Eshitari Secondary School

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Well Rehab in Kenya

Latitude 0.25
Longitude 34.60

319 Served

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This project is part of Bridge Water Project’s program in Western Kenya. What follows is direct from them:


Eshitari Secondary School is a mixed day school that has not had a working water pump since 2005 when it broke down after much use. Consequently, after it broke  down the hardware to the pump was stolen, hence rendering the school without  an  adequately safe water supply for the children or the staff who work there.

The school serves meals throughout the day to the students.  The nursery school children receive a morning snack and the standard seven and eighth grades receive lunch.  However, because of the lunch program, the pupils have to carry water when they come to school in the morning, and the quality of this water is questionable as it is drawn from different unknown sources. As a result pupils and teachers suffers from various water borne diseases.

The school management therefore approached Bridge Water Project to intervene and rehabilitated the existing well by installing a hand pump to enable them to access safe quality water for their use.


Eshitari Secondary School currently access water from a natural spring called Eshitari spring, which is approximately 2km away from the school. This spring is currently unprotected and BWP recognizes the potential for a future project at this site in the next coming months. When water sources such as Eshitari spring are protected, this allows for a more comprehensive and holistic approach to managing water projects. With Eshitari protected a larger number of people in the community can have access to an improved water supply.


Eshitari Secondary School has a population of 300 students Boys- 180 and Girls -120. The school has 13 Teachers, 6 support staff and 800 pupils from the primary section. (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.  This community would be a good candidate for a second project in the future so adequate water is available. To learn more, click here.)


The school has few Hand washing points whereby Bridge water project will facilitate the training on tippy tap construction hence providing a few of them to the school and thereafter encourage the school to construct more of the same.  The school has a kitchen where food is prepared. The school has 2 latrines for teachers, 4 for boys, 4 for girls, which are cleaned only every Monday and Friday. It has composite pit where litter is dumped.


If the well is rehabilitated the students of Eshitari secondary school and the pupils will be the direct beneficiaries and the community as well.


Bridge Water Project Team ascertained that there is need to rehabilitate the well for the purpose of enabling the school access safe and clean water and improve on hygiene and sanitation status of the school. There is also a need to protect the Eshitari Spring, which BWP will follow up on for a future project within the next few months.


The School has a water committee that is not currently active, therefore BWP will meet with the committee to see if they are still interested in working as a committee. Capacity building will be done to the committee before the well is rehabilitated so as to improve on the sustainability of this water source.

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02/17/2014: Eshitari Secondary School Project Complete

We are excited to report that the project to repair a well for Eshitari Secondary School in Kenya is complete.  The report below from our partner in the field gives the latest details of the work of repairing the well and training in sanitation and hygiene:

With this intervention of rehabilitating the Eshitari Secondary School Water Project already in place, the Bridge Water Project team in its capacity had to train the school on proper hygiene and sanitation practices. The Children’s Hygiene and Sanitation Training (CHAST) approach was used so as to promote good hygiene practices among the students. This approach basically required the students to participate fully in the training, work in groups and make presentations. 34 members of the Eshitari Secondary School Health Club attended the training. The club has 19 boys and 15 girls. BWP Team targeted the Health Club so that the members would be BWP’S ambassadors to the rest of the school after the training.

The training commenced with a word of prayer from one of the students followed by a brief introduction from the Bridge Water Project team.

Once the training started some of the tools used during the training were:

a)      Clean is beautiful

‘Clean is beautiful’ is a CHAST tool that emphasizes on the importance of proper hand washing. The groups extensively discussed the crucial moments when hand washing was necessary:

b)     I drink safe water

Under the tool ‘I drink safe water’, the BWP facilitators asked the trainees to come up with the different water sources, determine whether they are safe or not and explain various methods of water treatment.

c)      Going to the latrine

Using this tool, the students were supposed to understand the importance of using the latrine, know the risks of open defecation and understand their role in keeping the latrines clean.

d)      Problem analysis

Under this activity, the participants were to learn of how some of our everyday hygiene and sanitation activities may cause diarrheal diseases. By so doing they would also learn more on how to improve their hygiene practices. 

Hand washing stations

With an effort to encourage good hand washing practices, Bridge Water Project installed two 100 liters tippy taps to the school. The BWP team did a recap on proper hand washing with the club members. One of the tippy taps was strategically stationed near the kitchen and near the latrines. The Eshitari Health Club members were grateful to BWP for providing them with the tippy taps and the proper knowledge on hand washing practices.

Flushing of the Well

Bridge Water Project service team reported on site with the aim of implementing the rehabilitation of the well. Since the well had not been in use for a long period of time, the team flushed the well so as to get the contaminated water out. After flushing for three hours, the water cleared and was chlorinated.   

Pump installation

With a depth of 42M and a ground water level of 30M, the well was successfully installed with an Affridev pump. The team inserted 13 PVC pipes so that the pump would rest at 39 metres, 3 metres above the total depth.

Having ensured that all the rehabilitation of the well was done, Bridge Water Project handed over the water project to the school. The students were happy that with the availability of water in their school, they would not waste a lot of time collecting water. The health club chairman thanked BWP on behalf of the other students and promised to keep track on the hygiene and sanitation of the school and implement what they had learnt during the training through the rest of the club members. The school administration has instituted ground rules that will help in the maintaining and sustaining the water project.


After a successful training on hygiene and sanitation and rehabilitation of Eshitari Secondary School Water project, the school can now enjoy the quality water from the well. The beneficiaries are very grateful to Bridge Water Project and The Water Project for coming to their aid and solving their lack of access to quality water. The health club of the school is doing a recommendable job of maintaining the cleanliness of the school now that there is water available all the time. They are also making use of the hand washing stations supplied during the rehabilitation of the school well. The BWP team hopes that through the Children’s Hygiene and Sanitation and Training (CHAST), the students will improve on their hygiene and sanitation standards not just at school but also in their homes.   

The Water Project : kenya4243-43-23-eshitari-secondary-school-handing-over

01/20/2014: Getting Started At Eshitari Secondary School

We are excited to announce that Eshitari Secondary School will soon have a new source of safe, clean water.  A well that has not worked since 2005 will be repaired and turned into a dependable resource for the school and surrounding community.  We just posted an initial report from our partner in the field including information about the community, GPS coordinates, and pictures.  The project is just getting started, but we’ll keep you posted as the work continues.

The Water Project : kenya4243-20

Monitoring Data

Project Type:  Well Rehab
ProjectID: 4243
Install Date:  02/17/2014

Monitoring Data
Water Point:
Last Visit: 03/02/2018

Visit History:
03/07/2014 — Functional
10/19/2015 — Functional
07/11/2016 — Functional
08/02/2016 — Functional
03/28/2017 — Functional
04/25/2017 — 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.