We are excited to share that Kipsigor Primary School in Kenya now has access to a new, safe, clean water source thanks to the completion of their new borehole well! Students and staff are already using the well’s flowing water, which will provide them with a reliable source of water for all of their daily needs. We also installed new latrines and handwashing stations and trained students and staff on improved sanitation and hygiene practices. Together, these components will unlock the opportunity for these students to live better, healthier lives.
“I will now have good health and attend school [more] regularly than before when I used to be sick after consuming dirty water from the passing river,” said 13-year-old Elizabeth V.
“We have been consuming dirty water for a long time, which has been affecting our health and makes some of us miss school. But from now onwards, I believe absenteeism cases [are] going to reduce,” said 39-year-old teacher Jared Osoro.
“This water point is going to help us achieve a lot,” Jared continued. “For instance, cleanliness. We have been cleaning our classrooms once a week, but things are going to change. At least, we will be doing cleanliness every day in the evening. Secondly, we have been wasting a lot of time while going to collect water outside [the] school compound, but now all this is going to change. No more time-wasting or interfering with lessons to go fetching water, and I know our school performance will have positive feedback.”
From our implementing partner, The Water Project:
“This project required a substantial collaboration between our staff, our in-country teams, and the community members themselves. When an issue arises concerning the well, the students and teachers are equipped with the necessary skills to rectify the problem and ensure the water point works appropriately. However, if the issue is beyond their capabilities, they can contact their local field officers to assist them. Also, we will continue to offer them unmatchable support as a part of our monitoring and maintenance program. We walk with each community, problem-solving together when they face challenges with functionality, seasonality, or water quality. Together, all these components help us strive for enduring access to reliable, clean, and safe water for this community.”
Thank you to the following for helping to make all of this possible!