Students trek for several kilometres in search of water in Turkana County

Students trek for several kilometres in search of water in Turkana County

  • The aim is to allow the students continue with their education with no interference. 
  • Students from Kerio Boys and Nakurio Girls spend almost 5 hours daily trekking from their schools to nearby lagers in search of water.

Teachers and students from Kerio Boys Secondary and Nakurio Girls Secondary in Turkana County are calling for the government to intervene and help them address their water challenges.

The aim is to allow the students continue with their education with no interference. 

Students from Kerio Boys and Nakurio Girls spend almost 5 hours daily trekking from their schools to nearby lagers in search of water. 

According to student Lucy Ebei, at 3pm every day, students from Nakurio Girls, set out five kilometers away in search of water.

“Ata ukiwa darasa unafikiria tu utaamka tu hapo unaenda tu kwa lager kutafuta maji”

Unfortunately, it is not every time that they will find a well neatly dug to fetch their water from.

“Tukikuja kwa kijiji unapata mtu wa kijiji amejichimbia kisima yake, ukijaribu kuchota hapo anakuambia uende ujichimbie yako ya wanafunzi..ju hiyo ni ya kijiji.” Says Lucy Ebei

Student, Lorot Topos says that they are surviving under the grace of God only.

“Sasa hapa tunaishi na mungu pekee yake.”

Reading from the same script are students from Kerio Boys Secondary School.

John Ekai, a student says they have had the water challenge for many years now where the students even trek amidst wild animals.

 “mahali tunaenda huko msitu iko wanyama iko tumepitia hii changamoto kwa miaka mingi sana.”

Erastus Cheruiyot, a teacher from Kerio Boys Secondary school, says students cannot be able to learn anything because they are tired from the trekking.

“wakitoka kuchota maji huko wanarudi kama wamechoka uchovu inapoingia inafanya wasipate ile kitu tunafunza.”

According to the Deputy Principal, the 5km trek everyday is not only just interfering with their learning but also the schools’ enrolment. 

“we enroll students daily basis termly, but when they see the challenge they leave, it is a challenge even in matters discipline because when they leave some students want to sneak out.” Deputy Principal Kerio Boys, Noah Wafula says 

“There is always the issue of colds, coughs and diarrheas, those are the common diseases among the students and in a day we have to take almost ten to the dispensary.” Says Gordon Okello - Principal, Kerio Boys Secondary school.

Meanwhile, Josephat Lotwel, Assistant Director, NDMA, says some intervention has been put in place by the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) to ease the disaster.

“We have planned in such a way that each institution gets two trucks of water which is  seven kilograms  tanker for every two weeks which translates to six water tankers for the weeks.”

Josephat adds, “We anticipate doing this for eight weeks.”

The school heads hope that a long term solution will be put in place to ensure that these students get to undergo their learning like the rest of their counterparts in various parts of the country.