This project is part of Bridge Water Project's program in Western Kenya. What follows is direct from them:
The proposed St. Peters Elukala primary school was started in 2009 and sponsored by the Catholic Church. The Catholic Church has been in the fore front of supporting communities to enhance Education and seeing that kids don’t go long distances in search of Education. The school currently offers education from baby class to standard six. The school however faces the challenge of access to quality water for their domestic use. The church management committee and the School have therefore requested Bridge Water Project to intervene in the matter and drill a borehole that is aimed at providing quality water for domestic use and improving sanitation and hygiene standards of the pupils.
CURRENT WATER SOURCE:
The school access water from a stream which is 500m away hence the quality of water is not good and again it dries up during dry seasons.
The school population is as follows:
Support staff 2
Community 30 households (approx. 5 members per household)
HYGIENE AND SANITATION:
The school has two pit latrines which serve the pupils and the latrines are washed daily and the classrooms are washed twice per week. There is no hand washing points neither outside the classrooms nor at the toilets. The school has a water filter which is not enough to filter water for the whole school as required.
If a well is drilled it will benefit the pupils of and the surrounding Elukala community.
ASSESSING THE NEED:
There is need to intervene and drill a well at the school compound so that the pupils and the entire community can have access to clean and safe water for their domestic use. With availability of a reliable well, the school will start a health club that will instill good health habits to the learners hence making them hand washing champions, the feeding program will help the kids not to waste a lot of time going home at lunch time therefore having enough time to read and improving their performance in school.
The water committee is already there and it will be strengthened during sanitation and hygiene workshop prior to the implementation of the project. The water committee will comprise of the, teachers on staff and community members.