Namirama Friends Primary School

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Well Rehab in Kenya

Latitude 0.41
Longitude 34.75

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 Namirama Friends primary school is a day mixed school started in the year 1952 through the efforts of Namirama Friends (Quakers) Church with an aim of eradicating illiteracy within the area where it serves. In the year 1989 Kenya Finland Water Supply Programme drilled a water point in Namirama school compound to serve the pupils and the community. With a total depth  of 44M, cased by 4’’ UPVC casing, water rest level 20M well pad  was constructed and an Affridev pump was installed. The well served until the year 2010 when unknown person vandalized it. In February 2014 the school committee made an application to Bridge Water Project requesting them to rehabilitate the well.


Currently Namirama Primary School fetch water from Obingo spring located one and half kilometer away from the school compound. Obingo spring is unprotected and no one can guarantee the quality of water from this spring since the turbidity value is 60 not being the recommended parameter of the World Health Organization.

At most pupils and teachers in Namirama Primary School suffer from Diarrhea, Typhoid, and Amoebiasis Shigella Dysentery as a result of using contaminated water source of information.

Navakholo Health Centre, which is close to Namirama School.


The school has a population of 876, 376 Boys, 484 Girls, 12 teachers and 2 non-teaching staff, for a  total of 890 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 permanent classrooms, which are washed ones a week that’s on Friday evening before pupils go home for a weekend. The school has 12 pit latrines, 6 for girls, 4 for boys and 2 for teachers, which are washed every day. There’s a kitchen where meals for teachers are prepared though water storage is not up-to-date. No hand washing station neither for teachers nor pupils. There is a compost pit where litters are dumped.


There’s need to rehabilitate the proposed Namirama Primary School Water point to enable pupils and teachers access quality water for their school domestic use and also for improve sanitation and hygiene status of the school. With functioning well water borne hence people’s health will be improved. .


Pupils, teachers of Namirama Friends primary school and community will be the beneficiaries.


The school water committee will be responsible for the pumps operation, maintenance and management to ensure its sustainability but before the implementation of the rehabilitation work they will be available for trainings with BWP community education staff.

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11/20/2014: Namirama Friends Primary School Project Complete

We are excited to report that, thanks to your willingness to help, the students at Namirama Friends Primary School in Kenya have a new source of safe, clean water.  The report below from our partner in the field gives the latest status of this project:

WEEK1 NARRATIVE: 27th -31st OCTOBER 2014


This report gives an overview of the process of the capacity building activities conducted by Bridge Water Project towards borehole rehabilitation for Namirama primary school. The activities included sensitization of the school administration, hygiene and sanitation education, and borehole rehabilitations works including handing over to the school.

Sanitation and hygiene education

Sanitation and hygiene education targeted upper primary pupils at the school. The training was carried out on a week day for easy mobilization and assurance of adequate participation. BWP adopted CHAST methodology because the target group consisted of children.

Description of the venue and target participants

The venue for sanitation and hygiene education was inside one of the classrooms at the school. The total number of participants was 59 pupils who were proportionately drawn from grade 6 and 7. Thirty three were girls and twenty six were boys. The pupils were then taken through all the steps of CHAST methodology;

Objectives of the training

The specific training objectives were as follows:

  1. To enable participants to relate their day to day activities with prevention of water and sanitation related diseases
  2. To enable participants acquire knowledge and practical skills identification of hygiene and sanitation problems
  3. To enable participants understand ways of preventing hygiene and sanitation problems

Chast methodology steps

CHAST is an innovative approach to promoting hygiene, sanitation and community management of water and sanitation facilities. It aims to empower communities particularly children to manage sustainably their water and sanitation facilities and to prevent sanitation-related diseases, and it does so by promoting health awareness and understanding which, in turn, leads to environmental and behavioral improvements.

Climate setting and introduction

The training begun with between the students and the facilitators. There after the pupils sung a song in their local language relating to hand washing. During this activity, the pupils discussed the consequences of lack of proper hand washing and the time to wash hands. As hand washing demonstration went on, most pupils did not remember to use soap. As a matter of fact, the children did not remember to use soap because of ignorance and negative attitude towards hand washing.

Water is a source of life if well preserved and not contaminated. But it turns out to be a source of diseases like cholera, typhoid and diarrhea if it’s contaminated and consumed directly. One way that water could be contaminated is the way and methods used while fetching. Other reasons for contamination could be the situation of the storage containers or, the water could also be contaminated at the source. With these issues in mind, the pupils in groups with the help of their facilitators discussed more about fetching and the cleanliness of water. During these discussions, it was noted that the pupils did not understand how water should be fetched to avoid recontamination either at the source or from the storage containers. The pupils therefore learned that water for drinking should be kept away and separate and that the containers should be always cleaned.

As the discussion on water went on, the pupils also made a list of diseases that can be spread through unsafe water. The facilitators thereafter discussed with the pupils on their symptoms, transmission and how the diseases can be prevented.

