Lolupe Primary School
Lolupe Primary School in Turkana, started under an acacia tree over 10km from the river Turkwell. In 1984, people began to settle in the locality and a community well was constructed 5km from the village by the government.
In 2015, the newly established county government funded the construction of 4 classrooms. More children began to come to school but because there were no water or sanitation facilities, hygiene and sanitation were extremely compromised. The situation was even more challenging for the girls who would have to stay at home during their menstrual cycles (missing up to 1 week of classes per month!).
Aidlink and the Girl Child Network (GCN) included Lolupe Primary School in their programme in 2017, providing water and sanitation facilities that included a latrine block with a changing room for girls and a water tank. Aidlink and GCN facilitated ‘community conversations’ and negotiations that resulted in the county government connecting the school to the local well 5km away, ensuring a continuous supply of water to the school.
The improved water and satiation facilities gained the support of the community and this has contributed to the increase in enrolment and improved attendance at school. With adequate water facilities, the school was able to establish a school garden that now provides lunch for students. With the whole community behind the school, Lolupe is setting an example to others in the area on how to create a child-friendly and gender-sensitive learning environment that supports both boys and girls to achieve their full potential!