Project Status

Project Type:  Borehole Well and Hand Pump

Regional Program: Western Kenya WaSH Program

Impact: 1,194 Served

Project Phase:  In Service - Mar 2024

Functionality Status:  Functional

Last Checkup: 05/08/2024

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Kaimosi Boys High School students experience a water crisis daily, paying the high cost of missing valuable learning time while collecting water.

With a large population of 1,152 students and 42 staff members, it seems no matter how much effort the students expend, there is never enough water for everyone.

Primarily, students collect water from a piped system attached to a dug well at the school, but because of the large number of students drawing water, the well runs dry quickly, especially during the dry season.

"As a student from this school, much has been painted on us due to [the] lack of water. People believe that if you join this school, you will no longer bathe daily, wash classes, and moreso, food will not be safe for eating. During the dry season, I get sleepless nights because [I] am supposed to fetch water at midnight to avoid long queues. Also, sometimes the water dries up," said Robin O., shown below with the green bucket alongside many others trying to collect water.

The water from the well is time-consuming to collect because it runs low. It is also unsafe for human consumption, especially during the rainy season when the entire area surrounding the well floods.

There is a small rain tank on the campus, but the minimal amount of water it can hold is almost pointless for the large population. The other option is for the school administration to pay to have water delivered by cart or truck. But this is a cost the school cannot afford to pay, especially for water which is questionable at best.

"I remember the last term when I had a problem with my stomach caused by unsafe water brought by a truck. This caused me to miss classes while seeking medication," said Robin.

"Being a teacher, the major challenge we face is a lack of water. The normal school activities are not done on time, i.e. morning preps are not attended, and I cannot teach half of the class while others are outside queuing for water which is not enough," said teacher Owen Olukohe, shown below carrying water with students.

"The syllabus coverage is not done on time, especially during the month of January when we have no water [at the] school. We depended on water brought by a truck which is not often clean," said Mr. Olukohe.

A new borehole well will ensure that every student and staff member has access to safe water for drinking. There will be plenty of water for bathing, washing uniforms, and cleaning the school. Sufficient water should also give students more time in class, improving their academics, and minimizing their water-related health issues.

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, water from the well will then be used by the school's students and staff for drinking, handwashing, cooking, cleaning, and much more.

Handwashing Stations

The student health club will oversee the two new handwashing stations we will provide, and make sure they are kept clean and in working condition. 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

We will construct two triple-door latrine blocks using local materials that the school will help gather. All of these new latrines will have cement floors that are designed to be easy to use and to clean. And with a borehole 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, and prevention; personal and environmental hygiene; and the operation and maintenance of the borehole, latrines, and handwashing stations. There will be a special emphasis on handwashing.

Our team of facilitators will use a variety of 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 at home. We will also lead lectures, group discussions, and provide illustrative handouts to teach health topics and ways to promote good hygiene practices within the school including handwashing and water treatment. We will then conduct a series of follow-up trainings before transitioning to our regularly scheduled support visits throughout the year.

We and the school 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 will help unlock the opportunity for these students to live better, healthier lives.

Project Updates

March, 2024: Kaimosi Boys High School Well Complete!

We are excited to share that Kaimosi Boys High School in Kenya now has access to a new safe water source thanks to the completion of their borehole well! Students and staff are already using the well's flowing water, which will provide them with a reliable water source for all of their daily needs.

We installed new latrines and hand-washing stations while training students and staff on improved sanitation and hygiene practices. Together, these components will unlock the opportunity for these students to live better, healthier lives.

Ernest, a Kaimosi Boys High School student, shared how this waterpoint will impact his life. "New life has started through this water point; no more straining looking for water and queuing for [a] long time, wasting time and getting tired of carrying water for a long distance. This has ensured [there's] water access around the facility, which enables normal cleaning to be done on a daily basis. No more skipping bathing [or] washing clothes due to lack of enough water. This [will] generally improve the hygiene standards of the school."

Ernest celebrating clean water!

"Last term, I really faced sickness. For me to go home for medication, [when] we were almost doing exam[s], this was a bad omen for me. Through this facility, I can smile and have joy inside my heart for making [water] available for me. This will ensure that [I] am focusing on [my] talent of being a great musician and enlightening the society," gushed Ernest.

Teachers were just as excited as the students about the new well on campus.

Deputy Principal Owen Olukohe shared, "[I] am the longest [serving] teacher in this school. Through you, we have moved [up] another step, which has really enhanced good behavior among the students. [I] am able to teach the entire class without anybody absconding lessons. This has resulted [in] me being on time in terms of [the] syllabus coverage and also [the] school schedule runs smoothly."

Deputy Principal of Kaimosi Boys High School, Owen Olukohe.

"Our target is to achieve high performance to ensure that each student [enjoys a] conducive environment for learning. Through this, the entire school's hygiene standards will improve," continued Owen.

How We Got the Water Flowing

Parents, staff, and students all contributed to the well's success. After determining the best site for the well through a hydrogeological survey, we obtained approval and a license from the government to begin drilling.

To prepare, the school collected fine sand and water for cement-making. When everything was ready, our drill team and staff arrived at the school to begin work.

Groundbreaking ceremony.

Drilling commenced with excitement in the air. The team drove down a temporary casing to keep the walls from collapsing as the rig progressed. We continued drilling to reach a final depth of 66 meters with a final static water level of 62 meters.