Open defecation is a poor and dangerous practice to human health. Open defecation refers to the situation where by people defecate openly in their environment hence causing the spread of diseases like cholera, diarrhea, dysentery, typhoid among other diseases. In case of surungai primary school and the community at large, open defecation is still practiced by as few individuals who in one way have ignored the use of the latrines. The pupils therefore in their respective groups discussed the following;

a)      Why is it important to use a latrine?

b)      How can flies transmit diseases?

c)      Why do some people not use a latrine?

After the pupils had discussed the above questions and came up with answers in respect of their community, they all did an environmental walk to visit their school facilities.

The surungai primary school environment was not clean during our time of visitation even though the school had hosted nine other schools for curriculum activities (games). Litter could be seen dumped everywhere and the composite pit was not in place. The pupils were therefore trained on the importance of keeping the environment clean; formulate rules against littering of the school compound and the formation of the health club which will ensure that the school compound is kept clean hence making their school beautiful.

Food is prepared in this school to serve the teachers and the pupils of standard seven and eight. Teachers are always served with a meal accompanied with meat while the pupils are served with a mixture of maize and beans. The food is prepared by a cook in the kitchen but after preparation, the food is not covered. The cook and the pupils don’t seem to understand why it’s important to cover food and risks behind leaving food open. The pupils therefore and the cook who was also present during the training, learned the importance of covering food, various ways of ensuring that food does not get contaminated with germs and also formulation of rules to ensure every pupil washes properly his/her hands before eating/handling food. To make the pupils understand more on germ free food, each pupil wrote a story with an interesting title “my favorite food” analyzing on how it’s prepared and served.

A place whereby poor hygienic practices like open defecation, poor hand washing, poor food preparation and handling, poor methods of water treatment among others would not lack the spread of diseases like diarrhea. Surungai community and school is one of such places. According to the head teacher, diarrhea is a disease that puts his pupils out of school in search of medication. At least 5 pupils are reported suffering from diarrhea every week and therefore this affects the academic performance of the school.

Training on how to prevent diarrhea was therefore conducted to the pupils and teachers. At the end of the discussion on diarrhea, the pupils understood the various routes of transmission of faucal-oral diseases, the symptoms of diarrhea and how to prepare ORS solution and finally how to block the routes of transmission.


The well pad was still in a good condition and there was a need for minor repairs, which entailed skimming the concrete well pad and patching up cracks in the cement. Once this was done the next step in rehabilitating the borehole was installing it with a new afridev pump. The choice of pump was informed by its availability locally, durability, ease of maintenance, borehole technical data including the depth and the static water level. School management committee participation in the choice of the pump was minimal. In installing the pump, the PVC riser pipes were joined and installed in the borehole, then left overnight to ensure proper bonding of the joints. The entire process of pump installation was done with participation of some of the school management members in order to capacity build them. The BWP service team trained a pump caretaker on pump components; demonstration of all component function; daily, weekly and monthly checks and repair of common problems causing breakdown such as U seals and bearings. The caretaker was also trained in fault diagnosis and how to liaise with BWP in cases of further technical support in major repairs. No challenges were noted during the pump installation process. The hand pump once installed became the full responsibility of the school management committee.


Handing over of the borehole was the final activity in implementing rehabilitation of Namirama primary school borehole. The handing over exercise created an important forum for BWP to transfer ownership and sustainability of the borehole back to the school. BWP equipped school management committee members with ownership and sustainability skills, key among the included participation by all target beneficiaries and general maintenance of the well. The chairman of the project stated that their next step of action was to fence the well area so as to prevent animals from getting to the well pad and causing contamination. Pupils were also encouraged to keep the well area clean and avoid washing their clothes at the well as it would lead to contamination. In their speech, one of the community women and chairman thanked BWP and THE WATER PROJECT for ensuring that Namirama primary school had access to clean and quality water.

Clean water means less disease.  Less disease means more education. More education means greater potential for the future.  Don’t miss the new pictures of the finished well, and Thank You for your help!

The Water Project : kenya4262-51-handing-over

10/27/2014: Namirama Primary School Project Underway

We are excited to announce that Namirama Primary School in Kenya will soon have a new source of safe, clean water.  A well originally built in 1989 will be restored and repaired so that it is a dependable resource for the community.  Together with training in sanitation and hygiene, these resources will go a long way toward stopping the spread of disease in the area.  We just posted a 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 : kenya4262-07-namirama-pupils-at-the-gate

Monitoring Data

Project Type:  Well Rehab
ProjectID: 4262
Install Date:  11/20/2014

Monitoring Data
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Last Visit: 06/27/2017

Visit History:
05/14/2015 — Functional
10/21/2015 — Functional
03/15/2016 — Functional
09/16/2016 — Functional
10/21/2016 — Functional
02/08/2017 — Functional
06/27/2017 — Functional


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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.