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The Water Project: St. Mary's Fubuye Primary School -  Carrying Water
The Water Project: St. Mary's Fubuye Primary School -  Carrying Water
The Water Project: St. Mary's Fubuye Primary School -  Celebratring Water
The Water Project: St. Mary's Fubuye Primary School -  Drinking Water
The Water Project: St. Mary's Fubuye Primary School -  Enjoying Water
The Water Project: St. Mary's Fubuye Primary School -  Fetching Water
The Water Project: St. Mary's Fubuye Primary School -  Fetching Water
The Water Project: St. Mary's Fubuye Primary School -  Fetching Water
The Water Project: St. Mary's Fubuye Primary School -  Fetching Water
The Water Project: St. Mary's Fubuye Primary School -  Pumping Water
The Water Project: St. Mary's Fubuye Primary School -  Pumping Water
The Water Project: St. Mary's Fubuye Primary School -  Splashing Water
The Water Project: St. Mary's Fubuye Primary School -  Splashing Water
The Water Project: St. Mary's Fubuye Primary School -  Splashing Water
The Water Project: St. Mary's Fubuye Primary School -  Splashing Water
The Water Project: St. Mary's Fubuye Primary School -  At The Borehole
The Water Project: St. Mary's Fubuye Primary School -  Esther E
The Water Project: St. Mary's Fubuye Primary School -  Fredrick P
The Water Project: St. Mary's Fubuye Primary School -  Mirriam Mwalati
The Water Project: St. Mary's Fubuye Primary School -  Mirriam Mwalati
The Water Project: St. Mary's Fubuye Primary School -  Moses M
The Water Project: St. Mary's Fubuye Primary School -  Stella S
The Water Project: St. Mary's Fubuye Primary School -  Setting Up The Rig
The Water Project: St. Mary's Fubuye Primary School -  Ground Breaking
The Water Project: St. Mary's Fubuye Primary School -  Changing Drilling Heads
The Water Project: St. Mary's Fubuye Primary School -  Changing Drilling Heads
The Water Project: St. Mary's Fubuye Primary School -  Drilling Works
The Water Project: St. Mary's Fubuye Primary School -  Drilling Works
The Water Project: St. Mary's Fubuye Primary School -  Drilling Works
The Water Project: St. Mary's Fubuye Primary School -  Mounting Drilling Rods
The Water Project: St. Mary's Fubuye Primary School -  Mounting Drilling Rods
The Water Project: St. Mary's Fubuye Primary School -  Greasing Drilling Rods
The Water Project: St. Mary's Fubuye Primary School -  Surface Casing
The Water Project: St. Mary's Fubuye Primary School -  Surface Casing
The Water Project: St. Mary's Fubuye Primary School -  Foam Addition
The Water Project: St. Mary's Fubuye Primary School -  Soil Sample Collection
The Water Project: St. Mary's Fubuye Primary School -  Soil Samples
The Water Project: St. Mary's Fubuye Primary School -  Pvc Casing
The Water Project: St. Mary's Fubuye Primary School -  Pvc Casing
The Water Project: St. Mary's Fubuye Primary School -  Gravelling
The Water Project: St. Mary's Fubuye Primary School -  Gravelling
The Water Project: St. Mary's Fubuye Primary School -  Flushing
The Water Project: St. Mary's Fubuye Primary School -  Flushing
The Water Project: St. Mary's Fubuye Primary School -  Test Pumping
The Water Project: St. Mary's Fubuye Primary School -  Static Water Level Test
The Water Project: St. Mary's Fubuye Primary School -  Yield Test
The Water Project: St. Mary's Fubuye Primary School -  Foundation Setting
The Water Project: St. Mary's Fubuye Primary School -  Pump Base Installation
The Water Project: St. Mary's Fubuye Primary School -  Fixing The Pump Stand
The Water Project: St. Mary's Fubuye Primary School -  Apron And Pad Construction
The Water Project: St. Mary's Fubuye Primary School -  Tile Setting
The Water Project: St. Mary's Fubuye Primary School -  Tile Setting
The Water Project: St. Mary's Fubuye Primary School -  Plaster Works
The Water Project: St. Mary's Fubuye Primary School -  Plaster Works
The Water Project: St. Mary's Fubuye Primary School -  Joining Cylinder Pipes
The Water Project: St. Mary's Fubuye Primary School -  Lowering Cylinder Pipes
The Water Project: St. Mary's Fubuye Primary School -  Lowering Cylinder Pipes
The Water Project: St. Mary's Fubuye Primary School -  Securing The Pipes
The Water Project: St. Mary's Fubuye Primary School -  Installing The Pump Head
The Water Project: St. Mary's Fubuye Primary School -  Joining Pump Rods
The Water Project: St. Mary's Fubuye Primary School -  Joining Pump Rods
The Water Project: St. Mary's Fubuye Primary School -  Fixing The Pump Arm
The Water Project: St. Mary's Fubuye Primary School -  Testing The Pump
The Water Project: St. Mary's Fubuye Primary School -  Foundation Setting
The Water Project: St. Mary's Fubuye Primary School -  Slab Setting
The Water Project: St. Mary's Fubuye Primary School -  Brick Setting
The Water Project: St. Mary's Fubuye Primary School -  Brick Setting
The Water Project: St. Mary's Fubuye Primary School -  Wall Construction
The Water Project: St. Mary's Fubuye Primary School -  Roofing
The Water Project: St. Mary's Fubuye Primary School -  Plastering The Floor
The Water Project: St. Mary's Fubuye Primary School -  Complete Borehole
