Project Status

Project Type:  Well Rehab

Program: Well Rehab in Kenya

Impact: 500 Served

Project Phase:  In Service - Dec 2012

Functionality Status:  Functional

Last Checkup: 01/17/2024

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Community Profile

This project is part of Bridge Water Project's program in Western Kenya. What follows is direct from them, edited for clarity:


The proposed rehab water project for Epanja primary school is a hand dung well done by Kenya finland company (KEFINCO) as a rural water supply program in the year 1989. A NIRA pump was installed, which served for a long time but it eventually wore and spare parts are not available. The pump was then stolen by unknown people leaving the school helpless and going to fetch water from the un-protected springs.   


The current water source of this school is a stream which is 2km away and its water is contaminated.


The school has a population of 485 pupils at primary section and 112 Nursery schools (E.C.D) pupils, 16 teachers, 2 cooks and 1 day and night guard. 


The hygiene and sanitation status of the school is good. They have enough latrines pit for both teachers and pupils which are washed on daily basis before use early in the morning. Classrooms are washed twice per week, and rubbish pit is present. The school kitchen is clean where 10 o’clock tea for teachers is prepared and lunch for the pupils is served.


The project will benefit Epanja  primary school pupils and the surrounding community.


There’s need to rehabilitate Epanja primary school well by installing a new Affridev pump so as to bring it back in use so as to save time wasted by pupils, and remove the need to use water from an unprotected source.


The Bridge Water officers will be visiting the school and facilitating the formation of the water committee before the rehabilitation of the pump for future maintenance. 

Project Updates

July, 2020: COVID-19 Prevention Training Update at Epanja Primary School

Our teams are working on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic. Join us in our fight against the virus while maintaining access to clean, reliable water.

We are carrying out awareness and prevention trainings on the virus in every community we serve. Very often, our teams are the first (and only) to bring news and information of the virus to rural communities like Epanja, Kenya.

We trained community members on the symptoms, transmission routes, and prevention of COVID-19. Due to public gathering concerns, we worked with trusted community leaders to gather a select group of community members who would then relay the information learned to the rest of their family and friends.

We covered essential hygiene lessons:

- Demonstrations on how to build a simple handwashing station

- Proper handwashing technique

- The importance of using soap and clean water for handwashing

- Cleaning and disinfecting commonly touched surfaces including at the water point.

We covered COVID-19-specific guidance in line with national and international standards:

- Information on the symptoms and transmission routes of COVID-19

- What social distancing is and how to practice it

- How to cough into an elbow

- Alternative ways to greet people without handshakes, fist bumps, etc.

- How to make and properly wear a facemask.

During training, we installed a new handwashing station with soap near the community’s water point, along with a sign with reminders of what we covered.

Due to the rampant spread of misinformation about COVID-19, we also dedicated time to a question and answer session to help debunk rumors about the disease and provide extra information where needed.

We continue to stay in touch with this community as the pandemic progresses. We want to ensure their water point remains functional and their community stays informed about the virus.

Water access, sanitation, and hygiene are at the crux of disease prevention. You can directly support our work on the frontlines of COVID-19 prevention in all of the communities we serve while maintaining their access to safe, clean, and reliable water.

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Well rehabilitation is one of the most cost effective ways to bring clean, safe water to a community.  Sometimes it involves fixing a broken hand pump, other times it means sealing a hand dug well to prevent it from being contaminated.  These repairs, and often time total replacements, coupled with sanitation and hygiene training make a huge impact in communities.