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Completed projects / Obino School's WellBoring Weekend Well

July 2017

Obino Schools' 500 pupils now have a new well thanks to the fund-raising WellBoring Weekend. Its pupils come from families that work on the surrounding sugarcane farms in Kisumu, western Kenya. Most of their parents spend their days working in the sugar plantations. Tough work. With no lunches at school and no parents at home most children go hungry each school day.
A day a week is lost to illness in many ‘dry’ schools but at Obino School it has been even higher.  Without water in school, parents are told to send their children to school with water, but there isn't clean water at home either. Cholera, malaria and typhoid have been common due to the necessity of drinking untreated water from nearby seasonal streams. When the rainy season finally comes, the ground gets swampy causing outbreaks of bilharzia, also known as schistosomiasis, a disease caused by parasitic worms.
The rain that collects from the roof guttering in the rainy seasons is reserved for drinking by teachers and kindergarten pupils. The parents' very low income means they are unable to chip in to the school’s development. 
All of this is now changing. Clean water was found 150 feet down and a hand pump has been fitted. With clean water, vegetables can be cultivated and children fed too. This is life-changing for the 660 pupils, their teachers and families. How is this being funded? From this year's WellBoring Weekend. A big thank you to everyone who performed, attended and supported.

Obino children are delighted with the new well

Obino children are delighted with the new well

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Dinner

Dinner

In Class 1

In Class 1

Lucy Njoroge (Engineering Project Leader)

Lucy Njoroge (Engineering Project Leader)

Constructing the Well 1

Constructing the Well 1