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The Water Project: Mavusi Primary School Well Rehabilitation Project -
The Water Project: Mavusi Primary School Well Rehabilitation Project -
The Water Project: Mavusi Primary School Well Rehabilitation Project -
The Water Project: Mavusi Primary School Well Rehabilitation Project -
The Water Project: Mavusi Primary School Well Rehabilitation Project -
The Water Project: Mavusi Primary School Well Rehabilitation Project -
The Water Project: Mavusi Primary School Well Rehabilitation Project -
The Water Project: Mavusi Primary School Well Rehabilitation Project -
The Water Project: Mavusi Primary School Well Rehabilitation Project -
The Water Project: Mavusi Primary School Well Rehabilitation Project -
The Water Project: Mavusi Primary School Well Rehabilitation Project -
The Water Project: Mavusi Primary School Well Rehabilitation Project -
The Water Project: Mavusi Primary School Well Rehabilitation Project -
The Water Project: Mavusi Primary School Well Rehabilitation Project -
The Water Project: Mavusi Primary School Well Rehabilitation Project -
The Water Project: Mavusi Primary School Well Rehabilitation Project -
The Water Project: Mavusi Primary School Well Rehabilitation Project -
The Water Project: Mavusi Primary School Well Rehabilitation Project -
The Water Project: Mavusi Primary School Well Rehabilitation Project -
The Water Project: Mavusi Primary School Well Rehabilitation Project -
The Water Project: Mavusi Primary School Well Rehabilitation Project -
The Water Project: Mavusi Primary School Well Rehabilitation Project -
The Water Project: Mavusi Primary School Well Rehabilitation Project -
The Water Project: Mavusi Primary School Well Rehabilitation Project -
The Water Project: Mavusi Primary School Well Rehabilitation Project -
The Water Project: Mavusi Primary School Well Rehabilitation Project -
The Water Project: Mavusi Primary School Well Rehabilitation Project -
The Water Project: Mavusi Primary School Well Rehabilitation Project -
The Water Project: Mavusi Primary School Well Rehabilitation Project -
The Water Project: Mavusi Primary School Well Rehabilitation Project -
The Water Project: Mavusi Primary School Well Rehabilitation Project -
The Water Project: Mavusi Primary School Well Rehabilitation Project -
The Water Project: Mavusi Primary School Well Rehabilitation Project -
The Water Project: Mavusi Primary School Well Rehabilitation Project -
The Water Project: Mavusi Primary School Well Rehabilitation Project -
The Water Project: Mavusi Primary School Well Rehabilitation Project -
The Water Project: Mavusi Primary School Well Rehabilitation Project -
The Water Project: Mavusi Primary School Well Rehabilitation Project -
The Water Project: Mavusi Primary School Well Rehabilitation Project -
The Water Project: Mavusi Primary School Well Rehabilitation Project -
The Water Project: Mavusi Primary School Well Rehabilitation Project -
The Water Project: Mavusi Primary School Well Rehabilitation Project -
The Water Project: Mavusi Primary School Well Rehabilitation Project -
The Water Project: Mavusi Primary School Well Rehabilitation Project -
The Water Project: Mavusi Primary School Well Rehabilitation Project -
The Water Project: Mavusi Primary School Well Rehabilitation Project -
The Water Project: Mavusi Primary School Well Rehabilitation Project -
The Water Project: Mavusi Primary School Well Rehabilitation Project -
The Water Project: Mavusi Primary School Well Rehabilitation Project -
The Water Project: Mavusi Primary School Well Rehabilitation Project -
The Water Project: Mavusi Primary School Well Rehabilitation Project -
The Water Project: Mavusi Primary School Well Rehabilitation Project -
The Water Project: Mavusi Primary School Well Rehabilitation Project -
The Water Project: Mavusi Primary School Well Rehabilitation Project -
The Water Project: Mavusi Primary School Well Rehabilitation Project -
The Water Project: Mavusi Primary School Well Rehabilitation Project -
The Water Project: Mavusi Primary School Well Rehabilitation Project -
The Water Project: Mavusi Primary School Well Rehabilitation Project -
The Water Project: Mavusi Primary School Well Rehabilitation Project -
The Water Project: Mavusi Primary School Well Rehabilitation Project -
The Water Project: Mavusi Primary School Well Rehabilitation Project -
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Project Status



Project Type:  Dug Well and Hand Pump

Regional Program: Western Kenya WaSH Program

Impact: 500 Served

Project Phase:  In Service - Aug 2016

Functionality Status:  Water Flowing - Needs Attention

Last Checkup: 10/11/2019

Project Features


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Community Profile

This project is a part of our shared program with Safe Water and Sustainable Hygiene Initiative (SAWASHI). Our team is pleased to directly share the below report (edited for clarity, as needed).

Welcome to the School

Mavusi Primary School is a day school located in Kakamega County, Malava Sub-County, Mavusi Village. The school was started with the aim of eradicating poverty in Mavusi Village. The inhabitants of this community are peasant farmers who depend on their crop production to make a living. Even with the products harvested from their small farms, life is still a struggle for these farmers. Parents have no choice but to work even harder and longer to make the ends meet. Most families in this community live a “hand to mouth” lifestyle. This means that they do not have enough money to save, but must use what they have right away. The community doesn’t know anything about family planning, with most families having five children or more.

The school enrolls a total of 602 students, comprised of 281 boys and 321 girls. It employs 17 teachers and three supplementary 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 school and their community would be a good candidate for a second project in the future so adequate water is available. To learn more, click here.) Every morning Monday to Friday, the pupils report to Mavusi Primary School with the hope of a better future. Apart from daily classes, the school also offers extracurricular sports.

