Magalle PAG Secondary School

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Latitude 0.39
Longitude 34.91

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 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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Recent Project Updates

02/13/2012: Pad constructed, well installed at Magale

The concrete pad has been constructed and been given time to cure, and the team have returned to the site to install the hand pump. Tis brings to an end the hardware phase of this project, and water is now flowing at Magale school well!  

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02/06/2012: Magale borehole cased and flushed

We’ve been in touch with Bridge Water Project and they’ve told us that the borehole at Magale has now been cased flushed. The next step is to test pump the borehole and ascertain the yield, before constrcuting the pad and installing the pump. Things are moving! 

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01/31/2012: Drilling started at Magale!

Bridge Water Project have mobilised equipment to the well site and started drilling! 

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01/24/2012: Magale Community Hygiene Promotion underway

Bridge Water Project have started the process of community education at Magale. Both the children and the staff are engaged in a hygiene promotion program, including workshops and focus group discussions about key health, hygiene and sanitation themes. 


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Monitoring Data

Project Type:  Borehole Well and Hand Pump
Location:  Western Kenya
ProjectID: 482
Install Date:  02/16/2012

Monitoring Data
Water Point:
Last Visit: 08/04/2017

Visit History:
10/02/2012 — Functional
05/20/2015 — Needs Attention
10/30/2015 — Functional
04/27/2016 — Needs Repair
05/06/2016 — Functional
09/15/2016 — Functional
01/31/2017 — Functional
04/27/2017 — Functional
08/04/2017 — 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.