Igunga Girls Secondary School

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Latitude 0.11
Longitude 34.72

500 Served

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This project is being undertaken by our partner Bridge Water Project, based in Kakamega, Western Kenya. This initial report is direct from them, edited for clarity.

The proposed project is at Igunga Girl’s Secondary School in Chavakali.


The school accesses water from Amatsi water project which supplies water in the area. The water supply is not reliable, often forcing the students to go and fetch water from the stream 1km from the school. There have been cases of water borne diseases like diarrhoea in the school.


The school has a population of 570 students, 24 teachers and 15 non- teaching staff. The primary school that will benefit from the water source has a population of 920 pupils ,15 teachers and 3 non – teaching  staff.


The school have improved their hygiene and sanitation conditions .The school has 10 latrines’ for the students. It has also a modern toilet block that is yet to be complete so when they get water it would really improve the conditions of the school hygienically. The compound is kept clean at all times.

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Recent Project Updates

02/13/2012: Water flowing at Igunga!

Bridge Water Project have completed installing the hardware at Igunga, and the well is now functioning. 

Great news! 

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02/06/2012: Igunga test pumped and pad constructed

The team working at Igunga school have test pumped the well, and constructed the concrete pad.  The concrete will now be covered and left to cure for around 7 days, after which the hand pump will be installed. This is great news!  

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01/30/2012: Drilling underway at Igunga Girls HIgh!

We’ve received an update from the field – our partner in Kakamega have sent us these photos showing drilling underway at Igunga. It’s great to see the team working hard and having success!

We’re expecting another update soon giving us the technical details, but for now this is just great news!

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01/24/2012: Igunga Community Education update

Bridge Water Project are now engaged in project activities at Igunga school. Hygiene and Sanitation are key topics that project staff are now working through with both staff and students at the school, to ensure that the project covers both hygiene and health messages as well as clean water provision.  


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Monitoring Data

Project Type:  Borehole Well and Hand Pump
ProjectID: 480
Install Date:  02/16/2012

Monitoring Data
Water Point:
Last Visit: 03/05/2018

Visit History:
10/10/2012 — Functional
07/09/2015 — Functional
11/03/2015 — Functional
04/28/2016 — Functional
09/16/2016 — Functional
04/03/2017 — Functional
04/21/2017 — Functional
09/18/2017 — Functional
03/05/2018 — Functional

Clean Water Equals Hope

October, 2015

“I felt like a super girl. When I got in the new school, the first thing I saw was a hand pump provided by The Water Project. Since I came to this school, my academic life has always been the best. I have time to study and am looking forward to be a doctor.”

Meet Abigail. A young girl from Kenya, now 18 years old, who had lost hope of pursuing her dreams until she had access to clean water.

Abigail was only 16 years old when she joined Igunga Girl’s Secondary School. She had come from a school in the neighboring county which did not have any source of reliable, clean water. “It was tough for me and other girls. We walked long distances in search of water hence we did not have time for studies. This killed my morale to pursue my goals and dreams.”

At one point, Abigail saw a member of parliament come to the school and thought he must be carrying good news. “I thought school management would consider seeking for the possible ways that would help us have a water source in school, but this could not happen anytime soon.”

Abigail did not see any help come from the member of the parliament. Instead, she started to plead her parents to take her to another school which had a clean water source in place.

“I was scared. I didn’t know what my future would be in a school with no water source.”

Her parents decided to transfer her to Igunga Girl’s Secondary School who, thanks to the partnership of The Water Project and Bridge Water Project, had a source of clean, safe and reliable water.

“I felt like a super girl. When I got in the new school, the first thing I saw was a hand pump provided by The Water Project. A good number of girls were pumping water joyfully.”

This well has greatly changed the life of Abigail and other girls in the community. “Since I came to this school, my academic life has always been the best. I have time to study and am looking forward to be a doctor,” says Abigail with a smile.

The school has since upgraded the well and now installed a submersible pump making it easier to fetch water since there are several water points around the school compound.

Besides performing well in school, Abigail has been tasked by the school to be in charge of hygiene and sanitation; a task she enjoys managing. Abigail has finally found the solution that will enable her to continue to chase her dreams.


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.