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Solar Well in Kenya

Support Sphere One in building a solar-powered well at an elementary school in Kenya that will provide reliable, clean water to 2000+ students and their community.

WHY BUILD A WELL?

Oloolaimutia Elementary School provides a transformative educational opportunity to about 1,400 students from the Maasai community. Twice a week, however, the students take hours out of their school day to walk to a place for water pumped using gas, a fossil fuel, that they must pay for. When they are unable to access the gas-powered water pump, they fill buckets from a contaminated river, placing themselves at risk of common waterborne illnesses such as cholera and typhoid.

 

IMPACT OF A
SOLAR-POWERED WELL

Health – A decline in waterborne illnesses; the well will undergo biological, chemical and physical testing to ensure it is safe for consumption.

Cost – The low-cost maintenance of the well represents a significant savings compared with the present water source.

Economic – The hours saved each week fetching water can be redirected to activities to improve the economic prospects of the community. In addition the water supply will be sufficient to support agriculture, a nutritious food source.

Environment – Solar power, a renewable source of electricity, will eliminate the carbon emissions associated with using the gas-powered water pump.

Resilience – Water from the solar-powered pump will be stored in holding tanks and unaffected by the local water supply or disruptions in power sources.

Educational Benefits

A New Classroom – The solar array will be installed on the roof of a structure that will serve as an additional classroom for the students.

Time – The children will no longer have to spend their time fetching water so they will have more time to spend on education and learning.

Enhanced Curriculum – The school will use the solar well system as an educational demonstration to teach students about climate change, solar mechanics, and electricity. In addition, the school will introduce agricultural lessons and plant a vegetable garden.

Attendance – The principal of the school, Mr. Mayone, believes that easier access to clean water will result in improvements in school attendance.

Academic Performance – Teachers have noted how the students learn much better when they have had sufficient drinking water that day.

Operational Sustainability
through Community Involvement

 

We have worked closely with the community to ensure their commitment to the long-term operation of the well.

The school leadership, Maasai elders, and local government support and assume ownership of the well upon completion.

The expertise to maintain the well resides within the community ensuring an abundant water supply for years.

Steps

1. Land Survey

2. Site Verification and Permits

3. Drilling of the Well

4. Water Pump Installation

5. Solar Array Roof and Structure Construction

6. Water Holding Tank and Pipe Connection

Help Us Empower
Marginalized Communities

Our team envisions a future in which underserved communities have greater agency in the clean energy transformation that is currently underway.

We hope to see a more connected world where clean energy systems, that enable fairer opportunities, displace carbon-based energy systems that compound inequalities and social injustices.

Together, with the help of local contractors, teachers, parents, community elders, and you, we can improve the quality of life for so many. Support our efforts to build a solar-powered well to provide clean water for school children in Kenya.

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