This project is part of Bridge Water Project's program in Western Kenya. What follows is direct from them, edited for clarity:
The proposed St. Teresa of Avila Girls Secondary School Water project is a public Boarding Secondary School for girls. The School started in the year 1977 by the converted efforts of St. Teresa Parish under Catholic Mission Eldoret Diocese with an aim of providing Secondary Education to girls of Nandi community, something which was rare since young girls had been neglected in the place of Education. It was believed that educating a girl is a waste of resources. The school since its inception has really molded the lives of many girls from the region and has realized their potential in the society. However, the school having survived for all these years with many challenges, access to quality water supply has been a big challenge among many others.
The school management, teachers and students of St. Teresa of Avila Girls Sec. school have therefore requested Bridge Water Project to intervene in their lack of access to quality water and to drill a bore hole that is aimed at providing quality water for domestic use and improving sanitation and hygiene standards of the entire school and the community in general.
CURRENT WATER SOURCE
The school currently gets water from Lemook river situated 2 km away towards the east of the school. The water is pumped from Lemook river to the community using an old leister diesel engine pump managed by Kipsigirio community water project. The water is not treated hence causing breakouts of water borne diseases and as a result Typhoid fever among students and community members is chronic. Turbidity value of water from Lemook river is 80 below the WHO recommendations. The lister Engine pump often fails due to mechanical problems hence not being able for the school to get water available for their daily use.
The school records an enrollment of 315 students,20 teaching staff and 26 non-teaching staff and a total of 300 community members that would benefit from the source if provided.
HYGIENE AND SANITATION
There are 12 pit latrines that are washed 3 times a week, clothes lines are available for the students to hung their clothes on. Hand washing points and detergent soap is available outside some of the toilets. There is compost pit where liters are burned from.
The kitchen and dining hall are clean.
If the well is drilled, it will benefit St. Teresa of Avila Girls- Ndalat, St. Teresa Pre-paratory Primary school, Kamulat Primary school, Ndalat Dispensary and St. Teresa Catholic Parish community.
ASSESSING THE NEED
Based on the baseline survey carried out by Bridge Water staff, there is a great need to drill a bore hole for St. Teresa Girls that will enable the school access to quality water for their domestic use and to improve the hygiene and sanitation standards . Having a quality water supply in the school will also improve Health status of the school and entire community of Kipsigirio.
The School Management committee that already exists will ensure that the water supply is maintained and the same will be emphasized towards the maintenance of the source.