This project is part of IcFEM's WaSH program, which includes multiple water source schemes as well as substantial community level hygiene promotion, and training on project operation and maintenance.
What follows is a brief project outline direct from our partner:
Brief Background: The school is found in Chalicha village, Weonia location of Trans-nzoia County. The area is a settlement scheme with a high population consisting of small scale and large scale farmers who grow maize, bananas, beans and sunflower.
Despite the huge agricultural potential and the high amounts of rainfall (between 1,300mm to 1,800mm per annum) water is a major problem in the area.
Chalicha Primary school has a population of about 692 pupils drawn from the surrounding 3 villages. The school has a few toilet facilities that are not sufficient for the huge number of pupils. The area has no water and the closest source is a river 5 kilometres away. The school has a shallow borehole but has to share this with the surrounding villagers. This puts a strain on the scarce resource but the community has little choice. Sanitation is also a matter of concern particularly because majority of the pupils walk barefoot.
The water harvesting site will therefore be a major relief to the locals. The school is eager to share it with the community as it has done before with the borehole.