This area is surrounded by large rocks and indigenous trees. People in the area do mixed farming, and a local tea plantation is their main cash crop.
So, students must fetch water from outside school grounds. They are forced to choose when they should sacrifice some of their free time to supply the school with water: before school, which means they will miss morning prep and potentially be late to class, or during lunch, which means they won’t get any sort of break throughout the day.
“When there is no water at the school, we are forced to go downstream to fetch water,” said 13-year-old student, Valentine Y., shown filling her water container in the photo. “[The stream] is located a mile away from the school. This is tiresome and, at the same time, consumes our study time.”
But time is not the only cost of this water crisis. Although the water from the school’s rain tank has never been treated, it is arguably better than the visibly dirty water from the nearby stream, which often infects students and staff with water-related illnesses.
“During [the] dry season, we suffer a lot,” said 38-year-old teacher Osoro Jared, shown in the photo supervising some students as they fill their jerrycans. “[The] downstream water is too dirty, and because we don’t have a choice, students [drink] that water like that. Then they get sick and miss school for even a week.”
We conducted a hydrogeological survey at this school and the results indicated the water table beneath it is an ideal candidate for a borehole well. Due to a borehole well’s unique ability to tap into a safe, year-round water column, it will be poised to serve all of the water needs for this school’s large population, even through the dry months.
The school will help collect the needed construction materials such as sand, rocks, and water for mixing cement. They will also provide housing and meals for the work team, in addition to providing local laborers. We will complement their materials by providing an expert team of artisans and drilling professionals, tools, hardware, and the hand-pump. Once finished, water from the well will then be used by the school’s students and staff for drinking, hand-washing, cooking, cleaning, and much more.
There is currently nowhere for students to wash their hands after using the latrines or before eating lunch, let alone the water to do so.
We will construct two triple-door latrine blocks using local materials that the school will help gather. Three doors will serve the girls and three doors will serve the boys. All of these new latrines will have cement floors that are designed to be easy to use and to clean. And with a borehole right on school property, there should be enough water to keep them clean.
Training on Health, Hygiene, COVID-19, and More
We will hold a one-day intensive training session with students, teachers, and parents. This training will cover a wide range of topics including COVID-19 symptoms, transmission routes, and prevention; personal and environmental hygiene; and the operation and maintenance of the borehole, latrines, and hand-washing stations. There will be a special emphasis on hand-washing.
H2O for Life is not a WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene) project implementer. We have partnerships with non-governmental organizations (NGOs) implementing WASH in Schools projects around the world. Our NGO partners match funds needed for each school project. We also have a generous donor that provides us with an interest-free loan that, along with matching funds, allows for many projects to be started or possibly even completed before total funds have been raised. In rare situations we reserve the right to reallocate funds to alternate project(s).
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