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The Water Project: Shipala Primary School Well Rehabilitation Project -
The Water Project: Shipala Primary School Well Rehabilitation Project -
The Water Project: Shipala Primary School Well Rehabilitation Project -
The Water Project: Shipala Primary School Well Rehabilitation Project -
The Water Project: Shipala Primary School Well Rehabilitation Project -
The Water Project: Shipala Primary School Well Rehabilitation Project -
The Water Project: Shipala Primary School Well Rehabilitation Project -
The Water Project: Shipala Primary School Well Rehabilitation Project -
The Water Project: Shipala Primary School Well Rehabilitation Project -
The Water Project: Shipala Primary School Well Rehabilitation Project -
The Water Project: Shipala Primary School Well Rehabilitation Project -
The Water Project: Shipala Primary School Well Rehabilitation Project -
The Water Project: Shipala Primary School Well Rehabilitation Project -
The Water Project: Shipala Primary School Well Rehabilitation Project -
The Water Project: Shipala Primary School Well Rehabilitation Project -
The Water Project: Shipala Primary School Well Rehabilitation Project -
The Water Project: Shipala Primary School Well Rehabilitation Project -
The Water Project: Shipala Primary School Well Rehabilitation Project -
The Water Project: Shipala Primary School Well Rehabilitation Project -
The Water Project: Shipala Primary School Well Rehabilitation Project -
The Water Project: Shipala Primary School Well Rehabilitation Project -
The Water Project: Shipala Primary School Well Rehabilitation Project -
The Water Project: Shipala Primary School Well Rehabilitation Project -
The Water Project: Shipala Primary School Well Rehabilitation Project -
The Water Project: Shipala Primary School Well Rehabilitation Project -
The Water Project: Shipala Primary School Well Rehabilitation Project -
The Water Project: Shipala Primary School Well Rehabilitation Project -
The Water Project: Shipala Primary School Well Rehabilitation Project -
The Water Project: Shipala Primary School Well Rehabilitation Project -
The Water Project: Shipala Primary School Well Rehabilitation Project -
The Water Project: Shipala Primary School Well Rehabilitation Project -
The Water Project: Shipala Primary School Well Rehabilitation Project -
The Water Project: Shipala Primary School Well Rehabilitation Project -
The Water Project: Shipala Primary School Well Rehabilitation Project -
The Water Project: Shipala Primary School Well Rehabilitation Project -
The Water Project: Shipala Primary School Well Rehabilitation Project -
The Water Project: Shipala Primary School Well Rehabilitation Project -
The Water Project: Shipala Primary School Well Rehabilitation Project -
The Water Project: Shipala Primary School Well Rehabilitation Project -
The Water Project: Shipala Primary School Well Rehabilitation Project -
The Water Project: Shipala Primary School Well Rehabilitation Project -
The Water Project: Shipala Primary School Well Rehabilitation Project -
The Water Project: Shipala Primary School Well Rehabilitation Project -
The Water Project: Shipala Primary School Well Rehabilitation Project -
The Water Project: Shipala Primary School Well Rehabilitation Project -
The Water Project: Shipala Primary School Well Rehabilitation Project -
The Water Project: Shipala Primary School Well Rehabilitation Project -
The Water Project: Shipala Primary School Well Rehabilitation Project -
The Water Project: Shipala Primary School Well Rehabilitation Project -
The Water Project: Shipala Primary School Well Rehabilitation Project -
The Water Project: Shipala Primary School Well Rehabilitation Project -
The Water Project: Shipala Primary School Well Rehabilitation Project -
The Water Project: Shipala Primary School Well Rehabilitation Project -
The Water Project: Shipala Primary School Well Rehabilitation Project -
The Water Project: Shipala Primary School Well Rehabilitation Project -
The Water Project: Shipala Primary School Well Rehabilitation Project -
The Water Project: Shipala Primary School Well Rehabilitation Project -
The Water Project: Shipala Primary School Well Rehabilitation Project -
The Water Project: Shipala Primary School Well Rehabilitation Project -
The Water Project: Shipala Primary School Well Rehabilitation Project -
The Water Project: Shipala Primary School Well Rehabilitation Project -
The Water Project: Shipala Primary School Well Rehabilitation Project -
The Water Project: Shipala Primary School Well Rehabilitation Project -

Project Status



Project Type:  Dug Well and Hand Pump

Regional Program: Western Kenya WaSH Program

Impact: 500 Served

Project Phase:  In Service - Sep 2016

Functionality Status:  Functional

Last Checkup: 07/17/2019

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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

Shipala Primary School is a public day school started in the year 1998 with sponsorship from the Catholic Church. The school is located in the middle of Shipala Village, surrounded by sugarcane and maize plantations. Grass-thatched houses dot this green landscape. Shipala Primary School now has an enrollment of 490 students and employs 16 teachers and three supplementary staff. There are no pupils from outside the village.

