Musidi Primary School

Water Point
 Rehabilitation Project
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The Water Promise - Kenya

Latitude 0.41
Longitude 34.72

500 Served

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This project is part of Bridge Water Project’s program in Western Kenya. What follows is direct from them:


Musidi Primary school is a mixed day primary school started in the year 1953 by the sponsorship of Friends Church (Quakers) with an aim of eradicating illiteracy in the community where it serves. The school benefitted from the Kenya Finland Water Supply Programme with a drilled well in 1989, registration number C-8601. The well records a total depth of 40m with the water rest level 18m (RSL), well was cased with 4” UPVC casing, well pad constructed and an Affridev pump was installed which served the school up to 2013 then thereafter it broke down. Since then the school has attempted to repair it several time but in vain. As Bridge Water Project were on their daily duties at Navakholo, near Musidi Primary School, the head teacher of the school stormed us and requested the rehabilitation of their well to enable them access clean water.


The school currently fetches water from a spring protected river called Etenget situated 1km away from the school compound. The pathway to the river is surrounded by sugarcane plantation shambas in which it is risky for the pupils, especially the young girls.


The school has a population of 576: 281 boys and 282 girls, 10 teaching staff and 3 non teaching staff.

(Editor’s Note: While this many people may have access on any given day, realistically a single water source can only support a population of 350-500 people.  This community would be a good candidate for a second project in the future so adequate water is available. To learn more, click here.)


Musidi Primary school has permanent classrooms in which the floor are not plastered due to lack of funds; with this situation the floor is too dusty, in that case pupils end up coughing and having running noses every time especially during dry spells. The pupils carry water from their homes daily to sprinkle to the floor to cover up the dust and for the daily cooking of meals at school. There are 6 pit latrines: 2 for boys, 2 for girls and 2 for teachers, which are cleaned twice a week. There’s a kitchen where meals are prepared for class 8 pupils and teachers and a utensil rack for drying the utensils after use. A compost pit is available where litters are collected and dumped. There’s only one hand washing station for the teachers. The school has a Life straw Unit where water is poured to be purified with cups for drinking purposes. There are three cups for drinking. Sharing of cups poses risks of diseases such as Cholera, typhoid and diarrhea.


There’s need to rehabilitate the proposed Musid Primary school well to relieve the burden of pupils carrying water from their homes and also the dangers of passing through the sugarcane plantation. Access to clean water will improve the academic status in Musidi Primary school as no time will be wasted in going to fetch water. Their hygiene and sanitation standards that are aimed at improving their Health will be improved.


If the well is rehabilitated it will benefit the Musidi primary school pupils.


The school management committee (SMC) is active; they will be responsible for operation, maintenance and management of the water point to ensure its sustainability.

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Recent Project Updates

03/26/2015: Musidi Primary School Project Complete

We are excited to report that the project to rehabilitate a well for Musidi Primary School in Kenya is finished.  The report below from our partner in the field describes the work that was done in restoring the well and training the community:


In relation to the baseline carried out at Musidi Primary School, it was clear that the school was not in good condition of hygiene and sanitation practices. The results show that poor hand washing, open defecation, lack of water treatment methods and poor disposal of litter is practiced.

The training began by introductions between the facilitator and the pupils. There after the pupils were divided in five groups. In their respective groups they discussed the following;
a) Why is it important to use a latrine?
b) How can flies transmit diseases?
c) Why do some people not use a latrine?
d) What are the symptoms of a person suffering from diarrhea?
e) Why and when do we wash our hands?

Open defecation is a poor and dangerous practice to human health. Open defecation refers to the situation where by people defecate openly in their environment hence causing the spread of diseases like cholera, diarrhea, dysentery, typhoid among other diseases. In case of Musidi primary school, open defecation especially in sugar plantation is still practiced by few individuals who in one way have ignored the use of the latrines. This is because, according to a myth, they can’t use same latrine as their in-laws. Some are too lazy to build the latrines or lack knowledge to build latrines.
Poor hand washing was also done by the pupils of Musidi primary school. As hand washing demonstration went on, most pupils did not remember to use soap. As a matter of fact, the children did not remember to use soap because of ignorance and negative attitude towards hand washing. For example, according to them to use soap is a waste of time and it’s also expensive to buy. They learned that hand washing is done after critical moments: after latrine use, before and after handling food, before and after feeding babies, after changing babies diapers etc. They also learned that apart from soap they can use ash which is affordable.

In their respective groups the pupils discussed various ways of keeping water clean. From their groups they discussed that this is done by treating water before using and storing it in a clean, covered container. The various ways of treating water include, boiling, filtering, using water guard etc.


After hygiene and sanitation training at Musidi Primary School, the next activity was to construct the rehabilitated well. The construction team arrived at the site fully equipped. They started by hacking out the well pad, so as laying of the concrete and smooth plastering to take place. Pupils, teachers and community members assisted where necessary. They participated in cleaning up the well and construction work. Final finishing of plastering was done with cement to ensure the well is protected and this was done with keenness to avoid contamination of the well.


After curing of the well, the well was installed with an Affridev pump. Teachers and community member participated in the installation exercise. It was important to use stainless steel rods so as to avoid rusting that will contaminate the water.


The well was handed over to the teachers, pupils and community members immediately after the pump installation activity. A face of joy is what you could see in teachers, pupils and community members. They were happy now that they can access clean and safe water. They thanked the BWP team for giving them rest from the burden of everyday carrying water from their homes and walking through the sugar cane plantations to the river which was very risky especially to the young girls. Again it was time wasting in their academic work.

Don’t miss the pictures we just posted of the finished well and lots of smiling faces. Take a look, and Thank You for your help!

The Water Project : kenya4339-51-musidi-primary-school-handing-over

03/19/2015: Musidi Primary School Project Underway

We are very excited to report that, thanks to your willingness to help, Musidi Primary School in Kenya will soon have a new source of safe, clean water.  A broken well is being rehabilitated and the community will receive training in sanitation and hygiene.  Together these resources will go a long way toward stopping the spread of disease in the area.  We just posted an initial report from our partner in the field including information about the community, GPS coordinates and pictures.  

Take a look, and Thank You for your help!

The Water Project : kenya4339-04-musidi-primary-schoo-pupils

Monitoring Data

Project Type:  Dug Well and Hand Pump
ProjectID: 4339
Install Date:  03/24/2015

Monitoring Data
Water Point:
Last Visit: 02/26/2018
Well Depth:  40.00M

Visit History:
10/21/2015 — Functional
03/15/2016 — Functional
12/16/2016 — Functional
02/06/2017 — Functional
05/03/2017 — Functional
06/27/2017 — Needs Attention
09/04/2017 — Functional
02/26/2018 — Functional


Project Underwriter - In Memory - Brooke Powers Wilson
UBS Financial Services, Inc.
Jill and Rob Grellman family
4 individual donor(s)

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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.