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The Water Project: Ekapwonje Primary School -  Thank You Solenis Gives
The Water Project: Ekapwonje Primary School -  Thank You Solenis Gives
The Water Project: Ekapwonje Primary School -  Thank You Solenis Gives
The Water Project: Ekapwonje Primary School -  Thank You Solenis Gives
The Water Project: Ekapwonje Primary School -  Thank You Solenis Gives
The Water Project: Ekapwonje Primary School -  Thank You Solenis Gives
The Water Project: Ekapwonje Primary School -  Thank You Solenis Gives
The Water Project: Ekapwonje Primary School -  Thank You Solenis Gives
The Water Project: Ekapwonje Primary School -  Thank You Solenis Gives
The Water Project: Ekapwonje Primary School -  Thank You Solenis Gives
The Water Project: Ekapwonje Primary School -  Celebrating Water
The Water Project: Ekapwonje Primary School -  Celebrating Water
The Water Project: Ekapwonje Primary School -  Celebrating Water
The Water Project: Ekapwonje Primary School -  Celebrating Water
The Water Project: Ekapwonje Primary School -  Celebrating Water
The Water Project: Ekapwonje Primary School -  Celebrating Water
The Water Project: Ekapwonje Primary School -  Collecting Water
The Water Project: Ekapwonje Primary School -  Excited For Water Point
The Water Project: Ekapwonje Primary School -  Fetching Water
The Water Project: Ekapwonje Primary School -  Joy That Water Brings
The Water Project: Ekapwonje Primary School -  Joy That Water Brings
The Water Project: Ekapwonje Primary School -  Joy That Water Brings
The Water Project: Ekapwonje Primary School -  Joy That Water Brings
The Water Project: Ekapwonje Primary School -  Joy That Water Brings
The Water Project: Ekapwonje Primary School -  Joy That Water Brings
The Water Project: Ekapwonje Primary School -  Joy That Water Brings
The Water Project: Ekapwonje Primary School -  Joy That Water Brings
The Water Project: Ekapwonje Primary School -  Joy That Water Brings
The Water Project: Ekapwonje Primary School -  Joy That Water Brings
The Water Project: Ekapwonje Primary School -  Playing With Water
The Water Project: Ekapwonje Primary School -  Playing With Water
The Water Project: Ekapwonje Primary School -  Posing At The Water Point
The Water Project: Ekapwonje Primary School -  Posing At The Water Point
The Water Project: Ekapwonje Primary School -  Posing At The Water Point
The Water Project: Ekapwonje Primary School -  Posing At The Water Point
The Water Project: Ekapwonje Primary School -  Water Celebrations
The Water Project: Ekapwonje Primary School -  Water Celebrations
The Water Project: Ekapwonje Primary School -  Water Celebrations
The Water Project: Ekapwonje Primary School -  Denis A
The Water Project: Ekapwonje Primary School -  Fabrigas M
The Water Project: Ekapwonje Primary School -  Mitchel M
The Water Project: Ekapwonje Primary School -  Mitchel M
The Water Project: Ekapwonje Primary School -  Nancy Atieno
The Water Project: Ekapwonje Primary School -  Nancy Atieno
The Water Project: Ekapwonje Primary School -  Ground Breaking
The Water Project: Ekapwonje Primary School -  Ground Breaking
The Water Project: Ekapwonje Primary School -  Start Of Drilling
The Water Project: Ekapwonje Primary School -  Drilling Works
The Water Project: Ekapwonje Primary School -  Drilling Works
The Water Project: Ekapwonje Primary School -  Drilling Works
The Water Project: Ekapwonje Primary School -  Changing Rods
The Water Project: Ekapwonje Primary School -  Changing Rods
The Water Project: Ekapwonje Primary School -  Changing Rods
The Water Project: Ekapwonje Primary School -  Foam Addition
The Water Project: Ekapwonje Primary School -  Surface Casing
The Water Project: Ekapwonje Primary School -  Surface Casing
The Water Project: Ekapwonje Primary School -  Collection Of Soil Samples
The Water Project: Ekapwonje Primary School -  Drilling Ongoing
The Water Project: Ekapwonje Primary School -  Pvc Casing
The Water Project: Ekapwonje Primary School -  Pvc Casing
The Water Project: Ekapwonje Primary School -  Pvc Casing
The Water Project: Ekapwonje Primary School -  Pvc Casing
The Water Project: Ekapwonje Primary School -  Gravelling
The Water Project: Ekapwonje Primary School -  Gravelling
The Water Project: Ekapwonje Primary School -  Gravelling
The Water Project: Ekapwonje Primary School -  Gravelling
The Water Project: Ekapwonje Primary School -  Flushing
The Water Project: Ekapwonje Primary School -  Flushing
The Water Project: Ekapwonje Primary School -  Flushing
The Water Project: Ekapwonje Primary School -  Flushing
The Water Project: Ekapwonje Primary School -
The Water Project: Ekapwonje Primary School -  Test Pumping
The Water Project: Ekapwonje Primary School -  Test Pumping
The Water Project: Ekapwonje Primary School -  Test Pumping
The Water Project: Ekapwonje Primary School -  Test Pumping
The Water Project: Ekapwonje Primary School -  Yield Test
The Water Project: Ekapwonje Primary School -  Installing Pump For Test Pumping
The Water Project: Ekapwonje Primary School -  Concrete Works
The Water Project: Ekapwonje Primary School -  Pad And Apron Construction
The Water Project: Ekapwonje Primary School -  Pad And Apron Construction
The Water Project: Ekapwonje Primary School -  Drainage Channel
