This project is part of Bridge Water Project's program in Western Kenya. What follows is direct from them edited for clarity:
Bumia Primary School is a day mixed primary school offering primary education as from nursery to standard eight. During the year 1987 Kenya Finland Company (KEFINCO) dug a well for the school and community. The well was cased by concrete casings of 1 metre diameter form bottom to the surface, covered by concrete slab and a NIRA pump was installed and served for quite a long time. It eventually got spoilt and due to lack of spare parts it became of no use and it became difficult for the pupils to draw water from the well despite the fact that the well has plenty of water.
CURRENT WATER SOURCE
The current water source is an unprotected stream 1km away from the school. Pupils have to cross the road and walk throughout sugarcane plantations whereas the quality of water is not good. It recorded a turbidity value of 80 which is below the required standard.
The school has a population of 847 pupils, 22 teachers and 3 non teaching staff who are direct beneficiaries of this water supply.
SANITATION AND HYGIENE
The sanitation and hygiene status of the school is poor since classrooms and toilets are only washed on Fridays. Also there are no hand washing points for both teachers and students.
The Bumia Primary school pupils, teachers and the community around the school will be the beneficiaries.
ASSESSING THE NEED
There’s need to rehabilitate the Bumia Primary school well by installing the new pump so as to stop pupils from crossing the road which might be dangerous sometimes, also to uphold the security of the girl child. It is not safe for young girls to walk through sugarcane plantations while looking for water. Rehabilitating the well will enable the school and the entire community to continue enjoying the quality water from the well for the improvement of their health.
The school has School Infrastructure Committee (SIC) which will be strengthened by BWP staff during community education so as understand the better ways of managing their water supply for sustainability.
08/23/2012: Bumia School Well Rehabilitation complete!
Excellent news coming from Bumia, where project staff report that the school staff and students have worked really hard with Bridge Water Project staff to get this project done, and that now water is flowing and serving the people. The site has been handed back to the school, and we look forward to hearing news from them when staff visit in the coming months.
08/15/2012: Community Education Underway At Bumia
Bridge Water Project are in the middle of their community hygiene and sanitation program with the staff and students at Bumia. It is vital that key hygiene messages are worked through prior to the hardware phase, which will take place in the coming weeks. They are making good progress.
A local Kenyan well drilling NGO
Repairing wells can be one of the most efficient ways to bring clean, safe water to a community. When our partners identify old broken down wells, they assess the costs of repairing it vs. replacing it. Often times, it's relativly easy to simply replace a rusted pump or even re-case the hole.
Each repair project is put through the same community mobilization process as a new well. Communities are trained in sanitation and hygiene and long-term follow up is put in place so that the repaired well will work for as long as possible.
A well is being restored for a community in Kenya
Project Type: Well Rehab