In Samburu, it is common for girls to not attend school, as they are expected to join their mothers in the quest for water. With access to clean water nearby, the time spent fetching water is drastically reduced from six hours to thirty minutes.
As a result the number of girls attending primary school in our well communities has DOUBLED since our inception.
Not only have more children been able to go to school, students’ studies have improved as they now have more time to focus on their education. With a water source that is clean, safe and nearby, teachers no longer concern themselves with getting water before & after school and can instead use their time to look over lessons, prepare for the next day’s class, and thoroughly cover curriculum all leading to more effective teaching.
“TIME SPENT GATHERING WATER IS CUT FROM 6 HOURS TO 30 MINUTES”
SERE OLIPI PRIMARY SCHOOL
TSP drilled a borehole for the Sere Olipi Primary School in 2011. Subsequently, the school embarked on a project with the World Food Program to expand the TSP well to include a series of piping that delivers water directly to the school. It is one of the most successful TSP projects to date and an outstanding example of the many benefits that clean water will deliver to a community.
The 500 children who attend the school enjoy clean bathrooms, showers, and hand-washing stations around the campus. The student Environmental Club tends a thriving kitchen garden that produces corn, kale, carrots, potatoes and other vegetables. A second garden was planted to utilize the run-off from a hand-washing station.
Mothers now have time to begin nurseries for the young children in the community. At Lbaa lo Ltepes 1 / Remot 2 Well, when asked how this well has changed their daily life, Yapais Lesamana said the following statement, "this well gave birth to this nursery." Because of this well, the community was able to form their own nursery which is attended by 110 small children. These boys and girls no longer have to stay at home all day, hungrily waiting for their mothers to come back from a long days search for water to take care of them. The impact on education is immediately felt upon the realization of available water.