Ibokolo Secondary School

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Well Rehab in Kenya

Latitude 0.25
Longitude 34.52

200 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 Ibokolo secondary school was founded in the year 1985. It was initiated by the Anglican Church of Kenya – Butere Diocese with an aim of providing Education to the Locals of Ibokolo village. The School offers Education from form 1 to form 4. The school has a well that was done by Kenya Finland Company in 1998 so as to provide water for the school and community. The well was fitted with a Nira pump and served for ten years and due to excessive use of the pump , the parts wore out and they have been trying to find the spare parts in vein since they are no longer on the market locally. The school management contacted BWP and made a request that their well be repaired so that it can provide safe and quality water for the school and surrounding community for domestic use. Therefore, since the Nira pump spare parts are no longer found in Kenya, BWP will install an affridev pump which is cheaper to maintain and spare parts are locally available.


The School currently access water from Munzasiani stream which is located 11/2km  away from the school. Due to stream not being protected, some  green coloring matter grows on the water surface hence causing water to be unsafe and most of the community members take their livestock to drink from the same stream which is contaminated. The munzasiani stream is not seasonal that with funds available it can be protected to enable the communities enjoy water from the source.

 The school has 5000 liters masonry tank which is used to harvest during rain season.


The school records Boys- 188 and Girls -109, 13 Teachers, 7 support staff and 1000 pupils from the primary section. The community has 30 households (Approx.5 people per household).


The school has two Hand washing points, one at the staffroom and the other at the Toilets.Bridge water project will facilitate the training on tippy tap construction hence provide 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 and a dish Rack where utensils are aired after being washed. The school also has 16 pit latrines 2 for teachers, 8 for boys, 6 for girls and is cleaned every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. During the training, the BWP will educate the school on how frequent the latrines should be washed.The school has a composite pit where litter is dumped. The classrooms swept daily but mopped on Monday and Friday.


If the well is rehabilitated the students of Ibokolo secondary school, the pupils and entire Ibokolo community will be the direct beneficiaries.


Bridge Water Project Team ascertained that there is need to rehabilitate the well for the purpose of enabling the school access safe and quality water so as to improve on hygiene and sanitation status. That with availability of a functioning water supply in school will enable the feeding program to run without much interference.

Currently, the school does not have any safe water supply because the tank in school has no water since it’s a dry season.


The School had a water committee that became inactive when the well got spoilt. The current school management has accepted to appoint anew water committee that will be trained by BWP staffon water sanitation and hygiene before the implementation of the well rehabilitation. The appointed water committee will be trained on water supply management and as well as the maintenance of the pump.

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03/04/2014: Ibokolo Project Complete!

We are excited to report that Ibokolo Secondary School in Kenya has a new source of safe, clean water.   We just posted new pictures of the students receiving the finished well.  The report below gives the latest information from our partner in the field:

The training at Ibokolo Secondary School entailed using the CHAST (Children’s Hygiene and Sanitation Training) tools for the upper primary students. The school health club has 50 members consisting of 29 boys and 21 girls.

The training commenced with a word of prayer from John Omukunda, the Health Club’s chairman. The chairman of the health club gave a brief history of the club. The club was started two years ago with representatives from each class. More students enroll in the club each year.

To give us a clear understanding of where their knowledge stood in regarding hygiene and sanitation, and know where we should focus our trainings we did a quick assessment of the student’s knowledge of hygiene and sanitation.

Afterwards the club members went into groups to discuss the good and bad hygiene practices using various tools such as:

  • Problem identification
  • Clean is beautiful
  • How to prevent diarrhea
  • Pocket chart exercises

Through the use of the pocket chart as a tool, the facilitators wanted to know the number of students that washed their hands. Below are the results of the pocket chart after voting.



Hand washing with soap and water

Hand washing with water only

No hand washing


















From the results shown on the pocket chart, it calls for BWP’s close follow ups (monitoring and evaluation) so as to assess how much the trained health club members shall have affected the entire membership of the school. In addition, the health club was encouraged to be the ambassadors of sanitation and hygiene both in school and in the surrounding community.


The hand washing station was strategically placed outside the kitchen so that the students would wash their hands before and after lunch. The health club has promised that together with the school administration to build more hand washing stations and place them at around the school; i.e. pit latrines, staffroom. They also promised to have hand-washing stations at the entrance of each classroom and at the boys and girls toilets. Each hand washing station would have soap at all times.


The well was flushed since it had not been in use for a long period of time. The flushing was done continuously for three hours to get rid of the contaminated water. Thereafter, the well was chlorinated for the water to be safe for human consumption. Finally, the Bridge Water Project service team installed the affridev pump in the presence of the water committee.


The water source was officially handed over to the school by Bridge Water Project. The students were so happy because they would no longer be required to carry water whenever they come to school from home. Their manual work would also lessen, since water was now in the school compound. The school’s health club members received the rehabilitated water source on behalf of the school and community.

The school management in agreement with the community has come up with rules that will help manage the water source. The water source management states that;

–          Community members will only be allowed to fetch the water when the students are in class so as to avoid a clash at the water pump.

–          Children from the community must always be accompanied by an elderly person when coming to fetch water so that they may not play at the water pump.

–          Animals should be kept away from the water source to prevent any contamination from animal waste.

–          All cleaning activities should be done away from the water source i.e. students should not wash their cups and plates near the water source after lunch and community members should not do their washing near the water source.

–          Both the community and school should make sure that the well area is clean at all times

–          Each household from the community will have to make a monthly contribution towards the Ibokolo water project for the maintenance of the well.

–          Any community member breaking the rules set to manage will be denied access to the water supply unless he or she accepts to contribute and follow the laid down rules.  

–          Poor and old members of the community would clean the well area and collect trash instead of paying the monthly contribution since they may not have income.


With the well fully rehabilitated and water now available in school, the school will be able to practice good hygiene. The water committee will work towards the sustainability of the water supply to avoid overdependence. Since the students will not be required to go out of school to fetch water or carry water from home to school, they have all the time on their hands to concentrate on their studies and co-curriculum activities.

The Water Project : kenya4244-39-031-handing-over-of-the-rehabilitated-water-source-2

01/21/2014: Ibokolo Secondary School Project Underway

We are excited to report that Ibokolo Secondary school in Kenya will soon have a new source of safe, clean water.  A well, originally built in 1998, will be repaired so that it is 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. Take a look, and we’ll keep you posted as the project continues.

The Water Project : kenya4244-14-the-school-gate-of-ibokolo-secondary-school

Monitoring Data

Project Type:  Well Rehab
ProjectID: 4244
Install Date:  02/24/2014

Monitoring Data
Water Point:
Last Visit: 03/07/2018

Visit History:
03/07/2014 — Functional
10/19/2015 — Needs Attention
01/24/2016 — Functional
08/02/2016 — Functional
12/06/2016 — Functional
02/22/2017 — Functional
04/25/2017 — Functional
07/26/2017 — Functional
03/07/2018 — 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.