Amusere Primary School



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Country:
Kenya

Program:
Well Rehab in Kenya

GPS:
Latitude 0.27
Longitude 34.47

Impact:
412 Served

Project Status:
Installed


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Stories and Community Profile

This project is part of Bridge Water Project’s program in Western Kenya. What follows is direct from them:

BACKGROUND

The proposed Amusere Primary School is a mixed day primary school started in 1992 by concerted efforts of Amusere Community members after seeing their children walking long distance to the schools looking for primary schools education. Due to distance, most of their children were dropping out of school, which was consequently leading to high number of illiteracy in the area.

In the year 1995, Kenya Finland Western Water Supply Agency visited the Amusere Primary school and dug a shallow well water point which records a total depth of 52 Feet, cased with a concrete measuring 24 inches high x 36 inches diameter from the bottom to the top. The well records water rest level of 9 meters with its turbidity value of 5 meeting the (WHO) recommended parameters of the same well for lab analysis and it was recommended that water is good for both human drinking and for animal use.

However, the well had installed a NIRA 85 pump which could not be repaired when it eventually did break down, because of the unavailability of spare parts in the local market, the school management and entire community were unable to repair it. When it came to their attention that, there’s an organization called BWP dealing with rehabilitation of failed water points, they made an application to Bridge Water Project requesting for an intervention towards repairing their school water point.

CURRENT WATER SOURCE

Currently the Amusere Primary school gets it’s water from the Amukowa spring which is 1 ½ km from the school. The spring is not protected thus the water that is being consumed by Amusere pupils and the community is contaminated.

POPULATION

Amusere primary school has an enrollment of 168 boys, 232 girls and 12 teachers total of 412 people.

HYGIENE & SANITATION

The school has permanent classrooms, which are washed twice per week Monday and Fridays, pit latrines 3 for boys, 3 for girls and 1 for teachers, which are cleaned every morning. The latrines are almost full.

There is one hand washing point outside the staff room, this shows that pupils don’t wash their hands after using the toilet. The composite pit is available where liters are dumped.

PROJECT BENEFICIARIES

If the Amusere primary school water point is rehabilitated, pupils/teachers and entire Amusere community will be the beneficiaries.

ASSESSING THE NEED

There is need to reconstruct the well pad and install a new stainless steel Affridev pump, so as to enable pupils to fetch water without straining and to improve the quality of water without interference of foreign bodies like ropes, jericans etc.

That with good functioning pump sanitation and hygiene of the school and the community will greatly improve.

WATER COMMITTEE

The school management committee will select among themselves a water committee that will manage the water point and ensure its sustainability. Before the implementation of the rehab project BWP staff will train the committee on operation, maintenance and management of the facility.


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Recent Project Updates


10/30/2014: Amusere Primary School Project Complete

We are excited to report that Amusere Primary School in Kenya has a new source of safe, clean water.  A broken well has been repaired and the community has received training in sanitation and hygiene.  The report below from our partner in the field gives some great information on all the work that went into this project:

WEEK1 NARRATIVE: 22nd 26th September 2014.

Like other schools, amusere primary school is not left out as one of the schools that need a proper training on good practices of hygiene and sanitation. Going by the baseline survey that was carried out in the school, most pupils and teachers don’t observe the proper hygiene and sanitation practices. The school does not have enough hand washing stations and even the one that is available is not used.

Apart from simply rehabilitating the well that is anticipated to help improve the situation of the school, BWP community education team had to train the pupils and teachers on good hygiene and sanitation practices. The training targeted the health club of the school which will later disseminate the information to the other pupils.

The health club comprised of boys and girls who were of the age ranging between 11-16 years. Some of the topics learned during the training were;

  1. Hand washing.
  2. Importance of using a latrine.
  3. Why some people don’t use latrines.
  4. Transmission of diseases by flies.
  5. Safe water, its handling and treatment.

The pupils were able to learn on the risks of failure to wash hands and their importance. By so doing, a demonstration on proper hand washing was done. The pupils learned that hands must be washed by use of soap or ash. In their discussion groups, the pupils analyzed on the critical moments of washing hands. Some of the moments analyzed were;

        I.            After visiting the toilets.

      II.            Before and after eating.

    III.            After work.

    IV.            After changing the nappies of the young ones.

      V.            After playing.

As a result of group discussions, the pupils learned that drinking water should be kept separate and that water should be treated before consumption.

CONSTRUCTION REPORT.

The construction team mobilized to the school and more of reconstruction of the well pad was done. Pupils helped in the provision of water which was used for cement work.

The school management provided meals for the team (both breakfast and lunch).

The well was left to cure. thereafter the rest of the process will follow.

WEEK2 NARRATIVE: 29th -30rd September 2014.

After the well pad of the school had cured up, the service team for pump installation and thereafter a handing over was done.

During the process of pump installation, the pupils and teachers of this school were right there at the site to witness what was going on. Judging on their faces, they all seemed to be eagerly waiting for the dream they never believed would one day become true. Some pupils asked questions that were meant to assure them if the water would finally flow and after how many days. Fortunately, the service men responded to their questions by assuring them that the long awaited dream will be true in due time.

After the well was installed with the affridev pump, the administration of the school requested for a handing of which was done immediately. The pupils sung songs of praise to God thanking him for providing water to them by the help of the water project. The head teacher of the school thanked the water project organization through the bridge water project for helping the school have an access to clean and safe water. The head teacher further promised on behalf of the water committee of the school that they shall take care of the project so as to serve many generations to come.

We just posted a new set of pictures including the finished well.  Take a look, and Thank You for your help!


The Water Project : kenya4260-63-handing-over


10/17/2014: Amusere Primary School Project Underway

We are excited to announce that Amusere Primary School will soon have a new source of safe, clean water.  A broken well originally built in 1995 will be restored so that it is a dependable resource.  Together with training in sanitation and hygiene, these resources will go a long way toward stopping the spread of disease within the community.  We just posted an initial report from our partners in the field including information about the community, GPS coordinates, and pictures. We’ll keep you posted as the work continues.

Take a look, and Thank You for your help!


The Water Project : kenya4260-16-amusere-primary-school-pupils


Monitoring Data


Project Type:  Well Rehab
Location:  EMUKOWA, IMANGA, CENTRAL MARAMA, BUTERE, KAKAMEGA, KENYA
ProjectID: 4260
Install Date:  10/30/2014

Monitoring Data
Water Point:
Functional
Last Visit: 07/24/2017
Well Depth:  52.00M

Visit History:
11/06/2015 — Functional
01/23/2016 — Functional
06/08/2016 — Functional
09/20/2016 — Needs Attention
12/02/2016 — Functional
02/24/2017 — Functional
04/11/2017 — Functional
07/24/2017 — Functional




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Country Details

Kenya

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

Partner Profile

Bridge Water Project has been funded by The Water Project almost since they got their start in 2007.  This local Kenyan NGO works directly with the communities and neighbors they know well.  Building relationships with these villages and the local government helps ensure that the water projects we fund are sustainable in the long term.

BWP works to repair up to four wells for every new one they install.  In this area of Kenya, many old and broken down water points still exist.  We have found that restoring these water points and establishing new plans for maintenance and monitoring, is quite cost effective.

We work closely with partners like BWP to strengthen their teams, through professional development growing their impact and quality of work over time.  Your donations make it all possible.