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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:  Under Construction
Estimated Install Date (?):  01/07/2022

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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


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

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