Update: 6/7/2010 - The Well is Complete
Update: 5/6/2010- Drilling is underway. The first crew reached 12m of 60m and encountered hard rock they were unable to penetrate. They will be hiring a larger rig to break through and then continue on.
The St. Philips Secondary school is a well run, well managed and
successful girls school is Western Kenya. But their old hand dug well (seen below) has
been running dry. It is simply not adequate to meet the needs of about
400 students. To ensure this school and these girls can continue to lead their communities into a hopeful future, we've committed to help them secure a source of safe, clean and abundant water for years to come.
Today, these girls are fetching water from a contaminated stream about
4km away which is causing sickness, lost days from class and time lost
Our implementing partner has assessed the school, and have determined
they are ready for a new well project. The have established a water
committee to oversee the project and have already begun hygiene and
sanitation training (seen below).
The local community of 200-300 additional people will benefit from this
project as well.