This project is part of Bridge Water Project's program in Western Kenya. What follows is direct from them:
Musidi Primary school is a mixed day primary school started in the year 1953 by the sponsorship of Friends Church (Quakers) with an aim of eradicating illiteracy in the community where it serves. The school benefitted from the Kenya Finland Water Supply Programme with a drilled well in 1989, registration number C-8601. The well records a total depth of 40m with the water rest level 18m (RSL), well was cased with 4” UPVC casing, well pad constructed and an Affridev pump was installed which served the school up to 2013 then thereafter it broke down. Since then the school has attempted to repair it several time but in vain. As Bridge Water Project were on their daily duties at Navakholo, near Musidi Primary School, the head teacher of the school stormed us and requested the rehabilitation of their well to enable them access clean water.
CURRENT WATER SOURCE
The school currently fetches water from a spring protected river called Etenget situated 1km away from the school compound. The pathway to the river is surrounded by sugarcane plantation shambas in which it is risky for the pupils, especially the young girls.
The school has a population of 576: 281 boys and 282 girls, 10 teaching staff and 3 non teaching staff.
(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.)
HYGIENE & SANITATION
Musidi Primary school has permanent classrooms in which the floor are not plastered due to lack of funds; with this situation the floor is too dusty, in that case pupils end up coughing and having running noses every time especially during dry spells. The pupils carry water from their homes daily to sprinkle to the floor to cover up the dust and for the daily cooking of meals at school. There are 6 pit latrines: 2 for boys, 2 for girls and 2 for teachers, which are cleaned twice a week. There’s a kitchen where meals are prepared for class 8 pupils and teachers and a utensil rack for drying the utensils after use. A compost pit is available where litters are collected and dumped. There’s only one hand washing station for the teachers. The school has a Life straw Unit where water is poured to be purified with cups for drinking purposes. There are three cups for drinking. Sharing of cups poses risks of diseases such as Cholera, typhoid and diarrhea.
ASSESSING THE NEED
There’s need to rehabilitate the proposed Musid Primary school well to relieve the burden of pupils carrying water from their homes and also the dangers of passing through the sugarcane plantation. Access to clean water will improve the academic status in Musidi Primary school as no time will be wasted in going to fetch water. Their hygiene and sanitation standards that are aimed at improving their Health will be improved.
If the well is rehabilitated it will benefit the Musidi primary school pupils.
The school management committee (SMC) is active; they will be responsible for operation, maintenance and management of the water point to ensure its sustainability.