Mutsuma Primary School

Water Point
 Rehabilitation Project
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The Water Promise - Kenya

Latitude 0.44
Longitude 34.74

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 (edited for clarity):


Mutsuma Primary School is a mixed day primary, started in the year 1947 under the sponsorship of Friends African Missions. The school was started as a result of the community interest, whereby people donated their land for education purposes. The school has a secondary school which was started by the community initiative. In the year 1987, the Kenya Finland (KEFINCO) drilled a borehole in the school with an aim of enabling the school to get access to clean and quality water and also to improve sanitation and hygiene conditions of the entire school and the surrounding community. The well records a total depth of 42M and its static water level (WRSL) is 23 M. It was developed and cased using 4” steel casings. The borehole was then installed a Nira pump which served well until 2012 when it failed to work after many trials of repairing. Since then, the school has experienced a difficult time to access clean and safe water. This is because, there are no spare parts found locally.

When the school management committee heard of BWP improving the existing water points in the region, they decided to make an application to BWP office requesting for rehabilitation of their school water point.


The school currently accesses water from Shinanyenze (ghost) spring which is protected and is 1.5 km away from the school compound. The water level of this spring, during long dry spells, diminishes radically, causing the pupils and community members to scramble to other areas to fetch water. During last dry season, the community members could not allow the pupils to access the water point because the water was inadequate.

Due to these challenges, the school is in a dire situation whereby the pupils are forced to carry water from their homes on daily basis. As a result, the pupils waste a lot of time out of class hence affecting their academic performance. No one guarantees the quality of water that pupils fetch from sources at such time of water scarcity.


Mutsuma primary school has a population of 500 pupils (270 girls and 230 boys), 16 teachers (7 men and 9 women) and 3 subordinate staff.


The school’s hygiene status of the school needs a close attention since the ratio of pupils to the toilets is low. 6 are for girls, 4 for boys and 2 latrines for teachers. The latrines are washed three times per week by the pupils

Even though the school has a teacher in charge of hygiene and sanitation, no hand washing practice is done both in primary.

There is a composite which is used for dumping litter.


If the proposed project is rehabilitated, the immediate beneficiaries will be Mutsuma primary school pupils, teachers and the entire community.


Water is needed for cleaning, drinking, cooking and tree planting (nursery beds).

There is need to rehabilitate Mutsuma primary well so that the hygiene and sanitation status to be improved with the availability of the water. Also the school may start economic generation activities such as tree nursery.

A water committee is already in place and requires capacity building which will be conducted by BWP on maintaining and sustaining the water point.

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Recent Project Updates

06/23/2015: Mutsuma Primary School Rehabilitation complete

We are so very excited to share with you that the Mutsuma Primary School Well Rehabilitation project is now complete!

Because of your help Mutsuma Primary School now has clean safe water.  As you can see the children joyful and grateful that the project has been completed. However, don’t forget to click on the Green ‘Read about the Community’ button to learn more about the entire process, which includes: hygiene and sanitation training, construction and handing over of project to the community to name a few. Also, you can click on the blue ‘See Photos & Video’ button to view images taken by our partners on the ground.

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06/02/2015: Mutsuma Primary School Project Underway

We are excited to announce that, thanks to your willingness to help, Mutsuma Primary School in Kenya will soon have a new source of safe, clean water. A broken well is being rehabilitated so that it is a reliable resource for the school and community, and training will be given in sanitation and hygiene. Together these resources will go a long way toward stopping the spread of disease in the area. We just posted a report from our partner in the field including information about the community, GPS coordinates, and pictures. We’ll keep you posted as the project continues.

Take a look, and Thank You for your help!

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Monitoring Data

Project Type:  Borehole Well and Hand Pump
ProjectID: 4344
Install Date:  06/10/2015

Monitoring Data
Water Point:
Needs Repair
Last Visit: 08/02/2017

We are actively working with this partner to resolve the issues in this community. The "last visit" date is not necessarily the date we were notified by the partner of any potential problems. Once informed of downtime, we work to respond quickly. We will update the project status when these issues are resolved.

Visit History:
11/18/2015 — Functional
03/18/2016 — Needs Attention
06/12/2016 — Functional
07/06/2016 — Functional
08/02/2016 — Functional
09/21/2016 — Needs Attention
01/12/2017 — Needs Attention
02/06/2017 — Needs Repair
04/12/2017 — Needs Repair
08/02/2017 — Needs Repair


William and Jean Hogwood
King David High School
Beach Middle School
Lamar High School
Kucera Family Foundation
United Church of Christ - Stanfordville NY
9 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.