The Water Project: St. Mary's Fubuye Primary School -  Complete Borehole
The Water Project: St. Mary's Fubuye Primary School -  Complete Latrine
The Water Project: St. Mary's Fubuye Primary School -  Complete Latrine
The Water Project: St. Mary's Fubuye Primary School -  At The Latrine
The Water Project: St. Mary's Fubuye Primary School -  Distributing Training Material
The Water Project: St. Mary's Fubuye Primary School -  Distributing Training Material
The Water Project: St. Mary's Fubuye Primary School -  Group Photo
The Water Project: St. Mary's Fubuye Primary School -  Hand Washing
The Water Project: St. Mary's Fubuye Primary School -  Handwashing
The Water Project: St. Mary's Fubuye Primary School -  Handwashing
The Water Project: St. Mary's Fubuye Primary School -  Handwashing
The Water Project: St. Mary's Fubuye Primary School -  Note Taking
The Water Project: St. Mary's Fubuye Primary School -  Note Taking
The Water Project: St. Mary's Fubuye Primary School -  Oral Hygiene Training
The Water Project: St. Mary's Fubuye Primary School -  Oral Hygiene Training
The Water Project: St. Mary's Fubuye Primary School -  Oral Hygiene Training
The Water Project: St. Mary's Fubuye Primary School -  Soap Making
The Water Project: St. Mary's Fubuye Primary School -  Soap Making
The Water Project: St. Mary's Fubuye Primary School -  Soap Making
The Water Project: St. Mary's Fubuye Primary School -  Soap Making
The Water Project: St. Mary's Fubuye Primary School -  Soap Making
The Water Project: St. Mary's Fubuye Primary School -  Solar Disinfection
The Water Project: St. Mary's Fubuye Primary School -  Solar Disinfection
The Water Project: St. Mary's Fubuye Primary School -  Training In Session
The Water Project: St. Mary's Fubuye Primary School -  Training In Session
The Water Project: St. Mary's Fubuye Primary School -  Using Charts
The Water Project: St. Mary's Fubuye Primary School -  Using Charts
The Water Project: St. Mary's Fubuye Primary School -  Water Filtrarion
The Water Project: St. Mary's Fubuye Primary School -  Water Filtrarion
The Water Project: St. Mary's Fubuye Primary School -  Water Handling
The Water Project: St. Mary's Fubuye Primary School -  Water Handling
The Water Project: St. Mary's Fubuye Primary School -  Water Handling
The Water Project: St. Mary's Fubuye Primary School -  School Kitchen Garden
The Water Project: St. Mary's Fubuye Primary School -  Tug Of War
The Water Project: St. Mary's Fubuye Primary School -  School Building Layout
The Water Project: St. Mary's Fubuye Primary School -  Jumprope
The Water Project: St. Mary's Fubuye Primary School -  School Clothesline
The Water Project: St. Mary's Fubuye Primary School -  Girls Latrines
The Water Project: St. Mary's Fubuye Primary School -  Girls Lining To Latrines
The Water Project: St. Mary's Fubuye Primary School -  Pupils Carrying Water
The Water Project: St. Mary's Fubuye Primary School -  Boys Rushing To Latrines
The Water Project: St. Mary's Fubuye Primary School -  School Kitchen
The Water Project: St. Mary's Fubuye Primary School -  Boys Pit Latrines
The Water Project: St. Mary's Fubuye Primary School -  Boys Pit Latrines
The Water Project: St. Mary's Fubuye Primary School -  Girls Latrines
The Water Project: St. Mary's Fubuye Primary School -  Girls Dormitory
The Water Project: St. Mary's Fubuye Primary School -  Pupils Carrying Water
The Water Project: St. Mary's Fubuye Primary School -  Early Childhood Building
The Water Project: St. Mary's Fubuye Primary School -  Pupils Fetching Water
The Water Project: St. Mary's Fubuye Primary School -  Boys Dormitory
The Water Project: St. Mary's Fubuye Primary School -  Compost Pit
The Water Project: St. Mary's Fubuye Primary School -  Dishrack
The Water Project: St. Mary's Fubuye Primary School -  Fredrick Fetching Water
The Water Project: St. Mary's Fubuye Primary School -  Girls Latrines
The Water Project: St. Mary's Fubuye Primary School -  School Building Layout
The Water Project: St. Mary's Fubuye Primary School -  Head Teacher Miriam Mwalati
The Water Project: St. Mary's Fubuye Primary School -  Boys Rushing To Latrines
The Water Project: St. Mary's Fubuye Primary School -  Pupils Fetching Water
The Water Project: St. Mary's Fubuye Primary School -  Boys Playing Football
The Water Project: St. Mary's Fubuye Primary School -  School Main Gate
The Water Project: St. Mary's Fubuye Primary School -  Fire Place
The Water Project: St. Mary's Fubuye Primary School -  School Water Point
The Water Project: St. Mary's Fubuye Primary School -  Pupils Fetching Water
The Water Project: St. Mary's Fubuye Primary School -  School Signpost
The Water Project: St. Mary's Fubuye Primary School -  Pupils In Class
The Water Project: St. Mary's Fubuye Primary School -  School Landscape
The Water Project: St. Mary's Fubuye Primary School -  Younger Pupils Learning
The Water Project: St. Mary's Fubuye Primary School -  Teachers Staffroom
The Water Project: St. Mary's Fubuye Primary School -  Pupils In A Discusion Group
The Water Project: St. Mary's Fubuye Primary School -  Water Storage Containers

