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The Water Project: Siekuti Primary School -  Laughing
The Water Project: Siekuti Primary School -  Playing With Water
The Water Project: Siekuti Primary School -  Relieved
The Water Project: Siekuti Primary School -  So Much Easier
The Water Project: Siekuti Primary School -  Affixing Drill Bit
The Water Project: Siekuti Primary School -  Drill Hammer
The Water Project: Siekuti Primary School -  Drilling Begins
The Water Project: Siekuti Primary School -  Groundbreaking
The Water Project: Siekuti Primary School -  Underway
The Water Project: Siekuti Primary School -  Drilling
The Water Project: Siekuti Primary School -  Drilling
The Water Project: Siekuti Primary School -  Drilling Process
The Water Project: Siekuti Primary School -  Mounting Drill Rods
The Water Project: Siekuti Primary School -  Mounting Drill Rods
The Water Project: Siekuti Primary School -  Soil Samples
The Water Project: Siekuti Primary School -  Adding Drilling Foam
The Water Project: Siekuti Primary School -  Adding Drilling Foam
The Water Project: Siekuti Primary School -  Gravelling
The Water Project: Siekuti Primary School -  Gravelling
The Water Project: Siekuti Primary School -  Pvc Casing Installation
The Water Project: Siekuti Primary School -  Pvc Casing Installation
The Water Project: Siekuti Primary School -  Surface Casing
The Water Project: Siekuti Primary School -  Surface Casing
The Water Project: Siekuti Primary School -  Flushing
The Water Project: Siekuti Primary School -  Flushing
The Water Project: Siekuti Primary School -  Test Pumping
The Water Project: Siekuti Primary School -  Testing The Yield
The Water Project: Siekuti Primary School -  Bottom Flange
The Water Project: Siekuti Primary School -  Casting Slab
The Water Project: Siekuti Primary School -  Casting Slab
The Water Project: Siekuti Primary School -  Community Helping
The Water Project: Siekuti Primary School -  Fitting The Pump Stand
The Water Project: Siekuti Primary School -  Fitting The Pump Stand
The Water Project: Siekuti Primary School -  Plastering Works
The Water Project: Siekuti Primary School -  Plastering Works
The Water Project: Siekuti Primary School -  Tile Fixing
The Water Project: Siekuti Primary School -  Fitting The Handle
The Water Project: Siekuti Primary School -  Fitting The Handle
The Water Project: Siekuti Primary School -  Pipe Installation
The Water Project: Siekuti Primary School -  Pipe Installation
The Water Project: Siekuti Primary School -  Pump Head Fixing
The Water Project: Siekuti Primary School -  Pump Head Fixing
The Water Project: Siekuti Primary School -  Pump Rods
The Water Project: Siekuti Primary School -  Pump Rods
The Water Project: Siekuti Primary School -  Latrine Foundation
The Water Project: Siekuti Primary School -  Latrine Foundation
The Water Project: Siekuti Primary School -  Brick Work
The Water Project: Siekuti Primary School -  Latrine Brick Work
The Water Project: Siekuti Primary School -  Ouside Plastering
The Water Project: Siekuti Primary School -  Boys At Their Latrines
The Water Project: Siekuti Primary School -  Girls At Their Latrines
The Water Project: Siekuti Primary School -  Girls Latrine Block
The Water Project: Siekuti Primary School -  Latrines For Boys
The Water Project: Siekuti Primary School -  Water Point
The Water Project: Siekuti Primary School -  Covid Prevention
The Water Project: Siekuti Primary School -  Dental Hygiene
The Water Project: Siekuti Primary School -  Girl Washing Her Hands
The Water Project: Siekuti Primary School -  Handwashing
The Water Project: Siekuti Primary School -  Handwashing
The Water Project: Siekuti Primary School -  Handwashing Demo
The Water Project: Siekuti Primary School -  Handwashing Exercise
The Water Project: Siekuti Primary School -  New Toothbrushes
The Water Project: Siekuti Primary School -  Note Taking
The Water Project: Siekuti Primary School -  Note Taking
The Water Project: Siekuti Primary School -  Oral Hygiene
The Water Project: Siekuti Primary School -  Practice Handwashing
The Water Project: Siekuti Primary School -  Proper Mask Wearing
The Water Project: Siekuti Primary School -  Questions
The Water Project: Siekuti Primary School -  Soap Making
The Water Project: Siekuti Primary School -  Soap Making
