This project is part of Bridge Water Project's program in Western Kenya. What follows is direct from them:
The proposed Mahakini Preparatory School is a Mixed Day and Boarding Primary School, Started in the year, 1997 through the efforts of St. Philip Anglican Church of Kenya (A. C. K) with an aim of eradicating illiteracy in the area where the church serves. Since the inception of Mahakini School many children have made their ways to recognized secondary school in the republic of Kenya. Despite the fact that the school does very well academically, its big challenge among many others is access to quality water supply. The school management committee made a request to Bridge Water Project office requesting for an intervention into the situation and provide a solution through the drilling a borehole for their school.
CURRENT WATER SOURCE
The school currently gets water from Chepngesu river located 1km Eastern side of the school. The water records a turbid value of 90 below the (WHO) recommendation. During long dry spell the school boils the water before it is served for drinking but during heavy rains, the river over flows hence water being highly contaminated with lots dirt hence not being possible for any human consumption at all.
During rainy seasons the school harvests water in a 5,000 litres Masonry Tank, 6,000 upvc Tank and a 2,300 upvc Tank from the school roofs and due to high consumption the harvested water in tanks doesn’t fulfill the school water domestic requirements. Teachers and pupils always suffer from Typhoid diseases hence not being able to attend their lessons fully.
The school has enrollment of Girls 147, Boys 195, teachers 18, none teaching staff 16 a total population of 426 people.
SANITATION AND HYGIENE
The school has a kitchen where food is prepared from, outside the kitchen there is a dish rack where the utensils are dried. There are pit latrines, Girls 6, Boys 5 and teachers 5. These toilets are rarely washed since water is not easily accessed. The school has bathrooms for both Girls and Boys with cloth lines where clothes are dried. There’s a compost pit where litter is dumped. There are no hands washing stations in the school.
The pupils and teaches of Mahakini School will be the beneficiaries if the borehole will be drilled.
ASSESSING THE NEED
There’s need to drill a borehole for Mahakini Preparatory School that is aimed at improving sanitation and hygiene status of the entire school. It will also enable pupils to access quality water and reduce water borne disease cases in both pupils and staff.
If a well is drilled, it will enable the pupils to spend more time on their studies and co-curriculum activities instead of going to the river.
The school management already has a water committee which will be trained in WASH methodologies by BWP WASH staff before implementation of the project. Training will target pupils and teachers.