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The Water Project: Ingavira Primary School -  Water Storage
The Water Project: Ingavira Primary School -  Fireplace For Cooking
The Water Project: Ingavira Primary School -  The Chef Cleaning Cutlery
The Water Project: Ingavira Primary School -  Taking Water To The Kitchen
The Water Project: Ingavira Primary School -  Water Pipe
The Water Project: Ingavira Primary School -  Staffroom
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The Water Project: Ingavira Primary School -  School Farm
The Water Project: Ingavira Primary School -  School Farm
The Water Project: Ingavira Primary School -  School Compound
The Water Project: Ingavira Primary School -  School Classrooms
The Water Project: Ingavira Primary School -  School Compound
The Water Project: Ingavira Primary School -  Pupils Using Latrines
The Water Project: Ingavira Primary School -  Pupils Using Latrines
The Water Project: Ingavira Primary School -  Pupils Using Latrines
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The Water Project: Ingavira Primary School -  Pupils Playing
The Water Project: Ingavira Primary School -  Pupils Inside Classroom
The Water Project: Ingavira Primary School -  Pupils Inside Classroom
The Water Project: Ingavira Primary School -  Pupils Fetching Water From Pipe
The Water Project: Ingavira Primary School -  Pupils Fetching Water
The Water Project: Ingavira Primary School -  Pupils Fetching Water
The Water Project: Ingavira Primary School -  Pupils Carrying Water
The Water Project: Ingavira Primary School -  Pupils Carrying Water
The Water Project: Ingavira Primary School -  Pupils Carrying Water
The Water Project: Ingavira Primary School -  Pupils Carrying Water
The Water Project: Ingavira Primary School -  Preparing Tea
The Water Project: Ingavira Primary School -  Outside Kitchen
The Water Project: Ingavira Primary School -  Margaret Nambivi
The Water Project: Ingavira Primary School -  Latrines And Urinal
The Water Project: Ingavira Primary School -  Latrines And Urinal
The Water Project: Ingavira Primary School -  Latrines And Urinal
The Water Project: Ingavira Primary School -  Inside Kitchen
The Water Project: Ingavira Primary School -  Handwashing Facilities
The Water Project: Ingavira Primary School -  Hand Dug Well
The Water Project: Ingavira Primary School -  Hand Dug Well
The Water Project: Ingavira Primary School -  Hand Dug Well
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The Water Project: Ingavira Primary School -  Dishrack Outside The Kitchen

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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Ingavira Primary School was established on a small plot of land surrounded by sugar plantations and community homes in 1981. It’s a public primary school with a large number of students that perform averagely in academics. The area is noisy with motorbikes and tractors which transport sugarcane from farms to the West Kenya Sugar Factory across the road from the school.

The school has a hand-dug well which is seasonal. When it is the dry season, the well has no water. It has very little water during the rainy season, but pupils can not use the water for drinking or cooking.

“Pupils consume a lot of time going to look for water rather than being in class. Also, accidents happen on the road because the school is where tractors and motorcycles pass,” said Margaret Nambivi, Deputy Head Teacher.

Due to the rationing of water by the county, students wake up very early in the morning to go and look for water to bring to school. It is often not enough for cleaning the classrooms and washing latrines and makes them late to school.

Waterborne diseases such as diarrhea, typhoid, and stomachache are common and lead to absences as most pupils lack proper medication due to the high levels of poverty in the community. There are 1,248 people in need of a clean water solution in this area.

“The situation of water in this school has really affected us. We waste a lot of time looking for water instead of learning. This has greatly contributed to our poor performance in academics,” said Boniface, student.

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 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 eating lunch, let alone the water.

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 that are 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 and 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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