Ekambara Primary School Well Rehabilitation Project

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Well Rehab in Kenya

Latitude 0.32
Longitude 34.43

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 Ekambara Primary School water supply rehabilitation project is a hand dug well initiated by Kenya Finland Company in the year 2002. The well was installed with 3ft diameter concrete casing from bottom to the top, covered by 4” concrete slab and finally fitted with a NIRA pump which served since inception of the well to date. Due to unavailability of spare parts of the NIRA pumps in the local market, the pump system is impossible to repair, making it very difficult for both pupils and the community members to draw water from this well.


The pupils of Ekambara primary school and the community entirely rely on this existing well as their current water source.


The school has 600 pupils, 15 teachers with 200 households within Ekambara community where the water supply serves. (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 status of the school is good. There is a composite pit where all collected rubbish is dumped. Toilets are also washed daily every morning during manual labour. However, there are no hand washing points outside the pit latrines and outside the classrooms.


If the well is rehabilitated in school, the pupils of Embakara Primary school and the entire Embakara community will be the beneficiaries.


There is need to rehabilitate this project by replacing the existing old NIRA pump with a new stainless steel Affridev pump that has parts available on the local market and which can easily be maintained by the school management committee.


The Embakara primary school committee already has a water committee which has been struggling with the old NIRA pump to ensure its serving. The water committee is called Mumias Quality Water Initiative Group registered with social services department Mumias District. The group has installed a dosage for chlorinating water at well point to ensure quality before use.


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Recent Project Updates

12/07/2012: Water flowing at Ekambara!

Bridge Water Project have installed the handpump at Ekambara and water is now flowing. Excellent news coming from Kenya. 

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11/30/2012: Children learn about hygiene at Ekambara Primary

Bridge Water Project have been busy teaching the children about hygiene at Ekambara Primary. Excellent news as everyone prepares for the hardware phase of this project. 

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11/13/2012: Ekambara Primary School Project up and running!

Bridge Water Project have commenced project activities with Ekambara. 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: 4150
Install Date:  02/05/2013

Monitoring Data
Water Point:
Last Visit: 06/13/2017
Well Depth:  20.00M

Visit History:
05/27/2015 — Functional
11/18/2015 — Functional
01/28/2016 — Functional
07/26/2016 — Functional
09/14/2016 — Functional
12/07/2016 — Functional
03/28/2017 — Needs Repair
03/30/2017 — Functional
04/13/2017 — Functional
06/13/2017 — 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.