A Year Later: St. Theresa's Musaa Primary School

October, 2017

“Our students and kitchen staff have sufficient water supply for cooking, cleaning the toilets and classrooms. We also have clean and safe water to drink and we are now recording very few cases of absenteeism due to water related diseases.”

A year ago, generous donors helped build a rainwater catchment system and latrines for St. Theresa’s Musaa Primary School in Kenya. Because of these gifts and our monthly donors, partners are able to visit project sites throughout the year, strengthening relationships with communities and evaluating the actual water project. These consistent visits allow us to learn vital lessons and hear amazing stories – we’re excited to share this one from partner, Rose Amulavu Serete, with you.

The students and staff of St.Theresa’s Musaa Primary School have experienced exciting changes through the rainwater catchment system and hygiene and sanitation training. The learning environment is clean because the classes are cleaned on daily basis. The school compound is also clean due the existing CTC club that is active in ensuring that rubbish is picked and deposited in a compost pit. The institution has a sufficient and sustainable water supply now.

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“We are grateful to all who made this water project possible”, says Samson Savai “for the installation of the water tanks and sanitation facilities. Our students and kitchen staff have sufficient water supply for cooking, cleaning the toilets and classrooms. We also have clean and safe water to drink and we are now recording very few cases of absenteeism due to water related diseases.”

14-year-old student Jane Midega shares some of the benefits of hacing access to clean water at school. “We no longer have to go to the river to fetch water. This was a risky activity for us because the river is located in an unsafe environment and the water was not fit for drinking. We are now having an easy time cleaning our classrooms and toilets and this has become an enjoyable activity for us unlike the past times when we would partially clean our facilities due to scarcity of water.”

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The school has a very active CTC club which meets every day at games time to discuss and schedule cleaning activities and passing good hygiene practice information to the younger students. We will continue to monitor this water project and the school and will treat the well every three months to ensure that the students drink clean and safe water.

The Water Project and our partners are committed to consistent monitoring of each water source. Our monitoring and evaluation program, made possible by monthly donors, allows us to visit communities up to four times a year. Read more about our program and how you can help.



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