Iranda Primary School

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Well Rehab in Kenya

Latitude 0.24
Longitude 34.60

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 Iranda Primary School is an Anglican Church of Kenya, which was started in the year 1980, to curb illiteracy in Iranda village.  The school has a well that was implemented in 1985 with an aim of making water easily accessible for the pupils and the surrounding community.  The well was fitted with an Indian Mark II pump. Many parts have since fit eroded, such as the 1 inch GI pipes which has led to water contamination and is now unfit for human consumption. The school management contacted BWP to come to their aid and repair the well.


The proposed School currently accesses water from Iranda stream, which is located 1km away from the school. The water from this stream has a turbidity value of 85 which is too high compared to value 5 that is recommended by WHO (World Health Organization). BWP plans on planning a future project of protecting the Iranda spring in the months to follow if funding allows.


The school enrolls Boys- 309 and Girls -327, 12 Teachers, 3 support staff. The community has 35 households (Approx.6 people per household). (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 one Hand washing point that is located outside the staffroom. 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 1 latrine for teachers, 4 for boys, and 4 for girls. It does not have composite pit. BWP will also train the school on the importance of having the composite pit in place. The classrooms are mopped twice a week and latrines cleaned three times a week.


If the well is rehabilitated the pupils of Iranda primary school and the entire community will benefit from this water source as well.


It is logical for the well to be rehabilitated so as to sustain the school-feeding program. It is also unsafe for the pupils since for them to access water from Iranda stream, they have to pass through sugar cane plantations, which is a risk especially to the girl child who on occasion might walk alone to fetch water.


A water committee exists, however it is not a very strong presence in the community. Therefore, BWP in agreement with the school management have, decided that the committee will be strengthened before the implementation of the project during the sanitation and hygiene trainings.

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02/17/2014: Iranda Primary School Project Complete

We are excited to report that a project to repair a well for Iranda Primary School in Kenya is complete!  The report below from our partner in the field gives the details of the project including the installation of the new pump and training in sanitation and hygiene:

It was a fabulous day when the BWP staff went to Iranda primary school for the hygiene and sanitation training. Keeping in mind that the school was well prepared to receive visitors, we all found the pupils of both lower and upper primary waiting. As a sign of happiness and readiness to learn, the pupils together with their teachers received us with joy as the little kids of classes two and three sung songs that welcomed us.

40 pupils were selected in the lower group and 35 were selected from the upper primary that later formed the health club. Two days were used to facilitate to the lower primary children.

The introduction began with the use of the puppet/stuffed animal named Dolly whom the children used to introduce themselves Dolly was used throughout the training to help make the lessons fun, while at the same time teach about proper hygiene.

To identify the problems that are as a result of poor hygiene behaviors, which are related to the spread of the diseases, the children were participated in group trainings such as:

  • Good and Bad hygiene practices.
  • Flies spread germs.
  • Flies can transmit diseases by sitting on feces and then on the uncovered food.
  • Food covering can prevent the route disease transmission.
  • The direct link between not washing hands and diarrheal diseases.
  • Handing washing exercise, face washing and toilet use exercise.

The facilitation to the lower primary ended up by doing an evaluation on what had been learned. Finally, a closing ceremony was held whereby the children were given sweets as tokens.


Several topics were discussed by the upper primary class representatives to learn on proper hygiene and sanitation. Some of the topics discussed included:

  • Clean is beautiful- proper hand washing
  • Going to the latrine- importance of using toilets
  • My beautiful school- garbage disposal and solid waste management
  • Germ free food- covering food
  • How to prevent diarrhea

The facilitation to the Health Club ended up by doing an evaluation on what had been learned. Finally, a closing ceremony was held whereby the children were given sweets as tokens.

A few days after training on hygiene and sanitation was done to the pupils and teachers of Iranda primary school, the service crew went to the school fully loaded to implement the remaining part of the project.

With five men, work was done effectively by first of all flushing the well by the use of the air compressor. The flushing of the well took at least four hours since the water inside the well was contaminated with a lot of stone particles and leaves. This was done until the water from the well was clear.

The installation of the pump was done the next day where by the well was fitted with an affridev pump and further chlorinated. The school served the service men with food and drinks.

Since the well was fully rehabilitated and ready for use, a handing over ceremony was done. As this went on, the school was given three hand washing facilities of which one was meant for teachers as the two were for the pupils. Testimonies were given by teachers and pupils narrating of how lack of water was a great setback in their academics and in their hygiene and sanitation. The pupils promised to perform well now that water was available for the school. The water project will be maintained and sustained by the school water committee that had already been formed. THANKS TO THE WATER PROJECT.


Water is an essential need to everyone and no one can do without it. Access to clean water brings positive results to improved hygiene and sanitation hence leading to better academic and curriculum performances in schools.

Iranda primary school will greatly benefit from the rehabilitated well since the pupils will save time studying. Initially, the pupils used to walk long distances searching for water which was not safe for consumption hence wasting a lot of time for studies.

Diarrhea was the most prevalence disease in this school, but with the presence of clean water and better practices of hygiene and sanitation, there is great hope of overcoming such water borne diseases.

Having successfully rehabilitated the well, there is a need of carrying out an effective monitoring and evaluation closely to ensure that the school does not go back to poor practices of hygiene and sanitation. In doing so, there is a need of doing more hygiene and sanitation trainings to the pupils and the whole school after a given period of time.

The Water Project : kenya4247-37-iranda-primary-school-handing-over-8

01/21/2014: Iranda Primary School Project Underway

We are excited to announce that Iranda Primary School in Kenya will soon have a new source of safe, clean water.  A well, originally built in 1985, will be restored 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 : kenya4245-01-children-of-iranda-primary-school

Monitoring Data

Project Type:  Well Rehab
ProjectID: 4247
Install Date:  02/17/2014

Monitoring Data
Water Point:
Last Visit: 10/10/2017

Visit History:
07/18/2014 — Functional
10/19/2015 — Needs Attention
02/24/2016 — Functional
08/01/2016 — Functional
12/06/2016 — Functional
02/09/2017 — Functional
03/09/2017 — Functional
04/25/2017 — Functional
07/28/2017 — Functional
10/10/2017 — 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.