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The Water Project: Mutoto Primary School -  The Schools Staffroom
The Water Project: Mutoto Primary School -  The Schools Staffroom
The Water Project: Mutoto Primary School -  The Schools Playground
The Water Project: Mutoto Primary School -  The School Tuition Block
The Water Project: Mutoto Primary School -  Traditional Firewood Storage
The Water Project: Mutoto Primary School -  Small Garden Of Maize
The Water Project: Mutoto Primary School -  The School Kitchen
The Water Project: Mutoto Primary School -  The School Dug Well
The Water Project: Mutoto Primary School -  Primary Water Source
The Water Project: Mutoto Primary School -  Teacher In Charge Of Library
The Water Project: Mutoto Primary School -  Trees Inside School Compound
The Water Project: Mutoto Primary School -  School Library
The Water Project: Mutoto Primary School -  School Gate From Inside
The Water Project: Mutoto Primary School -  Fetching Water From Dug Well
The Water Project: Mutoto Primary School -  Food For The Teachers
The Water Project: Mutoto Primary School -  Fetching Water From Stream
The Water Project: Mutoto Primary School -  Pupils Fetching Water
The Water Project: Mutoto Primary School -  Pupils Fetching Water From Well
The Water Project: Mutoto Primary School -  School Dug Well
The Water Project: Mutoto Primary School -  Pupils Carrying Water To The Kitchen
The Water Project: Mutoto Primary School -  Carrying Water To School
The Water Project: Mutoto Primary School -  Dug Well To The Kitchen
The Water Project: Mutoto Primary School -  Water From Stream To School
The Water Project: Mutoto Primary School -  Water From Stream To School
The Water Project: Mutoto Primary School -  Pupils Attending Lesson
The Water Project: Mutoto Primary School -  Lesson In The Classroom
The Water Project: Mutoto Primary School -  Pupils Access Dug Well For Water
The Water Project: Mutoto Primary School -  Pupil Opening The School Gate
The Water Project: Mutoto Primary School -  Nursery School Children
The Water Project: Mutoto Primary School -  Physical Education Class
The Water Project: Mutoto Primary School -  Mutoto Primary School Sigpost
The Water Project: Mutoto Primary School -  Landscape Of The School
The Water Project: Mutoto Primary School -  Landscape From School
The Water Project: Mutoto Primary School -  John Barasa
The Water Project: Mutoto Primary School -  John Barasa
The Water Project: Mutoto Primary School -  Joakim Omendo Headteacher
The Water Project: Mutoto Primary School -  Joakim Omendo Headteacher
The Water Project: Mutoto Primary School -  Inside The Ecd Classroom
The Water Project: Mutoto Primary School -  Home Made Dishrack
The Water Project: Mutoto Primary School -  Handwashing Stations Used In School
The Water Project: Mutoto Primary School -  Hand Washing Practice
The Water Project: Mutoto Primary School -  Hand Washing Practice
The Water Project: Mutoto Primary School -  Girls Pit Latrines
The Water Project: Mutoto Primary School -  Girls Pit Latrines
The Water Project: Mutoto Primary School -  Girls Pit Latrines
The Water Project: Mutoto Primary School -  Girls Line Up To Use The Pit Latrines
The Water Project: Mutoto Primary School -  Girls Line Up To Use The Pit Latrines
The Water Project: Mutoto Primary School -  Girls Engage In Singing Game
The Water Project: Mutoto Primary School -  Girls Engage In Singing Game
The Water Project: Mutoto Primary School -  Girls Engage In Singing Game
The Water Project: Mutoto Primary School -  Garbage Pit
The Water Project: Mutoto Primary School -  Fire Place
The Water Project: Mutoto Primary School -  Boys Playing Football
The Water Project: Mutoto Primary School -  Playing Football
The Water Project: Mutoto Primary School -  Boys Pit Latrines
The Water Project: Mutoto Primary School -  Boys Pit Latrines
The Water Project: Mutoto Primary School -  Boys Pit Latrines
The Water Project: Mutoto Primary School -  Boys Line To Use The Latrines
The Water Project: Mutoto Primary School -  Boys Line To Use The Latrines
The Water Project: Mutoto Primary School -  Boys Line To Use The Latrines

Project Status



Project Type:  Borehole Well and Hand Pump

Regional Program: Western Kenya WaSH Program

Project Phase:  Donate to this Project
Estimated Install Date (?):  01/28/2022

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Located on fairly flat, rocky land that neighbors the Nandi Hills along the boundary of two provinces, this area is very remote. Members of the community depend on small-scale farming of sugarcane and maize or their small businesses for income.

Mutoto Primary School began as a community school in 2005 with twenty students. In 2010, it was handed over to the government who provided teachers and three new classrooms. The population and the performance of the school continue to grow.

Much of the school day for students is consumed with fetching water. They are forced to carry water from home first thing in the morning to be used for drinking, cooking in the kitchen, and filling handwashing stations, especially during the dry season. In the middle of the day, pupils must fetch more water. They either go to a nearby hand-dug well with dirty collection containers or to the local river an hour’s walk away where people and animals both visit.

Water contamination is a problem that leads to illness and lack of progress for students. In 2013, the area was severely hit with a cholera outbreak forcing the government to intervene by sending health officials. The cause was attributed to poor sanitation and lack of access to clean water. Six hundred and thirty people are in need of a clean water solution in this area.

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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