Project Status

Project Type:  Borehole Well and Hand Pump

Program: Wells for Kenya

Impact: 350 Served

Project Phase: 
Under Community Care
Initial Installation: Sep 2012

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Community Profile

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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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.