Project Status

Project Type:  Borehole Well and Hand Pump

Program: Wells for Schools - Kenya

Impact: 500 Served

Project Phase:  In Service - Jun 2010

Functionality Status:  Functional

Last Checkup: 04/11/2024

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Community Profile

Update: 6/7/2010 - The Well is Complete

Update: 5/6/2010- Drilling is underway.  The first crew reached 12m of 60m and encountered hard rock they were unable to penetrate.  They will be hiring a larger rig to break through and then continue on.

The St. Philips Secondary school is a well run, well managed and
successful girls school is Western Kenya.  But their old hand dug well (seen below) has
been running dry.  It is simply not adequate to meet the needs of about
400 students.  To ensure this school and these girls can continue to lead their communities into a hopeful future, we've committed to help them secure a source of safe, clean and abundant water for years to come.

Today, these girls are fetching water from a contaminated stream about
4km away which is causing sickness, lost days from class and time lost
from study.

Our implementing partner has assessed the school, and have determined
they are ready for a new well project.  The have established a water
committee to oversee the project and have already begun hygiene and
sanitation training (seen below).

The local community of 200-300 additional people will benefit from this
project as well.

We're just getting started, check back soon!

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Abundant water is often right under our feet! Beneath the Earth’s surface, rivers called aquifers flow through layers of sediment and rock, providing a constant supply of safe water. For borehole wells, we drill deep into the earth, allowing us to access this water which is naturally filtered and protected from sources of contamination at the surface level. First, we decide where to drill by surveying the area and determining where aquifers are likely to sit. To reach the underground water, our drill rigs plunge through meters (sometimes even hundreds of meters!) of soil, silt, rock, and more. Once the drill finds water, we build a well platform and attach a hand pump. If all goes as planned, the community is left with a safe, closed water source providing around five gallons of water per minute! Learn more here!


5 individual donors
The Children's Place - Sourcing and Production Dept.
The Children's Place