Iyabo Primary School

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Well Rehab in Kenya

Latitude 0.30
Longitude 34.41

450 Served

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


Iyabo primary school was started in 1974 through the sponsorship of the Catholic Church and is located in the rural parts of Mumias District and close to the Nzoia River. There are approximately 40 households in communities that surround the school.


Iyabo primary school was a beneficiary of a well that was dug in 1988. The well which was hand dug did not serve the school for a long period of time since there were no proper mechanisms in place to ensure it’s proper maintenance and sustainability. As a result, the well was vandalized, leaving the school and the community without water. The school and the surrounding communities access water from a stream, which is 2 km away from the school. The condition of the water from the stream is not suitable for human consumption as it is an open water source and latrines have been built along side the river. Various livestock animals are also drinking water from the river, which causes a serious health threat to those who consume the river water. The few above-mentioned attributes have led to the reported cases of diarrhea and typhoid.


The   school population is as follows:

  • Pupils                         426 pupils, 218 girls and 208 boys.
  • Special unit                15-10 boys and 5 girls
  • Teachers                     12      
  • Support staff               4
  • Community                 40 households (approx. 6 members per household)               


During our visit to Iyabo primary school, we observed some pupils who were limping and on closer inspection it was learned that jiggers caused this. Due to high poverty levels among the parents, pupils cannot afford a simple pair of shoes, hence they are forced to walk barefoot to and from school and in high-risk places such as school latrines.

Through a physical inspection of the latrines, fecal matter and urine could be seen scattered all over the latrines. Some latrines were full but still in use by the students. The odor from the toilets was quite powerful and could be smelled from various areas around the school. By interviews of school staff and students, BWP learned that the latrines are only washed once a week.

From our observations made hand washing was not done by teachers or pupils. No hand washing was done after visiting the latrines or at the time of serving meals.

It was also observed that the school’s composite pit was full leading to litter being dumped around the school compound. The school kitchen was not properly cared for because of a lack of water and knowledge on safe practices.

There is a great need of water for this school. The provision of water along with proper hygiene trainings can lead to improved practices of hygiene and sanitation in the school, which in turn can improve health standards among students.

If the well is drilled, it will greatly benefit the Iyabo primary school and the community at large.


A water committee was started previously and community members have agreed to continue membership with existing members. It will be strengthened during sanitation and hygiene workshops given by BWP prior to the implementation of the project. The water committee will comprise of the, teachers on staff and community members.

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04/10/2014: Iyabo Primary School Project Complete

We are excited to announce that Iyabo Primary School in Kenya has a new source of safe, clean water.  The report below from our partner in the field gives the latest status of the work to repair a well and provide training for the school in sanitation and hygiene:

Lack of good hygiene and sanitation practice is the major problem in many local schools in Kenya and particularly western Kenya.

Being a local school, Iyabo primary school has had the same problem for a long period of time. As discussed earlier, the school’s hygiene and sanitation is very poor. No hand washing practice is done; no dumping site for litter, no water treatment is done among other practices.

With such practices in mind, BWP initiated a three-day training on hygiene and sanitation, which was facilitated to the health club of this school. During the training, several topics were dealt with:

  • Hand washing
  • Safe water
  • Going to the latrine
  • My beautiful school
  • Germ free food
  • Diarrhea and its prevention

Proper hand washing breaks down the chain of spread of water borne diseases. Due to this poor practice, the school has had a continued link of spread of diseases like diarrhea and typhoid. The health club learned that proper hand washing must be done by use of soap or ash. In addition, they all learned that hands must be properly squeezed to remove any kind of dirt.

Part of the hygiene training is to also focus on hygiene habits in the students’ home. It was discussed that many families of the school children, practice open defecation. As a result of group discussions that were done, the pupils discussed that most homes don’t have latrines because of ignorance among parents. Another obstacle to proper hygiene practice is traditional beliefs.  For example it is a taboo to share latrines with the father or mother in-law. There is also a fear of using the latrines by children and women during night hours when it is dark.

In the attempt to overcome open defecation in their homes, the pupils pledged to come up with campaigns, which will help them move into every village to discourage open defecation. In their groups, the pupils further discussed the risks of open defecation. Some of the risks include; the spread of diseases like, diarrhea, typhoid and cholera among others.

Water being the main source of life, dirty water is also the cause of many deaths. Through dirty water, diseases like cholera, typhoid and diarrhea have reclaimed lives of many people including children. As discussed in groups by the pupils, their school has been consuming unsafe water. This has seen most of them missing school in order to look for medical services in the nearby dispensaries hence spending a lot of money and time. To overcome this, the pupils discussed several methods used to treat water and how safe should water be preserved.

Something beautiful is admirable. Something clean is also beautiful. In the discussions held, the pupils discussed what something beautiful looks like and what makes it beautiful. They all agreed that their school was not beautiful because it was dirty. In comparing with other neighboring school, they all agreed that the schools were beautiful because their hygiene and sanitation was good.

Diarrhea is a disease that comes as a result of eating dirty food and drinking contaminated water. In addition, poor practices like open defecation and poor hand washing also cause the disease.

To overcome diarrhea, the pupils discussed that good hygiene and sanitation practices would be a solution for the disease. This can also be done by blocking the disease routes, i.e. covering food, hand washing, latrine use and water treatment.

On concluding the training, an environmental walk was done. The pupils were able to visit their latrines and ascertain its condition and finally choose on the ways to improve their hygiene, by cleaning them more often.

Having administered a full training on hygiene and sanitation to Iyabo Primary School, the rehabilitation of the well kicked off.

The service team mobilized to the school fully loaded with all the hardware required. The exercise started well as the pupils and teachers witnessed in the mood of joy and happiness.

At the conclusion of the pump installation, the teachers and pupils demanded that the water be handed over to them, as they were eager to start using it.

More testimonies were given out, one from the head teacher and pupils who in the accord said that the rehabilitation of the well has helped them stop walking long distances in search of water. In addition they said that this water pump in conjunction with hygiene and sanitation trainings would call an end to the spread of diarrheal diseases and other waterborne diseases.

As an indicator to check on the improvements of this school after the rehabilitation, the presence of hand washing kits, reduction of water borne disease and improvement in their academics will be highly observed.


We just posted a new set of pictures of the completed project.  Take a look, and Thank You for your help!

The Water Project : kenya4251-27-iyabo-primary-school-handing-over-2

03/13/2014: Iyabo Primary School Project Underway

We are excited to announce that Iyabo Primary School and the surrounding community will soon have a new source of safe, clean water.  A well originally built in 1988 will be restored so that it is a dependable source of water.  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 project progresses.  Thank You for your help!

The Water Project : kenya4251-04-iyabo-primary-school-pupils

Monitoring Data

Project Type:  Well Rehab
ProjectID: 4251
Install Date:  04/10/2014

Monitoring Data
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Last Visit: 07/24/2017

Visit History:
07/16/2014 — Functional
11/06/2015 — Functional
06/08/2016 — Needs Attention
09/20/2016 — Needs Attention
03/28/2017 — Needs Repair
03/30/2017 — Functional
04/24/2017 — Needs Repair
07/24/2017 — Functional


Project Underwriter - Ruggles Family Foundation

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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.