Project Status

Project Type:  Borehole Well and Hand Pump

Program: Wells for Schools - Kenya

Impact: 500 Served

Project Phase: 
Under Community Care
Initial Installation: Sep 2010

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Community Profile

A new well is being dug for this girls secondary school near Kakamega, Kenya.  This well will sever over 300 students, 50 staff members and the surrounding community.

Currently the school children collects water from a shallow, old hand dug well.  It is seasonal, meaning that it dries out at various times throughout the year.  Hand dug wells are also generally unprotected.  When possible the school collects rain water from roofs, but that too is insufficient to meet the needs of such a large school.  Many times they must simply walk to a dirty stream about 2km from the school to collect whatever water they can find.

A new well will finally meet the need for clean, safe and reliable water.

The school management committee will oversee the project.

Our implementing partner reported from the dedication ceremony...(unedited)

"The ceremony was attended by the Administration (Chief) office and the whole school at large. The students were happy and singing praise songs. The teachers too were happy with the water.

The water system was commissioned by the father in Charge of the school. The principal really thanked The Water Project for the support given to the school. She said that it has saved a lot of time for the girls to concentrate in class work. The priest said that water will be part of their strength to be proved right.

The Board of Governors chairman expressed gratitude by thanking God for the dream of water that has come true.
The deputy principal said that the slogan from the girls will change from NO WATER NO LEARNING to WITH WATER THERE WILL BE LEARNING. The Head girl  of the school thanked The Water Project saying that time has been saved from going out to look for water to concentrating on studies, she requested The Water Project to extend their help to other schools."

Lastest Update:

9/23/2010 - Well completed, Project Dedicated - Pictures and report added.
9/12/2010 - Drilling completed - Pump Installation completed - Pictures added
7/14/2010 - Added pictures of Sanitation and Hygiene Training
7/12/2010 - Drilling/Capping In Progress, Pictures Added

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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.


57 individual donors
Jessamine County Schools
Africa Unite
Klein Collins High School
Christ Community Church
Woodland Intermediate School
Indian Creek High School
FUMC of Forth Worth