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The Water Project: Friends Kaimosi Special Primary School -  Student Playing With Water
The Water Project: Friends Kaimosi Special Primary School -  Student Quenches Thirst
The Water Project: Friends Kaimosi Special Primary School -  Student Takes Water
The Water Project: Friends Kaimosi Special Primary School -  Students Fetching Water
The Water Project: Friends Kaimosi Special Primary School -  Students Fetching Water
The Water Project: Friends Kaimosi Special Primary School -  Teacher Enjoys Pumping Water
The Water Project: Friends Kaimosi Special Primary School -  Student Playing With Water
The Water Project: Friends Kaimosi Special Primary School -  Smiles At The Water Point
The Water Project: Friends Kaimosi Special Primary School -  Playing With Water
The Water Project: Friends Kaimosi Special Primary School -  Mercy Enjoys Water
The Water Project: Friends Kaimosi Special Primary School -  Mercy Fetching Water
The Water Project: Friends Kaimosi Special Primary School -  Mercy Washing Her Face
The Water Project: Friends Kaimosi Special Primary School -  Mercy And Teacher At Water
The Water Project: Friends Kaimosi Special Primary School -  Happy Faces At Water Point
The Water Project: Friends Kaimosi Special Primary School -  A Girl Enjoying Water
The Water Project: Friends Kaimosi Special Primary School -  Girls At Vip Latrine
The Water Project: Friends Kaimosi Special Primary School -  Girls At Vip
The Water Project: Friends Kaimosi Special Primary School -  Boys At Vip Latrines
The Water Project: Friends Kaimosi Special Primary School -  Belina Wanjala
The Water Project: Friends Kaimosi Special Primary School -  Celebrating The Training Team
The Water Project: Friends Kaimosi Special Primary School -  Dental Hygiene Demonstration
The Water Project: Friends Kaimosi Special Primary School -  Dental Hygiene Demonstration
The Water Project: Friends Kaimosi Special Primary School -  Giving Participants Toothbrushes
The Water Project: Friends Kaimosi Special Primary School -  Handwashing Demonstration
The Water Project: Friends Kaimosi Special Primary School -  Handwashing Lesson
The Water Project: Friends Kaimosi Special Primary School -  Having A Laugh
The Water Project: Friends Kaimosi Special Primary School -  How To Make Soap
The Water Project: Friends Kaimosi Special Primary School -  Leadership And Governance Session
The Water Project: Friends Kaimosi Special Primary School -  Mercy
The Water Project: Friends Kaimosi Special Primary School -  Participant Receives Gift
The Water Project: Friends Kaimosi Special Primary School -  Soap Making Demonstration
The Water Project: Friends Kaimosi Special Primary School -  Soap Solution Process
The Water Project: Friends Kaimosi Special Primary School -  Student Demonstrates Mask Wearing
The Water Project: Friends Kaimosi Special Primary School -  Teachers And Principal Learn Soapmaking
The Water Project: Friends Kaimosi Special Primary School -  Training Covid Hygiene
The Water Project: Friends Kaimosi Special Primary School -  Training On Dental Hygiene
The Water Project: Friends Kaimosi Special Primary School -  Training On Dental Hygiene
The Water Project: Friends Kaimosi Special Primary School -  Training On Handwashing
The Water Project: Friends Kaimosi Special Primary School -  Training On Menstrual Hygiene
The Water Project: Friends Kaimosi Special Primary School -  Training On Menstrual Hygiene
The Water Project: Friends Kaimosi Special Primary School -  Vip Latrines
The Water Project: Friends Kaimosi Special Primary School -  The Drilling Rig
The Water Project: Friends Kaimosi Special Primary School -  The Drilling Rig
The Water Project: Friends Kaimosi Special Primary School -  Ground Breaking By Regional Director
The Water Project: Friends Kaimosi Special Primary School -  Principal At Ground Breaking
The Water Project: Friends Kaimosi Special Primary School -  Groundbreaking
The Water Project: Friends Kaimosi Special Primary School -  Groundbreaking
The Water Project: Friends Kaimosi Special Primary School -  Soil Removal
The Water Project: Friends Kaimosi Special Primary School -  Adding Drilling Rod
The Water Project: Friends Kaimosi Special Primary School -  Adding Drilling Rod
The Water Project: Friends Kaimosi Special Primary School -  Surface Casing
The Water Project: Friends Kaimosi Special Primary School -  Surface Casing
The Water Project: Friends Kaimosi Special Primary School -  Changing The Hammer
The Water Project: Friends Kaimosi Special Primary School -  Changing The Hammer
The Water Project: Friends Kaimosi Special Primary School -  Surface Water At Meters
The Water Project: Friends Kaimosi Special Primary School -  Adding Drilling Rods
The Water Project: Friends Kaimosi Special Primary School -  Soil Layer Samples
The Water Project: Friends Kaimosi Special Primary School -  Pvc Casing
The Water Project: Friends Kaimosi Special Primary School -  Pvc Casing
