St. Marks Imakale Secondary School

Water Point
Project Features
Click icons to learn more


Well Rehab in Kenya

Latitude 0.36
Longitude 34.43

500 Served

Project Status:

Take a Tour

Explore The Project

Stories and Community Profile

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


The proposed St. Marks Imakale secondary school started in the year 2011 through the sponsorship of the Anglican Church of Kenya (ACK) Imakale Parish. With an aim of reducing distance covered by scholars who used to walk 8km away in search of secondary schools Education. Currently the proposed secondary operates from Imakale Primary schools classrooms, however the school management committee (S.M.C) has already bought 21/2 Acre piece of land where they are now constructing permanent classrooms for the students.

The newly acquired land lies a very reliable bore hole No. C-85 drilled by the then Kenya Finland Company (Kefinco) in the year 1985. The total depth is 50m cased with “4” UPVC casings. The static water level is 30m.The former occupants of this particular land migrated to Uganda 10 years back and settled leaving the bore-hole without any care and as a result the pump was stolen. However, the borehole was covered with some slab protecting the borehole to date. Therefore the school management committee made an appeal to Bridge Water Project to consider their request and rehabilitate the borehole and install a new pump so that the borehole can benefit the secondary, primary and the surrounding community.


The school currently accesses water from a hand dug well, which is within the primary schools compound. The well is shallow and the water levels drops during dry seasons and the pupils draw the water using a 5 litre jerrican tied on the rope which causes contamination.


The secondary school records a population of 50 students; 14 Boys and 36 Girls. There is a teaching staff of 6. The primary school has 831 pupils, of which 430 are girls and 401 boys. There are 12 with Teachers 4 support staff. (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 2 pit latrine for Teachers, 8 for girls and 8 for boys all being in the primary school compound and serving both primary pupils and secondary students. In case of good financial respond there’s need to construct 2 door pit latrine for the students 2 for boys, 2 for girls and 2 for the teachers and supply 6 Hand washing points 3 at the primary section and 3 at the secondary section that is aimed at improving sanitation and Hygiene status.


If the well is rehabilitated Imakale secondary and primary schools will be the direct beneficiaries.


Bridge Water Project Team ascertained that there is need to rehabilitate the well so as to enable the students and pupils access quality water for their domestic use and improve on their Sanitation and Hygiene practices and that of the entire Imakale community.


The School Management Committee has already identified among itself the Water Committee members who will be trained by BWP Community Education Staff prior to the implementation of the project. The training will also target both primary and secondary scholars.

Project Photos

Recent Project Updates

03/13/2014: St Marks Imakale Secondary School Project Complete

We are excited to report that St. Mark’s Imakale Secondary School in Kenya has a new source of safe, clean water.  The report below from our partner in the field and the new pictures posted to the project page give the latest details of construction, training, and handing over this new resource:


Water is an essential necessity in life but if not handled well, water can lead to the cropping up of water borne diseases. This is one of the reasons why BWP trained the students of Imakale Secondary School on proper hygiene and sanitation before the rehabilitation of their school well. The entire school-14 boys and 36 girls took part in the training. The CHAST (Children’s Hygiene and Sanitation Training) was applied for the training. This being a new charter school, the trainees who form the health club will pass down the message to future students as the enrollment grows.

Tool used during training:

  • Clean is beautiful

Using the ‘clean is beautiful tool’, it was essential for the participants to learn that proper hand washing prevents the spread of diarrheal diseases. Through a demonstration of hand washing, the students learnt the proper way of washing hands. The participants learned that ash could also be used if soap was not available.

  • I drink safe water

Under this tool, the trainees were split into two groups so as to discuss and come up with water borne diseases and their causes. The common diseases in both groups were malaria, typhoid, scabies and diarrhea in children. They also learnt that it was important to treat water before consumption because water that appears clean is not always clean.

  • Going to the latrine

The table below shows the voting results as demonstrated using the pocket chart.


Use of latrines

Open defecation














After tallying the votes, it was evident that 18% of the students still practiced open defecation.

When asked on the importance of latrine use, the participants came up with the following points;

  • The proper use and location of latrines prevents the contamination of water sources.
  • The use of latrines reduces the spread of germs that are carried by flies.
  • How to prevent diarrhea

In their respective groups, the trainees came up with the F-Diagram using sets of posters. They used arrows to show the routes that fecal matter uses to get to the human body. The five F’s represent feces, fingers, fluids, field and flies.

Flushing of the Well

Since the well had not been in use for a long time, it was necessary for the flushing to be done so that the stagnant and contaminated water could be blown out of the well. The BWP service team went on site and flushed the well for four hours. The Imakale community members who were present witnessed the flushing with excitement since they would also benefit from the water source after the rehabilitation.

Pad repair

At this stage the masonry team managed to mix the concrete then fixed the affridev pump foundation bolts. Thereafter, they laid mortar on the repaired pad and gave it a smooth finish.  The school was instructed to water the repaired well on a daily basis so as to help in the curing process. 

Pump installation

After ensuring that the well pad was cured, the BWP Service team went on site to install the pump. The total depth of the well is 50 Meters. The affridev PVC pipes were installed at a depth of 45 meters, 5 meters above the total depth. The community members were present to witness the whole process and helped the service team in the installation of the pump. They were also shown a step-by step installation process that would come in handy in case of a breakdown. The community members were very happy to see water flowing after the installation was complete.

Handing over

Having rehabilitated the water source fully, the BWP team handed it over to Imakale Secondary School in the presence of teachers and students. The students were very happy and promised to concentrate more on their academics since they would have more time at their disposal. They also promised to improve on their hygiene and sanitation practices to eradicate diarrheal diseases.

Since BWP would give two hand washing stations to the school, the students promised to practice good hand washing and come up with more of the stations since water was available in school.

The community members of Imakale were thrilled by the rehabilitated water source and agreed to abide by the rules that the water committee would come up with in their effort to maintain and sustain the water source.

New knowledge and clean water are now at these students’ disposal.  Just think of the potential that has been unlocked.  Thank you for your help!

The Water Project : kenya4248-30-imakale-handing-over

02/17/2014: St Marks Imakale Project Underway

We are excited to announce that St. Marks Imakele Secondary School in Kenya will soon have a new source of safe, clean water.  A well originally constructed in 1985 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 : kenya4248-04-students-of-st-marks-imakale-secondary-school

Monitoring Data

Project Type:  Well Rehab
ProjectID: 4248
Install Date:  03/13/2014

Monitoring Data
Water Point:
Last Visit: 07/25/2017

Visit History:
07/09/2014 — Functional
12/17/2015 — Functional
05/19/2016 — Needs Attention
07/04/2016 — Functional
07/28/2016 — Functional
08/15/2016 — Functional
12/07/2016 — Functional
02/08/2017 — Functional
04/10/2017 — Needs Attention
07/25/2017 — 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.