This project is part of Bridge Water Project's program in Western Kenya. What follows is direct from them:
Ebuyalu primary school was started in 1952 and sponsored by the Church of God of Kenya- Buyalu Branch. The Church of God 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 Nursary school to standard Eight They have an extra unit of children with special needs. They now have a secoundary school that was started in 1986 that will also benefit from this source if provided. 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. The pupils because of saving time feed in school and therefore making it difficult to fulfill the feeding programme if there is no clean water for use. Having such young kids is very difficult to make them come with water every day which they do now but the quality of water is compromised.
CURRENT WATER SOURCE
The school access water from Ochando stream which is 1km away hence the quality of water is not good and again it dries up during dry seasons. The students as they go to that stream they collide with the villagers due water as they surpass the villagers in drawing the water due to their large numbers. The school has roof catchment project that was supported by Africa now but the tanks are no longer working to benefit the pupils.
The school population is as follows:
Students 724pupils, 368girls and 356 boys
Ecd pupils 80 48 boys and 32 girls
Special unit 68 41 boys and 27 girls
Secondary 350 students
Support staff 3
Community 30 households (approx. 5 members per household)
(Editor's Note: While this many people may have access on any given day, realistically a single water source can only support a population of 350-500 people. To learn more, click here.)
HYGIENE AND SANITATION
The school has 6 pit latrines which serves the Girls and 4 latrines for Boys and 1 for Teachers. They 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 is trying to see if they can get money to build asset of abolution block.
If a well is drilled it will benefit the pupils and students of Ebuyalu learning institutions and the surrounding Ebuyalu community.
ASSESSING THE NEED
There is need to intervene and drill a well at the school compound so that the pupils,students 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 programme 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.