A Year Later: Nguvuli Primary School

October, 2017

“I have enough time to read and do my studies since I no longer have to struggle with the rope and the bucket.”

A year ago, generous donors helped rehabilitate a well for Nguvuli Primary School in Kenya. Because of these gifts and our monthly donors, partners are able to 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 with you.

“I have enough time to read and do my studies since I no longer have to struggle with the rope and the bucket. I have drinking water closer to me.” These words from 15 year old student Kataka Mildred are music to any teacher’s ears! The students at Nguvuli Primary School are excited to have more time to devote to their studies, thanks to a close source of safe, clean water.

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WASH officer Paul Weringa recently had the chance to visit Nguvuli to check up on the water source and see what changes a year of safe water can bring. “The academic and co-curriculum performance of this school has improved over the past one year because of the rehabilitation of the water project in the school. Initially, the pupils would spend a lot of time out of the school pulling water from the open well. This affected the pupils since they could not recover the time wasted for their studies. Today, the school is able to host other schools for games and other activities and this has an advantage for the school.”

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School treasurer Ruth Williams noted three significant improvements since the rehabilitation of the well. “Our pupils have enough time for doing their studies. Unlike the other years, the pupils take the shortest time to access water for drinking. The well has played a major role in improving the hygiene and sanitation of the school. We do not have more pupils being admitted to hospitals because of the outbreak of the waterborne diseases. The well has improved the relationship between the school and the community. Sharing the same source has helped the community members to relate and associate themselves with the activities run in school.” Not only does this well improve the studies and health of the students, it also strengthens the community as everyone rallies around this critical resource.

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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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