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The Water Project: Munyanda Primary School -  Clean Water
The Water Project: Munyanda Primary School -  Clean Water
The Water Project: Munyanda Primary School -  Clean Water
The Water Project: Munyanda Primary School -  Clean Water
The Water Project: Munyanda Primary School -  Clean Water
The Water Project: Munyanda Primary School -  Clean Water
The Water Project: Munyanda Primary School -  Clean Water
The Water Project: Munyanda Primary School -  New Latrines
The Water Project: Munyanda Primary School -  New Latrines
The Water Project: Munyanda Primary School -  Hand Washing Station
The Water Project: Munyanda Primary School -  Hand Washing Station
The Water Project: Munyanda Primary School -  Tank Construction
The Water Project: Munyanda Primary School -  Tank Construction
The Water Project: Munyanda Primary School -  Tank Construction
The Water Project: Munyanda Primary School -  Tank Construction
The Water Project: Munyanda Primary School -  Tank Construction
The Water Project: Munyanda Primary School -  Latrine Construction
The Water Project: Munyanda Primary School -  Latrine Construction
The Water Project: Munyanda Primary School -  Students Carrying Bricks To The Construction Site
The Water Project: Munyanda Primary School -  Latrine Pit
The Water Project: Munyanda Primary School -  Oral Hygiene Training
The Water Project: Munyanda Primary School -  Oral Hygiene Training
The Water Project: Munyanda Primary School -  Oral Hygiene Training
The Water Project: Munyanda Primary School -  Hand Washing Training
The Water Project: Munyanda Primary School -  Hand Washing Training
The Water Project: Munyanda Primary School -  Training
The Water Project: Munyanda Primary School -  Training
The Water Project: Munyanda Primary School -  Training
The Water Project: Munyanda Primary School -  Training
The Water Project: Munyanda Primary School -  Group Discussions
The Water Project: Munyanda Primary School -  Group Discussions
The Water Project: Munyanda Primary School -  Training Participants
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:  Installed - Apr 2018

Functionality Status:  Functional

Last Checkup: 10/16/2018

Project Features


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Community Profile

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

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

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

Here’s what we’re going to do about it:

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.

Hand-Washing Stations

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.

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 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!


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.

Project Updates


04/26/2018: Munyanda Primary School Project Complete

Munyanda Primary School in Kenya now has a new source of safe, clean water thanks to your generous donation. A new rainwater catchment system was been built, and there are now six new latrines in use. Two hand-washing stations were installed, and students received training in sanitation and hygiene.

New Knowledge

We organized for hygiene and sanitation training through the headteacher, whom we informed during one of our supervisory visits. We shared with him the importance of training for students, teachers, and parents. He agreed to select pupils from classes five to seven and also invited representatives from the board of management. In total, 27 of us ended up meeting in one of the school’s available classrooms.

We taught that hygiene entails personal hygiene, water and food hygiene, and environmental hygiene. Attention needs to be given to each facet of hygiene to enjoy a healthy life.

We covered topics including but not limited to:

– Water pollution and water treatment

– Health starts with a clean self and clean environment

– Group dynamics, leadership, and governance

– Forming an effective CTC (child to child) club

– Hand-washing

Demonstrations were used for hand-washing, tooth-brushing, solar disinfection, and many other topics. We facilitated group discussions and presentations, and students took part in role-plays. The students also received handouts to help them teach hygiene and sanitation to their peers.

The CTC club includes both students and teachers who want to take responsibility for spreading the message of good health and hygiene among their peers. They are also responsible for managing hand-washing stations, cleaning latrines, and keeping the school environment tidy. A water user committee was formed by parents and school administration, which is responsible for overseeing and maintaining the new facilities.

“We are very grateful to this organization for training pupils from Munyanda Primary School on how to maintain overall hygiene for good health. More so, brushing our teeth. Most say their teeth were rotting, but after training they are glad that they will no longer suffer from dental diseases,” 11-year-old Vivian Busolo said.

VIP Latrines

This project funded the installation of six new ventilated improved pit (VIP) latrines. All of these latrines are easy to use and clean. And with a rainwater catchment tank, there should be enough water to keep them clean all the time.

Hand-Washing Stations

The two hand-washing stations were delivered to school and handed over to the CTC club. These were placed outside of the boys’ and girls’ latrines to encourage hand-washing after latrine use. CTC club members teach other students how to properly wash their hands at the stations, and make sure there is always soap or ash available. Now the school has the stations they need, and they have the water to fill them.

Rainwater Catchment Tank

Construction for this 50,000-liter rainwater catchment tank was successful!

Parents, staff, and students helped our artisans gather everything needed for construction. All the while, women cooked meals for the artisans, and the school provided accommodations for the artisans during their work. Local men and women helped our artisans with their manual labor, too.

Students helping the artisans and volunteers by carrying bricks to the construction site.

The construction process officially began with our staff and school administration looking around the school compound to try and determine the best location for a new rainwater catchment tank. This needed to be the best site with good, clean roofing to catch the rainwater.

Rainwater tank construction began with clearance of the site: excavating the soil within the required measurements to make level ground for the tank foundation. The foundation was cast by laying hardcore on a level ground and then reinforcing it using steel, concrete and waterproof cement.

Both the drawing pipe as well as the washout pipe were affixed as the foundation was lain. The wall was built with ferro-cement techniques through six layers. The inner wall was plastered while rough casting was done on the outer part. Finally, the catchment area was dug, plastered, and a staircase installed.

Beginning to work on the gutter system

The dome construction followed after the superstructure had been given enough time to settle. The manhole cover was fitted, inlet pipes were connected to the roof gutters, inlet screens, ventilation pipes (breathers) and overflow pipes were all done to standards.

Once finished, the tank was given three to four weeks to undergo complete curing before it was cleaned and taken over by Munyanda Primary School.

“We are very happy with the new facilities that have been constructed in our school. Our kids will no longer have to travel close to one kilometer to get drinking water. They will now spend that previously wasted time to study, and will be less tired, especially during their afternoon classes,” teacher Angeline Anguzuzu said.

She and her students gathered around to celebrate as we handed the facilities over for them to use. Smiles were all around as we witnessed clean water coming from the tap!


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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.


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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.



Contributors

Project Sponsor - Imago Dei Community