St. Stephens Kamashia Secondary School

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Well Rehab in Kenya

Latitude 0.35
Longitude 34.84

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:


The proposed St. Stephen’s Kamashia secondary school well is a hand dug well that was done by Kenya Finland Company (KEFINGO) in the year1985 inrespect of Kamashia primary school and the community. The well was installed with 1m diameter concrete casings and covered with4”concrete slab and finally an Affridev pump was installed, since then pupils and community enjoyed the access of quality water from the source until last year October 2012 when the pump developed a problem. The school committee was approached by somebody who said he was working for an NGO in Nairobi that he was going to install a solar pump panel and steel tower structure and UPVC Tank so as to enable the water supply reaches the primary section and neighboring Health Centre around. They accepted and gave him a go ahead; he dismantled the pump and went with it since October the man has never come back. The secondary school, primary and the community around cannot access water from this well since October 2012. Due to many wells rehabilitated by Bridge Water Project in mumias region, the school management heard of BWP organization and presented their appeal for a quick intervention in order to have their well rehabilitated.


This school and community gets its water from a protected spring located 1/2km away from the school compound, the water is highly contaminated since the erosion is polluting it hence causing high turbidity levels that is below the standard of (WHO) this exposes students and community members to water borne diseases. Also people have to go through large sugar cane farm which is risky especially to the girl child and women. During such rainy seasons the school harvest water from the roofs which doesn’t last for long since water usage is high.


Kamashia secondary school has 260 students (boys and girls), 18 teaching staff,15 non-teaching staff,450 pupils in primary in primary school and 24 teachers, 50-60 households that translates to between 1400-1500 people. (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 school has permanent classrooms which are washed once a week on every Friday since water is scarce, 6 permanent pit latrines 2 for boys 2 for girls and 2 for teachers. The school has a lunch programme for students and their kitchen is clean. There is no hand washing points neither in the secondary nor primary section.


The project shall greatly benefit the Kamashia students, primary school pupils and the community at large.


There is need to rehabilitate the water supply so as to enable the students and community access quality water for their domestic use and improve their sanitation and hygiene standards. Also with flow of water the school Administration will install hand washing points outside toilets and  classrooms to ensure hand washing is done all the time.


The Bridge Water project staff will strengthen the already existing water committee. During the community education, the committee will be taught on how to manage the improved water supply to ensure sustainability.

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07/23/2013: St. Stephens Kamashia Project Complete!

We are excited to report that the project to repair a broken well for St. Stephen’s Kamashia secondary school in Kenya is complete!  The broken well, originally constructed in 1984, is now a dependable source of safe, clean water for the school and surrounding community.  We just posted a report from our partner in the field including information about the community, GPS coordinates, and pictures of the project.  Thank you for your help!

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Monitoring Data

Project Type:  Well Rehab
ProjectID: 4195
Install Date:  07/23/2013

Monitoring Data
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Last Visit: 03/02/2018

Visit History:
07/15/2014 — Functional
11/18/2015 — Functional
06/08/2016 — Functional
06/26/2016 — Functional
09/20/2016 — Needs Attention
03/31/2017 — Functional
04/24/2017 — Functional
07/26/2017 — Functional
03/02/2018 — 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.