Project Status

Project Type:  Well Rehab

Program: Well Rehab in Kenya

Impact: 500 Served

Project Phase:  In Service - May 2014

Functionality Status:  Functional

Last Checkup: 07/18/2023

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Community Profile

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


The proposed Lukongo Primary School was started in 1958. The school was built by the Catholic Church with the aim of providing education to the locals of Lukongo Community. The school offers education for both boys and girls from nursery school to standard eight.

The school’s water project is a hand dug well that was dug in 2005 by the school after it received grants from the government. Initially, the well was fitted with an affridev pump, which was later vandalized by unknown people during the post-election violence in 2008. The school currently instructs pupils to carry water from their homes for cleaning their classes and latrines. The quality and safety of the water is not guaranteed since the water comes from various open sources. The school also has a reservoir tank that collects water during the rainy season, but it is not adequate supply for all the students. Due to lack of water in the school, the school is unable to sustain the school-feeding program. The students, some of whom live far away from the school are forced to go home for lunch.

The breakdown of the school population is shown below:

  • Girls:                           380
  • Boys:                           300
  • Teachers:                     17
  • Subordinate staff:       2
  • Totals:            698


During the baseline survey, the Bridge Water Project team witnessed that some of the school children suffered from jiggers. The school has also reported cases of absenteeism due to occasional outbreaks of diarrhea.

The sanitation facilities in the school are the compost pits and pit latrines. The school has a total of 11 latrines, 3 for boys, 6 for girls and 2 for teachers. The latrines are cleaned three times a week. The latrines are way below the required standards of WHO (World Health Organization) which requires the ratio of 1 latrine to 25 children.

Due to the scarcity of water, the classrooms are mopped on Mondays only. They are swept the rest of the days. The school does not practice hand washing since there are no hand washing stations in the school.

If the well is rehabilitated, it will benefit the entire Lukongo primary school population and the surrounding community of 30 households (approximately 6 people per family).

Lukongo Primary School is in dire need of a safe, quality and reliable water source. If the water source is rehabilitated, the school will be able to start the school-feeding program. The cleaning of classrooms and latrines will be made easier.

Water is needed in the school so that pupils will not have the burden of carrying water for long distances to school. This will enable them to concentrate more on their studies.

Based on the survey, the school students and staff need to be trained on proper hygiene and sanitation.


The Lukonji Water Project committee is inactive since the well has not been in use for an extended period of time. As one of the requirements, the school will create a committee before the project rehabilitation is implemented.

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Well rehabilitation is one of the most cost effective ways to bring clean, safe water to a community.  Sometimes it involves fixing a broken hand pump, other times it means sealing a hand dug well to prevent it from being contaminated.  These repairs, and often time total replacements, coupled with sanitation and hygiene training make a huge impact in communities.


Hutchinson Environmental Sciences Ltd.
Dick and Marcy Dunkelberger
Borst Clan
In Honor of Joanna Hanan
The D&S Jones Family
The Krimendahl Family
Philip Sarff
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47 individual donor(s)