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The Water Project: Lukova Primary School -  Carrying Water
The Water Project: Lukova Primary School -  Carrying Water
The Water Project: Lukova Primary School -  Children Fetching Water
The Water Project: Lukova Primary School -  Children Fetching Water
The Water Project: Lukova Primary School -  Children Playing With Water
The Water Project: Lukova Primary School -  Children Playing With Water
The Water Project: Lukova Primary School -  Enjoying Water
The Water Project: Lukova Primary School -  Enjoying Water
The Water Project: Lukova Primary School -  Free Flowing Water
The Water Project: Lukova Primary School -  Free Flowing Water
The Water Project: Lukova Primary School -  Brighton W
The Water Project: Lukova Primary School -  Dennis J
The Water Project: Lukova Primary School -  Elicah N
The Water Project: Lukova Primary School -  Oprah By Well
The Water Project: Lukova Primary School -  Oprah N
The Water Project: Lukova Primary School -  Pascal S
The Water Project: Lukova Primary School -  Rose Esende
The Water Project: Lukova Primary School -  Demo On Sodis
The Water Project: Lukova Primary School -  Demo On Sodis
The Water Project: Lukova Primary School -  Demo On Water Filtration
The Water Project: Lukova Primary School -  Demo On Water Filtration
The Water Project: Lukova Primary School -  Group Activity
The Water Project: Lukova Primary School -  Group Activity
The Water Project: Lukova Primary School -  Group Photo
The Water Project: Lukova Primary School -  Hand Washing
The Water Project: Lukova Primary School -  Hand Washing
The Water Project: Lukova Primary School -  Handwashing Demo
The Water Project: Lukova Primary School -  Handwashing Demo
The Water Project: Lukova Primary School -  Handwashing Demo
The Water Project: Lukova Primary School -  Handwashing Demo
The Water Project: Lukova Primary School -  Handwashing Demo
The Water Project: Lukova Primary School -  Oral Hygiene Demo
The Water Project: Lukova Primary School -  Oral Hygiene Demo
The Water Project: Lukova Primary School -  Oral Hygiene Demo
The Water Project: Lukova Primary School -  Oral Hygiene Demo
The Water Project: Lukova Primary School -  Participants Taking Notes
The Water Project: Lukova Primary School -  Soap Making
The Water Project: Lukova Primary School -  Soap Making
The Water Project: Lukova Primary School -  Soap Making
The Water Project: Lukova Primary School -  Soap Making
The Water Project: Lukova Primary School -  Soap Making
The Water Project: Lukova Primary School -  Training In Session
The Water Project: Lukova Primary School -  Writing Materials Distribution
The Water Project: Lukova Primary School -  Writing Materials Distribution
The Water Project: Lukova Primary School -  Mounting Drilling Head
The Water Project: Lukova Primary School -  Mounting Rods
The Water Project: Lukova Primary School -  Rod Lubrication
The Water Project: Lukova Primary School -  Drilling Foam Addition
The Water Project: Lukova Primary School -  Surface Casing
The Water Project: Lukova Primary School -  Surface Casing
The Water Project: Lukova Primary School -  Pump Base Installation
The Water Project: Lukova Primary School -  Pump Base Installation
The Water Project: Lukova Primary School -  Pump Base Installation
The Water Project: Lukova Primary School -  Pump Base Installation
The Water Project: Lukova Primary School -  Plaster Works
The Water Project: Lukova Primary School -  Tile Setting
The Water Project: Lukova Primary School -  Tile Setting
The Water Project: Lukova Primary School -  Safety Rope Fixing
The Water Project: Lukova Primary School -  Lowering Pvc Pipes
The Water Project: Lukova Primary School -  Lowering Pvc Pipes
The Water Project: Lukova Primary School -  Lowering Pvc Pipes
The Water Project: Lukova Primary School -  Pump Head Mounting
The Water Project: Lukova Primary School -  Pump Head Mounting
The Water Project: Lukova Primary School -  Pump Handle Fixing
The Water Project: Lukova Primary School -  Pump Handle Fixing
The Water Project: Lukova Primary School -  Complete Borehole
The Water Project: Lukova Primary School -  Pump Testing
The Water Project: Lukova Primary School -  Brick Setting
The Water Project: Lukova Primary School -  Brick Work
The Water Project: Lukova Primary School -  Plastering Works
The Water Project: Lukova Primary School -  Boys At The Latrine
The Water Project: Lukova Primary School -  Complete Latrine
The Water Project: Lukova Primary School -  Complete Latrine
The Water Project: Lukova Primary School -  Girls At The Latrine
The Water Project: Lukova Primary School -  Water Storage Container
The Water Project: Lukova Primary School -  Water Storage Container
The Water Project: Lukova Primary School -  Kitchen Inside
The Water Project: Lukova Primary School -  Kitchen Preparing Food
The Water Project: Lukova Primary School -  Pupils In Class
The Water Project: Lukova Primary School -  Hezron Mutimba
The Water Project: Lukova Primary School -  Pupils In Class
The Water Project: Lukova Primary School -  Pupils In Class
The Water Project: Lukova Primary School -  Pupils Fetching Water
The Water Project: Lukova Primary School -  Watersource Rainwater Tank
The Water Project: Lukova Primary School -  School Layout
The Water Project: Lukova Primary School -  School Layout
The Water Project: Lukova Primary School -  Pupils Fetching Water
The Water Project: Lukova Primary School -  School Layout
The Water Project: Lukova Primary School -  Watersource Rainwater Tank
The Water Project: Lukova Primary School -  Ferrying Water To School
The Water Project: Lukova Primary School -  Girls At The Latrines
The Water Project: Lukova Primary School -  Ferrying Water To School
The Water Project: Lukova Primary School -  Ferrying Water To School
The Water Project: Lukova Primary School -  Brenda
The Water Project: Lukova Primary School -  Kitchen
The Water Project: Lukova Primary School -  Watersource Rainwater Tank
The Water Project: Lukova Primary School -  Latrines
The Water Project: Lukova Primary School -  School Entrance
The Water Project: Lukova Primary School -  Latrines
The Water Project: Lukova Primary School -  Boys At The Latrines
The Water Project: Lukova Primary School -  Pupils Playing
The Water Project: Lukova Primary School -  Dishrack
The Water Project: Lukova Primary School -  Playground
The Water Project: Lukova Primary School -  Latrines
The Water Project: Lukova Primary School -  Going To Fetch Water
The Water Project: Lukova Primary School -  Pupils Playing
The Water Project: Lukova Primary School -  School Surrounding
The Water Project: Lukova Primary School -  Hezron Mutimba
The Water Project: Lukova Primary School -  Handwashing Station
The Water Project: Lukova Primary School -  School Layout
The Water Project: Lukova Primary School -  Brenda
The Water Project: Lukova Primary School -  Firewood For Cooking
The Water Project: Lukova Primary School -  Pupils Fetching Water
The Water Project: Lukova Primary School -  Pupils Fetching Water
The Water Project: Lukova Primary School -  Ferrying Water To School
The Water Project: Lukova Primary School -  Pupils Fetching Water
The Water Project: Lukova Primary School -  Watersource Spring

