St Patricks Chemnoet Secondary School

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Wells for Kenya

Latitude 0.47
Longitude 35.06

350 Served

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This project is part of Bridge Water Project’s program in Western Kenya. What follows is direct from them, and has been edited for clarity: 

St. Patricks, Chemnoet Secondary School is a day and boarding mixed for both boys and girls which was started in 2002 by the Catholic church with the objective of eradicating illiteracy and reducing poverty in the region since it came to the church’s realization that there were a large number of boys and girls who couldn’t access secondary school education due to being left out during form one selection. Among many challenges, the school is in lack of sufficient and quality water supply. 


During the rainy season of March through late July the school harvests rain water from the roofs but when it doesn’t rain for 3 days the PVC reservoir tank runs dry, and then the issue disrupts the learning programmes in school. The school management tried to dig a hand dug well in the school compound but the water potential in the well is minimal, doesn’t meet the school’s water needs, and during the dry season it dries completely.  Thereafter, the school has to engage someone to fetch water using donkeys and at most he may only bring water for cooking whereas students have to walk 11/2km to fetch water for bathing and washing their school uniforms. 


The school has a population of 338 students, 13 teachers and 8 non teaching staff who will benefit from the water supply.


Sanitation and hygiene status of the entire school is not good since the pit latrines are extremely dirty. There are no hand washing points for both students and teachers. The habit of taking a bathe is irregular since water is not easily and quickly accessible.


With a drilled well in the school compound, students, teachers, the parish priest and the entire Chemnoet community will benefit from access to the source. 


There is already a School Infrastructure Committee (SIC) that is ready to manage the sufficient water supply when drilled.



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Recent Project Updates

09/06/2012: St Patricks handing over ceremony

Bridge Water Project have completed the handing over ceremony at St Patricks, which looks like it was a great event – baloons and all! 

From here, the community will be looking after the facility, but Bridge Water will be returning to ensure things are going smoothly over the coning months and years. 

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09/03/2012: Pump installed at St Patricks

The Afridev handpump has been installed at this site, and water is flowing. Details of the final stages of this implementation will be with us in a few days. Great news! 

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08/24/2012: Test pumping, pad construction, pump installation at St Patricks'

Bridge Water Project have been busy at St Patrick’s, test pumping the borehole, laying the cemented well pad and installing the hand pump. Excellent progress.   

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08/23/2012: Drilling underway at St Patrick's

Drilling is currently underway at St Patrick’s Chemnoet, and we’ll have further details of the progress in the coming days. 

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08/15/2012: Community education underway!

Hygiene and sanitation workshops are underway at the school, including sessions with both teachers and students. This is the initial stage of the project, and will be followed by the hardware phase in the coming weeks. 

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Monitoring Data

Project Type:  Borehole Well and Hand Pump
ProjectID: 495
Install Date:  09/06/2012

Monitoring Data
Water Point:
Last Visit: 02/26/2018

Visit History:
10/18/2012 — Functional
07/21/2015 — Functional
06/02/2016 — Functional
04/04/2017 — Functional
07/13/2017 — Functional
02/26/2018 — 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.