Lurambi Primary School

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Kenyan Spring Protection

Latitude 0.31
Longitude 34.75

500 Served

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This project is being implemented by our partner Western Water And Sanitation Forum, and includes the construction of a rain water harvesting system.

St. Basil Lurambi primary school is located in Shieywe location of Lurambi constituency. The school has a total population of 1,035 of which 865 are in primary section of which 2 pupils from class 2 are crippled. This is composed of 544 boys and 321 girls. The section is Early Child Development Section – ECD with a total of 170 pupils. The school has a teaching staff of 38 teachers. (Editor’s Note: While this many people may have access on any given day, realistically a single water source can only support a population of 350-500 people.  This community would be a good candidate for a second project in the future so adequate water is available. To learn more, click here.)

The school has no access to safe and clean drinking water for the pupils and teachers. As a result the pupils are forced to walk up to 1.5 kms in search of water for use in school during class hours. This negatively affects their performance as they waste a lot of time fetching the water instead of studying. In most cases, it is the girl children who are sent to fetch the water. This water is fetched from unprotected water sources and occasionally results to out breaks of water borne diseases in the school. Most reported cases included typhoid, diarrhea, stomachache, Bilharzia and common cold.

The school has a feeding program for class seven, eight and teaching staff. There fore they require a lot of water for the program within the school. The water brought by the pupils is poorly handled and not enough to clean the toilets, classrooms, drinking and the cooking, there fore they opt to buy extra water from local water vendors. They buy a maximum of 10 containers of 20 liters sold at Kshs. 10/= per day. As a result, the school per term constituting of 16 weeks spends at least Kshs. 22,400/= on water. This money could have otherwise been used for other development projects in the school like putting up extra classrooms and toilets.

The ministry of Public health demands that institutional latrines in schools should be used by 25 girls and 30 boys at most. The situation at Lurambi primary school is much worse, due to over population, 60 Boys and 70 girls share a unit latrine. In total, they have 9 doors for boys and 9 doors for girls, which are almost filled up and are in a poor state. These latrines are inadequate and result in developing very long queues during break times. In the event where pupils cannot hold any longer, especially those from the lower classes end up releaving themselves behind classrooms and toilets, thus causing high cases of environmental pollution with fecal matter.

This school was ranked as the second most needy on water and sanitation facilities by the PRA team established by WEWASAFO in partnership with the community. There is need to intervene in this situation so that we can reduce the plight of the children in St Basil Lurambi Primary School in Lurambi Constituency, Kakamega County. WEWASAFO has recommended this school for support with WASH facilities.

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Recent Project Updates

05/29/2014: Lurambi Primary School Project Complete

We are excited to report that a water project at Lurambi Primary School in Kenya is complete.  A rain water harvesting tank and latrines have been constructed, and training has been received on sanitation and hygiene.  Together, these resources will go a long way toward stopping the spread of disease in the community.  We just posted a report from our partner in the field including information about the community and pictures of the project.  Take a look, and Thank You for your help!

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Monitoring Data

Project Type:  Rainwater Catchment
Location:  Shieywe location of Lurambi constituency, Kenya
ProjectID: 4287
Install Date:  05/29/2014

Monitoring Data
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Last Visit: 01/14/2018

Visit History:
07/20/2015 — Functional
02/08/2016 — Functional
03/04/2016 — Functional
06/17/2016 — Functional
09/24/2016 — Functional
01/23/2017 — Functional
04/30/2017 — Functional
05/31/2017 — Functional
01/14/2018 — Functional

Country Details


Population: 39.8 Million
Lacking clean water: 43%
Below poverty line: 50%

Partner Profile

Western Water and Sanitation Forum (WEWASAFO) works together with less privileged and marginalized members of communities in Western Kenya to reduce poverty through harnessing and utilization of local resources for sustainable development.