A Year Later: Eshivembe Primary School

November, 2017

One year after the water project intervention, the pupils from Eshivembe Primary School look healthy, clean and happy.

A year ago, generous donors helped build a rainwater catchment system and latrines for the Eshivembe Primary School in Western Kenya. Because of these gifts and contributions from our monthly donors, partners can visit project sites throughout the year, strengthening relationships with communities and evaluating the actual water project. These consistent visits allow us to learn vital lessons and hear amazing stories – we’re excited to share this one from our partners, Karen Maruti and Joan Were, with you.

One year after the water project intervention, the pupils from Eshivembe Primary School look healthy, clean and happy. Initially the school had no access to safe water which resulted in the students being forced to go and fetch water from a nearby spring 400meters away from the school. With accessibility to water in the school, the pupils can clean their compounds. Cases of absenteeism had also reduced due to drinking safe drinking water.

Head teacher Gilbert Etole spoke about the positive differences he has seen in the year. “I am happy to say that Eshivembe Primary School has not been the same since the project intervention last year. The school’s population has increased by 150 pupils. This was prompted by the pupils coming in from neighboring schools that still have no access to safe water. The school infrastructure has also improved with 2 more additional classes being constructed to accommodate the high influx of students. As you can see, all pupils are now in class with no one running down the stream to get water. We believe this will not only improve their health but also their performance. Thank you!”

11-year-old Jane Nguya was excited to share her experience as well. “We can now sit in class full time and study. No more trips to the spring. Thank you!” Jane said beaming.

There is need to conduct a refresher training on hygiene promotion and maintenance. This is because two of the trained teachers and head teacher were transferred to other schools before the concept had been accepted. We will continue to undertake routine monitoring of this water project and advise the school community accordingly. Dosing will also be done regularly to ensure the children get clean and safe drinking water.

The Water Project and our partners are committed to consistent monitoring of each water source. Our monitoring and evaluation program, made possible by monthly donors, allows us to visit communities up to 4 times a year. Read more about our program and how you can help.

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