This project is part of Bridge Water Project's program in Western Kenya. What follows is direct from them:
Eshitari Secondary School is a mixed day school that has not had a working water pump since 2005 when it broke down after much use. Consequently, after it broke down the hardware to the pump was stolen, hence rendering the school without an adequately safe water supply for the children or the staff who work there.
The school serves meals throughout the day to the students. The nursery school children receive a morning snack and the standard seven and eighth grades receive lunch. However, because of the lunch program, the pupils have to carry water when they come to school in the morning, and the quality of this water is questionable as it is drawn from different unknown sources. As a result pupils and teachers suffers from various water borne diseases.
The school management therefore approached Bridge Water Project to intervene and rehabilitated the existing well by installing a hand pump to enable them to access safe quality water for their use.
CURRENT WATER SOURCE.
Eshitari Secondary School currently access water from a natural spring called Eshitari spring, which is approximately 2km away from the school. This spring is currently unprotected and BWP recognizes the potential for a future project at this site in the next coming months. When water sources such as Eshitari spring are protected, this allows for a more comprehensive and holistic approach to managing water projects. With Eshitari protected a larger number of people in the community can have access to an improved water supply.
Eshitari Secondary School has a population of 300 students Boys- 180 and Girls -120. The school has 13 Teachers, 6 support staff and 800 pupils from the primary section. (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 AND SANITATION:
The school has few Hand washing points whereby Bridge water project will facilitate the training on tippy tap construction hence providing a few of them to the school and thereafter encourage the school to construct more of the same. The school has a kitchen where food is prepared. The school has 2 latrines for teachers, 4 for boys, 4 for girls, which are cleaned only every Monday and Friday. It has composite pit where litter is dumped.
If the well is rehabilitated the students of Eshitari secondary school and the pupils will be the direct beneficiaries and the community as well.
ASSESSING THE NEED
Bridge Water Project Team ascertained that there is need to rehabilitate the well for the purpose of enabling the school access safe and clean water and improve on hygiene and sanitation status of the school. There is also a need to protect the Eshitari Spring, which BWP will follow up on for a future project within the next few months.
The School has a water committee that is not currently active, therefore BWP will meet with the committee to see if they are still interested in working as a committee. Capacity building will be done to the committee before the well is rehabilitated so as to improve on the sustainability of this water source.