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The Water Project: Lukhokho K. Primary School -  Boys Marvel At Water
The Water Project: Lukhokho K. Primary School -  Boys Playing With Water
The Water Project: Lukhokho K. Primary School -  Carrying Water
The Water Project: Lukhokho K. Primary School -  Cliftone E At Water Point
The Water Project: Lukhokho K. Primary School -  Cliftone Splashing Water
The Water Project: Lukhokho K. Primary School -  Community And Teachers
The Water Project: Lukhokho K. Primary School -  Community And Teachers
The Water Project: Lukhokho K. Primary School -  Dedication Session
The Water Project: Lukhokho K. Primary School -  Excited
The Water Project: Lukhokho K. Primary School -  Fetching Water
The Water Project: Lukhokho K. Primary School -  Fetching Water
The Water Project: Lukhokho K. Primary School -  Fetching Water
The Water Project: Lukhokho K. Primary School -  Fetching Water
The Water Project: Lukhokho K. Primary School -  Fetching Water
The Water Project: Lukhokho K. Primary School -  Happy For Water
The Water Project: Lukhokho K. Primary School -  Happy Students
The Water Project: Lukhokho K. Primary School -  Happy Students
The Water Project: Lukhokho K. Primary School -  Let Water Flow
The Water Project: Lukhokho K. Primary School -  Pumping Water
The Water Project: Lukhokho K. Primary School -  Splashing Water
The Water Project: Lukhokho K. Primary School -  Splashing Water
The Water Project: Lukhokho K. Primary School -  Splashing Water
The Water Project: Lukhokho K. Primary School -  Teachers Celebrating
The Water Project: Lukhokho K. Primary School -  Water Excitement
The Water Project: Lukhokho K. Primary School -  Dinah Matsitsa
The Water Project: Lukhokho K. Primary School -  Ruth M
The Water Project: Lukhokho K. Primary School -  Ground Breaking
The Water Project: Lukhokho K. Primary School -  Start Of Drilling
The Water Project: Lukhokho K. Primary School -  Start Of Drilling
The Water Project: Lukhokho K. Primary School -  Start Of Drilling
The Water Project: Lukhokho K. Primary School -  Rod Lubrication
The Water Project: Lukhokho K. Primary School -  Changing Rods
The Water Project: Lukhokho K. Primary School -  Changing Rods
The Water Project: Lukhokho K. Primary School -  Changing Rods
The Water Project: Lukhokho K. Primary School -  Drilling Head Change
The Water Project: Lukhokho K. Primary School -  Drilling Foam Addition
The Water Project: Lukhokho K. Primary School -  Drilling Works
The Water Project: Lukhokho K. Primary School -  Drilling Works
The Water Project: Lukhokho K. Primary School -  Drilling Works
The Water Project: Lukhokho K. Primary School -  Surface Casing
The Water Project: Lukhokho K. Primary School -  Surface Casing
The Water Project: Lukhokho K. Primary School -  Surface Casing
The Water Project: Lukhokho K. Primary School -  Soil Sampling
The Water Project: Lukhokho K. Primary School -  Pvc Casing
The Water Project: Lukhokho K. Primary School -  Pvc Casing
The Water Project: Lukhokho K. Primary School -  Pvc Casing
The Water Project: Lukhokho K. Primary School -  Graveling
The Water Project: Lukhokho K. Primary School -  Graveling
The Water Project: Lukhokho K. Primary School -  Graveling
The Water Project: Lukhokho K. Primary School -  Flushing
The Water Project: Lukhokho K. Primary School -  Flushing
The Water Project: Lukhokho K. Primary School -  Flushing
The Water Project: Lukhokho K. Primary School -  Caping
The Water Project: Lukhokho K. Primary School -  Caping
The Water Project: Lukhokho K. Primary School -  Test Pumping
The Water Project: Lukhokho K. Primary School -  Test Pumping
The Water Project: Lukhokho K. Primary School -  Yield Testing
The Water Project: Lukhokho K. Primary School -  Plaster Works
The Water Project: Lukhokho K. Primary School -  Stand Installation
The Water Project: Lukhokho K. Primary School -  Pvc Pipes Installation
The Water Project: Lukhokho K. Primary School -  Pvc Pipes Installation
The Water Project: Lukhokho K. Primary School -  Pump Rods
The Water Project: Lukhokho K. Primary School -  Pump Head
The Water Project: Lukhokho K. Primary School -  Pump Handle
The Water Project: Lukhokho K. Primary School -  Complete Water Point
The Water Project: Lukhokho K. Primary School -  Complete Water Point
The Water Project: Lukhokho K. Primary School -  Foundation Setting
The Water Project: Lukhokho K. Primary School -  Brick Setting
The Water Project: Lukhokho K. Primary School -  Wall Construction
The Water Project: Lukhokho K. Primary School -  Wall Construction
The Water Project: Lukhokho K. Primary School -  Wall Construction
The Water Project: Lukhokho K. Primary School -  Wall Construction
The Water Project: Lukhokho K. Primary School -  Plastering
The Water Project: Lukhokho K. Primary School -  Door Fixing
