Project Status

Project Type:  Borehole Well and Hand Pump

Regional Program: Western Kenya WaSH Program

Impact: 515 Served

Project Phase:  In Service - Jun 2022

Functionality Status:  Functional

Last Checkup: 05/11/2024

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Ever since Givole Primary School began in 1953, water shortages have been the main challenge to this institution. The 500 students and 15 staff desperately need clean, safe water for drinking and other activities like cooking and cleaning.

The school relies on rainwater collection and surface water collected by the children from a nearby river, but these sources come with issues.

The rain tanks installed at the school run dry quickly due to the high population relying on them. And the water running to the tanks comes off a rusted roof, making the water questionable for drinking.

"It is my right to access clean, safe water in school, but this is not so. On various occasions, we are requested to go fetch water out of the school compound. Fetching water has been a huge task to me. I feel like quitting school," said Brigit E., 15 (in the below picture).

Water fetched from the river can never be trusted as it is an open source exposed to contaminants that endanger the health of its consumers. During our visit to the river, we spotted animals grazing next to it and farming activities happening very close to the water, which inevitably leads to contamination.

Class lessons are regularly interrupted because students are requested to fetch water from the river located off the school compound. Both teachers and students are affected by this missed class time, which negatively impacts the school's academic performance.

Erick Chevaso, a teacher (pictured below), commented, "Learning time is interrupted when students are requested to go fetch water at the river. Students waste time fetching water, thus interrupting their lessons. I have several times missed teaching my class lessons as the students are not in class at the time."

It is time for the students of Givole to get back to learning full-time without the interruption of leaving the school campus in search of water that, in the long run, is going to make them sick.

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

June, 2022: Givole Primary School Borehole Well Complete!

We are excited to share that Givole 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.

Smiling students at the new borehole well.

"On one occasion, I had to be taken to the hospital twice due to diarrhea," said 13-year-old student, Mercy N. "After running tests, it was found out that I had typhoid. I had to miss school for a few days. Now with this water point, I'm sure I will be able to get safe water with no worries of getting unwell."


"Now, finally, I will not have to be carrying water from home," Mercy continued. "Carrying water from home was very cumbersome and tiring. I will now have time to engage in other activities, especially at school where I want to try out engaging in extracurricular activities."

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

"Before this, pupils would come with water in containers to be used by both the teachers and pupils in drinking and also cleaning," said 54-year-old teacher Nighty Ndunya. "A number of times, both pupils and teachers would complain of stomach upsets and would have to be rushed to the hospital. But now I'm sure of safe water to be used for drinking."

Nighty at the well.

Nighty continued: "Reliable, safe water will help improve the number of cases reported daily by the pupils of stomach upsets due to the dirty water they have been getting from home to drink at school. This water will also be used to help improve cleaning standards around the school to help maintain very high levels of hygiene."

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.

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 70 meters with a final static water level of nine 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.

Testing 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 show this water is 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.

VIP Latrines

This project funded the installation of six new ventilated improved pit (VIP) latrines: three for the girls and three for the boys. 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 of the girls’ and boys’ 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 Samuel, David, and Audrey deployed to the site to lead the event. 22 students and teachers attended the training, which we held behind a few classrooms.

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 pupils were excited to learn about soap making. None of them had ever participated in any soap-making activity before. They sang happy songs during the stirring process and found the subject very interesting.

Soap-making was Mercy's favorite topic as well. "I have learned skills on soap making which I did not have before," she said. "I hope with these new skills I will be able to teach my mother and friends and home, and also be able to make soap, which will help around our house."

Another favorite subject for pupils was personal hygiene. One student, when asked about his daily hygiene routine, said that he bathes three times a day and does a "thorough cleaning" on Saturdays, which had the others laughing.

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 our field officers to assist them. Also, we will continue to offer them unmatchable support as a part of our ongoing monitoring and maintenance program.

Thank you for making all of this possible!

April, 2022: Givole Primary School Well Project Underway!

A severe clean water shortage at Givole 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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Abundant water is often right under our feet! Beneath the Earth’s surface, rivers called aquifers flow through layers of sediment and rock, providing a constant supply of safe water. For borehole wells, we drill deep into the earth, allowing us to access this water which is naturally filtered and protected from sources of contamination at the surface level. First, we decide where to drill by surveying the area and determining where aquifers are likely to sit. To reach the underground water, our drill rigs plunge through meters (sometimes even hundreds of meters!) of soil, silt, rock, and more. Once the drill finds water, we build a well platform and attach a hand pump. If all goes as planned, the community is left with a safe, closed water source providing around five gallons of water per minute! Learn more here!

A Year Later: Time for Learning!

June, 2023

A year ago, your generous donation helped Givole Primary School in Kenya access clean water – creating a life-changing moment for Faith. Thank you!

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Faith I., 12, recalled what life was like at Givole Primary School before her school’s well was installed last year.

"It was very hard because we used to go for water outside the school compound to a stream which is quite a distance from [our] school. It was so tiresome, and fetching water after rains [made] the footpath to the stream very slippery. You could only collect unsafe water as that was the only water point available," said Faith.

But water collection is much simpler for Faith and the other students at Givole Primary School now.

"It is very easy because the borehole is near the school. The water from [the] borehole is safe for drinking, unlike what we used to draw from the stream," Faith continued.

Having ready access to water from the well has made a difference for Faith, allowing her time to focus on learning.

"The water point has helped me get enough time for learning. Currently, we don't waste much of our time going for water outside the school. Besides that, I used to be a victim of waterborne diseases, but since [the] installation of the water point, I have not experienced the same challenge," concluded Faith.

Thank you for helping Faith access clean water and improve her health so she can build a brighter future.

Right now, there are others just like her in neighboring communities that desperately need safe water access. Your support will immediately go to work to provide a clean water project - and we can’t wait to introduce you to the next person you’ll help.

Faith near the well.

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