The Water Project: Siekuti Primary School -  Soap Making
The Water Project: Siekuti Primary School -  Soap Making
The Water Project: Siekuti Primary School -  Soap Making
The Water Project: Siekuti Primary School -  Soap Making
The Water Project: Siekuti Primary School -  Training Group
The Water Project: Siekuti Primary School -  Training In Session
The Water Project: Siekuti Primary School -  Training In Session
The Water Project: Siekuti Primary School -  Well Maintenance
The Water Project: Siekuti Primary School -  Well Maintenance
The Water Project: Siekuti Primary School -  Well Maintenance
The Water Project: Siekuti Primary School -  Briton M
The Water Project: Siekuti Primary School -  Johnson Muganzi
The Water Project: Siekuti Primary School -  Shaline K
The Water Project: Siekuti Primary School -  Big Smiles
The Water Project: Siekuti Primary School -  Boys Carrying Water
The Water Project: Siekuti Primary School -  Boys Carrying Water
The Water Project: Siekuti Primary School -  Boys Carrying Water
The Water Project: Siekuti Primary School -  Cheers
The Water Project: Siekuti Primary School -  Clear Water
The Water Project: Siekuti Primary School -  Fetching Water
The Water Project: Siekuti Primary School -  Fetching Water
The Water Project: Siekuti Primary School -  Girl Pumping Water
The Water Project: Siekuti Primary School -  Playing With Water
The Water Project: Siekuti Primary School -  Pumping Water
The Water Project: Siekuti Primary School -  Water Storage
The Water Project: Siekuti Primary School -  Water Storage Containers
The Water Project: Siekuti Primary School -  Water Source
The Water Project: Siekuti Primary School -  Students Playing
The Water Project: Siekuti Primary School -  Students Playing
The Water Project: Siekuti Primary School -  Students On School Grounds
The Water Project: Siekuti Primary School -  Students Inside Classroom
The Water Project: Siekuti Primary School -  Students In Class
The Water Project: Siekuti Primary School -  Students At Water Source
The Water Project: Siekuti Primary School -  Sign Post
The Water Project: Siekuti Primary School -  Shaline Khakuya
The Water Project: Siekuti Primary School -  Shaline Fetching Water
The Water Project: Siekuti Primary School -  Shaline
The Water Project: Siekuti Primary School -  Schools Layout
The Water Project: Siekuti Primary School -  School Gate
The Water Project: Siekuti Primary School -  School Buildings
The Water Project: Siekuti Primary School -  School Buildings
The Water Project: Siekuti Primary School -  Outside The Kitchen
The Water Project: Siekuti Primary School -  Latrine
The Water Project: Siekuti Primary School -  Johnson Muganzi
The Water Project: Siekuti Primary School -  Johnson And Shaline
The Water Project: Siekuti Primary School -  Inside Kitchen
The Water Project: Siekuti Primary School -  Inside Kitchen
The Water Project: Siekuti Primary School -  Girls At Latrine
The Water Project: Siekuti Primary School -  Dishrack
The Water Project: Siekuti Primary School -  Dishrack
The Water Project: Siekuti Primary School -  Briton Fetching Water
The Water Project: Siekuti Primary School -  Briton Fetching Water
The Water Project: Siekuti Primary School -  Briton Carrying Water
The Water Project: Siekuti Primary School -  Briton
The Water Project: Siekuti Primary School -  Boys Latrine Block
The Water Project: Siekuti Primary School -  Boys In Their Pit Latrine
The Water Project: Siekuti Primary School -  At The Water Point
The Water Project: Siekuti Primary School -  Carrying Water
The Water Project: Siekuti Primary School -  Carrying Water
The Water Project: Siekuti Primary School -  Carrying Water
The Water Project: Siekuti Primary School -  Carrying Water
The Water Project: Siekuti Primary School -  Carrying Water
The Water Project: Siekuti Primary School -  Water Source
The Water Project: Siekuti Primary School -  Water Source
The Water Project: Siekuti Primary School -  Stream
The Water Project: Siekuti Primary School -  Fetching Water
The Water Project: Siekuti Primary School -  Fetching Water
The Water Project: Siekuti Primary School -  Fetching Water
The Water Project: Siekuti Primary School -  Fetching Water
The Water Project: Siekuti Primary School -  Fetching Water

