The Tintafor community comprises only twenty-two houses but is home to schools that dramatically increase the area's population during the week.
Mother Teresa's Pre-Primary and Saint Augustines Primary School share a compound that sits on a large piece of land with a Catholic Church on the far end. In the surrounding area, within walking distance from the school, there are soldier barracks and a Pentecostal Church. The school compound includes areas where the children can play football and other sporting activities during their breaks, but it's hard for children to find relief from the heat with no trees.
The hand-dug well on the campus is currently shared by the nursery school and the primary school, even though it is located within the nursery school gated area. Because of the young children at the nursery school, security is of great importance. The entrance is gated and locked, restricted to only teachers once the bell rings.
The well has provided the primary school on campus with water for drinking, cleaning, latrines, and handwashing stations. Normally, the primary school students flood through the nursery school gate in the morning before the bell to collect water. The overcrowding when the gate is open creates a safety risk for the nursery school children. As well, the strain on the well to provide enough water for both schools, nearly one thousand people every day, has been too much, especially during the dry season, causing the well to run low.
Here’s what we’re going to do about it:
The well marked for this overhaul is dry for a few months every year and needs major work to supply adequate, clean water to the community year round. The pump will be removed, and a hand auger will be lowered inside and powered by a drill team. This hand auger will allow the team to drill several meters deeper to hit a sufficient water column that will ensure the well supplies water throughout all seasons.
As the team drills, casing will be installed, transforming the bottom of this hand-dug well into a borehole. PVC piping will connect this lower system directly to the pump, a construction that we know will also improve the quality of water.
Once this plan is implemented, everyone within the community will have access to safe drinking water in both quality and quantity, even through the dry months.
Hygiene and Sanitation Training
There will be hygiene and sanitation training sessions offered for three days in a row.
After our visit, the hygiene and sanitation trainer decided it would be best to teach community members how to build a tippy tap (a hand-washing station built with a jerrycan, string, and sticks). They will use these tippy taps for handwashing demonstrations, and will also teach about other tools like dish racks and the importance of properly penning in animals.
These trainings will also strengthen the water user committee that manages and maintains this well. They enforce proper behavior and report to us whenever they need our help solving a serious problem, like a pump breakdown.