Over 1000 students of Kaproprita Girls High School will now spend quality time in school after being the first beneficiaries of water drilling program by the county Government of Baringo.
According to the School deputy Principal Mrs. Mary Mwaita, the school faces frequent water shortage as they rely on the Kirandich water services for the supply that has water rationing programmes.
“Due to water rationing our girls are at times forced to get out of the school compound to fetch water in a nearby spring and this poses insecurity and loss of time that would have been spent reading in class,” said the deputy principal.
Mrs. Mwaita says this will now be a thing of the past as the good gesture by the county government will ensure the girls spend more time in class and improve their academic performance.
She expressed her gratitude to the county government adding that the new borehole will supply enough water and aid the fight against covid-19 once the normal school program resumes.
On his part a member of the school management board also expressed the institution’s gratitude to the county government for the borehole, saying they had written countless proposals to donors to fund the project which went unanswered.
Speaking during the launch of borehole drilling for the school, the County Executive Committee Member in Charge of Water and Irrigation, Mr. Enock Keston said that the Sh. 60 million borehole will improve water access by Baringo residents by up to 20%.
“Water shortage has been a serious problem in our county for a long period and this equipment will improve access which now stands at between 38% to about 50% of households in the county,” said the CECM.
He added that they had set out a program for the coming financial year to ensure that each of the 30 wards in the county gets two boreholes courtesy of the new equipment.
On the sustainability aspect of the equipment Mr. Keston said his department had set money for operation and maintenance and would also hire staff to operate the equipment.
He thanked the governor for approving the purchase of the equipment which came complete with the test run machine and a support truck.
They were speaking at the school after the commissioning of the drilling drill at the school by the governor Stanley Kiptis, his deputy Jacob Chepkwony and Kapropita Ward Member of County Assembly Jeniffer Kabon.
By Christopher Kiprop and Vincent Miningwo