Project Status



Project Type:  Borehole Well and Hand Pump

Regional Program: Western Kenya WaSH Program

Impact: 915 Served

Project Phase:  In Service - Jan 2022

Functionality Status:  Functional

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At Esiukuti Primary School, waterborne diseases are an everyday problem. Drinking contaminated water has led to absenteeism among students, staff, and even teachers. Unfortunately, a few times, drinking unsafe water has cost students their lives. There have been several untimely deaths in the school community. Students are suffering psychologically as well as physically.

The school has a rain tank, but its limited capacity is not anywhere near enough for the 900 students and 15 staff. This sends students scrambling over hills and trudging through mud to fill jerrycans with water that community members often water their livestock with.

“It has really impacted me negatively since the rainwater harvesting is not reliable, but we are using it for a shorter period of time, which is not solving the water crisis in the school,” said Head Teacher Johnson Muganzi (pictured below). “I am forced to take water that the pupils are bringing from home, which is very contaminated and leads to diseases that make me to be absent from the school.”

“There is no concentration in studies due to the lack of water,” said 12-year-old student, Shaline (pictured below at the spring). “This is because we have to look for water for both home and school which really leads to wasting a lot of time.”

When students are sent to fetch water, they miss valuable class time. As well, the route to the stream where they fetch water has often proven unsafe, especially for young girls who have been assaulted during their trips to fetch water.

The long-term, compounding effects of the contaminated water on the students’ bodies contribute to early drop-outs among students. Most of Siekuti Primary students’ parents are subsistence farmers who cannot afford to spend so much money on medication or hospital/clinic visits.

Despite the many challenges facing Siekuti’s students, they are still thriving academically, with some of the best exam scores and afterschool sports scores in Hamisi sub-county. Students are already overcoming substantial obstacles. Clean, reliable water will eradicate so many more of these obstacles.

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, water from the well will then be used by the school’s students and staff for drinking, handwashing, cooking, cleaning, and much more.

We and the school 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 will help unlock the opportunity for these students to live better, healthier lives.

Handwashing Stations

There is currently nowhere for students to wash their hands after using the latrines or before eating lunch, let alone the water to do so.

The student health club will oversee the two new handwashing stations we will provide, and make sure 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. All of these new latrines will have cement floors that are designed to be easy to use and to 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, and 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 a variety of 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 at home. We will also lead lectures, group discussions, and provide illustrative handouts to teach health topics and ways to promote good hygiene practices within the school including handwashing and water treatment. We will then conduct a series of follow-up trainings before transitioning to our regularly scheduled support visits throughout the year.

Project Updates


01/04/2022: Siekuti Primary School Borehole Well Complete!

We are excited to share that Siekuti 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.

Shaline at school.

"Access to [a] reliable, safe water point translates to good health," said 14-year-old Shaline. "The reliability of water will impact me positively as I will be able to access clean water all the time. My goal is to improve in my academics because there will be no more wastage of time looking for water outside [the] school compound."

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

Head Teacher Johnson Mugazi has high hopes for the futures of the school and the students.

Johnson Mugazi.

He said, "Access to reliable safe water will impact me greatly. I will not be having water challenges anymore in my institution. The learner[s] will not [be] wasting their precious time seeking water outside [the] school compound, hence concentrating on their studies. Hygiene and sanitation in school will greatly improve. I am optimistic that there will be no more waterborne diseases affecting the learners."

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.

Groundbreaking prayer.

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 90 meters, with a final static water level of 40.1 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.

Yield test.

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.

Curious students watch the well's progress.

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!

The students' and teachers' enthusiasm for this much-anticipated project was overwhelming. We officially handed over the new borehole to the school.

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


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 Nelly, Rose, and Phiscus deployed to the site to lead the event. 22 students attended the training, which we held in the school compound.

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 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.

A training facilitator shows students how the well should be properly maintained and used.

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.

The students at Siekuti were most interested in the topic of personal hygiene, about which they asked many questions. When the facilitator mentioned that girls should not use soap to clean their private parts, this released a flurry of questions, since the girls had never heard this before.

Another topic that the students particularly enjoyed was soap-making. Students enjoyed taking turns stirring, adding the ingredients, and testing the finished product.

Shaline explained why the topic was important to her: "The training was of great value to me, since I was able to know all the tips on hygiene and sanitation in both school and home and also learn how to do thinking skills, like mask-making. Soap-making caught my attention because one day this week I missed coming to school because I had no money to buy soap, but knowing how to make soap, I will make sure I make soap so as to save on cost."

When an issue arises concerning the well, 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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11/22/2021: Siekuti Primary School Well Underway!

A severe clean water shortage at Siekuti 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

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Numined Diamonds
Noelle's Campaign for Water
A Long Walk for Water
6 individual donor(s)