This project is part of Bridge Water Project's program in Western Kenya. What follows is direct from them:
The proposed Matawa primary school water project is situated in matawa village and it is a hand dug well which was sponsored by Ahamadiya mosque in the year 1992 and developed by installing 3M diameter concrete casing covered with 4inch concrete slab and installed a MARK II pump. The well was completed in the same year and served the community and school until 2006 when it got spoilt. The pump was later vandalized and stolen by unknown persons. The school and the community then had no option other than resolving to go look for water from a far stream which is 2km way.
CURRENT WATER SOURCE:
This school and community get its water from a stream which is 2km away. Water collected from the stream is not clean since the spring is not protected hence causing its turbidity value of 80 below the W.H.O recommended value and this poses a lot of health risks to the consumers.
The school has a population of 789 pupils, 21 teachers and three sub-ordinate staff and the community of 40 homes (5-6 people per household) hence totaling to 1053 people. (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. To learn more, click here.)
HYGIENE AND SANITATION:
The school has a composite pit, 9 door latrines for boys, 13 door latrines for girls and 2 latrines for teachers. Hand washing points are present in the school. Therefore, community education would be done to pupils, teachers and parents from the community. During community education, more will be taught on hygiene and sanitation, water handling, water in the home, Phast, 5fs (Faeces, fluids, fields, flies and fingers) diagram and the sustainability of the water system.
The project shall greatly benefit the Matawa primary school pupils and the entire community.
ASSESSING THE NEED:
There is need to rehabilitated this well by installing an Afridev pump so as to help the school and the community access quality water that is sustainable, that is aimed at improving sanitation and hygiene status.
The Bridge Water project staff will strengthen the already existing water committee. During the community education, the committee will be taught how to manage the improved water supply to ensure sustainability. In addition, the water committee will consist of eight people, two parents, a man and a woman, two pupils from the pupil’s body, and four teachers.