Clean Water Everywhere and Plenty to Drink in Migori, Kenya

Last year the Rotary Club of Downtown Los Angeles led a $39,000 Global Grant that provided clean, reliable water, hand wash stations and latrines to 1,500 students and their families at 4 schools and a clinic in Osingo Kenya.  This year we are leading a $45,500 grant to do the same for over 3,500 students and their families at 8 primary schools in Migori County, Kenya.

 

Last year the Rotary Club of Downtown Los Angeles led a $39,000 Global Grant that provided clean, reliable water, hand wash stations and latrines to 1,500 students and their families at 4 schools and a clinic in Osingo Kenya.  This year we are leading a $45,500 grant to do the same for over 3,500 students and their families at 8 primary schools in Migori County, Kenya. 

These schools have no source of clean water on campus.  They currently get only polluted water from sources up to 1.5 miles away. This grant will provide clean water collected from the metal roofs of the schools.  The typical school will receive roof gutters, two 2,500 gallon water tanks, a hand wash station and a 2 door latrine. These will have a huge, immediate impact on the lives of the students and their families.

The Rotary club of Suna Migori did a great job of completing this project in only three months after the funds were transferred from The Rotary Foundation.  The skilled work was done by paid local tradesmen while the community provided labor and materials for the unskilled portions of the work. This project provided clean water, latrines and hand wash stations to four schools and a clinic in Migori, Kenya.  It provided reliable, safe water to over 1,500 students and their families.

Since the installation of the tanks, enrollment is up and absenteeism is down. The reduction in absenteeism is largely due to the reduction in diarrhea and other water borne diseases and to the fact that the students can get a drink whenever they wish.

The happiness and appreciation of the students, the families, and the teachers were overwhelming.

The Migori club has identified eight potential schools to receive the clean water and is now assessing them and meeting with the community and staff to get their buy in to the project. This will be completed by the end of January. 

Meanwhile, in Los Angeles, we are talking to clubs and the District to raise the needed money.  As of February 1st, we are only $3,000 away from having all the money committed. Several clubs are having their board meetings in the next weeks and will be deciding how much they will contribute.  We have a commitment from the Monmouth Rotary club in England for $750. We expect to have all the money committed by the end of February.

As soon as the money is committed we will submit the grant for approval by the Rotary Foundation. This should take about 2 months and then the schools will get their tanks  and the children will get their clean water.

THREE OF THE SCHOOLS IN THE PROJECT

MIGORI MUSLIM PRIMARY

This is a public school with 700 students located in the town of Migori. Although it is designated as a Muslim school, over half the students are Christians.  They currently have an unreliable well, a small, polluted, seasonal creek, some latrines located a great distance from the main building and no hand wash facilities. On the day we visited the well was dry so there was no water at the school.  The Muslim students were walking 1/2 mile to the Mosque for water but the rest of the students just did without. The Grant will provide 2 tanks located at the main building and at the early learning building. Both will have hand wash stations. It will also provide a new latrine close to the main building.

RADIENYA PRIMARY SCHOOL

The school was built 25 years ago by the community.  At that time, the government surveyed the location for a well and marked the spot with a concrete post. The post is still there but the well has not been drilled. For 25 years students have walked a round trip of 3 miles down a steep hill to get dirty water from the Migori River. The first four rooms of a high school on the same property are now under construction by the community.

MAPERA PRIMARY SCHOOL

Mapera primary is a typical primary school in Migori County with 520 students. The children must walk 35 minutes each way to get water from a polluted stream at the bottom of a steep hill.  The stream is equipped with a chlorine dispenser which treats it for most water borne diseases.

This school will get our “standard” package of two 2500 gallon water tanks, roof gutters, a latrine and a hand wash station.

 

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