This project is part of Bridge Water Project's program in Western Kenya. What follows is direct from them:
The proposed Namirama Friends primary school is a day mixed school started in the year 1952 through the efforts of Namirama Friends (Quakers) Church with an aim of eradicating illiteracy within the area where it serves. In the year 1989 Kenya Finland Water Supply Programme drilled a water point in Namirama school compound to serve the pupils and the community. With a total depth of 44M, cased by 4’’ UPVC casing, water rest level 20M well pad was constructed and an Affridev pump was installed. The well served until the year 2010 when unknown person vandalized it. In February 2014 the school committee made an application to Bridge Water Project requesting them to rehabilitate the well.
CURRENT WATER SOURCE
Currently Namirama Primary School fetch water from Obingo spring located one and half kilometer away from the school compound. Obingo spring is unprotected and no one can guarantee the quality of water from this spring since the turbidity value is 60 not being the recommended parameter of the World Health Organization.
At most pupils and teachers in Namirama Primary School suffer from Diarrhea, Typhoid, and Amoebiasis Shigella Dysentery as a result of using contaminated water source of information.
Navakholo Health Centre, which is close to Namirama School.
The school has a population of 876, 376 Boys, 484 Girls, 12 teachers and 2 non-teaching staff, for a total of 890 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. 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 & SANITATION
The school has permanent classrooms, which are washed ones a week that’s on Friday evening before pupils go home for a weekend. The school has 12 pit latrines, 6 for girls, 4 for boys and 2 for teachers, which are washed every day. There’s a kitchen where meals for teachers are prepared though water storage is not up-to-date. No hand washing station neither for teachers nor pupils. There is a compost pit where litters are dumped.
ACCESSING THE NEED
There’s need to rehabilitate the proposed Namirama Primary School Water point to enable pupils and teachers access quality water for their school domestic use and also for improve sanitation and hygiene status of the school. With functioning well water borne hence people’s health will be improved. .
Pupils, teachers of Namirama Friends primary school and community will be the beneficiaries.
The school water committee will be responsible for the pumps operation, maintenance and management to ensure its sustainability but before the implementation of the rehabilitation work they will be available for trainings with BWP community education staff.