Water Situation

In 1992, Kenya Finland Company installed a hand-dug well within the school compound. This well was fitted with a Nira pump which has since broken down. It’s very difficult for the students to use, and is unreliable and hard to repair. The well pad is also cracked and open to contamination from surface runoff and student activity. Students bring their own plastic containers which they use to fetch water for drinking, cooking, and cleaning. The well’s water is consumed with no knowledge of treatment such as boiling to ensure its safety. After drinking, cases of waterborne disease are often reported, and students must stay home until healthy enough for class.

Sanitation Situation

Sanitation at the school is passable. There are 12 pit latrines, the majority of them new. However, the school has no hand-washing stations. Garbage is piled away from classrooms on school grounds, and burned when there it gets too high.

The school sent in an application appealing for well rehabilitation, and after a visit to the well, we agreed that we should meet this need.

Plans: Hygiene and Sanitation Training

Teachers and students will be trained for two days at the school compound. The facilitator will use the CHAST (Children’s Hygiene and Sanitation Training) method to help students discern between good and bad hygiene habits. Students will be taught how disease is spread at home and at school, and how to prevent this. An entire session will be devoted to teaching students when to wash hands and how to do it properly.

Plans: Hand-Washing Stations

Two hand-washing stations will be delivered to the school so that students can wash their hands after using the latrine and before eating. The school will make sure that these are filled with water and that a cleaning agent is always available.

Plans: Well Rehabilitation

The well is a hand-dug well fitted with culvert lining and a Nira pump, which does not function properly. At the time of our visit, the well had a total depth of 12 meters and a static water level of 5.3 meters. The well pad has worn-out edges and a cracked lining.

The rehabilitation process will include material collection, pad reconstruction, flushing, test pumping, water quality testing, water treatment, and then pump installation. The new pump will be an AfriDev, since it is easier for student to use and parts for repair are easily acquired.

The headteacher said that his school has a huge need for water and hygiene improvements. With this assistance, he believes that the academic performance of this school will improve. Students will no longer have to waste extra time pumping water that isn’t even safe for drinking. If the health of pupils can be improved, learning will also improve.

Project Updates


11/15/2017: A Year Later: Mavusi Primary School

A year ago, generous donors helped rehabilitate a well for Mavusi Primary School in Kenya. Because of these gifts and our monthly donors, partners are able to visit project sites throughout the year, strengthening relationships with communities and evaluating the actual water project. These consistent visits allow us to learn vital lessons and hear amazing stories – we’re excited to share this one with you.


The Water Project : 4531-yar-2


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Project Type

Dug Well and Hand Pump

Hand-dug wells are best suited for clay, sand, gravel and mixed soil ground formations. A large diameter well is dug by hand, and then lined with either bricks or concrete to prevent contamination and collapse of the well. Once a water table is hit, the well is capped and a hand-pump is installed – creating a complete and enclosed water system.


A Year Later: Mavusi Primary School

October, 2017

“When am thirsty, I easily come to the source and drink water. We are now able to wash our plates after eating lunch in school. We are able to clean our classrooms and latrines every morning.”

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A year ago, generous donors helped rehabilitate a well for Mavusi Primary School in Kenya. Because of these gifts and our monthly donors, partners are able to visit project sites throughout the year, strengthening relationships with communities and evaluating the actual water project. These consistent visits allow us to learn vital lessons and hear amazing stories – we’re excited to share this one with you.

Shadrack Maleli, a 10 year old student at Mavusi Primary School, is excited about the changes the rehabilitated pump have brought. “When am thirsty, I easily come to the source and drink water. We are now able to wash our plates after eating lunch in school. We are able to clean our classrooms and latrines every morning.” Clean, safe water nearby means clean, safe students reaching unlocked potential!

4531 YAR 2

WASH officer Paul Weringa recently visited Mavusi Primary school and noticed some of the same things. “Since the project was rehabilitated, the school has been able to improve in the academic performance. The pupils have enough time in their classrooms with their teachers and therefore much is done in terms of studies and syllabus coverage. The school is able to host other schools for games and other activities. The availability of water in school has also enabled the school to stabilize their lunch program where the standard seven and eight eat lunch in school.”

4531 YAR 3

We are thrilled to hear of these great steps forward! But challenges still exist for this school. Through our regular monitoring visits to this site and conversations with the school staff, we have learned that this well can experience a lower yield during during the long periods between Kenyan rainy seasons, sometimes lasting 2-4 months. Extreme, longer dry seasons are proving to be a challenge to all water points in this part of Kenya, and we are working out solutions with our teams.

Hygiene and sanitation teacher Steven Maina shared, “During dry seasons, we were forced to regulate the usage of water especially during the day to allow everyone to access water.” Paul and the rest of his team are talking with Timbito about how this well can be further developed into a reliable source all year long.

Challenges like this are why we are so committed to monitoring all of the water sources we install. The work is far from done, but with the support of our monthly donors, we are learning more every day! Read more about our program and how you can help.


Navigating through intense dry spells, performing preventative maintenance, conducting quality repairs when needed and continuing to assist community leaders to manage water points are all normal parts of keeping projects sustainable. The Water Promise community supports ongoing sustainability programs that help Mavusi Primary School Well Rehabilitation Project maintain access to safe, reliable water.

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Contributors

First Congregational Church of Chatham
Union Presbyterian Church
St. Malachy School
3 individual donor(s)