This project is part of Bridge Water Project's program in Western Kenya. What follows is direct from them edited for clarity:
Eshikalame Primary School is a day mixed public school started in early 1958. The school begins from nursery to standard eight. On 15th August 1984, the school benefited from Kenya Finland Company Western Rural Water Supply Programme (KEFINCO) who drilled a borehole No. C-5735 of total depth 45m, ground water level 12.91m, the yield is 0.74m3/h was recorded during the borehole development (source of information from data base at the ministry of water Kakamega office). The Indian Mark II pump was installed on 3rd May 1985 which served very well till the year 2007 and broke down hence not being possible for the school to repair since spares are rare. The school committee sought for some assistance from another organization called KWAHO whom they thought could repair or provide another pump but instead the KWAHO people came, took the Mark II pump and never managed to repair and didn’t return the faulty Mark II Pump.
CURRENT WATER SOURCE
The school currently goes for water from the stream called Mwaloobe located 1/2km from the school compound in the valleys and the quality of water is not good. Turbidity value of water from the stream is 80 below the recommended standards of the World Health Organization (WHO).
The school has a population of 1,237 pupils, 18 teachers and 5 non teaching staff who will directly benefit from the water supply if rehabilitated.
SANITATION AND HYGIENE
The sanitation and hygiene status of the school is poor since toilets are not cleaned on regular basis. There is no hand washing point in the schools for neither the teachers nor the pupils.
The pupils of Eshikalame Primary School, their teachers and the community are the direct beneficiaries of the well.
ASSESSING THE NEED
The Bridge Water Project has seen the need to clean the borehole and install an Afridev pump so as to bring it back in use since the current water source for the school and community is unsafe and also the borehole itself is a big investment which should not be left to lay a waste.
The school in collaboration with BWP has already established a water committee which comprises of teaching staff, sanitary prefects and School Infrastructure Committee members (SIC) who will be responsible for water supply maintenance.