Nguvuli Primary School

Regional Program:
Western Kenya WaSH Program

Latitude 0.23
Longitude 34.35

500 Served

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Stories and Community Profile

This project is a part of our shared program with Safe Water and Sustainable Hygiene Initiative (SAWASHI). Our team is pleased to directly share the below report (edited for clarity, as needed).

Welcome to the School

Nguvuli Primary School is located in the center of Nguvuli Community. It is sponsored by the Friends Church Quakers. Most of the 700 students are local, so they can walk to school each day. (Editor’s Note: While this many students may have access on any given day, realistically a single water source can only support a population of 350-500 people.  This school would be a good candidate for a second project in the future so that adequate water is available. To learn more, click here.)

In 1989, the Kenya Finland Company drilled a borehole within the school compound because they noticed the students and staff had to leave in search of water. The neighboring community didn’t have a water source either, and so both school and the community found relief in a new source of water nearby. This borehole served the people in this area for several years, but unfortunately was recently vandalized. Now, the pump is missing and the locals have been forced to return to other sources of water.

Water Situation

By the time the borehole was vandalized, people in the area had a few other water sources. One is a small rainwater catchment tank installed next to one of the school classrooms, restricted for school use only. The other source is a hand-dug well that is accessed by a hatch. This water source has no pump, so a bucket is lowered with a rope. As the pictures show, one of these buckets has already fallen into the well and contaminated the water. Since the well’s water is not protected by a complete well pad and cover, it is open to contamination from many different sources.

The catchment tank is not an adequate source of water for 700 students, and the unprotected well is not a safe source. With a rehabilitated borehole, students, staff and the community will once again have an ideal, clean source of water.

We also observed that the containers people use to fetch water are not clean. These dirty containers further contaminate water intended for drinking. Because of the problems described above, locals often suffer from waterborne diseases such as typhoid and cholera, and students are often out of school because of these illnesses.

Sanitation Situation

The sanitation facilities on school grounds are in decent condition. There are 18 pit latrines that all have doors, and are all cleaned on a daily basis. The school also has a garbage pit out back, and dish racks for the children to dry their utensils.

The issue here is the lack of hand-washing stations. Clean latrines make no difference if students are using the bathroom but not washing hands. There has been poor academic performance at Nguvuli Primary School because of both waterborne disease and communicable disease, the latter of which can be prevented with proper hand-washing. Teacher Maggy Mbone, whose picture is in the “See Photos & Video” section, told us that “the school lack hand-washing point. Hence, often outbreak of diarrhea and typhoid diseases in the school, making most students to be absent. This has led to poor performance.”

Plans: Hygiene and Sanitation Training

Teachers and students will be trained for two days at the school compound. The facilitator will use the CHAST (Children’s Hygiene and Sanitation Training) method to help students discern between good and bad hygiene habits. Students will be taught how disease is spread at home and at school, and how to prevent this. An entire session will be devoted to teaching students when to wash hands and how to do it properly. Students and staff need to be aware of how dirty hands are spreading illness.

Plans: Hand-Washing Stations

Two hand-washing stations will be delivered to the school so that students can wash their hands after using the latrine and before eating. The school will make sure that these are filled with water and that a cleaning agent is always available.

Plans: Well Rehabilitation

We plan to rehabilitate the well drilled by Kenya Finland Company in 1989. That well served both the school and community many years until it was vandalized. It has always had adequate water, even through the drier seasons. We measured the total depth to be 47 meters with a static water level of 15 meters.

The rehabilitation process will include material collection, pad reconstruction, flushing, test pumping, water quality testing, water treatment, and then pump installation. The new pump will be an AfriDev, since it is easy for student to use and parts for repair are easily acquired. Special care will be taken with well pad construction to make sure that there is no flooding. If stagnant water collects on the well pad, contamination can find its way through to the drinking water.