The Water Project: Friends Kaimosi Special Primary School -  Pvc
The Water Project: Friends Kaimosi Special Primary School -  Screened Casing Pvc
The Water Project: Friends Kaimosi Special Primary School -  Gravelling
The Water Project: Friends Kaimosi Special Primary School -  Gravelling
The Water Project: Friends Kaimosi Special Primary School -  Flashing
The Water Project: Friends Kaimosi Special Primary School -  Flashing
The Water Project: Friends Kaimosi Special Primary School -  Flashing
The Water Project: Friends Kaimosi Special Primary School -  Sealing The Pvc
The Water Project: Friends Kaimosi Special Primary School -  Sealing The Pvc
The Water Project: Friends Kaimosi Special Primary School -  Apron Construction
The Water Project: Friends Kaimosi Special Primary School -  Apron Construction
The Water Project: Friends Kaimosi Special Primary School -  Fixing The Pump Stand
The Water Project: Friends Kaimosi Special Primary School -  Fixing The Pump Stand
The Water Project: Friends Kaimosi Special Primary School -  Plastering Apron And Pad
The Water Project: Friends Kaimosi Special Primary School -  Plastering Apron And Pad
The Water Project: Friends Kaimosi Special Primary School -  Plastering Apron And Pad
The Water Project: Friends Kaimosi Special Primary School -  Tile Fixing
The Water Project: Friends Kaimosi Special Primary School -  Test Pumping
The Water Project: Friends Kaimosi Special Primary School -  Test Pumping
The Water Project: Friends Kaimosi Special Primary School -  Instaling Pump Rods
The Water Project: Friends Kaimosi Special Primary School -  Instaling Pump Rods
The Water Project: Friends Kaimosi Special Primary School -  Assembling The Pump Head
The Water Project: Friends Kaimosi Special Primary School -  Mounting The Pump Head
The Water Project: Friends Kaimosi Special Primary School -  Installing Arm For Pumping
The Water Project: Friends Kaimosi Special Primary School -  Testing The Pump
The Water Project: Friends Kaimosi Special Primary School -  Foundation Setting
The Water Project: Friends Kaimosi Special Primary School -  Foundation Setting
The Water Project: Friends Kaimosi Special Primary School -  Foundation Setting
The Water Project: Friends Kaimosi Special Primary School -  Brick Work
The Water Project: Friends Kaimosi Special Primary School -  Brick Work
The Water Project: Friends Kaimosi Special Primary School -  Brick Work
The Water Project: Friends Kaimosi Special Primary School -  Brick Work
The Water Project: Friends Kaimosi Special Primary School -  Fitting Door Frames
The Water Project: Friends Kaimosi Special Primary School -  Fitting Door Frames
The Water Project: Friends Kaimosi Special Primary School -  Plaster Works
The Water Project: Friends Kaimosi Special Primary School -  Plaster Works
The Water Project: Friends Kaimosi Special Primary School -  Plaster Works
The Water Project: Friends Kaimosi Special Primary School -  Collecting Water
The Water Project: Friends Kaimosi Special Primary School -  Carrying Water Into The Kitchen
The Water Project: Friends Kaimosi Special Primary School -  Carrying Water
The Water Project: Friends Kaimosi Special Primary School -  Carrying Water
The Water Project: Friends Kaimosi Special Primary School -  Small Plastic Water Tank
The Water Project: Friends Kaimosi Special Primary School -  Adding To The Water Storage
The Water Project: Friends Kaimosi Special Primary School -  Water Storage
The Water Project: Friends Kaimosi Special Primary School -  Class Session
The Water Project: Friends Kaimosi Special Primary School -  Class Session
The Water Project: Friends Kaimosi Special Primary School -  Class Session
The Water Project: Friends Kaimosi Special Primary School -  Classroom Buidings
The Water Project: Friends Kaimosi Special Primary School -  Dishrack
The Water Project: Friends Kaimosi Special Primary School -  Dormitory
The Water Project: Friends Kaimosi Special Primary School -  Garbage Disposal Burning In Process
The Water Project: Friends Kaimosi Special Primary School -  Inside A Dormitory
The Water Project: Friends Kaimosi Special Primary School -  Kitchen Staff At Work
The Water Project: Friends Kaimosi Special Primary School -  Latrine Block
The Water Project: Friends Kaimosi Special Primary School -  Latrine Block
The Water Project: Friends Kaimosi Special Primary School -  Meals Preparation
The Water Project: Friends Kaimosi Special Primary School -  Mopping The Dining Hall
The Water Project: Friends Kaimosi Special Primary School -  On The Playground
The Water Project: Friends Kaimosi Special Primary School -  Playing Field
The Water Project: Friends Kaimosi Special Primary School -  Principal Florence Ondari
The Water Project: Friends Kaimosi Special Primary School -  Pupils Playing
The Water Project: Friends Kaimosi Special Primary School -  School Farm
The Water Project: Friends Kaimosi Special Primary School -  Student John
The Water Project: Friends Kaimosi Special Primary School -  Tending To The Stove

