Project Status

Project Type:  Well Rehab

Program: Well Rehab in Kenya

Impact: 500 Served

Project Phase:  In Service - Jan 2015

Functionality Status:  Functional

Last Checkup: 12/01/2022

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Community Profile

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


Nambacha D.E.B primary school was started in the year 1963 by the Kakamega District Education Board. It is a mixed Day Primary School

The school has a secondary section which was founded in the year 2013 having form 1 and form 2 to date

The school received a drilled well done by the Kenya Finland company Registration no. C 5178 KMG in the year 1985. The well total depth is 35M and Static water level is 10M it was cased by 4 inch PVC Pipes. The well has been serving the school until 2013 when it was totally declared un-functional after several failed attempt of repairs by the school management, hence the hardware became worn out.

Since then, the school has had an access to the piped water supplied by the Government Water Service Provider (Lake Victoria North Water Service Board) but the supply never lasted for long due to interruption caused by the breakdown of the water pipes. As a result of BWP service to other neighboring communities, the school management made an application asking for the help of rehabilitating the failed well so as to help the pupils and teachers have an access to clean and safe water.


The school has no permanent water source since both the Kenyan Finland well and the Government water supply failed. The pupils are now forced to carry water in small jerricans from their respective homes to be used in school

Once the water is brought in school, it’s then poured in the Lifestraw Dispensers to be purified   mainly for drinking. Cups have been placed next to the dispenser s (seven in numbers) to facilitate drinking of water by the pupils. The sharing of the cups possesses a risk of spreading communicable diseases such as, cholera, typhoid and diarrhea.


The Hygiene and Sanitation of the school calls for a great concern since, the classrooms whereby the pupils learn from are very dirty. The floor is full of dust and pieces of papers. The overall hygiene of pupils in this school is also poor. The pupil’s uniforms are torn hence not washed regularly. Most of the pupil’s hair is shaggy and dirty

The school does not have Hand washing stations and therefore this possess a great risk to the Health of the pupils and Teachers. The school has a kitchen that is used to prepare food for the pupils and teachers.

The school has 32 latrines (16 for girls and 16 for boys) and 4 latrines (2 for female teachers and 2 for male teachers). There is a compost pit in place but not well secured due to poor hygiene and sanitation conditions, the school experiences the absence of 30 pupils every week due to stomach illness.

Recently, the school received Life straw Dispensers which are used for the purpose of purifying the drinking water which is collected by the pupils from their homes.


The school has a population of 1103 people.

Teachers – 20 (16 Teachers Service Commission, 4 Parents Teachers Association)

Pupils – 1049 (boys 384, girls 665)

Non-teaching staff – 4 (2 cooks, 2 watchmen)

Secondary students – 30 (12 boys 18 girls)
(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 water is greatly needed for domestic purpose such as, drinking, hand washing, cooking and cleaning of classrooms. These will greatly have an impact on the academic performance of the school and its overall Health conditions.


The school management will be in charge of all the operations and maintenance of the water system once rehabilitated.

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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.