This project is part of Bridge Water Project's program in Western Kenya. What follows is direct from them:
Nderema Primary School started in the year 1964 under the sponsorship of Friends Church Quakers. The aim of starting the school was to eradicate illiteracy in the community. In 1989 the Kenya Finland (KEFINCO) sunk a hand dug a well of 30m in the school with aim of enabling the school to get access to clean and quality water and also to improve sanitation and hygiene of the entire school. The well was cased using concrete 1m diameter from bottom to top, then covered with a slab. Thereafter it was completed by installing an Afridev pump. However during the year 2012 it was vandalized by unknown people. Since then the school has been going back to the unprotected stream (Nderema stream).
Recently, when the school members heard of BWP development activities in regard of improving existing water points in the region, they decided to make an application to the BWP office requesting rehabilitation of their school water point.
CURRENT WATER SOURCE
Nderema Primary School fetches water from Nderema stream located 1km away down in the steep, slippery valley. The stream is not protected in that during the rainy season erosions run off contaminates it and making water dangerous for human consumption since it causes water borne diseases like diarrhea, amoeba, bilharzias, etc, to consumers.
The school has 1125 pupils of which boys are 527 and girls 598; special unit class of 26 pupils, 16 teachers and 4 subordinate 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
The school has 8 pit latrines for the pupils, 4 for girls, 4 for boys, and 2 for the teachers which are cleaned twice a week, every Monday and Friday. The classrooms are cleaned once a week only on Fridays. The school has a kitchen where meals for the teachers and standard 7 and 8 pupils are served. There’s a utensil rack and hand washing station which is located at the administration block used by teachers.
Nderema primary school pupils and teachers are the main beneficiaries if the well is rehabilitated.
ASSESSING THE NEED
There’s need to rehabilitate proposed Nderema Primary school water project so that the pupils can access quality water for their daily activities and also improve their sanitation and hygiene standards. If the water point is rehabilitated it will be big relief for pupils who always have to climb a steep and slippery valley while carrying water on their heads.
BWP will oversee the formation of water committee prior to the implementation of the rehabilitation works. The committee formed will be trained on sanitation and hygiene operations and maintenance of the pump to ensure sustainability.