Project Status

Project Type:  Borehole Well and Hand Pump

Program: Wells for Kenya

Impact: 0 Served

Project Phase:  In Service - Feb 2012

Functionality Status:  Functional

Last Checkup: 07/27/2023

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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 proposed project is a Secondary school.  The environment of this school is very dry. The current water source for the school is a hand dug well that is shallow - during the dry season it dries up. There is a primary school neighbouring and a church next to it.

The community will greatly be helped if water will be drilled to this school.


The School currently accesses water from a hand dug well in the school which is shallow such that during the dry seasons it dries up forcing the students to walk long distances in search of water hence interfering with their progress at school. The water from the river is turbid and cannot be considered safe. 


The school has a population of 180 students, 9 teachers and 5 non-teaching staff. There is a primary school with a population of 600 pupils, 15 teachers and 5 non teaching staff.


The hygiene and sanitation condition of this school is challenging.The school has 6 toilets for boys and 4 for girls and they are cleaned up by the students on a daily basis. There is no hand washing practice at the school.



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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.