Matawa Primary School Well Rehabilitation Project

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Well Rehab in Kenya

Latitude 0.32
Longitude 34.44

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:


The proposed Matawa Primary School water supply rehab project is a Kenya Finland company (KEFINCO) well which was drilled in early 1985 with an aim of providing quality water supply to both pupils and the entire Matawa community. The well’s water potential is good. Since its inception it has never failed nor water level gone down. The major problem on the well is an old Affridev pump which has worn-out parts due to excessive using i.e. rising main pipes, rods, white bushes, fulcrum pin and sanction pipe (cylinder) which requires replacement to enable the pump to function properly.


The current source of water is Ekambara primary school hand dug well which is 1km away from Matawa primary school.


Ematawa primary school has a population of 600 pupils and 14 teachers and estimated 400 people within the neighborhood of the school. (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.  To learn more, click here.)


The hygiene and sanitation of the school is good. Toilets and classrooms are washed twice per week. However, there still is a lot to be put in place i.e. hand washing points to be raised outside the toilets and classrooms.


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


There’s need to rehabilitate Ematawa primary school well by replacing the old parts on the existing Affridev pump and bring it back in good working condition so as to save time wasted by pupils walking 1km to Ekambara primary school to fetch water for their domestic use.


The Bridge Water officers will arrange to visit the school and facilitate the formation of the water committee before the rehabilitation of the pump for future maintenance.

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Recent Project Updates

12/07/2012: Water flowing at Matawa!

Bridge Water Project have installed the new handpump at Matawa and water is now once again serving the people. 

Great news! 

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11/26/2012: Community Education at Matawa

Bridge Water Project have sent through some photos showing the children at Matawa learning about hygiene and sanitation. Excellent, and a crucial part of this project. 

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11/13/2012: Matawa Primary School Project underway!

Bridge Water Project have commenced project activities with the people at Matawa. This project is now underway, and will be updated soon with news from the field!

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Monitoring Data

Project Type:  Well Rehab
ProjectID: 4130
Install Date:  02/05/2013

Monitoring Data
Water Point:
Last Visit: 03/27/2018
Well Depth:  50.00M

Visit History:
07/09/2014 — Functional
02/01/2016 — Functional
09/14/2016 — Functional
02/01/2017 — Functional
04/13/2017 — Needs Attention
07/25/2017 — Functional
03/12/2018 — Functional
03/27/2018 — Functional

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.