Project Status

Project Type:  Borehole Well and Hand Pump

Program: Wells for Schools - Kenya

Impact: 500 Served

Project Phase: 
Community Managed
Implementing Partner Monitoring Data Unavailable
Initial Installation: Sep 2010

Project Features

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Community Profile

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

Project Updates

02/13/2018: New Intervention at Matende Girls' High School

The initial project at this school (seen in the reporting found on this page) is a display of our shared commitment to helping this school with first time water access. Equally as important to this school and The Water Project is providing ongoing support to make sure that water is reliable, day after day, year after year. This is why we monitor all our projects. Over time we’ve found that the water table has dropped in this area, limiting the intended benefit of this well. Though not common, this does happen from time to time.

Because of our commitment to this school (and the lasting impact that our supporters want to make), we’ve decided to construct a rainwater catchment tank that will store 50,000 liters of rainwater that’s chlorinated throughout the year. This is a proven solution within this specific region. To see that work, click here.

Project Photos

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.


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