AfricAqua in conjunction with Spring Accelerator has formed the first ever girls’ safe water clubs in three schools in Kimana, Kajiado county, a move that has been applauded by the schools’ management, pupils and the community at large.
Speaking during the club formation in her school, Kimana Central Academy director Ruth Karachi hailed the move, saying that it will enable people to embrace the consumption of safe water through the stewardship of the club members. She however, questioned the company’s decision to exclude boys from the program, urging the company to consider involving them as well.
“You also need to involve boys in this program to make them also feel appreciated and recognized. They can equally do much better than what you are expecting from these girls,” said Karachi.
Her remarks were echoed by Kimana mixed secondary school Health Club patron Gladys Peneti, who wondered why the program had to target girls alone.
“This is a mixed school and therefore, it might look awkward to form a club consisting of girls alone”, she Peneti.
The AfricAqua team however, assured the two that the concern will be addressed appropriately, since the program is still at its starting stage.
“We will be looking into that since we have just started the program. We might consider including boys in future,” assured Charity Bor, AfricAqua’s project officer.
Susan Wanjiku, a form three student from Kimana Mixed Secondary school could not hide her joy, after she was picked as one of the 20 safe water club members from her school, and had this to say.
“This is very good idea, I am so happy about the new club and thank the AfricAqua limited for finding it necessary to start a club that has never been formed in any other schools in Kenya. I feel humbled to be part of this and I will work hard to make the club successful.” said Wanjiku amid laughter.
The exercise is expected to run in other places like Narok and Matuu where AfricAqua water shop projects are ongoing.