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: 11/22/2022

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Community Profile

The Mukumu Girls School near Kakamega, Kenya has been struggling to find a reliable source of clean, safe water for some time.  This very large school serves 1,200 students and over 120 staff.  Finding enough water for everyone has proven very difficult and expensive, taking away both valuable time and resources.

Currently the school finds water from a spring nearby that is seasonal.  It dries out during the year.  They pump this water, when available, to a holding tank that is connected to taps (seen below).  When the water runs out, they collect water from the roof tops when it rains.  It is often not enough.

A new well should finally provide an adequate source of water for this entire school.  The money saved from steep electric bills, currently paid to pump water from the seasonal spring, will be re-invested into the school and will pay to maintain this new well far into the future.

The water will also help the school maintain a farm to feed the students and to support dairy cows as well.  It will be a great step forward for the entire community here.

When this well was completed and handed over the community our partner noted...

"The head girl Susan Nyanjala said that it was difficult as times to concentrate on studies because they would waste time going to look for water but she said with the current water they would improve on studies and they promised to keep the well clean."

The Deputy Principal gave a vote of thanks to Bridge Water and said the water source will impact on time for studies, will improve the mean grade Hygiene and  sanitation and the entire Health of the school.

The chairman said that as a Board they will add to the provided water system so that it serves the whole school well. We had a testimony from the Boarding Mistress who said it has been difficult to maintain cleanliness and personal hygiene but with the new  source she said it was really going to improve and  that she would spent less time in following the students."

Latest Update
9/13/2010 - Well Handed over to Community - Pictures and Reports Added
8/12/2010 - Pump Installation - Pictures Added
7/23/2010 - Drilling Complete - Pictures Added
7/14/2010 - Sanitation and Hygiene Training has Begun - Pictures added.
7/14/2010 - Drilling is Underway - 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.


27 individual donors
Mercy Extended
Samuel W. Shaw School
Grace Community Church
Covenant Christian Academy
Mount Olivet United Methodist
Aberdeen Reformed Church