What is hardly imaginable for us is the normal case at many primary schools in Kenya: the pupils bring their water from home. This is also the case at the primary school in Nyanginya in the province of Nyanza in Western Kenya.
The school has 482 students and 13 employees. Until today the school is without water supply; a hand pump does not exist.
Cooking is Still Done
Nevertheless, the school cooks for the pupils. The necessary water has to be fetched from the river about 5 km away.
Water for washing hands after going to the toilet must also be fetched from the river, water for drinking must be brought by the students from home.
HygieneWhere there is not enough water, hygiene is poor and diseases spread. Diarrhoea and worm infestation are commonplace. Now, during the COVID-19 disaster, hand washing has become even more important.
Our local partner carried out a geophysical survey for us at the primary school in April 2020. To get access to groundwater, a depth of 150m has to be drilled.
Many Will Benefit
Not only the students will benefit from a hand pump. Depending on the capacity of the aquifer at this point, the population can fetch their water from one to two kilometres away. The advantage over river water is that the groundwater is clean.
The project costs about 9,300 Euro.