Project Status



Project Type:  Borehole Well and Hand Pump

Regional Program: Western Kenya WaSH Program

Impact: 1,051 Served

Project Phase:  In Service - Sep 2022

Functionality Status:  Functional

Project Features


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Miriam Mwalati, Head Teacher at St. Mary’s Fubuye Primary School, told us that she has been praying for help with the water situation at her school. “Water is a challenge, as you have seen,” she said, “and water is never enough. Kindly help us meet this demand.”

And there is a lot of demand.

There are 1,026 students at St. Mary’s Fubuye and 23 staff members, all fetching water from the same hand-dug well. The well regularly dries up, leaving everyone to get water from wherever they can find it.

When the well does have water, its quality and safety are in question. Most people who drink the school’s water end up with at least a stomachache, though cases of cholera have also been reported. The water is visibly dirty; after two or three buckets have been drawn, the next person has to wait for the dirt to settle again before they can fetch any clear water.

“We waste time here collecting water for cleaning and kitchen use,” said Fredrick P., a 13-year-old student at the school (pictured fetching water, below). “We fear drawing water from this well because of accidents.”

Some of the school’s smaller and younger students aren’t allowed to fetch water because they might fall in the well’s hazardous opening. They must ask older students to help them or go without water.

It’s easy to see why Head Teacher Miriam has been praying for assistance.

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


09/28/2022: St. Mary's Fubuye Primary School Well Complete!

We are excited to share that St. Mary's Fubuye Primary School in Kenya now has access to a new, safe, clean water source thanks to the completion of their new borehole well! Students and staff are already using the well’s flowing water, which will provide them with a reliable source of water for all of their daily needs.

We also installed new latrines and handwashing stations and trained students and staff on improved sanitation and hygiene practices. Together, these components will unlock the opportunity for these students to live better, healthier lives.


"Before this water point, coming to school every morning was such a task because it meant carrying my 20-liter container full of water to school. This was really hard and tiring. Now, I no longer have to worry about that, all I have to carry in the morning is my bag and run to school. Plus, I will have access to clean and safe water," said 14-year-old Fredrick P.

Fredrick at the well.

"I used to hate school because we were forced to carry water from home, but now the school will become an interesting place to be in," Fredrick continued. "I hope to engage more in my studies and get better grades but also involve myself in other extracurricular activities like volleyball, which I like."

Teachers were just as excited as the students about the new well on campus.

"Before the water point, I easily got sick with episodes of stomach issues stemming from drinking contaminated water. But now, with the installation of the water point, I hope to reduce my visits to the hospital with stomach issues because I'm assured of safe water," said head teacher Miriam Mwalati.

Miriam.

She continued: "First, the performance of my class is going to improve because the time that was wasted going to fetch water after school will now be recovered because it will only take a short time to go fetch water. Secondly, the absenteeism cases because of getting unwell [and] from water-borne diseases like typhoid will now reduce."

