Project Status

Project Type:  Borehole Well and Hand Pump

Program: Wells for Schools - Kenya

Impact: 500 Served

Project Phase:  In Service - Sep 2010

Functionality Status:  Functional

Last Checkup: 04/11/2024

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Community Profile

A new well is being dug for this primary school in Western Kenya.

Currently the school relies on a couple of different, insufficient and unreliable sources of water.  Rain water is captured when possible, but it is unpredictable and seasonal.  Many times of the year, the students are forced to gather water from a stream about 3km from the school (seen below).

This new well will serve 614 students, 23 staff and the nearby community.  The water will be sufficient to meet the drinking, cooking and even farming needs of this school.

A water committee will be formed within the school management to oversee the project.

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

"It was a great day at BULOVI PRIMARY SCHOOL when the BWP staff went to hand over and celebrate the World Peace Day in the school. The celebration was officially opened by a word of prayer by a pastor of the church sponsoring the school.

On commemorating the WORLD PEACE DAY, the prayer that everyone prayed was 'OUR FATHER AT HEAVEN, LET THERE BE PEACE ON EARTH, AND LET IT BEGIN WITH ME'.

The pupils expressed their happiness by dancing and clapping as they enjoyed the clean water provided in the school. It was noted that time wastage had been dealt with since water was provided and pupils were now concentrating in their class lessons.

Looking at the hygiene and sanitation in school, pupils were smart with happy faces. The general cleanliness of the school was good.

Mr. TALI, the school headmaster thanked The Water Project for sponsoring the school with clean and safe water. He promised that the committee in-charge of the water system will be effective to make sure that the water system will be safe."

This project was dedicated as part of The Water Project's celebration of Peace Day 2010.

“The Water Project is pleased to be a part of the Peace One Day
initiative by bringing light to what we believe is a fundamental
component of peaceful development – access to clean, safe drinking
water. Water is essential to life and when it becomes scarce, or one
group of people has greater access than another, conflict often results.
By working with local communities to build out the infrastructure
needed to provide safe water to all, we hope our efforts also help build
toward peace.”
- Peter Chasse, Founder, The Water Project, Inc.

Last Update:
9/22/2010: Project completed and handed over pictures and report posted
9/21/2010: Pumped attached, Pictures Added
8/12/2010: Well Pad Prep, Pictures Added
7/23/2010: Drilling Complete, Pictures Added
7/12/2010: Drilling in Progress, Pictures Added

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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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