Project Status



Project Type:  Borehole Well and Hand Pump

Regional Program: Western Kenya WaSH Program

Impact: 329 Served

Project Phase:  In Service - Aug 2021

Functionality Status:  Functional

Last Checkup: 08/04/2022

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“Life has not been good since I joined this school,” said John, a pupil at Friends Kaimosi Special Primary School.

“Challenges have occurred, weakening my ability to concentrate on my studies as I spend more time on collecting water due to its daily needs. Good hygiene practices cannot be achieved using unsafe water, thus giving me a hard time as I have to reuse my school uniform. Even bathing is not done daily.”

“Due to the frequent consumption of unclean water, we regularly take pupils to health facilities who have contracted waterborne diseases because their immune system has been weakened over time,” added Principal Florence Ondari.

John and Principal Ondari represent the daily challenges each of the 297 students and 32 teachers and staff at Friends Kaimosi Special Primary School face due to their severe clean water shortage.

Established in 1998 under the Friends Quaker Church’s sponsorship, the school is proudly known for empowering pupils with education and co-curricular activities. But the school has always struggled to provide enough clean and safe water for students.

To date, there is just one small plastic rain tank that is meant to serve the entire school’s drinking, cooking, and cleaning needs. As an all-boarding school, the school’s water needs are particularly high as students require all of their meals, showers, and laundry to come from the school.

The school relies on sending students and staff to a protected spring in the village to fetch additional water for school use. But not all students are physically able to access the spring, and many cannot be sent without staff to assist and supervise them. That means the same few students and staff are repeatedly sent to the spring, taking away a lot of their class time and time for other activities. This negatively impacts students’ academic performance and drags morale down.

The jerrycans students use to ferry water are very dirty, and sometimes water is mishandled on the walk back to class, contaminating it. Students report cases of typhoid and cholera, requiring their parents to pay for their medical treatment. Economically, most of the students’ parents are low-income earners and have little money to spare. Their children’s water-related illnesses at school are draining their financial resources.

Without sufficient water, basic hygiene and sanitation practices have to be sacrificed. As John mentioned, laundry and bathing are not guaranteed, along with handwashing and cleaning the latrines. The students are living in unnecessary discomfort and unhealthy conditions due to their school’s lack of water.

What We Can Do:

New Well

We conducted a hydrogeological survey at this school, and the results indicated the water table beneath it is an ideal candidate for a borehole well. Due to a borehole well’s unique ability to tap into a safe, year-round water column, it will be poised to serve all of the water needs for this school’s large boarding population, even through the dry months.

The school will help collect the needed construction materials such as sand, rocks, and water for mixing cement. They will also provide housing and meals for the work team, in addition to providing local laborers. We will complement their materials by providing an expert team of artisans and drilling professionals, tools, hardware, and the hand-pump. Once finished, the school’s students and staff will use water from the well and staff for drinking, handwashing, cooking, cleaning, and much more.

The school and we strongly believe that all of these components will work together to improve standards at this school, which will help lead to better student academic performance and unlock the opportunity for these students to live better, healthier lives.

