Matende Girls Secondary School

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Wells for Schools - Kenya

Latitude 0.26
Longitude 34.75

500 Served

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Recently, our team in Kenya selected the specific site for this school well project.

The Matende Girls Secondary School is located near Kakamega, Kenya in Western Province.  This school serves hundreds of students, but today lacks access to clean, safe water.

Currently the girls draw water from a local stream.  When it does rain, the school also collect some rain in the tank pictured below.  These sources are neither adequate or safe.

But good news is ahead for Matende!  We have begun the mobilization and construction phases of this water project.

Monies have been wired to our field partners and they will begin work soon.  The first phase of the project will include sanitation and hygiene training and discussions with the school’s staff regarding long term care and maintenance of the well.  These initial steps are critical to ensuring the water project at Matende lasts a very long time.

After that is completed, the well crew will begin digging.

We will update this page with GPS coordinates, regular photo updates and stories about the project as they come in.

Thanks again for being part of this incredible work!

Our implementing reported from the dedication ceremony…(unedited)

“The Headmistress of Matende secondary school was very
pleased for the water project for providing water for the school. She also
appreciated Bridge Water Project for the great support towards the school
water. She said the water will help the students and the neighbouring primary school.

They had been suffering very much looking  for water but now they are safe and the
school has improved its sanitation and the students hygiene has gone up.”

Latest Update:

9/24/2010 – Well completed, Project Dedicated – Pictures and Report Added
9/21/2010 – Pump Attached – Pictures Added
8/26/2010 – Drilling Underway – Pictures Added
8/26/2010 – Sanitation and Hygiene Training – Pictures Added

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Monitoring Data

Project Type:  Borehole Well and Hand Pump
Location:  Near Kakamega, Kenya
ProjectID: 447
Install Date:  09/24/2010

Monitoring Data
Water Point:
Needs Attention
Last Visit: 04/08/2016
Well Depth:  75.00M

Visit History:
10/01/2012 — Functional
05/20/2015 — Functional
10/29/2015 — Needs Repair
03/21/2016 — Needs Repair
04/08/2016 — Needs Attention


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.