Cholera and Typhoid, diarrhea, and worms are rampant. The cost of treatment for Typhoid is about $30 per person—15 days’ wages. There is also the cost of lost work and lost days at school. Girls typically end their education early and their economic well-being is affected for the rest of their lives. Drilling a well near the school will enable the students to get the family’s water and still get to school on time.
The well has been successfully drilled and will be used by the approximately 660 pupils at the Primary school, which boards students, and the 120 households that are part of Kitemba Village. Prior to this well, the only water being used was unclean river water, and the nearest borehole was 4 kilometers away. Because of the distance from the school and the village, only people with bicycles were able to gather and supply the water needed. Now, however, with the well located closer to the school and the village, more people are able to access clean, healthy water.