Loading images...
The Water Project: Father Joseph Ortna Girls' Secondary School -  The Headteacher And The Bom Chair In The Principals Office
The Water Project: Father Joseph Ortna Girls' Secondary School -  Students With School Sign
The Water Project: Father Joseph Ortna Girls' Secondary School -  Students In Class
The Water Project: Father Joseph Ortna Girls' Secondary School -  Section Of Latrines At The School
The Water Project: Father Joseph Ortna Girls' Secondary School -  Schools Principal In Her Office
The Water Project: Father Joseph Ortna Girls' Secondary School -  Schools Cook
The Water Project: Father Joseph Ortna Girls' Secondary School -  School Kitchen
The Water Project: Father Joseph Ortna Girls' Secondary School -  School Administrative Building
The Water Project: Father Joseph Ortna Girls' Secondary School -  Bom Chairperson
The Water Project: Father Joseph Ortna Girls' Secondary School -  An Improvised Dishrack At The School
The Water Project: Father Joseph Ortna Girls' Secondary School -  A Plastic Water Tank At The School
The Water Project: Father Joseph Ortna Girls' Secondary School -  A Broken Plastic Water Tank

Project Status



Project Type:  Rainwater Catchment

Regional Program: Western Kenya WaSH Program

Project Phase:  Funded - Project Initiated
Estimated Install Date (?):  02/28/2019

Project Features


Click icons to learn about each feature.



Community Profile

Father Joseph Ortner Girls’ Secondary School has one 6,000 liter plastic tank to collect rainwater. This capacity is not sufficient for the girls.

Most of the time the students have to wait for long hours on the queue to fetch water from the existing plastic storage tank. This interferes with their study time. The tank relies heavily on rainwater, but it is not large enough for the school population.

When the water in the tank runs out, the students collect water from a community water supply facility. However, it is rationed because of the high demand for water in the neighborhood.

The students complain of stomachache, diarrhea, and typhoid caused by the lack of water and from drinking untreated water from the tank or community.

Additionally, there are not enough latrines at the school to support the growing population. It has resulted in pupils wasting a lot of time queuing during break time to use a toilet. Some of the toilets are almost full and are a health hazard to the pupils.

The school’s Board of Management Committee, through Principal Isabella Munyasa, resolved to support the implementation of a new rain tank and more latrines. They also pledged to facilitate supply of the required and necessary construction materials.

After the water tank, latrines and hand washing facilities are installed in this school, it is expected that the students will have sufficient time to concentrate on their studies. Consequently, their academic performance will improve.

On the other hand, hygiene and sanitation standards in the school will greatly improve. The school will produce healthy and successful graduands who after completing their studies will contribute tremendously in nation building in various ways.

What we can do:

Training

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.

Handwashing Stations

This CTC club will oversee the new facilities, such as handwashing stations, and make sure they are kept clean and in working condition. The two handwashing 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.

VIP Latrines

Two triple-door latrines will be constructed with local materials that the school will help gather. Three doors will serve the girls while the other three serve the boys. 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 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 be responsible to find enough water to carry to school every day, nor leave class again to find more.

We and the school strongly believe that with this assistance, standards will significantly improve. These higher standards will translate to better health which will unlock the potential for higher academic achievement.


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 (edited for readability) thanks to the hard work of our friends in Kenya.

We're just getting started, check back soon!


Project Photos


Project Type

Rainwater Catchment

Rainwater is collected off strategic areas of a roof, enters a custom guttering system (which filters out debris) and leads to a storage tank. Tanks can vary in sizes and are determined by population and average rainfall patterns. Water can be stored for months, is easily treated in the tank, and is accessible through taps. These projects are implemented at schools with proper roof lines and gutter systems to make them successful.



Contributors

Project Sponsor - Pineapple Fund