This project is part of Bridge Water Project's program in Western Kenya. What follows is direct from them:
The proposed Ibokolo secondary school was founded in the year 1985. It was initiated by the Anglican Church of Kenya – Butere Diocese with an aim of providing Education to the Locals of Ibokolo village. The School offers Education from form 1 to form 4. The school has a well that was done by Kenya Finland Company in 1998 so as to provide water for the school and community. The well was fitted with a Nira pump and served for ten years and due to excessive use of the pump , the parts wore out and they have been trying to find the spare parts in vein since they are no longer on the market locally. The school management contacted BWP and made a request that their well be repaired so that it can provide safe and quality water for the school and surrounding community for domestic use. Therefore, since the Nira pump spare parts are no longer found in Kenya, BWP will install an affridev pump which is cheaper to maintain and spare parts are locally available.
CURRENT WATER SOURCE:
The School currently access water from Munzasiani stream which is located 11/2km away from the school. Due to stream not being protected, some green coloring matter grows on the water surface hence causing water to be unsafe and most of the community members take their livestock to drink from the same stream which is contaminated. The munzasiani stream is not seasonal that with funds available it can be protected to enable the communities enjoy water from the source.
The school has 5000 liters masonry tank which is used to harvest during rain season.
The school records Boys- 188 and Girls -109, 13 Teachers, 7 support staff and 1000 pupils from the primary section. The community has 30 households (Approx.5 people per household).
HYGIENE AND SANITATION:
The school has two Hand washing points, one at the staffroom and the other at the Toilets.Bridge water project will facilitate the training on tippy tap construction hence provide 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 and a dish Rack where utensils are aired after being washed. The school also has 16 pit latrines 2 for teachers, 8 for boys, 6 for girls and is cleaned every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. During the training, the BWP will educate the school on how frequent the latrines should be washed.The school has a composite pit where litter is dumped. The classrooms swept daily but mopped on Monday and Friday.
If the well is rehabilitated the students of Ibokolo secondary school, the pupils and entire Ibokolo community will be the direct beneficiaries.
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 quality water so as to improve on hygiene and sanitation status. That with availability of a functioning water supply in school will enable the feeding program to run without much interference.
Currently, the school does not have any safe water supply because the tank in school has no water since it’s a dry season.
The School had a water committee that became inactive when the well got spoilt. The current school management has accepted to appoint anew water committee that will be trained by BWP staffon water sanitation and hygiene before the implementation of the well rehabilitation. The appointed water committee will be trained on water supply management and as well as the maintenance of the pump.