Mumbetsa Primary School

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Well Rehab in Kenya

Latitude 0.24
Longitude 34.68

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 Mumbetsa primary school water project rehab is a Kenya Finland well that was done in the year 1980 and fitted with a hand pump. The pump served the school well but failed in the year 2001 due to the fact it was the only hamd pump serving the entire school Daily use by the school pupils wore down mechanics of the pump. The school committee learnt of Bridge Water Project development activities and therefore made an appeal to BWP to consider rehabilitating their well to enable them to use the fresh clean water supply and allow children to focus on school work and activities and not worry about obtaining water for latrine, washing and kitchen use.


The school is therefore forced to get their water from Mumbetsa River in order to have water available. The water brought by the pupils mostly is usually not clean and therefore endangering their health.


The school has a population of 540 pupils, 17 teachers, 3 support staff and 100 E.c.d kids. (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 6 pit latrines for boys, 6 pit latrines for girls and 2 for teachers which are washed three times per week. There is hand washing point at the staff room and each at every latrine block.


If the well is rehabilitated, the project will benefit the school its employees, and its students.


The Bridge Water Project has seen the need to rehabilitate the borehole so as to enable the pupils to have access to clean and quality water for their use and to improve their sanitation and hygiene standards.


The BWP Staff before implementation of this project will ensure that capacity building is done to the water committee from the school.

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12/09/2013: Mumbetsa Primary School Project Complete

We are excited to report that the project to rehabilitate a well for Mumbetsa Primary School in Kenya is complete!  We just posted some new pictures of the project showing the well now delivering safe, clean water.  We hope to have pictures of the official ‘handing over’ of this new resource soon, showing the students enjoying their new resource.  The report below gives some of the timeline for the work that was done.  Take a look, and Thank You for your help.

WEEK 1 NARRATIVE – November 18th– 22nd


As we arrived at Mumbetsa Primary school we found the Health Club members waiting for us and began with a word of prayer from Mrs. Ochilo. The introduction of the BWP staff together with the teachers was done. We briefly talked about who we are and what had brought us to this school.

We went ahead to sign the agreement for the schedule of the Community Education.

The attendance was good since we had 20 boys and 30 girls and we felt privileged to have such a good turnout of pupils. Janet who tackled Environmental sanitation began the facilitation. The session was very interesting because the pupils were able to outline some of the sanitation issues they have in school. It was evident that the schools environment was not up to standard as they they have few latrines and they are not cleaned on a daily basis due to lack of water.  This led us to discussion of Open Defecation and how this is one of the main transmitters of disease. The pupils talked openly about their daily practice of going to the open fields to defecate when they felt the need to relieve themselves.  During the discussion we held a brainstorming session about the dangers involved in this kind of behavior.

Following this was a discussion on Personal Hygiene and the students were split into groups so as to discuss this sensitive issue. The feedback we received from the pupils was that they felt that some of their parents are not supportive to make sure that they look presentable. From this sharing of information,  BWP recognizes that a training needs to be held with parents regarding hygiene and sanitation. With parent’s involvement and support, issues learned with BWP trainings, and in school, will be reinforced at home, thereby ensuring a true behavior change and improvement in sanitation and hygiene.

November 19th

 Food Storage and Handling – The pupils learned how food should be handled hygienically in homes as well as at school.  This is  quite important in this school in particular, because there are people who come to sell food and snacks to the children during break time and so the kids and adults need to be careful with food handling and take the proper precautions so as not to spread disease..  As we discussed it was evident that sanitation and hygiene is a shared responsibility of all family members in the home and with the teachers in school in order to avoid Diseases that would make us fall ill and eventually affect our school studies.

With this the F DIAGRAM was introduced (see the diagram above) and it was explained how diseases are passed into our bodies six different was through, fingers, flies, food, fields, fluids and feces. The children were amazement when they learned about some of the things they do that contribute to sickness. Asking them about what type of diseases can get passed, they named Typhoid, Diarrhea, Bilharzia and Malaria among others.

Hand Washing was dealt with whereby they learned more on importance of washing hands. Most of them admitted of not taking time to wash their hands well before eating and even if they did, it was without soap. The practical washing actually showed us the same results and so we took more time explaining of washing hands regularly and by use of soap or ASH in the absence of soap. We also looked at other things that can break the Chain of Disease Transmission e.g. having Clean Latrines, Food Hygiene and having Water Quality for our daily use.

On the same Day the Service Team led by Protas Machembe was with us, so as we did the Education the drill team was Flushing the well since the water in it had stayed for long and so it was contaminated and needed to be flushed clean. The Teachers and pupils were very happy to see this whole process. 

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11/18/2013: Water Coming To Mumbetsa Primary School

We are excited to announce that Mumbetsa Primary School in Kenya will soon have a new source of safe, clean water.  A well originally built in 1980 will be repaired so that it is a dependable resource for the community.  We just posted an initial report from our partner in the field including information about the community, GPS coordinates, and pictures.  We’ll keep you posted as the project continues.  Thank You for your help!

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Monitoring Data

Project Type:  Well Rehab
ProjectID: 4207
Install Date:  12/09/2013

Monitoring Data
Water Point:
Last Visit: 12/14/2017

Visit History:
07/17/2014 — Functional
11/05/2015 — Functional
02/24/2016 — Functional
09/30/2016 — Functional
12/06/2016 — Functional
03/09/2017 — Functional
04/19/2017 — Functional
08/01/2017 — Functional
09/08/2017 — Functional
12/14/2017 — 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.