434 Students in Need of Water at the Muleche Primary School

Every month, we’re going to share just one of the hundreds of water projects we’re actively raising funds to help.  These reports are prepared by our partners in the field who meet with these communities months before work begins to better understand the water situation.

We hope you’ll take a moment to get to know these folks and think about ways you can help us help them find access to clean, safe water.

Welcome to the School

Muleche Primary School opened in 1984 to serve students living in and nearby Shinyalu, Kenya. It has a total enrollment of 434 students, of which 225 are girls and 209 are boys.

The local government has found that parents of these students are extremely unsupportive when it comes to education. Many of the parents say that it’s a waste of time if their children can just get by with menial labor jobs like they do.

The School Gates

Students arrive no later than 7am to begin a quick cleaning the school compound, sweeping classrooms, and cleaning latrines. Normal classes start at 8am and go until lunch. The day ends at 5pm.

The Muleche Primary School

Water Situation

There is no water on school grounds. A teacher must take a group of students out into the community whenever they need water. Water is fetched from a slow moving river which looks more like a swamp. There are plants growing in the water, and it has a bad odor.

Students Walking for Water

There is no alternative water storage at school, so water is kept in these small plastic jerrycans until it’s used.

Student’s Water Containers

Some students crouch down at the banks to dip their containers under the water, while others wade in to where the water is deeper.

The teachers refuse to drink this water and instead bring their own from home. Once, a teacher decided to be brave and try the water, and he suffered the same sicknesses his students suffer from.

The Current Water Source

Sanitation Situation

There would be enough latrines for boys and girls if the majority of them weren’t broken down. Though the boys’ latrines were filthy, the girls’ latrines were surprisingly clean. These girls are also the ones most excited for newer, safer latrines.

Though the school is cleaned by students every morning, this is a dry clean. Students refuse to make the trip to the river every morning just for cleaning, and opt to live in a dirty environment. If water was used to mop the classroom floors every morning, it would keep the dust down and prevent jiggers.

The school embraced hand-washing at one point by setting up a station, but it is emptied quickly and sits unfilled in order to ration water.

Current Latrines

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Here’s what we plan to do about it.

You can donate directly to this project to help us provide a reliable source of clean, safe water and proper hygiene and sanitation facilities including latrines and hand-washing stations. We hope you’ll join us.

Plans: Hygiene and Sanitation Training

There will be two days for teachers and students to meet at the school to learn about hygiene and sanitation practices. They will also attend sessions on the management and maintenance of their new rainwater catchment tank, latrines, and hand-washing stations. We will use all of our training topics to empower participants to invest their time in positive behaviors that promote health, prolong life, and enable them to become more self-reliant citizens.

The facilitator will use PHAST (participatory hygiene and sanitation transformation), ABCD (asset-based community development), CTC (child to child), lectures, group discussions, and handouts to teach health topics and ways to promote good practices within the school. The CTC method will prepare students to lead other students into healthy habits, as well as kickstart a CTC club for the school.

Plans: Hand-Washing Stations

The two hand-washing stations are 50-liter plastic barrels on metal stands, and each has a tap to conserve water. These are often delivered by hygiene and sanitation training so they can be used for demonstrations, but always arrive by a project’s completion.

The CTC club will be in charge of filling these stations with water, and will ensure that there is always a cleaning agent like soap or ash.

Plans: VIP Latrines

Two triple-door latrines will be constructed with local materials that the school will help gather. Three doors will be set aside for each gender. And with a new source of water on school grounds, students and staff should have enough to keep these new latrines clean.

Plans: Rainwater Catchment Tank

A 50,000-liter rainwater catchment tank will help alleviate the water crisis at this school. The school will also help gather the needed materials such as sand, rocks, and water from the spring for mixing cement. Once finished, this tank can begin catching rainfall that will be used by the school’s students and staff. Students will no longer waste valuable time journeying back and forth to fetch dirty water.

We and the school strongly believe that with this assistance, standards will significantly improve. These higher standards will translate to better academic performance for these little scholars!

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