The Water Project: Ekapwonje Primary School -  Pipe Installation
The Water Project: Ekapwonje Primary School -  Pipes Installation
The Water Project: Ekapwonje Primary School -  Rods Installation
The Water Project: Ekapwonje Primary School -  Pump Installation
The Water Project: Ekapwonje Primary School -  Pump Head
The Water Project: Ekapwonje Primary School -  Borehole With Water Flowing
The Water Project: Ekapwonje Primary School -  Borehole With Water Flowing
The Water Project: Ekapwonje Primary School -  Brick Setting
The Water Project: Ekapwonje Primary School -  Wall Construction
The Water Project: Ekapwonje Primary School -  Wall Construction
The Water Project: Ekapwonje Primary School -  Wall Construction
The Water Project: Ekapwonje Primary School -  Door Framesplacing
The Water Project: Ekapwonje Primary School -  Roofing
The Water Project: Ekapwonje Primary School -  Plaster Works
The Water Project: Ekapwonje Primary School -  Plaster Works
The Water Project: Ekapwonje Primary School -  Plaque Inscription
The Water Project: Ekapwonje Primary School -  Girls Pose For A Photo
The Water Project: Ekapwonje Primary School -  Happy With New Latrines
The Water Project: Ekapwonje Primary School -  Air Drying Of Hands
The Water Project: Ekapwonje Primary School -  Ctc Leadership Training
The Water Project: Ekapwonje Primary School -  Dental Hygiene Demonstration
The Water Project: Ekapwonje Primary School -  Dental Hygiene Demonstration
The Water Project: Ekapwonje Primary School -  Distributing Training Materials
The Water Project: Ekapwonje Primary School -  Handwashing Demonstration
The Water Project: Ekapwonje Primary School -  Handwashing Demonstration
The Water Project: Ekapwonje Primary School -  Handwashing Station
The Water Project: Ekapwonje Primary School -  Mask Making
The Water Project: Ekapwonje Primary School -  Menstrual Hygiene Highlights
The Water Project: Ekapwonje Primary School -  Menstrual Hygiene Highlights
The Water Project: Ekapwonje Primary School -  Oral Hygiene
The Water Project: Ekapwonje Primary School -  Participation
The Water Project: Ekapwonje Primary School -  Soap Making
The Water Project: Ekapwonje Primary School -  Soap Making
The Water Project: Ekapwonje Primary School -  Soap Making Demonstration
The Water Project: Ekapwonje Primary School -  Training Under Shade Tree
The Water Project: Ekapwonje Primary School -  Clean Hands
The Water Project: Ekapwonje Primary School -  Clean Hands For All
The Water Project: Ekapwonje Primary School -  Clean Hands For All
The Water Project: Ekapwonje Primary School -  Pupils Washing Hands
The Water Project: Ekapwonje Primary School -  Pupils Washing Hands
The Water Project: Ekapwonje Primary School -  Thumbs Up
The Water Project: Ekapwonje Primary School -  Water Storage Containers
The Water Project: Ekapwonje Primary School -  Water Source Well
The Water Project: Ekapwonje Primary School -  Water Source Tank
The Water Project: Ekapwonje Primary School -  Water Source Tank
The Water Project: Ekapwonje Primary School -  Water Source Spring
The Water Project: Ekapwonje Primary School -  School Signage
The Water Project: Ekapwonje Primary School -  School Layout
The Water Project: Ekapwonje Primary School -  School Layout
The Water Project: Ekapwonje Primary School -  School Layout
The Water Project: Ekapwonje Primary School -  School Layout
The Water Project: Ekapwonje Primary School -  School Gate And Entrance
The Water Project: Ekapwonje Primary School -  Pupils Drawing Water
The Water Project: Ekapwonje Primary School -  Pupils Drawing Water
The Water Project: Ekapwonje Primary School -  Pupils Drawing Water
The Water Project: Ekapwonje Primary School -  Pupils Drawing Water
The Water Project: Ekapwonje Primary School -  Pupils Drawing Water
The Water Project: Ekapwonje Primary School -  Pupils Drawing Water
The Water Project: Ekapwonje Primary School -  Pupils Carrying Water
The Water Project: Ekapwonje Primary School -  Pupils Carrying Water
The Water Project: Ekapwonje Primary School -  Pupils Carrying Water
The Water Project: Ekapwonje Primary School -  Pupils Carrying Water
The Water Project: Ekapwonje Primary School -  Outside Kitchen
The Water Project: Ekapwonje Primary School -  Nancy Wambulwa
The Water Project: Ekapwonje Primary School -  Lifestraw
The Water Project: Ekapwonje Primary School -  Lifestraw
The Water Project: Ekapwonje Primary School -  Latrines
The Water Project: Ekapwonje Primary School -  Latrines
The Water Project: Ekapwonje Primary School -  Inside Kitchen
The Water Project: Ekapwonje Primary School -  Inside Kitchen
The Water Project: Ekapwonje Primary School -  Handwashing
The Water Project: Ekapwonje Primary School -  Girls At Their Latrines
The Water Project: Ekapwonje Primary School -  Girls At Their Latrines
The Water Project: Ekapwonje Primary School -  Dishrack
The Water Project: Ekapwonje Primary School -  Class In Session
The Water Project: Ekapwonje Primary School -  Class In Session
The Water Project: Ekapwonje Primary School -  Class In Session
The Water Project: Ekapwonje Primary School -  Children Playing
The Water Project: Ekapwonje Primary School -  Children Playing
The Water Project: Ekapwonje Primary School -  Boys At Their Latrines
The Water Project: Ekapwonje Primary School -  Beatrice A

