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The Water Project: Bunuku Primary School -  Handwashing
The Water Project: Bunuku Primary School -  School Gate
The Water Project: Bunuku Primary School -  School Buildings Layout
The Water Project: Bunuku Primary School -  Breakfast Time
The Water Project: Bunuku Primary School -  Playground
The Water Project: Bunuku Primary School -  Girls Latrines
The Water Project: Bunuku Primary School -  Refilling Handwashing Station
The Water Project: Bunuku Primary School -  Carrying Water
The Water Project: Bunuku Primary School -  School Landscape
The Water Project: Bunuku Primary School -  At School Entrance
The Water Project: Bunuku Primary School -  Refilling Water
The Water Project: Bunuku Primary School -  Going To The Latrine
The Water Project: Bunuku Primary School -  School Entrance
The Water Project: Bunuku Primary School -  Refilling Water
The Water Project: Bunuku Primary School -  Sign
The Water Project: Bunuku Primary School -  Girls At Latrines
The Water Project: Bunuku Primary School -  School Kitchen
The Water Project: Bunuku Primary School -  Bringing Water
The Water Project: Bunuku Primary School -  Going To Fetch Water
The Water Project: Bunuku Primary School -  Playground
The Water Project: Bunuku Primary School -  Going To Fetch Water
The Water Project: Bunuku Primary School -  Dish Rack
The Water Project: Bunuku Primary School -  Carrying Water
The Water Project: Bunuku Primary School -  Carrying Water
The Water Project: Bunuku Primary School -  Going To Fetch Water
The Water Project: Bunuku Primary School -  Fetching Water
The Water Project: Bunuku Primary School -  Carrying Water
The Water Project: Bunuku Primary School -  Playground
The Water Project: Bunuku Primary School -  Girls At Latrines
The Water Project: Bunuku Primary School -  Fetching Water
The Water Project: Bunuku Primary School -  Boys Latrines
The Water Project: Bunuku Primary School -  Breakfast Time
The Water Project: Bunuku Primary School -  Boys Latrines
The Water Project: Bunuku Primary School -  School Buildings Layout
The Water Project: Bunuku Primary School -  Fetching Water
The Water Project: Bunuku Primary School -  Carrying Water
The Water Project: Bunuku Primary School -  Surrounding Area
The Water Project: Bunuku Primary School -  Cook Drying Dishes
The Water Project: Bunuku Primary School -  Girls At Latrines
The Water Project: Bunuku Primary School -  Fetching Water
The Water Project: Bunuku Primary School -  School Water Source
The Water Project: Bunuku Primary School -  Surrounding Area
The Water Project: Bunuku Primary School -  Boys Latrines
The Water Project: Bunuku Primary School -  Handwashing Station
The Water Project: Bunuku Primary School -  Drinking Water
The Water Project: Bunuku Primary School -  Refilling Handwashing Station
The Water Project: Bunuku Primary School -  Drinking Water
The Water Project: Bunuku Primary School -  Lesson In Session
The Water Project: Bunuku Primary School -  Lesson In Session
The Water Project: Bunuku Primary School -  Lesson In Session
The Water Project: Bunuku Primary School -  Water Storage
The Water Project: Bunuku Primary School -  Madam Jescah Musungu
The Water Project: Bunuku Primary School -  Teachers On Break
The Water Project: Bunuku Primary School -  Student Brian S
The Water Project: Bunuku Primary School -  Student Caroline K
The Water Project: Bunuku Primary School -  Inside School Kitchen
The Water Project: Bunuku Primary School -  Inside School Kitchen
The Water Project: Bunuku Primary School -  School Buildings Layout

Project Status



Project Type:  Borehole Well and Hand Pump

Regional Program: Western Kenya WaSH Program

Impact: 724 Served

Project Phase:  Under Construction
Estimated Install Date (?):  10/07/2022

Project Features


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Bunuku Primary School shares its far-away borehole well with a neighboring community, which makes for a long walk and long wait times when students get there.

The well used by the 719 students at Bunuku Primary School was originally constructed in 1990 and rehabilitated by The Water Project in 2015. Thankfully, the students’ water is clean – it just takes them quite a while to get it.

When community members visit the well at the same time, students wait for hours to draw water, costing them lesson time and resulting in poor academic performance.

Bunuku students collect water for all of the school’s uses: cooking, cleaning, handwashing, and drinking. Before lessons begin, students are expected to fill all of the drinking and handwashing containers on the school grounds.

A lot of water is needed to keep 700 students hydrated, healthy, and hygienic…which means a lot of time is spent trekking back and forth from the school to the well.

“Lack of water within the school compound makes me miss school sometimes,” said 12-year-old student, Brian S. “This is because it is tiresome fetching water, and more boring when I miss my favorite lesson (mathematics class).”

It’s easy to miss class with a water source so far away, which is why Bunuku Primary School needs its own water source for students to thrive.

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.

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

We will construct two triple-door latrine blocks using 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 borehole 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 borehole, 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.

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.

Project Updates


08/23/2022: Bunuku Primary School Well Underway!

A severe clean water shortage at Bunuku 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!


The Water Project : kenya22219-3-start-of-drilling-2


Project Photos


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

63 individual donor(s)