Bishop Makarios Boys' School was founded in the year 2004. The school is in Kesengei Village, on land donated by the local church and surrounding households. This school currently has a population of 192 male students, nine teachers, and eight support staff.
Many of the boys attending this school board here too. They wake up very early in the morning to eat breakfast and prepare for their first class that starts at 7am. Classes for the day are dismissed by 4:15pm, when the boys get to play sports and other games. They're expected to wash up before dinner.
The school started off with only two plastic storage tanks of 4,000 and 5,000 liters. Unfortunately, these two plastic tanks no longer hold water.
The school was privileged to tap into a system from the nearby primary school, but it depends on whether or not someone at the primary school has turned the system on. The primary school is not a boarding school, so the system is normally off on nights and weekends.
As a result, the administration paid to have two holes dug to access groundwater. A bucket is tied to rope to pull up the water inside. The water recedes during the driest months, so the boys have to leave school and walk long distances in search of water - whether it be clean or dirty.
There are some latrines here, but they are all in bad condition. The boys converted their urinal into a bathing facility, and there isn't a handwashing station anywhere on school grounds. Garbage is thrown in a pit and burned when the pile gets high.
Here's what we're going to do about it:
Training will be held for two days. 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.
This CTC club will oversee the new facilities, such as hand-washing stations, and make sure they are kept clean and in working condition. The two hand-washing stations will be delivered to the school, and the club will fill them with water on a daily basis and make sure there is always a cleaning agent such as soap or ash.
Two triple-door latrines will be constructed with local materials that the school will help gather. And with a new source of water on school grounds, students and staff should have enough to keep these new latrines clean.
Rainwater Catchment Tank
A 75,000-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.
We and the school strongly believe that with this assistance, standards will significantly improve. These higher standards will translate to better academic performance!
This project is a part of our shared program with Western Water And Sanitation Forum (WEWASAFO). Our team is pleased to provide the reports for this project (formatted and edited for readability) thanks to the hard work of our friends in Kenya.