Project Status



Project Type:  Borehole Well and Hand Pump

Regional Program: Western Kenya WaSH Program

Impact: 619 Served

Project Phase:  In Service - Jul 2022

Functionality Status:  Functional

Project Features


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The 600 students and 19 staff at Lukova Primary School currently retrieve water from Tali Saya Spring, the main water source in the community, to meet their daily water needs.

“I walk a long distance from home to school. The thought of walking another distance to the spring to get water just kills my spirit of learning. Hunger and fatigue are all I see and feel while in class,” said Brenda M. (pictured below), 14.

Pupils carry water to school in the morning. They return home for lunch, collect more water and carry it back to the school for the afternoon session. Then, if there is still not enough water to go around, the students’ breaktime is interrupted, and they rush to the spring that is far from the school one more time to collect water. Even when students are in class, the constant task of collecting and hauling water leaves them exhausted and unable to concentrate, leading to poor academic performance.

Teacher Hezrone Mutimba (pictured below), 48, shared his thoughts, “My lessons never come to an end like intended because my pupils will be needed to go and fetch water for [the] kitchen [to] use while the lesson is still on. This drags my syllabus covering [longer] thus poor performance by my pupils. It saddens me.”

The other water source, a small rainwater tank on the campus does not offer a reliable solution. Even if it rains and the tank fills it is too small to provide sufficient water for the needs of the school. It doesn’t have a tap currently (making it inaccessible), and the gutters are falling apart and never cleaned, which means any water collecting in the tank is likely contaminated.

Providing a well for this school will help ease the distance students have to travel and the burden of constantly collecting water so they can focus on learning. It will also reduce overcrowding at the community spring since it will be shared by those who live near the school with strict limitations that they can only access water during school hours and not interfere with learning.

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


07/27/2022: Lukova Primary School Well Complete!

We are excited to share that Lukova 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 the project, a few times I have had to visit the hospital due to stomach upsets, and on diagnosis, I was found with typhoid. But now, I know the source of my water and am assured of its safety. Also, I no longer have to miss lessons in the name of getting water to be used by the school because I know I can count on the reliable water point," said Oprah N., a 13-year-old student.

Oprah at the well.

Oprah continued, "Before the project, I dreaded waking up and going to school because it meant carrying water to school, and also leaving school during games time (recess) to go get water. Now I am looking forward to engaging more in games and other clubs and just catching up with my girlfriends. We never have time for that, but now I will."

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

"Now, with the installation of this water point, I know and am assured of a constant supply of clean, safe water. I no longer have to worry about the source of water I am drinking, neither do I have to get the children out of class so as to go get water," said teacher Rose Asende, 35.

Teacher Rose Asende.

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, and the students went home from class for the weekend (drilling is very loud!), our drill team and staff arrived at the school to begin work.

Starting to drill.

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 75 meters with a final static water level of 8 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.

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.

Pump testing.

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!

We officially handed over the new borehole to the school.

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

Handwashing station.

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 Eric Wagaka, Mildred Mboga, and Godfrey Okiny deployed to the site to lead the event. 21 students and teachers attended the training, which we held inside a classroom.

Training group.

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.

Practicing water filtration.

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.

Practicing oral hygiene.

Dental hygiene was the most memorable topic. The children were very excited to tell personal stories of first-hand experience of toothaches, bleeding gums, and other dental-related issues. After the session, everyone was happy to now understand ways to prevent further harm.

Oprah.

"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 Oprah, the student quoted earlier.

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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05/24/2022: Lukova Primary School Borehole Well Underway!

A severe clean water shortage at Lukova 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 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.


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