By the end of training and project implementation, Nguvuli Primary School will have a strong water user committee made up of parents and teachers who will oversee and maintain the rehabilitated well. They have a heart to ensure the well continues to serve generations to come. Without clean water and good health, education cannot be a priority.

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Recent Project Updates

11/15/2017: A Year Later: Nguvuli Primary School

A year ago, generous donors helped rehabilitate a well for Nguvuli Primary School in Kenya. Because of these gifts and our monthly donors, partners are able to visit project sites throughout the year, strengthening relationships with communities and evaluating the actual water project. These consistent visits allow us to learn vital lessons and hear amazing stories – we’re excited to share this one with you.

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11/03/2016: Nguvuli Primary School Project Complete

We are excited to share that the well in Nguvuli Primary School is now rehabilitated and providing clean water. Hygiene and sanitation training was conducted for students and staff, which invited students from each grade to learn about practices like washing hands and using latrines. Two hand-washing stations were delivered upon the well’s completion. This water and new knowledge give the school a great foothold in eliminating water and sanitation-related illness! Please enjoy this update detailing all the work that was done at Nguvuli Primary School, and make sure to click on the “See Photos & Video” tab above to find new pictures of the finished project.

Thank You for unlocking potential for these children and their teachers. You made clean water a reality, and now you have a chance to make sure it keeps flowing. We invite you to join our team of monthly donors who help us maintain this well and hundreds of other projects!

Project Result: Hygiene and Sanitation Training

Hygiene and sanitation training was held in a school classroom for a full day. In the morning, we invited all lower primary students to attend, and later in the afternoon a session was held for upper primary. A number of students leaders from each grade were represented. Everyone listened, asked questions, and actively participated during all of our activities.

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Lessons were taught as follows:

  1. Clean is Beautiful: What is personal hygiene, and how important is washing hands? We demonstrated good hand-washing and let students practice with one another.
  2. I Drink Safe Water: Identifying different types of water sources, and determining whether or not they are safe for drinking. We also taught students about various ways to purify water.
  3. Going to the Latrine: Why is it important to use the toilet? What are the risks of open defecation?
  4. My School is Beautiful: We talked about what makes a clean environment. Students also formulated rules they want to enforce to prevent littering. We also strengthened a school health club which will promote good health and enforce rules like the above.
  5. Germ-Free Food: How to treat and cook food to keep it safe for healthy eating.
  6. How to Prevent Diarrhea: We talked about different disease transmission routes, the symptoms of diarrhea, and how to block the transmission routes.

For the above lessons, illustrations were really great for helping students understand. During our review session at the end, students were easily able to answer our questions about sanitation and hygiene.

A boy from grade six, Emmanuel, was one of the participants. When his session was dismissed, he told us “The sanitation and hygiene of our school is not good, but from what we have learned on practicing proper sanitation and hygiene we have acquired the skills and knowledge which will put into practice both at home and in school. Am very glad the knowledge of using ash as an agent of hand-washing is going to help most of us even at our homes.”

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Project Result: Hand-Washing Stations

Two hand-washing stations were delivered to the school after training. The students who were trained on hand-washing will be able to use these stations to teach their peers. These will be kept outside so that students can wash hands after using the latrines. The school health club has also been trained on how to oversee and maintain the stations, making sure they are filled with water on a daily basis.

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Project Result: Well Rehabilitation

Construction for rehabilitating this hand-dug well began on October 19th.

The school and community members helped us prepare by collecting many construction materials we’d need, such as sand, stone, and water.

The old well we found there had a cracked and crumbling well pad. We had to use pickaxes and mallets to make a level surface for the new one. We left the foundational bricks exposed, and then continued by removing the cover. We could then mix sand and cement to plaster a new well pad. The final layer of this was cement mixed with a waterproof coat, and was then left to dry for several days.

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Flashing, or well development, was done using a compressor. A submersible pump was also set up to test the well’s yield, which turned out to be 2.1 M3/h. Once the pump base was bolted, our mechanics lowered the PVC riser main fitted with the cylinder. Anchor ropes were tied and lowered to the desired depth, and later tied onto the steel plate on the pump head. Rods and the plunger were lowered, the handle attached, and the covered was fitted on the pump head. That’s when water started flowing again!

