Ihonje Primary School

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Well Rehab in Kenya

Latitude 0.28
Longitude 34.44

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 Ihonje primary school was started in the year 1970 as an early child development center. The school is under the sponsorship of the African inland church. Among other schools, the school was blessed to be provided with a drilled well in the year 1985 by the Kenya Finland Company.

The well served the school and the community for a long period of time until when it started developing problems. Since there was no proper water committee in place, the well was abandoned hence the school went back to access water from the unprotected springs. As time went by, the springs dried off forcing the school to seek help from the community members who came in and dug a well just a few meters from the initial well drilled by the Kenya Finland Company.

The new hand dug well served the school until 2004 when there was an outbreak of waterborne diseases, which caused a lot of harm to the pupils. The outbreak was as a result of the recontamination of the well since it was just open. The well also posed a risk to the young children who could easily fall in. Since then, the school was forced to stop using the well hence every pupil is now forced to carry water from home to school.

On assessing the well, BWP has seen a need to rehabilitate it so as to help the school access safe and clean water. By doing so, the well will be flushed and thereafter an afridev pump installed so as to avoid recontamination.


There are no safe water points close to the school. The pupils are forced to carry water from home.

The school has a small tank which rainwater is collected during the rainy season. The little water collected in the tank cannot serve the population of the school.

Talking to some pupils about the situation, they expressed their fate of how they are forced to walk long distances searching for water regardless of its neither quality nor quantity


The school population is as follows:

Pupils: 724 pupils (324girls and 400 boys)

Teachers: 19

Support staff: 3

Community: 30 households (approx. 6 members per household)

(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.)


Ihonje primary school has enough latrines for the pupils and teachers. The pupils clean the latrines daily. There is no hand washing practice done in the school. This poses a high risk of spread of diseases.

Jiggers also affect the pupils of this school. As per the information given by the deputy head teacher, the jigger menace is as a result of dirty environment back at home.

An effective hygiene and sanitation training is needed to be done to the teachers and pupils of this school so as to save the situation and change their attitude.


The water committee is yet to be formed prior to the implementation of the project.

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06/02/2014: Ihonje Primary School Project Complete

We are very excited to report that a water project has been completed at Ihonje Primary School in Kenya. A broken well has been repaired and training in sanitation and hygiene has been completed.  The report below from our partner in the field gives some great information about how all of this was accomplished:

WEEK1 NARRATIVE: 14th  -18th APRIL  2014.

Even though the schools in Kenya had gone for a long holiday, Bridge water project had the obligation to ensure that its programs towards their partners are implemented. With respect to this, the hygiene and sanitation team from BWP went to IHONJE primary school to facilitate the training.

The school management was able to retain the classes of seven and eighth grade pupils for the program. Apart from the pupils, two teachers were present in the training.

As analyzed earlier in our reports, the school had several issues on poor hygiene and sanitation. Among the poor practices observed in the school are; lack of hand washing, jigger infection which comes as a result of dirty environment.

During the training, key issues were dealt with included:

a)      Hand washing.

b)      Clean and safe water.

c)      Latrine use.

d)      Germ free food.

e)      Diarrhea and its prevention.

Hand washing is the practice that has been neglected by many people including the IHONJE primary school. During the training, it was realized that most know about the practice but have chosen to ignore it. More of discussions were done on the times to wash hands .i.e. after visiting the toilet, after work, after playing, before and after eating; what happens when hands are not washed and finally a demonstration on hand washing was done. Most pupils demonstrated on how hand washing is done but forgot the element soap or ash.

Even after walking long distances in search of water, the pupils and teachers of this school did not treat the water, and therefore bringing about the risk of spreading diseases like typhoid and diarrhea. Most pupils drink water directly from the sources, which are contaminated by animals, human activities and open defecation. Methods of water treatment like boiling and chlorination were discussed. In addition, some of the diseases and symptoms related to unsafe water were also discussed at length.

Open defecation is mainly done back in the villages where the pupils of this school come from. As a result, some of the pupils and their parents suffer from diseases like diarrhea and typhoid. It was noted that typhoid, cholera continues to be a threat to human health if no proper hygiene and sanitation is observed.

In groups, the pupils were able to discuss:

a)      Why it’s important to use latrines.

b)      How flies can transmit diseases.

c)      Why some people don’t use latrines.

To conclude the training, the pupils in their respective groups were trained more on how to prevent diarrhea, symptoms of a person suffering from diarrhea and how to block the routes leading to diarrhea diseases.

5TH -9TH May 2014.

After the hygiene and sanitation training was conducted to the pupils and teachers of IHONJE PRIMARY SCHOOL, the construction team mobilized for construction phase.

As the construction began, the pupils remained at the school despite the fact that it was a long holiday. The pupils helped the construction team by providing water and ballast, which was used for construction.

It took two days for the construction to be complete and there after the well pad was left to cure for at least one week.

After the well pad cured, the team went back for pump installation. During this period, few pupils were still in school and again help in providing service where needed. During the installation, the pupils expressed joy as they narrated of how they will have enough time to concentrate in their academics.

The pump was installed at a depth of 24meters and wells’ recharge is good.

After the pump was installed, a handing over session was planned. Teachers and pupils were present for the occasion. More praises were given in regards to the completion of the water project. The head teacher of the school said that the school has suffered for long and experienced poor performance in academics due to lack of water. He added that the pupils were wasting a lot of time looking for water even during lesson time. In conclusion, the head teacher expressed his joy and thanked THE WATER PROJECT through BRIDGEWATER PROJECT.

To call off the day, BRIDGE WATER PROJECT insisted on the element of good hygiene and sanitation practices. In addition, the BWP supplied the school with hand washing stations.


We just posted some new pictures of the project, including the finished well.  Take a look, and Thank You for your help.

The Water Project : kenya4277-25-ihonje-primary-school-handing-over

04/23/2014: Ihonje Primary School Project Underway

We are excited to announce that Ihonje Primary School, in Kenya, will soon have a new source of safe, clean water.  A well, originally built in 1985, will be restored, and the students and community will receive training in sanitation and hygiene.  Together, these critical aspects of every water project will help stop the spread of disease within the community.  We just posted an initial report from our partner in the field including information about the community, GPS coordinates, and pictures.  As the work progresses, we’ll keep you posted.  Take a look, and Thank You for your help!

The Water Project : kenya4277-06

Monitoring Data

Project Type:  Well Rehab
ProjectID: 4277
Install Date:  06/02/2014

Monitoring Data
Water Point:
Needs Repair
Last Visit: 03/09/2018
Well Depth:  79.00M


We are actively working with this partner to resolve the issues in this community. The "last visit" date is not necessarily the date we were notified by the partner of any potential problems. Once informed of downtime, we work to respond quickly. We will update the project status when these issues are resolved.

Visit History:
05/29/2015 — Needs Attention
11/06/2015 — Functional
02/03/2016 — Functional
09/20/2016 — Needs Attention
12/03/2016 — Functional
03/28/2017 — Needs Repair
03/30/2017 — Functional
04/24/2017 — Functional
07/24/2017 — Needs Repair
03/09/2018 — Needs Repair


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.