The Water Project: Lukhokho K. Primary School -  Posing At The Latrines
The Water Project: Lukhokho K. Primary School -  Posing At The Latrines
The Water Project: Lukhokho K. Primary School -  Posing At The Latrines
The Water Project: Lukhokho K. Primary School -  Posing By The Latrines
The Water Project: Lukhokho K. Primary School -  Posing By The Latrines
The Water Project: Lukhokho K. Primary School -  Complete Latrines
The Water Project: Lukhokho K. Primary School -  Complete Latrines
The Water Project: Lukhokho K. Primary School -  Discussion On Hygiene
The Water Project: Lukhokho K. Primary School -  Discussions
The Water Project: Lukhokho K. Primary School -  Environmental Hygiene
The Water Project: Lukhokho K. Primary School -  Group Photo
The Water Project: Lukhokho K. Primary School -  Group Work
The Water Project: Lukhokho K. Primary School -  Handwashing
The Water Project: Lukhokho K. Primary School -  Handwashing
The Water Project: Lukhokho K. Primary School -  Handwashing
The Water Project: Lukhokho K. Primary School -  Handwashing
The Water Project: Lukhokho K. Primary School -  Health Club Leadership
The Water Project: Lukhokho K. Primary School -  Leadership Discussion
The Water Project: Lukhokho K. Primary School -  Ongoing Training
The Water Project: Lukhokho K. Primary School -  Onsite Training
The Water Project: Lukhokho K. Primary School -  Onsite Training
The Water Project: Lukhokho K. Primary School -  Open Discussion
The Water Project: Lukhokho K. Primary School -  Oral Hygiene
The Water Project: Lukhokho K. Primary School -  Oral Hygiene
The Water Project: Lukhokho K. Primary School -  Personal Hygiene
The Water Project: Lukhokho K. Primary School -  Proper Usage Of Latrine
The Water Project: Lukhokho K. Primary School -  Refresher Session
The Water Project: Lukhokho K. Primary School -  Soapmaking
The Water Project: Lukhokho K. Primary School -  Soapmaking
The Water Project: Lukhokho K. Primary School -  Soapmaking
The Water Project: Lukhokho K. Primary School -  Soapmaking
The Water Project: Lukhokho K. Primary School -  Training Session
The Water Project: Lukhokho K. Primary School -  Class In Session
The Water Project: Lukhokho K. Primary School -  Inside School Kitchen
The Water Project: Lukhokho K. Primary School -  Class In Session
The Water Project: Lukhokho K. Primary School -  Teachers In The Staffroom
The Water Project: Lukhokho K. Primary School -  Inside School Kitchen
The Water Project: Lukhokho K. Primary School -  Girls At The Latrine
The Water Project: Lukhokho K. Primary School -  School Playground
The Water Project: Lukhokho K. Primary School -  Girls At The Latrine
The Water Project: Lukhokho K. Primary School -  Ruth V
The Water Project: Lukhokho K. Primary School -  Water Storage Containers
The Water Project: Lukhokho K. Primary School -  Teacher Sammy Munanga
The Water Project: Lukhokho K. Primary School -  Collecting Water
The Water Project: Lukhokho K. Primary School -  School Surrounding Area
The Water Project: Lukhokho K. Primary School -  Boys At The Latrines
The Water Project: Lukhokho K. Primary School -  Outside School Kitchen
The Water Project: Lukhokho K. Primary School -  Boys At The Latrines
The Water Project: Lukhokho K. Primary School -  Going To Collect Water
The Water Project: Lukhokho K. Primary School -  Girls Latrines
The Water Project: Lukhokho K. Primary School -  Collecting Water
The Water Project: Lukhokho K. Primary School -  Girls Latrines
The Water Project: Lukhokho K. Primary School -  School Layout
The Water Project: Lukhokho K. Primary School -  Boys Latrines
The Water Project: Lukhokho K. Primary School -  School Layout
The Water Project: Lukhokho K. Primary School -  Pupils Playing
The Water Project: Lukhokho K. Primary School -  Carrying Water
The Water Project: Lukhokho K. Primary School -  Carrying Water
The Water Project: Lukhokho K. Primary School -  School Entrance
The Water Project: Lukhokho K. Primary School -  Boys Latrines
The Water Project: Lukhokho K. Primary School -  Collecting Water
The Water Project: Lukhokho K. Primary School -  Teacher Sammy Munanga
The Water Project: Lukhokho K. Primary School -  Carrying Water
The Water Project: Lukhokho K. Primary School -  Collecting Water
The Water Project: Lukhokho K. Primary School -  Ruth V
The Water Project: Lukhokho K. Primary School -  Carrying Water
The Water Project: Lukhokho K. Primary School -  Going To Collect Water
The Water Project: Lukhokho K. Primary School -  School Entrance
The Water Project: Lukhokho K. Primary School -  Water Source
The Water Project: Lukhokho K. Primary School -  School Layout
The Water Project: Lukhokho K. Primary School -  School Dishrack
The Water Project: Lukhokho K. Primary School -  Compost Pit
The Water Project: Lukhokho K. Primary School -  Water Source

