St. Mary's Gorreti Shikoti Girls Secondary School

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Well Rehab in Kenya

Latitude 0.32
Longitude 34.74

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 St. Mary’s Gorreti Shikoti Girls Secondary School water point was drilled in 1986. The well records a total depth of 42m cased by 4’’ UPVC casings and the water rest level is 18m. During the inception of this water point, it was a community water supply but unknown people vandalized the Afridev pump that had been installed and there after the Catholic Diocese of Kakamega acquired the same property and started St. Mary’s Goretti Shikoti Girls as there school.

The school board of management learned of Bridge water development activities in the water sector and made a request for BWP to consider and rehabilitate the failed well.


Currently Shikoti Girls students fetch water from the Mukongolo protected spring located 1km away from the school compound. The water from the spring is clean. However the girls have to go through sugarcane plantation, which exposes them to potential safety risks.


The school has an enrollment of 542 where the Teaching staff is 38, 20 being men and 8 female. The non- teaching staff are 19. A total population of 589 people.


The school has permanent classrooms dormitories which are washed once per week (every Friday /Saturday) 26 pit latrines for the girls and 5 Toilets for Teachers and non- teaching staff which are washed on daily basis. They have bathroom, cloth lines and dish rack outside the school kitchen where meals are prepared and it’s equipped with modern economical stoves and well ventilated with a good food store attached. The compost pit is available where all waste matters are dumped. No hand washing station neither outside of the pit latrines nor staffroom.


There’s need to rehabilitate the proposed St.Mary’s Gorreti Girls Secondary School water point to enable girls access water from the school compound so that time wasting on fetching water can be invested in school studies and curriculum activities that will lead to improving academic standards of the girl child. Also it will enhance hygiene and sanitation standards.


The school Board of Management (BOM) has already appointed amongst themselves a water committee that will take charge the operational and management of the water point to ensure its sustainability. 

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11/17/2014: St Mary's Gorreti Shikoti School Project Complete

We are excited to report that, thanks to your willingness to help, St. Mary’s Gorreti Shikoti Girls Secondary School has a new source of safe, clean water. A broken well has been restored, and the community has received training in sanitation and hygiene.  Together these resources will go a long way in stopping the spread of disease in the area. Less disease means more learning. More learning means more potential. More potential means positive change. The report below from our partner in the field gives the latest status of the project:

WEEK1 NARRATIVE: 6th  10th October 2014.

St. Mary’s gorreti shikoti girl’s secondary school had a great need of proper training on good practices of hygiene and sanitation. Most girls don’t observe the proper hygiene and sanitation practices. The school does not have hand washing stations for girls but only teachers have one hand washing station.

A part from just rehabilitating the well that is anticipated to help improve the situation of the school, BWP community education team had to train the girls and teachers on good hygiene and sanitation practices. The training targeted the health club of the school which will later disseminate the information to the other pupils.

The health club comprised of 35 girls who were partly selected from form one to three. Some of the topics learned during the training were;

  1. Hand washing.
  2. Importance of using a latrine.
  3. Why some people don’t use latrines.
  4. Transmission of diseases by flies.
  5. Safe water, its handling and treatment.

The girls were able to learn on the risks of failure to wash hands and their importance. By so doing, a demonstration on proper hand washing was done. The girls learned that hands must be washed by use of soap or ash. In their discussion groups, the girls discussed on the critical moments of washing hands. Some of the moments analyzed were;

        I.            After visiting the toilets.

      II.            Before and after eating.

    III.            After work.

    IV.            After changing the nappies of the young ones.

      V.            After playing.

As a result of group discussions, the girls learned that drinking water should be kept separate and that water should be treated before consumption.


The construction team mobilized to the school and more of reconstruction of the well pad was done. Pupils helped in the provision of water which was used for cement work.

The school management provided meals for the team (both breakfast and lunch).

The well is left to cure up thereafter after process will follow.

WEEK2 NARRATIVE: 13th -17th October 2014.

This is the final week that the BWP service team went for pump installation. The process took a single day and there after the well was back to its functionality hence the school will enjoy its services. The handing over ceremony is yet to be done once the water has cleared up.

We just posted a new set of pictures showing the completed well and lots of smiling students.  Take a look, and Thank You for your help!

The Water Project : kenya4263-43-st-mary-goretti-girls-handing-over-2

10/27/2014: St. Mary's Gorreti Project Underway

We are excited to announce that St. Mary’s Gorreti Shikoti Girls Secondary School will soon have a new source of safe, clean water.  A well originally built in 1986 will be restored and repaired so that it is a reliable resource for the 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 : kenya4263-09-students-from-the-current-water-source

Monitoring Data

Project Type:  Well Rehab
ProjectID: 4263
Install Date:  11/17/2014

Monitoring Data
Water Point:
Last Visit: 09/20/2017

Visit History:
03/15/2016 — Needs Repair
12/08/2016 — Needs Attention
02/07/2017 — Needs Repair
02/24/2017 — Needs Repair
04/21/2017 — Functional
09/20/2017 — 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.