Handwashing Stations

The student health club will oversee the two new handwashing stations we will provide and ensure they are kept clean and in working condition. The club leaders will fill the handwashing stations with water daily and make sure they are always supplied with a cleaning agent such as soap or ash.

VIP Latrines

Two triple-door latrine blocks will be constructed with local materials that the school will help gather. Three doors will serve the girls, and three doors will serve the boys. These new latrines will have cement floors designed to be easy to use and clean. And with a rain tank right on school property, there should be enough water to keep them clean.

Training on Health, Hygiene, COVID-19, and More

We will hold a one-day intensive training session with students, teachers, and parents. This training will cover a wide range of topics, including COVID-19 symptoms, transmission routes, prevention; personal and environmental hygiene; and the operation and maintenance of the rain tank, latrines, and handwashing stations. There will be a special emphasis on handwashing.

Our team of facilitators will use various methods to train, including participatory hygiene and sanitation transformation and asset-based community development. We will initiate a student health club, which will prepare students to lead other pupils into healthy habits at school and home. We will also lead lectures, group discussions and provide illustrative handouts to teach health topics and promote good hygiene practices within the school, including handwashing and water treatment. We will then conduct a series of follow-up training before transitioning to our regularly scheduled support visits throughout the year.

Project Updates


08/17/2021: Friends Kaimosi Special Primary School Project Complete!

We are excited to share that Friends Kaimosi Special Primary School in Kenya now has access to a new source of safe, clean water thanks to the completion of their new borehole well! Students and staff are already using the well’s flowing water, which will provide them with a reliable source of water for all of their daily needs.

We installed new latrines and handwashing stations for students, and we trained the school on improved sanitation and hygiene practices, including COVID-19 prevention. These components work together to unlock the opportunity for these students to live better, healthier lives.


"I thank God for giving us this chance of change in our lives. I really celebrate the new standard of hygiene set in our school. As a head girl, doing manual cleaning (washing clothes, bathing) will be easier compared to previous days when we had water challenges," said Mercy K.

Teachers were just as excited as the students about the new well on campus.

"With water within our school compound, we are able to cover our syllabus, and this will lead to good results. Pupils will not waste their precious time," said teacher Belina Wanzala.

How We Got the Water Flowing

Parents, staff, and students all played a part in this well’s success. After determining the best site for the well through a hydrogeological survey, we obtained approval and a license through the government to begin drilling the new well.

To prepare for the project, the school helped collect fine sand and water for our artisans to use in making cement. When everything was ready, and the students went home from class for the weekend (drilling is a very loud process!), our drill team and staff arrived at the school to begin work.


The drilling process can take up to three consecutive days to complete due to this region’s hard bedrock, so when the drill team arrived, they set up a small camp where they could rest and refuel in shifts near the drill rig. The school’s kitchen staff and a few parents helped provide meals for the team, while the school provided a safe place for the artisans’ accommodations and materials. People of all ages came to watch the well’s progress throughout each day.

Drilling commenced with excitement in the air. As the rig progressed, the team drove down a temporary casing to keep the walls from collapsing. We continued drilling to reach a final depth of 100 meters with a final static water level of 9 meters.

The team replaced the temporary casing with a permanent version and then bailed out the dirty water at the bottom of the well. They installed the pipes and flushed them, tested the well’s yield, and chlorinated the water.

Water!

Following chlorination, we constructed a cement well pad to seal off the well from any ground-level contaminants. The pad includes tiles beneath the drawing area to help protect the cement from the erosive force of the water, and a short drainage channel to carry spilled water away from the pump, preventing standing water at the access point. At the end of the drainage channel, we also dug a soak pit that helps absorb the runoff into the ground, further eliminating stagnant water.

When the well pad was dry, we installed a new stainless steel AfriDev handpump and took a water quality test to send to a government lab. The results came back announcing that this water is safe for drinking!

When the students and teachers arrived back at school, their enthusiasm for this much-anticipated project was overwhelming. We officially handed over the new borehole to the school.


Students and staff celebrated the presence of clean water on campus. The event was an excellent chance for us to acknowledge the school administration and students as the primary parties entrusted with the tools we have given and remind them of our continued support as they develop. Happiness, thanksgiving, and appreciation were the order of the day, flowing in all directions.

