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The Water Project: ACK St. Luke's Shanderema Primary School -  Mr Mukola Fetching Water
The Water Project: ACK St. Luke's Shanderema Primary School -  Teacher Mr Mukola
The Water Project: ACK St. Luke's Shanderema Primary School -  Boys Latrine
The Water Project: ACK St. Luke's Shanderema Primary School -  Boys Latrines
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The Water Project: ACK St. Luke's Shanderema Primary School -  Classroom With Students
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The Water Project: ACK St. Luke's Shanderema Primary School -  Exterior School Building
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The Water Project: ACK St. Luke's Shanderema Primary School -  Girls Latrine
The Water Project: ACK St. Luke's Shanderema Primary School -  Girls Latrines
The Water Project: ACK St. Luke's Shanderema Primary School -  Inside Kitchen
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The Water Project: ACK St. Luke's Shanderema Primary School -  Outside Kitchen
The Water Project: ACK St. Luke's Shanderema Primary School -  Playground
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The Water Project: ACK St. Luke's Shanderema Primary School -  Students In Classroom
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The Water Project: ACK St. Luke's Shanderema Primary School -  Storage Containers
The Water Project: ACK St. Luke's Shanderema Primary School -  Students Carrying Water
The Water Project: ACK St. Luke's Shanderema Primary School -  Students Carrying Water
The Water Project: ACK St. Luke's Shanderema Primary School -  Students Carrying Water
The Water Project: ACK St. Luke's Shanderema Primary School -  Students Collecting Water
The Water Project: ACK St. Luke's Shanderema Primary School -  Students Collecting Water
The Water Project: ACK St. Luke's Shanderema Primary School -  Students Collecting Water

Project Status



Project Type:  Borehole Well and Hand Pump

Regional Program: Western Kenya WaSH Program

Project Phase:  Donate to this Project
Estimated Install Date (?):  12/17/2021

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A.C.K. St. Luke’s Shanderema Primary School was established in 1989 by community members as a nursery school with nine students. It has grown over the years since then to a primary school that serves students through grade 8 with a booming student population of over 900.

The school is located in Mumias East where most of the community practices small-scale farming of maize, sugarcane, and poultry. During the rainy season, the school grounds look lush and green with shade trees and plenty of flowers. The terrain slopes slightly down toward a nearby stream.

Students waste much of their study time fetching water from the spring needed for drinking, kitchen use, and cleaning of the school. Most often students are forced to do several trips a day beginning at 7 AM. The spring is seasonal so during the dry season, there is not enough water to serve the needs of the school and the local community. Waterborne diseases like typhoid and cholera have commonly been reported which is directly related to the contaminated water from the spring.

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.

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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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