St. Mary's Mumias Girls School Well

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Wells for Schools - Kenya

Latitude 0.33
Longitude 34.50

500 Served

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St. Mary’s Mumias Girls Secondary School near Kakamega, Kenya has been struggling to find a clean, safe and reliable source of water for some time.

Currently the school relies on water that is infrequently piped in (seen below).  This water is unpredictable and rarely enough to supply the 751 students and 61 staff members.  They have attempted to collect rainwater from the rooftops, but this too is unreliable and inadequate to meet their great need.  They most often resort to walking to a nearby stream to fetch water.  It is contaminated and drinking from it leads to many waterborne illnesses.

This new well will finally provide the compound with a reliable source of water and the infrastructure already in place can be fully utilized.  The flush toilets, currently unused without a source of water, will greatly improve sanitation and hygiene.

The school management committee will oversee the project.

Latest Update:
9/29/2010: Well Completed and handed over to the school

Our partner reported from the dedication ceremony (edited for clarity)…

“Today, the BWP staff in leadership of the General Manager went to hand over a well drilled in the school.

Despite the fact that the school was having a lot of activities going on, we managed to meet the students who acknowledged the efforts done by The Water Project for providing water to the school.

The girls said that since water was provided, a lot of time has been saved for them to concentrate on their class lessons and that they look forward to gain higher grades in their subjects.

They further expressed their joy when they said that they wish to do so.

Some of the workmen in the school said that a lot of money has been saved from buying water and now the money can be used to do other activities.

At the end of the handling over, they all wished a lot of blessings to The Water Project”

8/30/2010: Pump Installed – Pictures Added
7/19/2010: Drilling complete, Pump installation in process – Pictures added
7/14/2010: Added Sanitation and Hygiene Training Photos
7/12/2010: Drilling in Progress, Pictures Added

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Monitoring Data

Project Type:  Borehole Well and Hand Pump
Location:  Near Kakamega, Kenya
ProjectID: 422
Install Date:  09/29/2010

Monitoring Data
Water Point:
Last Visit: 04/24/2017
Well Depth:  75.00M

Visit History:
10/15/2012 — Functional
05/27/2015 — Functional
12/23/2015 — Functional
02/01/2016 — Needs Attention
05/26/2016 — Functional
09/14/2016 — Functional
09/25/2016 — Functional
12/07/2016 — Functional
03/28/2017 — Functional
04/24/2017 — 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.