and environmental hygiene; and the operation and maintenance of the rain tank, latrines, and handwashing stations. There will be a special emphasis on handwashing.

Our team of facilitators will use various methods to train, including participatory hygiene and sanitation transformation and asset-based community development. We will initiate a student health club, which will prepare students to lead other pupils into healthy habits at school and home. We will also lead lectures, group discussions and provide illustrative handouts to teach health topics and promote good hygiene practices within the school, including handwashing and water treatment. We will then conduct a series of follow-up training before transitioning to our regularly scheduled support visits throughout the year.

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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.


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