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The Water Project: Mwanzo Primary School -  Picking Up Litter
The Water Project: Mwanzo Primary School -  Picking Up Litter
The Water Project: Mwanzo Primary School -  Girls Latrine Line
The Water Project: Mwanzo Primary School -  Students
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The Water Project: Mwanzo Primary School -  Students Fetching Water At A Flowing River
The Water Project: Mwanzo Primary School -  School Motto
The Water Project: Mwanzo Primary School -  School Compound
The Water Project: Mwanzo Primary School -  Classroom
The Water Project: Mwanzo Primary School -  Students In Class
The Water Project: Mwanzo Primary School -  Erick Wanjala
The Water Project: Mwanzo Primary School -  Students

Project Status

Project Type:  Rainwater Catchment

Regional Program: Western Kenya WaSH Program

Impact: 389 Served

Project Phase:  Under Construction
Estimated Install Date (?):  08/31/2018

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Community Profile

Mwanzo Primary School is located in Vihiga County, Kenya. Total student enrollment is 375, and the school employs 12 teachers.

Learning starts at 7am every morning with an hour study hall. Normal lessons are from 8am to 4pm. Many primary school graduates end up going straight into the motorcycle transport industry – popularly known as ‘Boda-Boda.’ Many women do small business likes selling vegetables from their gardens.

Water Situation

There are two breaks between morning lessons when students are sent to fetch water from an open water source. Students dip jerrycans of five to 10 liters under the flowing water until they’re full. This water is so dirty; even animals drink directly from the stream! Nonetheless, it is used for drinking and cleaning. After drinking this water, students suffer from waterborne diseases.

Sanitation Situation

There are nine filthy pit latrines split up among the students. There are too few latrines for all of these students, so students wait uncomfortably in long lines during class break. There isn’t anywhere for them to wash their hands after, either.

What we can do:

Training and Handwashing 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 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 (students have already started helping). Once finished, this tank can begin catching rainfall that will be used by the school’s students and staff. Students will no longer have to spend their breaks going out to get dirty water.

The headteacher told us, “I’m a happy man because this project you are bringing us will transform the whole village for sure. I pray that I will live and continue teaching here for many more years so as to witness and be a part of the success!” 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 (edited for clarity) thanks to the hard work of our friends in Kenya.

Project Updates

06/05/2018: Mwanzo Primary School Underway

We’re excited to share that artisans have arrived (we’re certain!) at Mwanzo Primary School to build a rainwater catchment tank and latrines. As construction progresses, students, teachers, and parent representatives will attend an important training about their health at school, home, and the greater community. Thank you for your patience, and we look forward to reaching out very soon with news of clean water!

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04/20/2018: News from Mwanzo Primary School

Dear Friends, we just received word from the field that the tank and latrine construction are delayed. We’re moving the completion date back by three months. We continue to work with this school as they prepare for our artisans.

Thank you for standing with us to provide clean water for these students!

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02/01/2018: Mwanzo Primary School Project Underway

Mwanzo Primary 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! For now, please enjoy the new stories, pictures, and maps of this school. We look forward to reaching out again soon!

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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.


Project Underwriter - Romac Industries Inc.
5 individual donor(s)