Ebubambula Primary School

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Well Rehab in Kenya

Latitude 0.35
Longitude 34.43

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:


Ebubambula Primary School is a mixed day primary school started in the year 1985 through efforts of Ebubambula Pentecostal Assembly of God (P.A.G) Church with an Aim of eradicating illiteracy within the community where it serves. In the year 1989 the Kenya Finland Company (KEFINCO) dug a shallow well in the school compound and before the completion of this water project their contract with Kenya Government was terminated. The well records total depth of 35ft, 1M diameter 18” high concrete culverts were installed from the bottom to the top of the well. Water rest level is 16ft.

The school management covered the well with a concrete slab and allowed an opening measuring 18” by 18” through where pupils draw water using a rope and 10 litre jerrican. In the process of drawing water, ropes are cut and drop jerricans in the well hence contaminating water. The school management, teachers and the pupils learned of Bridge Water Project development activities and made an application requesting BWP to rehabilitate the well by installing a hand pump to enable them draw water without straining or contaminating the well.


The school enrolment is 640 pupils, 360 boys and 280 girls. The school has 13 Teachers 9 male, 4 female and 2 non-teaching staff bringing the total population of 655 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.  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 a kitchen where lunch is prepared daily for grade 6 through 8 pupils. The kitchen does not have water storage facilities. No hand washing point exists in the school. There are 4 pit latrines for Boys and 4 for girls. Two toilets for teachers which are washed on daily basis. The school has a composite pit where litter is dumped. The classrooms are washed 2 times a week that is Mondays and Fridays. After rehabilitation of the well, there will be need to intervene in the matter of inadequate pit latrines for both boys and girls and how to maintain clean latrines.


If the well is rehabilitated the pupils of Ebubambula primary school and the entire community will be the beneficiaries.


The BWP before the implementation of the work will oversee the formation of a strong Water Management Committee and train them on Water Supply management Sustainable technics whereas pupils and teachers will be trained in Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) skills.

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Recent Project Updates

04/09/2014: New Pictures From Ebubambula

Just a quick note to let you know we received final pictures from Ebubambula Primary School in Kenya.  Take a look and see the smiles on the faces of students and teachers alike as they celebrate their new source of clean water.  Once again, Thank You for your help!

The Water Project : kenya4246-46-the-senior-teacher-pumping-the-water-2

03/24/2014: Ebubambula Primary School Project Complete

We are excited to report that the project to restore a well for Ebubambula Primary School in Kenya is complete.  As you can read in the report below from our partner in the field, the well pump has been installed, and the community is already benefiting from this new resource.

The new pictures posted include the training sessions and well restoration work.  We do not have pictures of the completed well just yet, but we’ll let you know once we receive them.  Take a look, and Thank You for your help.

Now, for the report from the field:

In Ebubambula primary school, the training was done in two phases for lower primary and upper primary students. BWP facilitators used CHAST (Children’s Hygiene and Sanitation Training). Different tools and exercises were used to pass the hygiene and sanitation knowledge to the trainees.

CHAST Training for lower primary


20 students ranging from class one to three attended the training. There were 10 girls and 10 boys. The BWP facilitators introduced themselves using the hand puppet and explained to the trainees how the puppet worked. (The puppet is an effective tool that is used throughout the training and helps the facilitators teach the younger children about safe hygiene practices.) Each of the pupils introduced themselves using the puppet.

Good and bad hygiene practices: With the use of puppets good and bad hygiene practices were discussed. The children also worked with drawings/posters, that they could arrange and differentiate good and bad hygiene behaviors.

Hand washing: The facilitator explained to the students that proper hand washing prevents the spread of diseases. To emphasize good hand washing, BWP facilitators guided two pupils in demonstrating to the other pupils the proper way of washing hands.


Pupils ranging from fourth to eighth grade with 10 girls and 10 boys attended CHAST for the upper primary students.  They were split into two groups to discuss hygiene and sanitation. 

Clean is beautiful: The purpose of this tool was to make participants understand that hand washing prevents the spread of diarrhea diseases. After a thorough discussion, a demonstration on proper hand washing was conducted through the guidance of BWP staff.

I drink safe water: Using this tool, the trainees learned that many water borne diseases were caused by consumption of contaminated food and water.

Good and bad hygiene behavior: This was a very important lesson as some of the trainees realized that some of the habits that they thought were good were actually wrong.

The F-Diagram and Blocking the routes of germs: In this session, the participants came up with disease transmission routes from a set of posters called the five F’s (Fingers, Flies, Fluids, Feces and Food). They also discussed ways in which the disease transmission routes could be blocked.

Well pad repair

The BWP masonry team reported on site to implement the rehabilitation of the Ebubambula Water Project. Being a hand dug well, the team’s first activity was to remove the slab covering the well and make modifications. The modifications were necessary so as to cover the open space on the slab and create a smaller hole that would accommodate the Affridev pump. Four nuts that would be used to hold the Affridev pump stand were fixed on the slab using cement. The slab was then fixed on the well. Effective cement work was done to cover up any open spaces that would cause contamination to the water in the well. Final cement work was done so as to give the well pad a smooth finish. The well pad was left to cure for five days before the installation of the pump. The BWP team instructed the school management to ensure that the well pad was watered every day during the curing process so as to avoid any cracks.

Test pumping and pump installation

After confirming that the well pad was cured, the service team went on site to install the Affridev pump on the well. Before the installation, the team test pumped the well for five hours. The ground water level of the well was 10ft. After test pumping for five hours, the recharge of the well stabilized at 19ft. the whole test pumping process took six hours with the well producing a yield of 2.5m3/hr.

The well was afterwards chlorinated so as to get rid of any contamination and ensure that the water is safe for human consumption. . It was then fitted with an Affridev pump at a depth of 30ft.


The BWP Team returned to the school for the official handing over of the well. Upon arrival, it was impressive to note that members of Ebubambula community were also benefiting from the rehabilitated water source as they were using the borehole as a water source.

Those in attendance for the handing over were the students, schoolteachers and BWP staff. BWP manager Mr. Wycliffe Makongo was also in attendance. He urged the pupils to put into practice what they had learned during the hygiene and sanitation training. He also encouraged the school management to work hand in hand with the community and use the water project as a unifying factor.

The entire Ebubambula fraternity is grateful to The Water Project for ensuring that they have access to safe and protected water. The school has already put up security measures by hiring a security guard who will ensure that the water pump is safe at all times.


The Water Project : kenya4246-35-ububambula-test-pumping

02/17/2014: Ebubambula Primary School Project Underway

We are excited to announce that Ebubambula Primary School in Kenya will soon have a new source of safe, clean water.  A well originally built in 1989 will be restored so 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.  We’ll keep you posted as the work continues.  Take a look, and Thank You for your help!

The Water Project : kenya4246-4-the-standard-eight-pupils-posing-as-they-take-their-lunch-in-school

Monitoring Data

Project Type:  Well Rehab
ProjectID: 4246
Install Date:  03/24/2014

Monitoring Data
Water Point:
Needs Repair
Last Visit: 04/10/2017

We are actively working with this partner to resolve the issues in this community. The "last visit" date is not necessarily the date we were notified by the partner of any potential problems. Once informed of downtime, we work to respond quickly. We will update the project status when these issues are resolved.

Visit History:
07/10/2014 — Functional
12/17/2015 — Needs Repair
05/19/2016 — Functional
06/23/2016 — Functional
06/23/2016 — Needs Attention
07/28/2016 — Functional
07/28/2016 — Functional
10/28/2016 — Functional
02/03/2017 — Functional
04/10/2017 — Needs Repair

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.