VIP Latrines


This project funded the installation of six new ventilated improved pit (VIP) latrines, three for the girls and three for the boys. These new latrines have cement floors designed to be easy to use and clean, locking doors for safety and privacy, and vents designed to keep air flowing up and out through the roof. With a rain tank right on school property, there should be enough water to keep them clean.

Handwashing Stations

Having a good laugh together

The two handwashing stations were set up during training and handed over to the student health club. These were placed outside of the girls’ and boys’ latrines to encourage handwashing after latrine use. Health club members will teach other students how to wash their hands at the stations properly, make sure the stations are filled with water, and ensure that there is always a cleaning agent such as soap or ash available.

New Knowledge

We scheduled hygiene and sanitation training with the school’s staff, who ensured that the training date would be convenient for pupils and teachers. When the training day arrived, facilitators Victor Musemi, Erick Wagaka, and Amos Misiko deployed to the site to lead the event. Twenty-two students, teachers, and community-based leaders attended the training outside the classrooms under a shade tree.


We focused on COVID-19 prevention, transmission, and symptoms while also covering several other topics. These included personal hygiene such as bathing, oral hygiene, and the ten steps of handwashing; environmental hygiene; child rights; operation and maintenance of the rain tank, latrines, and handwashing stations; and leadership and governance. During the latter, the students elected their peers to lead their newly formed student health club.

The teachers and Principal learn how to make soap

The club will be significantly involved in the water, sanitation, and hygiene project management at school. It will be responsible for encouraging good health and hygiene practices amongst their peers, teachers, and the larger community. We involved stretches, dances, and physical activities between each topic to keep the pupils’ energy up and their minds active. By the end of the training, each pupil understood their role in sustaining clean water and good health within their school community.

Students thanking the trainers

"I am very grateful to be one of the participants during this training. I have really gained a lot of knowledge and am ready to share with other pupils and family back at home. This will help both of us to improve our sanitation standards," said Marcy E., a 14-year-old student.

"Through the training, we can now make masks and train others [about] which are the best and affordable. Creating more awareness in other areas, especially in our community, on the importance of adherence to COVID-19 measures," said Brian O., a member of the student health club.

Practicing safety measures

We asked Brian what it was like to be at home for most of the last year due to Kenya's national coronavirus-related school closures and what it has been like coming back to school.

"Being at home for one full year is a big loss," Brian said. "Being a pupil, I really missed learning activities, sports, and socializing with others which affected my timetable [academic calendar]. It is a privilege to be back at school. My prayer is that each and everyone adheres to rules and regulations put in place so that schools cannot close again because of increased numbers of the COVID-19 virus."

When an issue arises concerning the water project, the students and teachers are equipped with the necessary skills to rectify the problem and ensure the water point works appropriately. However, if the issue is beyond their capabilities, they can contact our field officers to assist them. Also, we will continue to offer them unmatchable support as a part of our ongoing monitoring and maintenance program.

Thank you for making all of this possible!


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07/12/2021: Friends Kaimosi Special Primary School Project Underway!

A severe clean water shortage at Friends Kaimosi Special Primary School drains students’ time, energy, and health. Thanks to your generosity, we’re working to install a clean water point and much more.

Get to know this school through the introduction and pictures we’ve posted, and read about this water, sanitation, and hygiene project. We look forward to reaching out with more good news!


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Project Type

Borehole and Hand Pump

Girls and women walk long distances for water when safe water is very often right under their feet! Underground rivers, called aquifers, often contain a constant supply of safe water – but you have to get to it. No matter what machine or piece of equipment is used, all drilling is aiming for a borehole that reaches into an aquifer. If the aquifer has water - and after the well is developed - we are able to pull water to the surface utilizing a hand-pump. If all goes as planned, the community is left with a safe, closed water source providing around 5 gallons of water a minute through a hand-pump.


Contributors

Data Abstract Solutions, Inc.
Michael Seyoums Avodah La'Olam Project
Generations of Jane, and, Philip, and Barbara, and Kharlos for rivers of living water blessings
Numined Diamonds
West Woods Upper Elementary School
National Association of University Women North Jersey Branch
Wheatland Middle School Student Council
Smith Middle School Red Cross Club
United Way of Great Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey
Facebook Donations
Holy-Rollers Inc.
General Motors - Spring Hill, Tennessee
Boston Scientific employee match
Crossroads Christian Church
Medtronic Employee match
67 individual donor(s)