CLEAN WATER in Kenya Project, Oakland #3
Feb 15, 2023 12:00 PM
Dr. Peter Sherris, Chinatown Rest, 744 Washington
CLEAN WATER in Kenya Project, Oakland #3

Chinatown Restaurant, 744 Washington Street, SF.  $35

Project Overview
To create boreholes at Rawinji and St Charles Kauko Primary schools to serve

both the children and the surrounding communities. To improve sanitation in the 2 schools by providing new toilets and hand wash areas.


This project is a follow-on from a non-global or district grant project done by RC Kisumu Winam and RC Oakland to protect two surface wells in Rawinji and Obisa villages. The impact was immediate and resulted in an 80% increased usage of the water points. The water the wells supplied became inadequate, impacting the community as a whole and

the two local primary schools in particular.

A community assessment was then initiated by meeting with the community members leading to the agreement of drilling boreholes as a reliable source of clean water that can adequately support both the communities and the schools. It was agreed that the borehole be located within the schools, as schools are community/government owned and can provide security for the

project. During assessment meetings with the schools the need for improving sanitation at the schools became apparent. On further consultation with the school principals The CBO and Rotary were asked to improve/replace the toilet blocks and provide hand washing areas. St Charles Kauko schools have 1 door toilet for 234 girls and 1 door toilet for 321boys while Rawinji Primary has 1 door toilet for 430 boys and 1 door toilet for 453 girls

Peter M Sherris MD MPH


Born and raised in the United Kingdom, the son of a doctor and a nurse, Peter emigrated to Seattle WA at 12 years of age when his father accepted a position at the University of Washington. Educated in public schools he attended University of Washington, graduating with an MD in 1974. He then moved to the Bay Area with his wife Astrid, joining Kaiser Permanente where he practiced medicine and cardiology for 35 years. Retiring in 2009 he elected to pursue public health attending UC Berkeley to earn an MPH degree. Since 2010 he’s busied himself with philanthropic projects around the world including supporting transitional kindergarten classrooms in Oakland, providing injectable contraceptives in Ethiopia, creating a village clothing factory in Rwanda, upgrading a water system in LaPlata Colombia, helping family farmers adapt to climate change in Rabinal Guatemala, and many more. He works with a number of organizations including Rotary Club of Oakland, Rotary Foundation, Tiba Foundation, Voces y Manos and others. Married since 1970, he and Astrid have one son and two grandsons.