How We Got the Water Flowing

Parents, staff, and students all played a part in this well’s success. After determining the best site for the well through a hydrogeological survey, we obtained approval and a license from the government to begin drilling. To prepare, the school collected fine sand and water for cement-making.


Drilling commenced with excitement in the air. The team drove down a temporary casing to keep the walls from collapsing as the rig progressed. We continued drilling to reach a final depth of 80 meters with a final static water level of 12 meters.

The drilling process can take up to three consecutive days to complete due to this region’s hard bedrock, so the drill team set up a camp where they could rest and refuel. The school’s kitchen staff and parents helped provide meals for the team, while the school provided a safe place for the artisans’ accommodations and materials.

People of all ages came to watch the well’s progress.

Once we reached the required depth, the team replaced the temporary casing with a permanent version, then bailed out the dirty water at the bottom of the well. The workers installed pipes, flushed them, tested the well’s yield, and chlorinated the water.

After water treatment, we constructed a cement well pad to seal off the well from any ground-level contaminants. Tiles are installed beneath the spout to protect the cement from the erosive force of the water.

We also included a short drainage channel to carry spilled water away from the pump and prevent standing water. A soak pit absorbs runoff at the end of the drainage channel, further eliminating any stagnant water.

When the well pad was dry, we installed a new stainless steel AfriDev handpump and sampled the water for a quality test. The results showed this water was safe for drinking!


When the students and teachers arrived back at school, their enthusiasm for this much-anticipated project was overwhelming. We officially handed over the new borehole to the school.

Students and staff celebrated the presence of clean water on campus. The event was an excellent chance to acknowledge the school administration and students as the primary parties entrusted with the tools we have given and remind them of our continued support as they develop. Happiness, thanksgiving, and appreciation were the order of the day, flowing in all directions.

VIP Latrines


This project funded the installation of six new ventilated improved pit (VIP) latrines. These new latrines have cement floors designed to be easy to use and clean, locking doors for safety and privacy, and vents to keep air flowing up and out through the roof. With a well right on school property, there should be enough water to keep them clean.

Handwashing Stations


We set up two handwashing stations outside the latrines and handed them over to the newly formed student health club. Health club members will teach other students how to wash their hands at the stations properly, fill the stations with water, and ensure that there is always a cleaning agent available.

New Knowledge

We scheduled hygiene and sanitation training with the school’s staff, who ensured that the training date would be convenient for pupils and teachers. When the training day arrived, facilitators Amos, Mildred, and Godfrey deployed to the site to lead the event. 22 students and teachers attended the training, which we held outside in the school courtyard.


Our training covered several topics, including personal hygiene, oral hygiene, the ten steps of handwashing, environmental hygiene, child rights, leadership, and operation and maintenance of the well and pump, latrines, and handwashing stations.

Students elected their peers to lead their student health club during the leadership session. Members will encourage good health and hygiene practices amongst their peers, teachers, and the larger community. By the end of the training, each pupil understood their role in sustaining clean water and good health within their school community.

The most memorable topic was water hygiene, where the facilitator introduced the method of treating water through solar disinfection. Pupils were excited to learn that the sun can do more than just warm their water for bathing.

Stella.

"The training was valuable to me because I have learned many things like handwashing, soap making, and water treatment," said 12-year-old student Stella S. "I will pass on this knowledge to extend [it] to my family at home. I hope my mother takes it up and starts an income-generating activity with it so that she can be able to make money to buy my textbooks or pay for my exams, especially after making soap and selling [it]."

Conclusion

This project required a substantial collaboration between our staff, our in-country teams, and the community members themselves. When an issue arises concerning the well, the students and teachers are equipped with the necessary skills to rectify the problem and ensure the water point works appropriately. However, if the issue is beyond their capabilities, they can contact their local field officers to assist them.

Also, we will continue to offer them unmatchable support as a part of our monitoring and maintenance program. We walk with each community, problem-solving together when they face challenges with functionality, seasonality, or water quality. Together, all these components help us strive for enduring access to reliable, clean, and safe water for this community.

With your contribution, one more piece has been added to a large puzzle of water projects. In our target areas, we’re working toward complete coverage of reliable, maintained water sources within a 30-minute round trip for each community, household, school, and health center. With this in mind, search through our upcoming projects to see which community you can help next!

Thank you for making all of this possible!


The Water Project : kenya22220-0-fetching-water-1


08/08/2022: St. Mary's Fubuye Primary School New Well Underway!

A severe clean water shortage at St. Mary's Fubuye 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 : kenya22220-pupils-carrying-water-1


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

Project Sponsor - TGB Caring with Crypto
5 individual donor(s)