Friends School Mugomari

Planned Water Point
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Wells for Schools - Kenya

Latitude 0.22
Longitude 34.74

500 Served

Project Phase:  Canceled/Re-Allocated
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A new well is being constructed for the Friends School in Mugomari, Kenya.

Our implementing partner filed this initial report about the site:

Water Source

They get water from the “Shitumbola” spring
that is 3 ½ KM from the school and the water
is contaminated.  It is also an inadequate supply providing a limited quantity of water to the school population.
Being a day school, much valuable time is wasted as students walk back and forth during study time to fetch this water.

The school has a population of 236 students
15 teachers and 9 subordinate staff and next to a primary school which has 500
pupils. Together with the surrounding community, this well may serve up to 1,000 people.

and Sanitation

Despite lack of water the schools
environment is fair with enough latrine for the students. They have a compost
pit for litter and their dining hall is fairly kept.

Latest Update:

8/20/2010 – Sanitation and Hygiene Training Complete – Pictures Added

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01/20/2011: Friends School Mugomari Drilling Fails

What happens when good records of past mining are not kept by the government?  A community is devastated to learn, after hoping for a new well, that well drilling in their area will likely never produce water.

Recently, our implementing team drilled a new borehole for the Friends School in the community of Mugomari in Kenya.  Initially, the drill rig encountered some trouble blowing out the sediment as they worked.  While not a usual occurrence, they pressed on.  Initially, they found some water and were encouraged they could soon be readying a pump for the community.

But then something strange happened.  The water disappeared.  No one had pumped it out.  It simply vanished. 

The team called a local geologist back to the site and after some investigation is was determined that the village is likely above or near old mines of some kind.  The earth below them is fractured, with many on cracks that initially allowed the air from the drill bit to escape and later allowed the water to drain away.

The end result is a dry hole.  And while failed boreholes aren’t all that uncommon, the way this one failed was.

Our team will work with the community to determine if another type of water project, like rain catchment, may be more appropriate given these issues.

It’s disappointing for sure.  We hope with the community that a good solution to their water problem can still be found.

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Project Data

Project Type:  Borehole Well and Hand Pump
Location:  Near Kakamega, Kenya
ProjectID: 428
Install Date:  09/30/2010


20 individual donors
Northbridge High School
Carolyn Rhodebeck Water Challenge
Kol Ami Congregation
Public Service Academy - Clayton Valley High School
Cortiva Education
Mirabeau Chapel
First United Methodist Church - Albany

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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.