In Ratta, residents struggled with severe water storages. Unforunately, Ratta has been a victim of failed water projects. They’ve had several previous wells implemented, which all failed, often due to mechanical breakdown of the shallow hand pump systems used. Although some of these previous wells still functioned, the water was not clean, and the yield was not sufficient to provide for the entire community. On days when the existing water wells and kiosks were dry, a long line of people with empty jerrycans formed, hoping for water. According to the Assistant Director in the Ministry of Water for Kisumu county, water is a county disaster and all county efforts are geared towards establishing reliable water sources; efforts yet to bear the desired fruits.
At the secondary school, which serves over 300 students, there was no kitchen, and water access was a significant hindrance to students’ education and wellbeing. At the girl’s hostel, there was no running water, despite modern toilets and showers. Previously, the girls at the hostel would travel three kilometers to the governor's home to borrow water, leaving every day at 6 pm after school to fetch water and coming back at 9 pm. The girls could only manage to bring back one pail of water each because of the long distance. This limited their usage in terms of laundry, personal hygiene and sanitation, as well as drinking.
In 2017, thanks to the partnership of Affinipay, Well Aware was able to expand on the existing infrastructure to increase water storage, extend pipeline access, and improve filtration of existing water sources. The water is now clean and the yield is high enough to provide for the entire community’s needs.
The lives of many in Ratta have been changed. Now, because of reliable clean water, the girls of the hostel have more time to study. They can wash and clean as often as they want. Their health has improved and, most importantly, the educational success of the girls has increased tremendously. In the past, only a couple of girls from the hostel would make it to university each year. But in 2018, six girls from the hostel went to university. The hostel expects this trend to continue as more and more girls are able to thrive with their new source of clean water.
And, the trend is the same for all other students and families in the area. We are honored to have partnered with the Ratta community to enable both current, and future, generations to flourish.
Project Type: Water storage, treatment, and pipeline expansion
Project Completion: 2017
Population Impacted: 5,000
Location: Kisumu County, Kenya