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Projects / 16,000 more school days at Okana

January 2017

The girls and boys at Okana Primary School had to walk most of a mile to haul water from a hand dug well. Many shallow wells are infected, and the disease the school pupils get most is typhoid. The 208 girls and 143 boys of Okana Primary School were ill for an average of a day and a half each week.

This was even higher than in other ‘dry’ Kisumu schools, where so far the average level of illness is some 23%, or just over a day a week. Okana’s average was a massive 30%. Now Okana Primary School has clean water.

The school is 3.5km along a rutted soil road from the main Kisumu-Nairobi Highway towards Kisumu in Western Kenya. During the unpredictable April and September rainy seasons, the rainfall collected via the guttering in a 53m tank provides clean water for the 80 children in the kindergarten and the 12 teachers.

There was no provision for lunch in the school due in part to the lack of clean water. In spite of the problems, Okana Primary School’s population has grown from 273 pupils in 2011 to 349 in 2016, and is expected to double once clean water is available at the school.

The school performance in the national examination for the last four years is in the range of 252 to 276 out of 500 marks, a little below average. It is expected to improve significantly now water is available.

80 households live nearby the school, representing a population of 200 or so adults and children, who will now benefit from clean water, with further improvements in health. 

WellBoring now expects the level of illness in the school to fall from 30% to less than 3% once clean water. At the moment some 90 children are ill each day. We expect a net gain of 80 well children per day, some 16,000 more well days per school year.

Okana schoolchildren with their school's new well

Okana schoolchildren with their school's new well