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The Water Project: Munyanda Primary School -  Garbage Pile
The Water Project: Munyanda Primary School -  Latrines
The Water Project: Munyanda Primary School -  Latrines
The Water Project: Munyanda Primary School -  Water Containers
The Water Project: Munyanda Primary School -  Students
The Water Project: Munyanda Primary School -  Carrying Water
The Water Project: Munyanda Primary School -  Carrying Water
The Water Project: Munyanda Primary School -  Dry Tap
The Water Project: Munyanda Primary School -  Student Body President
The Water Project: Munyanda Primary School -  School Grounds
The Water Project: Munyanda Primary School -  Students

Project Status

Project Type:  Rainwater Catchment

Regional Program: Western Kenya WaSH Program

Impact: 500 Served

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

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Community Profile

This project is a part of our shared program with Western Water And Sanitation Forum (WEWASAFO). Our team is pleased to directly share the below report (edited for clarity, as needed).

Welcome to the School

Munyanda Primary School opened in 1984. It is located in Kakamega County, Kenya. The total enrollment is 604 students, taught by 12 teachers. The school also employs three support staff. (Editor’s Note: While this many people may have access on any given day, realistically a single water source can only support a population of 350-500 people. To learn more, click here.)

A normal day at Munyanda Primary School begins at 6 in the morning when pupils arrive to do their assigned cleaning chores. Normal lessons begin at 8am and go until 4:30pm when students return home to help their parents with other chores.

Most of the people living around the school are  farmers who grows crops like maize, beans, and  potatoes. While their children are away at school, women continue with domestic chores at home while men go to find casual jobs within the community.

Water Situation

The school is connected to a tap system that’s run by the government. However, this tap is rationed, metered, and often turned off entirely during the dry season. When the tap isn’t working, students are required to bring a container of water with them to school.

There has been no visible improvement in health from the tap’s water purely because it is never functional long enough. The water brought by each student is either gathered at home or along the way. It’s quality is highly questionable, for the school reports a high level of waterborne diseases like typhoid. They claim the resulting absences are the main reason why academic performance is so low here. “Performance of this school is attributed to various factors; the most being water and health. Inadequate and unsafe water supply has made most students to contract water-related diseases, thus ending up missing several lessons. This has lowered the school mean grade, thus poor performance. We seriously need to partner and address this vise,” said Headteacher Aggrey Imbwaga.

Sanitation Situation

The latrines are not in good condition, nor are there any hand-washing stations. Right now, there is one latrine for every 50 students!

Plans: Hygiene and Sanitation Training and Hand-Washing Stations

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.

Plans: 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.

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 and staff will no longer be put in an extremely difficult position when the they turn the tap and no water comes out.

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

Project Updates

01/25/2018: Munyanda Primary School Project Underway

Munyanda Primary School will soon have a source of water on school grounds thanks to your 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! For now, check out the report with narrative, pictures, and maps to learn more about this project. Thank you for noticing the need here, and we’ll keep you posted as the work continues.

The Water Project : 1-kenya18012-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.


Project Sponsor - Imago Dei Community