The drilling process can take up to three consecutive days to complete due to the region's hard bedrock, so the drill team set up a camp where they could rest and refuel. The school's kitchen staff and parents helped provide meals for the team, while the school provided a safe place for tartisans'ns' accommodations and materials.

Once we reached the required depth, the team replaced the temporary casing with a permanent version and then bailed out the dirty water at the bottom of the well. The workers installed pipes, flushed them, tested the well's yield, and chlorinated the water.

Flushing the well.

After water treatment, we constructed a cement well pad to seal off the well from any ground-level contaminants. Tiles are installed beneath the spout to protect the cement from the erosive force of the water.

We also included a short drainage channel to carry spilled water away from the pump and prevent standing water. A soak pit absorbs runoff at the end of the drainage channel, further eliminating any stagnant water.

Installing the pump.

When the well pad was dry, we installed a new stainless steel AfriDev handpump and sampled the water for a quality test. The results showed this water was safe for drinking!

We officially handed over the new borehole to the school's students and teachers.

Students and staff celebrated the presence of clean water on campus. The event was an excellent chance to acknowledge the school administration and students as the primary parties entrusted with the tools we have given and remind them of our continued support as they develop. Happiness, thanksgiving, and appreciation were the order of the day, flowing in all directions.

VIP Latrines

Newly constructed latrines.

This project funded the installation of six new ventilated improved pit (VIP) latrines. These new latrines have cement floors designed to be easy to use and clean, locking doors for safety and privacy, and vents to keep air flowing up and out through the roof. With a well right on school property, there should be enough water to keep them clean.

Handwashing Stations

Learning proper handwashing techniques.

We set up two handwashing stations outside the latrines and handed them over to the newly formed student health club. Health club members will teach other students how to wash their hands at the stations properly, fill the stations with water, and ensure that there is always a cleaning agent available.

New Knowledge

We scheduled hygiene and sanitation training with the school's staff, who ensured that the training date would be convenient for pupils and teachers. When the training day arrived, facilitators Victor Musemi and Joel Otuya deployed to the site to lead the event. 25 students and teachers attended the training, which we held outside the school under a shade tree, as it was a bright day.

Training session.

We focused on personal, oral, and environmental hygiene; proper water handling; soap-making and the ten steps of hand-washing; the importance of primary health care; the prevention of teen pregnancy and COVID-19; child rights; the operation and maintenance of the pump well, latrines, and hand-washing stations; and leadership and governance. During the latter, the students elected their peers to lead their newly formed student health club.

The student health club members will encourage good health and hygiene practices amongst their peers, teachers, and the larger community. By the end of the training, each pupil understood their role in sustaining clean water and good health within their school community. They held an election within the student body to create the club.

The elected leaders of the Student Health Club and our field officer (far right).

Our field officer said the election of who would be a part of the student's health club was a fierce competition from the start! Everyone was eager to step into leadership roles to maintain their new well and hygiene standards. After a highly competitive race, student leaders were elected. Their zealous engagement shows their readiness to thrive with the new tools they've been given.

The training had excellent attendance, with student representatives from each student group. Soap-making was a huge hit! Not only did the students learn a new way to keep their homes and schools clean, but they were fascinated by the chemical reactions during each step. They were excited to share this new knowledge with the rest of their peers.


Ernest shared his excitement, "To me, this is the day God has made through you. Having learned matters concerning hygiene and sanitation, as young as I am, I will be able to foster cleanliness [in] this school throughout the remaining years to ensure we maintain high hygiene standards."


This project required a substantial collaboration between our staff, our in-country teams, and the community members. When an issue arises concerning the well, the students and teachers are equipped with the necessary skills to rectify the problem and ensure the water point works appropriately. However, if the issue is beyond their capabilities, they can contact their local field officers to assist them.

Also, we will continue to offer them unmatchable support as a part of our monitoring and maintenance program. We walk with each community, problem-solving together when facing functionality, seasonality, or water quality challenges. Together, all these components help us strive for enduring access to reliable, clean, and safe water for this community.

With your contribution, one more piece has been added to a large puzzle of water projects. In Kenya, Uganda, and Sierra Leone, we're working toward complete coverage. That means reliable, maintained water sources within a 30-minute round trip for each community, household, school, and health center. With this in mind, search through our upcoming projects to see which community you can help next!

Thank you for making all of this possible!

January, 2024: Kaimosi Boys High School Well Underway!

The lack of adequate water at Kaimosi Boys High School costs students time, energy, and health every single day. Clean water scarcity contributes to community instability and diminishes individuals’ personal progress.

But thanks to your recent generosity, things will soon improve here. We are now working to install a reliable water point and improve hygiene standards. We look forward to sharing inspiring news in the near future!

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Abundant water is often right under our feet! Beneath the Earth’s surface, rivers called aquifers flow through layers of sediment and rock, providing a constant supply of safe water. For borehole wells, we drill deep into the earth, allowing us to access this water which is naturally filtered and protected from sources of contamination at the surface level. First, we decide where to drill by surveying the area and determining where aquifers are likely to sit. To reach the underground water, our drill rigs plunge through meters (sometimes even hundreds of meters!) of soil, silt, rock, and more. Once the drill finds water, we build a well platform and attach a hand pump. If all goes as planned, the community is left with a safe, closed water source providing around five gallons of water per minute! Learn more here!


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