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There were no challenges during this process, but there certainly was quite a crowd of onlookers! Students and staff are so grateful to have this well serving them once again, and we will make sure it continues to do so. The deputy head teacher, Stela Mudasi, said “We are grateful for our water point to be back in operation after a long time suffering to access clean and safe water. This will reduce the rate of diarrhea and typhoid cases, hence academic improvement!” The school will do its best to take care of their new water source, but they have our contact information in the case of pump breakdown. If there’s any issue, our mechanics will repair it as soon as possible.

On the final day of the project, students gathered around the well to celebrate. We as an organization officially handed this well over to the school. Enjoy the pictures full of flowing water and gratefulness!

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10/06/2016: Nguvuli Primary Well Rehabilitation Project Underway

We are excited to announce that, thanks to your willingness to help, Nguvuli Primary School will soon have a new source of safe, clean water. A broken well is being rehabilitated so it will be a protected, safe source of water, and the students and staff will receive training in sanitation and hygiene and two new hand-washing stations. Together these resources will help stop the spread of disease in the area. We just posted a report including an introduction to the school, GPS coordinates, and pictures. We will keep you posted as work continues!

Click on the tabs above to get more information, and Thank You for your help!

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Monitoring Data

Project Type:  Dug Well and Hand Pump
Location:  Kakamega North, Nguvuli
ProjectID: 4540
Install Date:  11/03/2016

Monitoring Data
Water Point:
Last Visit: 02/22/2018

Visit History:
03/02/2017 — Functional
04/28/2017 — Functional
10/12/2017 — Functional
12/04/2017 — Functional
02/22/2018 — Functional

A Year Later: Nguvuli Primary School

October, 2017

“I have enough time to read and do my studies since I no longer have to struggle with the rope and the bucket.”

A year ago, generous donors helped rehabilitate a well for Nguvuli Primary School in Kenya. Because of these gifts and our monthly donors, partners are able to visit project sites throughout the year, strengthening relationships with communities and evaluating the actual water project. These consistent visits allow us to learn vital lessons and hear amazing stories – we’re excited to share this one with you.

“I have enough time to read and do my studies since I no longer have to struggle with the rope and the bucket. I have drinking water closer to me.” These words from 15 year old student Kataka Mildred are music to any teacher’s ears! The students at Nguvuli Primary School are excited to have more time to devote to their studies, thanks to a close source of safe, clean water.

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WASH officer Paul Weringa recently had the chance to visit Nguvuli to check up on the water source and see what changes a year of safe water can bring. “The academic and co-curriculum performance of this school has improved over the past one year because of the rehabilitation of the water project in the school. Initially, the pupils would spend a lot of time out of the school pulling water from the open well. This affected the pupils since they could not recover the time wasted for their studies. Today, the school is able to host other schools for games and other activities and this has an advantage for the school.”

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School treasurer Ruth Williams noted three significant improvements since the rehabilitation of the well. “Our pupils have enough time for doing their studies. Unlike the other years, the pupils take the shortest time to access water for drinking. The well has played a major role in improving the hygiene and sanitation of the school. We do not have more pupils being admitted to hospitals because of the outbreak of the waterborne diseases. The well has improved the relationship between the school and the community. Sharing the same source has helped the community members to relate and associate themselves with the activities run in school.” Not only does this well improve the studies and health of the students, it also strengthens the community as everyone rallies around this critical resource.

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Country Details


Population: 39.8 Million
Lacking clean water: 43%
Below poverty line: 50%

Partner Profile

Safe Water & Sustainable Hygiene Initiative (SAWASHI) provides safe, affordable and sustainable water supply services through rehabilitation of boreholes, strengthening of Water User Committees, WaSH training of target beneficiary communities and monitoring & evaluation of water systems.