Project Status

Project Type:  Borehole Well and Hand Pump

Program: Wells for Kenya

Impact: 500 Served

Project Phase:  In Service - Feb 2012

Functionality Status:  Functional

Last Checkup: 04/26/2023

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Community Profile

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 project that is proposed is a secondary school which is located in Kakamega East district. The school’s environment is very hot and dry. During an interview with one of the school teachers, he said that due to lack of water in the school, many activities such as hosting school games, seminars and other activities cannot be done.

The school has a large piece of land that can be used for gardening, but it’s not possible to plant vegetables because there is no water for irrigation. It’s therefore forced to buy vegetables on daily basis to cater for the student’s lunch. This becomes very expensive and therefore strenuous for the school. It is hoped that the presence of a local water source will also enable the school to plant vegetables for the canteen.  


The school accesses water from Shichendiroba stream which is a half a km away from the school. The water from the stream is turbid, and there have been cases of typhoid and cholera in the community. The stream is seasonal and does not produce enough water leading to long queuing.  Students of the school and the local community currently consume the water directly without treatment. 


The school has a population of 264 students, 13 teachers and 7 support staff. Magale Primary School is also next to the site, and has 1000 pupils. The community surrounding the school has a population of 300-500 people.


The school has eight latrines (4 for girls and 4 for boys).  The latrines are cleaned by the students on a daily basis but the condition is not ideal due to the number of students using the facilities everyday.  There is no hand washing in the school due to lack of water.


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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.