Eshikalame Primary School Water Project

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Well Rehab in Kenya

Latitude 0.26
Longitude 34.46

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: 


Eshikalame Primary School is a day mixed public school started in early 1958. The school begins from nursery to standard eight. On 15th August 1984, the school benefited from Kenya Finland Company Western Rural Water Supply Programme (KEFINCO) who drilled a borehole No. C-5735 of total depth 45m, ground water level 12.91m, the yield is 0.74m3/h was recorded during the borehole development (source of information from data base at the ministry of water Kakamega office). The Indian Mark II pump was installed on 3rd May 1985 which served very well till the year 2007 and broke down hence not being possible for the school to repair since spares are rare. The school committee sought for some assistance from another organization called KWAHO whom they thought could repair or provide another pump but instead the KWAHO people came, took the Mark II pump and never managed to repair and didn’t return the faulty Mark II Pump.


The school currently goes for water from the stream called Mwaloobe located 1/2km from the school compound in the valleys and the quality of water is not good. Turbidity value of water from the stream is 80 below the recommended standards of the World Health Organization (WHO).


The school has a population of 1,237 pupils, 18 teachers and 5 non teaching staff who will directly benefit from the water supply if rehabilitated.


The sanitation and hygiene status of the school is poor since toilets are not cleaned on regular basis. There is no hand washing point in the schools for neither the teachers nor the pupils. 


The pupils of Eshikalame Primary School, their teachers and the community are the direct beneficiaries of the well.


The Bridge Water Project has seen the need to clean the borehole and install an Afridev pump so as to bring it back in use since the current water source for the school and community is unsafe and also the borehole itself is a big investment which should not be left to lay a waste.


The school in collaboration with BWP has already established a water committee which comprises of teaching staff, sanitary prefects and School Infrastructure Committee members (SIC) who will be responsible for water supply maintenance.


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08/23/2012: Eshikalame Project complete!

All hardware components of this project have been completed, and the project has been officially handed back to the community for on going management and maintenance. Overall an excellent project, and we look forward to hearing about how things are going when staff return to the site in the next few months. 

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08/15/2012: Hygiene Promotion underway at Eshikalame

Students and teachers at Eshikalame School have been taking part in hygiene and sanitation sessions as the first stage of this project. Good news! 

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Monitoring Data

Project Type:  Well Rehab
ProjectID: 498
Install Date:  08/23/2012

Monitoring Data
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Last Visit: 03/31/2017

Visit History:
10/15/2012 — Functional
05/27/2015 — Functional
11/06/2015 — Needs Repair
01/23/2016 — Needs Attention
07/18/2016 — Functional
11/22/2016 — Functional
12/04/2016 — Functional
02/24/2017 — Functional
03/29/2017 — Functional
03/31/2017 — Functional


31 individual donors
Dong Ha Kim
Seung Yoon Woo
So Jung Lee
Seun Woo Kim
Hye Eun Kim
Soo Min Oh
Ah Jin Kim
Do Hoon Lee
Hwa Yeon Han
Ji Eon Kim
Chae Won Lee
Soo Yeon Kim
Jung Min Kim
Dong Jae Lee
Joo Hyun Ha
Min Jun Kim
Seung Min Jeun
Hyun Ji Um
Ye Lim Lee
Seung Hyuk Choi
Seo Hyun Kim
Hae Na Byun
Se Hyun Park
Eun Bin Bae
Yoon Jin Bae
Soo Bin Yoon
Seung Hoon Ha
Seo Yoon Yeo
Ji Eun Lee
Eun Kyung Park
Won Seo Yang
Na Hee Kim
Celina Park
Ja Ee Son
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K & S Rolloff, Inc.
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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.