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.