The new well at the Matende Girls school was recently completed and handed over the the water committee at the school.
The students and staff complete sanitation and hygiene training earlier this year in preparation for the project.
Our implementing partner reported from the dedication ceremony (seen in the pictures) that: (unedited)
"The Headmistress of Matende secondary school was very pleased for the water project for providing water for the school. She also appreciated Bridge Water Project for the great support towards the school water. She said the water will help the students and the neighbouring primary school.
They had been suffering very much looking for water but now they are safe and the school has improved its sanitation and the students hygiene has gone up."
The new well is located at near Kakamega, Kenya:
GPS - N 00 015.780 E 034 045.248 Elevation 5029'
Recently, our team in Kenya selected the specific site for this school well project.
The Matende Girls Secondary School is located near Kakamega, Kenya in Western Province. This school serves hundreds of students, but today lacks access to clean, safe water.
Currently the girls draw water from a local stream. When it does rain, the school also collects some rain in the tank pictured below. These sources are neither adequate or safe.
But good news is ahead for Matende! We have finally raised enough funds to begin the mobilization and construction phases of this water project.
Monies have been wired to our field partners and they will begin work soon. The first phase of the project will include sanitation and hygiene training and discussions with the school's staff regarding long term care and maintenance of the well. These initial steps are critical to ensuring the water project at Matende lasts a very long time.
After that is completed, the well crew will begin digging.
We will post updates here and on our site with GPS coordinates, regular photo updates and stories about the project as they come in.
Thanks again for being part of this incredible work!
We're fast approaching the fund raising goal for the second GlobalGiving funded school well. Our implementing team, The Bridge Water Project, has been busy reviewing applications from various communities and schools in order to prioritize their project goals for the second half of 2010.
As soon as the final funds are raised, the crew will be prepared to immediately begin mobilizing the community in preparation for their new well.
We hope to hit the goal soon so that the next school well can be completed.
This first well has been completed at the Shanderema Secondary School in Western Kenya. This well serves over 400 students and a total of 747 including the surrounding community.
The well is located at:
00.36046 N 34.91648 E
about 22km from Kakamega, Kenya.
A water committee of 3 men & 4 women are overseeing the project. They, together with the community, raised the initial funds needed to secure geological reports and permits. This investment demonstrates a partnership and helps ensure their long-term commitment to the project.
Prior to the completion of the well, students from the school gathered water from an unprotected stream about 2.5km from the school. A community member noted, "that their current water source like many others caused water borne diseases like diarrhea, dysentery and coughs. It's [was] also too expensive to treat it to make it clean."
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