Project Status



Project Type:  Borehole Well and Hand Pump

Regional Program: Western Kenya WaSH Program

Impact: 511 Served

Project Phase:  In Service - Sep 2022

Functionality Status:  Functional

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Ideally, during class time, students should be in their seats, listening to their teachers. But too often, at Lukhokho K. Primary School, the unlucky few chosen from the 511 students find themselves instead wandering outside school grounds for water.

When these students finally get to the spring, they have to wait in line behind community members, with whom the spring is shared. And the spring is notorious for a low discharge rate, which means while other students are learning, those sent to fetch water are waiting in line or staring at water slowly dribbling into their jerrycans.

“The source has low yield,” explained teacher Sammy Munanga, 48 (he’s pictured above with students at the spring). “So when escorting students to fetch water, we normally take a lot of time, especially when we find community members at the water point. This has affected our performance because we do not cover the syllabus on time.”

Although the spring was once protected, it has since fallen into disrepair. There are farms nearby whose fertilizer no doubt enters the spring’s catchment area. Students should be able to concentrate in class, and not worry about the quality of the water they’re drinking.

13-year-old student Ruth explained: “I was one of the victims where I missed school sometime back because I had [a] bad sore throat and stomachache because of drinking the water. This made me miss sitting for [the] midterm exam. I was not happy.”

And although the school has tried to keep up with cleaning its compound, it’s hard to do with water in short supply. Things like latrine hygiene and personal hygiene are lacking, which likely isn’t helping to curb the students’ illnesses.

With a safe, reliable water source within the school compound, students will no longer have to miss class, drink unclean water, or learn in an unclean environment.

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: Lukhokho K. Primary School Well Complete!

We are excited to share that Lukhokho K. 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.

"[I] am now able to get water from the pump in a short time, and it is not tiring as it was," said 14-year-old Ruth M. "[I] am sure my academics will improve since water is right within the school compound and accessing it is easy and fast. The water is also clean, so we shall also drink clean and safe water."

Ruth.

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

"As a teacher, [I] am so excited and happy. My pupils now have access to enough clean water for consumption and for cleaning the whole school. [I] am now able to promote better sanitation and hygiene standards in the school. We shall be able to observe high standards of hygiene, and we shall also save a lot of time that was spent moving to and from the river in search of water. This will greatly translate to better academic performance," said 49-year-old teacher Dina Masitsa.

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. When everything was ready, our drill team and staff arrived at the school to begin work.


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 90 meters with a final static water level of six 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, Jacklyne and Nelson deployed to the site to lead the event. 24 students and teachers attended the training, which we held in the church hall of the Pentecostal Assemblies of God Church located on the school campus.

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.

Dental hygiene was the most memorable topic during the training. The children were very excited to engage and tell personal stories of firsthand experience with toothaches, bleeding gums, and other issues. After covering the session material, they were happy to understand ways in which they can prevent further dental issues in the future.

Soapmaking session.

"I learned a new aspect, that was on soap making. I am glad I got to learn about this because this information will come in very handy," said 13-year-old Oprah.

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!


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08/08/2022: Lukhokho K. Primary School New Well Underway!

A severe clean water shortage at Lukhokho K. 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.


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