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The Water Project: Friends Ikoli Primary School -  Water Storage
The Water Project: Friends Ikoli Primary School -  Water Source Spring
The Water Project: Friends Ikoli Primary School -  Students Line Up At The Latrine
The Water Project: Friends Ikoli Primary School -  Students Collecting Water
The Water Project: Friends Ikoli Primary School -  Students Collecting Water
The Water Project: Friends Ikoli Primary School -  Students Collecting Water
The Water Project: Friends Ikoli Primary School -  Students Collecting Water
The Water Project: Friends Ikoli Primary School -  Students Carrying Water
The Water Project: Friends Ikoli Primary School -  Students Carrying Water
The Water Project: Friends Ikoli Primary School -  Students Carrying Water
The Water Project: Friends Ikoli Primary School -  Students Carrying Water
The Water Project: Friends Ikoli Primary School -  Student Interviewee
The Water Project: Friends Ikoli Primary School -  Student Inside The Kitchen
The Water Project: Friends Ikoli Primary School -  Storage Containers
The Water Project: Friends Ikoli Primary School -  Schools Sign
The Water Project: Friends Ikoli Primary School -  Schools Gate
The Water Project: Friends Ikoli Primary School -  Schools Gate
The Water Project: Friends Ikoli Primary School -  School Compound
The Water Project: Friends Ikoli Primary School -  School Building
The Water Project: Friends Ikoli Primary School -  Madam Laura Teacher
The Water Project: Friends Ikoli Primary School -  Madam Laura Waits For Students Fetching Water
The Water Project: Friends Ikoli Primary School -  Madam Laura
The Water Project: Friends Ikoli Primary School -  Latrine Block
The Water Project: Friends Ikoli Primary School -  Kitchen Outside
The Water Project: Friends Ikoli Primary School -  Kitchen Inside
The Water Project: Friends Ikoli Primary School -  Handwashing Station At The Schools Grounds
The Water Project: Friends Ikoli Primary School -  Garbage Disposal Point
The Water Project: Friends Ikoli Primary School -  Dishrack Outside The Kitchen
The Water Project: Friends Ikoli Primary School -  Community Landscape
The Water Project: Friends Ikoli Primary School -  Classroom With Students
The Water Project: Friends Ikoli Primary School -  Classroom With Students
The Water Project: Friends Ikoli Primary School -  Children Going To The Water Point To Fetch Water
The Water Project: Friends Ikoli Primary School -  Children At The Playground
The Water Project: Friends Ikoli Primary School -  Boys Urinal Pit

Project Status



Project Type:  Borehole Well and Hand Pump

Regional Program: Western Kenya WaSH Program

Project Phase:  Donate to this Project
Estimated Install Date (?):  12/17/2021

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Friends Ikoli Primary School was founded in 1996 to meet the need for a school in the community. Children were attending another school a long distance away, but many would not complete their schooling because of the distance. The community’s poverty level is high, so parents could not afford the alternative of enrolling their children in boarding schools that were far away from home.

The school is in the interior of Malava and surrounded by the Nandi Hills, which can bring cold and chilly weather. The roads surrounding the school are dirt meaning dusty during the dry season and slippery during the rainy season. The school compound is surrounded by trees which makes the school beautiful and also acts as windbreakers.

On average, the students arrive at school by 6:30 AM to draw water for cleaning the toilets and cooking then get to class for their studies. Talking to one student, he said he comes from home at times without having breakfast, and on arrival at school, he is on duty for fetching water but has no energy to pull the container up.

Marango Nyongesa, a teacher, commented, “Personally, I am a class teacher of grade one, and my class normally does not meet the academic targets set. These students draw water in the morning to wash toilets, clean the compound and thus come to class late. I recommend the project be constructed to avoid time wastage and so students will have enough time for their studies.”

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 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 working. 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.

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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.


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