Mukumu Girls School Well

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Wells for Schools - Kenya

Latitude 0.22
Longitude 34.77

500 Served

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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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Monitoring Data

Project Type:  Borehole Well and Hand Pump
Location:  Near Kakamega, Kenya
ProjectID: 421
Install Date:  09/13/2010

Monitoring Data
Water Point:
Last Visit: 03/23/2018
Well Depth:  50.00M

Visit History:
10/11/2012 — Functional
05/20/2015 — Functional
12/18/2015 — Functional
03/21/2016 — Needs Attention
06/26/2016 — Functional
08/01/2016 — Functional
12/09/2016 — Functional
04/04/2017 — Needs Attention
07/14/2017 — Functional
03/23/2018 — Functional


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

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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.