Butere Girls High School

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Wells for Kenya

Latitude 0.24
Longitude 34.49

500 Served

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A new well is being dug for a Girls High School in Western Kenya.

This very large school has had multiple water systems in the past, none
of which has proven reliable.  At one point they had access to piped
water, but that has since gone dry.  There is simply too little supply in and
around Butere anymore.  The school attempts to collect rain water when
available, but it is far too little to serve the nearly 1,200 students
and 120 staff members.   Many times, they simply have to send the girls
to a nearby stream that is unsafe and dirty.

As you can imagine, proper sanitation and hygiene is essential at a
school, especially a girls school.  Having ready access to reliable
water will allow the infrastructure in place at the school (some toilets
and a shower) to once again be usable.  The tanks which now sit empty
(seen below) will once again be full of clean, safe water.  This will
have a huge impact.

By re-establishing this school’s water source, these girls will have a
far greater chance to succeed and help their own communities continue to
grow out of poverty.

Latest Update:
9/8/2010 – Well Complete – Report and Pictures Added
7/20/2010 – Drilling in Process – Pictures Added
7/19/2010 – Community Education in Process – Picture Added

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Butere Girls High School Well Completed


The water project at the Butere Girls High School in Kakamega, Kenya has been completed. It will serve over 1,200 students and 120 staff members.

Our implementing partner wrote of the dedication ceremony… (edited for clarity)

“The handing over ceremony at Butere Girls school was very colorful as you can see from the photos. We did the handing over while Board of Governors had a meeting in school.

The Anglican priest read from the book of Exodus 1:13 about the importance of water to human life.

The Head-mistress thanked Bridge Water Project for the water supply in the school. She was very grateful that now the students will be clean and they will concentrate on studies and she expects that the results will improve. She said that she expects the relationship between Bridge and the school to continue.

One student also thanked us for the water and promised that their standards (grades) will improve since they now have water available at their school. They will try hard in their studies to excel.

The District Officer of Butere thanked Bridge Water that the water given to the school is a gift of life to the students and the entire school fraternity and the community. He encouraged the students that hard work and discipline in their education is an investment in their future. The entire community of Butere were very thankful to the donors of The Water Project for what wonderful work they are doing to save the lives of millions of people by providing safe drinking water.”

Monitoring Data

Project Type:  Borehole Well and Hand Pump
Location:  Butere Township, Western Kenya
ProjectID: 418
Install Date:  07/15/2010

Monitoring Data
Water Point:
Last Visit: 03/14/2018

Visit History:
10/13/2012 — Functional
05/15/2015 — Functional
01/22/2016 — Needs Attention
12/06/2016 — Functional
03/27/2017 — Functional
04/25/2017 — Functional
07/28/2017 — Functional
03/14/2018 — 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.