Bushiangale Technical Institute

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Wells for Kenya

Latitude 0.19
Longitude 34.68

500 Served

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Stories and Community Profile

This project is being undertaken by our partner Bridge Water Project, in Kakamega Kenya. This initial report has been edited for clarity. 


The proposed project is  at a training institute that upgrades skills for youth polytechnic graduates, instructors and managers.  This community has a big problem in terms of water since the local sources are unreliable and contaminated. Students from this community are forced to walk long distances looking for water. This as a result, wastes a lot of time to them and have no time for studies.


The institute currently accesses their water from rainwater harvesting tanks. Most of these tanks leak. During dry seasons, they are forced to go to the stream to collect their water for use. The spring has a problem of low recharge of water and contamination. Due to the problems encountered, there has been a problem of diarrhoea and typhoid.


The institute has a population of 580 students and 25 tutors. There is a secondary school with 820 students and the community around that would benefit greatly from the well. 


The hygiene and sanitation condition in the institute is fair. At least every student has the required hygiene and sanitation facilities. The community requires to be sensitised on how to handle clean water since they will be the majority users of water. 

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Recent Project Updates

02/13/2012: Water flowing at Bushiangale!

Our partners in Kenya Bridge Water Project have completed the installation of the project hardware at Bushiangale and water is now flowing. This follows on from the flushing, test pumping, pad construction and Afridev hand pump installation, and marks the end of the hardware stage of this project. 

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01/31/2012: Well drilling complete at Bushiangale

Following on from the community education team, the drill team from Bridge Water Project have completed the drilling of the borehole and also managed to flush. This prepares the new source for test pumping, which will determine the yield of the well. Great news, as everything is progressing on schedule!  

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01/24/2012: Bushiangale Hygiene Promotion sessions

Bridge Water Project have begun the hygiene and sanitation sessions with the staff and students at Bushiangale.  

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Monitoring Data

Project Type:  Borehole Well and Hand Pump
Location:  Western Kenya
ProjectID: 481
Install Date:  02/16/2012

Monitoring Data
Water Point:
Last Visit: 02/28/2018

Visit History:
10/12/2012 — Functional
05/20/2015 — Functional
08/01/2016 — Functional
12/13/2016 — Functional
03/09/2017 — Needs Attention
07/18/2017 — Functional
02/28/2018 — 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.