Project Status



Project Type:  Borehole Well and Hand Pump

Regional Program: Western Kenya WaSH Program

Impact: 693 Served

Project Phase:  In Service - Sep 2022

Functionality Status:  Functional

Project Features


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Ekapwonje Primary School has a large student population of 673 students and 20 teachers. But sadly, the school constantly faces a water crisis and is limited in its progress. There are two small plastic rainwater tanks, but they cannot serve the entire school, especially since they are nonfunctional for most of the year, except during the short rainy season.

Teacher Nancy Wambulwa (in the photo above), 33, shared, “I am in charge of sanitation in this school. It’s my role to ensure that all classes and sanitation facilities are cleaned throughout the week. Without water within the school compound, it becomes so hard; we end up cleaning our classes twice or thrice per week.”

Pupils must bring water from home every morning to remedy the ongoing water crisis. And whenever they need more water throughout the school day, there is a roster to show which class is responsible for leaving school and collecting water.

Beatrice A.(in the photo above), a 13-year-old student, commented, “There are [a] number of pupils who have dropped out of school because of [the] water challenges in school. Whenever they are sent for water, they involve themselves in undisciplined behavior that leads to school dropout or suspension.”

Most pupils choose to draw water from an off-campus hand-dug community well (in the photo above). But the well is wide open, so it is dangerous for students and leaves the water vulnerable to contamination. Between that and the student’s unclean collection containers, the water is not safe for human consumption.


The alternative water source for students to collect from is a community spring (in the photo above). The spring sits at the bottom of a hill and is difficult to access, especially during the rainy season when the path is muddy and slippery. The area around the water collection point is dirty, and like the well, any water collected in dirty containers will end up contaminated and unsafe to consume.

Regardless of where students collect water, it is unsafe for drinking, makes students and teachers ill, and wastes valuable learning time. The school needs a clean, safe water solution to use throughout the entire year so students and teachers can be well and focus on learning once again.

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


09/07/2022: Ekapwonje Primary School Well Complete!

We are excited to share that Ekapwonje 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.

Jumping for joy!

"Everything has been made easy as [we] already have clean and safe water within our school compound. With water within the school compound, I will have time to do my revision and my studies. Other pupils' performance will also improve significantly," said 16-year-old Denis O.

Denis.

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

"Currently, [I] am at peace. With water within our school compound, everything has been made possible, easy, and sufficient for the entire population," said 34-year-old teacher Nancy Atieno.

Teacher Nancy Atieno.

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.

Groundbreaking.

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 100 meters with a final static water level of eight 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.

Students in the background watch the drilling process.

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.

Flushing the well.

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!

Students' and teachers' enthusiasm for this much-anticipated project was overwhelming. We officially handed over the new borehole to the school.

Happy for water!

Students and staff celebrated the presence of clean water on campus. During the headteacher's speech, Mr. Maxwell promised that he and the school would take good care of the project. 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 Betty Muhongo and Stella Inganji deployed to the site to lead the event. 23 students and teachers attended the training, which we held outside under a big mango tree on the school compound.


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.

Practicing dental hygiene.

The session on dental hygiene was interesting. Most students confessed they go the whole week without brushing their teeth. When the facilitator asked the pupils why, they blamed a lack of toothbrushes and toothpaste. The facilitator shared with students how they can create a toothbrush and toothpaste using a chewed stick and a pinch of salt. They all promised to brush their teeth on a daily basis going forward.

Mitchel.

"[I] am so happy to be one of the pupils that were selected to attend the training," said Mitchel M., age 13. She continued, "It was last month that I started having my monthly periods, and I was afraid to come to school, but with the knowledge acquired, I will keep myself neat and smart. There will be no single day I will miss school because of my periods."

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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07/12/2022: Ekapwonje Primary School Well Underway!

A severe clean water shortage at Ekapwonje 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.


Contributors

Project Sponsor - SolenisGives
2 individual donor(s)