Every morning Monday to Friday, the pupils report to school with hopes of improving their futures. They carry along jerricans for fetching water once at school. Cleaning is done on a daily basis, with sweeping of classrooms and washing of latrines done each evening. A more thorough cleaning is done every Friday evening.

Water Situation

Kenya Finland Company installed a hand-dug well at the school in 1992. School leadership attests that the well has a high water level that never ceases to serve students and staff. However, the well pump is of Nira make, which is very difficult for students to use. They must work very hard for very little yield. Now, the pump doesn’t work at all. The well pad has also worn down, so the water inside is no longer protected. Cracks in the cover allow for surface runoff, waste, and other contaminants to flow back inside.

Students line up with their small containers to fetch water one by one, but what is the wait for? Lots of time is wasted fetching water at the old pump to get water that is not even safe to drink. After drinking, outbreaks of typhoid and diarrhea are always reported.

Sanitation Situation

There are 12 pit latrines that are cleaned every evening. They all have wooden doors for privacy, but the pit inside is not covered. This allows flies to enter and leave with contaminants, let alone allows for a terrible odor! There are no hand-washing stations anywhere on school grounds. Environmental hygiene seems to be priority at the sacrifice of students’ personal hygiene.

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. Students and staff need to be aware of how dirty hands are spreading illness.

A teacher at Shipala Primary, Mediatrix Nabwire has noticed this, saying, “The school does not observe proper hygiene and sanitation because they lack sanitation facilities such as hand-washing stations. No water treatment method is applied, hence outbreak of diarrhea and typhoid diseases in the school. This has led to poor performance in academics!”

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

We plan to reconstruct the well that Kenya Finland Company installed in 1992 so that it can again effectively serve the school. This well has a total depth of 11 meters and a static water level of 6.1 meters.

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 easy for student to use and parts for repair are easily acquired.

This will solve the problems shared by the head teacher during our visit: The pump is worn out and it takes a great amount of time for water to flow, therefore making it hard for the pupils to get water and still have time enough for their studies. The spare parts for the Nira pump aren’t found locally!

By the end of training and project implementation, Shipala Primary School will have a strong water user committee made up of parents and teachers who will oversee and maintain the rehabilitated well. They have a heart to ensure the well continues to serve generations to come. Without clean water and good health, education and opportunity cannot come first.

Project Updates


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

A year ago, generous donors helped rehabilitate a well for Shipala 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.


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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.


"We are so grateful about this training. The training has reminded us of a lot of things that we all ignore. We promised to practice proper hygiene and sanitation from the training."

Tom Butasi, Teacher

A Year Later: Shipala Primary School Well

October, 2017

“I have enough time to read and do my studies since I no longer have to go around searching for water from the unprotected sources.”

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A year ago, generous donors helped rehabilitate a well for Shipala 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.

What does it look like to unlock the potential of the students at Shipala Primary School? A big step in the right direction is making sure a lack of clean water isn’t keeping them out of the classroom. “I have enough time to read and do my studies since I no longer have to go around searching for water from the unprotected sources. Most of my health problems like stomach ache, typhoid and diarrhea have stopped troubling me. This is because of the rehabilitated project in our school.” These are the words of 15 year old student Lilian Adisa Ondeku. Wash officer Paul Weringa got to talk with Lilian when he visited the school recenly, checking on the condition of the well and seeing what changes a year of clean water have brought.

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Paul noted that, in addition to improved student health and student performance, the rehabilitated well has helped the school in another way. “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 hence allowing them to have more time for studies.”

Hygiene and sanitation teacher Shivambo Joshua Fred shared that, since the new well is outside the school compound, it has also improved the relationship between the school and the surrounding community. “Sharing the same source has helped the community members to relate and associate themselves with the activities run in school. Only a few challenges were experienced during the last dry spell where the water level went down, causing scramble for water between the pupils and the community members.”

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Mr. Fred’s comment about the dry season is a reality that we are facing in many locations of late. Through our regular monitoring visits to this site, 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. Paul and the rest of his team are talking with the school 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 Shipala Primary School Well Rehabilitation Project maintain access to safe, reliable water.

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