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The Water Project: Mutsuma Secondary School -  Garbage Pile
The Water Project: Mutsuma Secondary School -  Kitchen
The Water Project: Mutsuma Secondary School -  Latrines
The Water Project: Mutsuma Secondary School -  Open Well
The Water Project: Mutsuma Secondary School -  Open Well
The Water Project: Mutsuma Secondary School -  Staff Water Tank
The Water Project: Mutsuma Secondary School -  In Class
The Water Project: Mutsuma Secondary School -  In Class
The Water Project: Mutsuma Secondary School -  School Grounds
The Water Project: Mutsuma Secondary School -  School Grounds
The Water Project: Mutsuma Secondary School -  School Grounds
The Water Project: Mutsuma Secondary School -  Students
The Water Project: Mutsuma Secondary School -  Students

Project Status

Project Type:  Rainwater Catchment

Regional Program: Western Kenya WaSH Program

Impact: 242 Served

Project Phase:  Under Construction
Estimated Install Date (?):  05/31/2018

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Community Profile

We are honored to share the report that our partner WeWaSaFo (Western Water and Sanitation Forum) has written and shared from Western Kenya. It has been edited for clarity:

Welcome to the School

Mutsuma Secondary School started in 2008. Many students could not pay their school fees because they didn’t have working parents, making for slow growth of the school. Thanks to the unity of many well-wishers, including funds sent by the Ministry of Education, the school has become much stabler since 2014.

A day for students attending Mutsuma Secondary School begins early at about 6:30am when they start walking from their different homesteads. Different tasks are assigned and must be done in the 30 minutes before lessons.

Water Situation

There is no sufficient clean water source on school grounds but for a small plastic tank that catches enough water for teachers and staff.

There is a well with an open hatch on school grounds. A 10-liter bucket has been tied to a rope to be lowered up and down for fetching water. Lifting a full bucket of water is a tiring, difficult activity that’s only for the physically fit.

This well goes dry when it doesn’t rain for a long period of time. During the drier months, students are sent out to an unprotected spring in the community. Not only is the water flowing through the discharge pipe dirty, but students waste a lot of class time walking back and forth and lining up behind community members at their spring.

The dirty containers only increase the high contamination level of water found at both the open well and community spring. This water is used for cooking school lunch, cleaning, and drinking. There are constant reports of waterborne illnesses like typhoid and cholera.

Principal Daniel Wanami said, “We thank God for connecting you with this school. We have been suffering water shortage, especially during dry seasons when the students could go fetch water from the spring. We have been sharing the latrines with the primary section but a well-wisher has finally built two for the girls, so at least the congestion is reduced.” He continued, “We have had a problem with absenteeism due to diarrhea cases which are a result of unclean water.”

Sanitation Situation

The latrines are too few, and students often can’t bear the long wait in line for their turn. Since there isn’t enough water for adequate cleaning, the latrines are filthy. The roofs are leaking, the door hinges are broken, and the walls are beginning to crumble.

There are no hand-washing stations. Garbage is thrown in a pile between the classrooms and latrines, and is frequently burned to keep litter from blowing around school grounds.

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 suffer from drinking 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 young scholars!

Project Updates

01/23/2018: Mutsuma Secondary School Project Underway

Mutsuma Secondary School in Kenya has begun building a new source of safe, clean water because of your generous donation. A rainwater catchment tank and new latrines are being constructed, hand-washing stations provided, and the school is being trained on proper sanitation and hygiene practices. Imagine the impact this will have on these students! Thank you for noticing the need here, and we’ll keep you posted as the work continues. But for now, please enjoy the new stories, pictures, and maps of this school.

Thank You for partnering with us to unlock the potential of these students!

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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.


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