Project Status

Project Type:  Well Rehab

Program: Well Rehab in Kenya

Impact: 500 Served

Project Phase:  Decommissioned

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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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Well rehabilitation is one of the most cost effective ways to bring clean, safe water to a community.  Sometimes it involves fixing a broken hand pump, other times it means sealing a hand dug well to prevent it from being contaminated.  These repairs, and often time total replacements, coupled with sanitation and hygiene training make a huge impact in communities.