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The Water Project: Lutali Primary School -  Water Storage
The Water Project: Lutali Primary School -  Water Storage Drinking Water
The Water Project: Lutali Primary School -  Water Storage Container
The Water Project: Lutali Primary School -  Water Source Hand Dug Well
The Water Project: Lutali Primary School -  Water Source Hand Dug Well
The Water Project: Lutali Primary School -  Students In Class
The Water Project: Lutali Primary School -  Students In Class
The Water Project: Lutali Primary School -  Schools Sign Post
The Water Project: Lutali Primary School -  School Buildings
The Water Project: Lutali Primary School -  School Buildings
The Water Project: Lutali Primary School -  Playground
The Water Project: Lutali Primary School -  Outside Kitchen
The Water Project: Lutali Primary School -  Lifestraw
The Water Project: Lutali Primary School -  Lifestraw
The Water Project: Lutali Primary School -  Latrine Block For Boys
The Water Project: Lutali Primary School -  Inside Kenya
The Water Project: Lutali Primary School -  Inside Kenya
The Water Project: Lutali Primary School -  Headteacher Mr Charles Wafula
The Water Project: Lutali Primary School -  Handwashing
The Water Project: Lutali Primary School -  Hand Dug Well
The Water Project: Lutali Primary School -  Girls Queing At The Latrines
The Water Project: Lutali Primary School -  Garbage
The Water Project: Lutali Primary School -  Entrance
The Water Project: Lutali Primary School -  Dishrack
The Water Project: Lutali Primary School -  Collecting Water At The Hand Dug Well
The Water Project: Lutali Primary School -  Collecting Water At The Hand Dug Well
The Water Project: Lutali Primary School -  Collecting Water At The Hand Dug Well
The Water Project: Lutali Primary School -  Collecting Water At The Hand Dug Well
The Water Project: Lutali Primary School -  Collecting Water
The Water Project: Lutali Primary School -  Collecting Water
The Water Project: Lutali Primary School -  Carrying Water
The Water Project: Lutali Primary School -  Carrying Water
The Water Project: Lutali Primary School -  Carrying Water
The Water Project: Lutali Primary School -  Boys Queing At The Latrines

Project Status



Project Type:  Borehole Well and Hand Pump

Regional Program: Western Kenya WaSH Program

Impact: 710 Served

Project Phase:  Under Construction
Estimated Install Date (?):  12/17/2021

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The 710 students at Lutali Primary School share a hand-dug well with local community members. Even when the well has water (during the wet season), the water is unsafe to drink and causes illness. When the well doesn’t have water, the students must go without or bring water from home along with their school bags. The students never get reliable access to safe water.

Charles Wafula, the school’s Head Teacher, refuses to drink the water his students fetch. “I have been sick, moving from one hospital to another seeking medication. But when I stopped drinking the water from school, I am okay and healthy. I now carry my own water from home. I can’t risk drinking this water.” 

But the school’s students don’t have any alternative water source available. Because of this, they are often infected with typhoid and suffer from chronic diarrhea. 

“I am always out of school due to typhoid,” said 13-year-old student, Grace. “This has affected my performance in school and my parents have to spend a lot of money, so they think that the best solution may be to transfer me to another school.”

With a clean, reliable water source on school grounds, students will have more time and energy for learning.

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 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


11/22/2021: Lutali Primary School Well Underway!

A severe clean water shortage at Lutali 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

Project Sponsor - Saint Inu