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The Water Project: JM Rembe Primary School -  Clean Water Flowing
The Water Project: JM Rembe Primary School -  Clean Water
The Water Project: JM Rembe Primary School -  Thumbs Up To New Water
The Water Project: JM Rembe Primary School -  Handwashing At New Station
The Water Project: JM Rembe Primary School -  Thumbs Up To Handwashing Stations
The Water Project: JM Rembe Primary School -  New Latrines
The Water Project: JM Rembe Primary School -  Completed New Train
The Water Project: JM Rembe Primary School -  Installation Of Gutters At The School
The Water Project: JM Rembe Primary School -  Completed Tank
The Water Project: JM Rembe Primary School -  Cement Drying On Tank
The Water Project: JM Rembe Primary School -  Constructing Tank Roof
The Water Project: JM Rembe Primary School -  Excavation Of Tank Site At The School
The Water Project: JM Rembe Primary School -  Locals Making Ballast At The School
The Water Project: JM Rembe Primary School -  Setting Up Foundation Of Latrine
The Water Project: JM Rembe Primary School -  Water Disinfection Demonstration
The Water Project: JM Rembe Primary School -  Hand Washing Demonstration
The Water Project: JM Rembe Primary School -  Group Work
The Water Project: JM Rembe Primary School -  Parents Training At The School
The Water Project: JM Rembe Primary School -  Training In Progress
The Water Project: JM Rembe Primary School -  Wewasafo Staff Wagaka Erick Facilitating At The Training
The Water Project: JM Rembe Primary School -  Collapsed Latrine Turned Into Garbage Site
The Water Project: JM Rembe Primary School -  Latrines
The Water Project: JM Rembe Primary School -  Latrines
The Water Project: JM Rembe Primary School -  Students Playing
The Water Project: JM Rembe Primary School -  Teacher Alice Wamane
The Water Project: JM Rembe Primary School -  School Kitchen
The Water Project: JM Rembe Primary School -  Students Eating Lunch
The Water Project: JM Rembe Primary School -  Students Eating Lunch
The Water Project: JM Rembe Primary School -  Students Eating Lunch
The Water Project: JM Rembe Primary School -  Kobala Spring
The Water Project: JM Rembe Primary School -  Kobala Spring
The Water Project: JM Rembe Primary School -  Kobala Spring
The Water Project: JM Rembe Primary School -  Students Walking To The Spring
The Water Project: JM Rembe Primary School -  Plastic Tank
The Water Project: JM Rembe Primary School -  Water Containers
The Water Project: JM Rembe Primary School -  Water Containers
The Water Project: JM Rembe Primary School -  Students In Class
The Water Project: JM Rembe Primary School -  Classrooms
The Water Project: JM Rembe Primary School -  Classrooms

Project Status



Project Type:  Rainwater Catchment

Regional Program: Western Kenya WaSH Program

Impact: 500 Served

Project Phase:  Installed - Aug 2018

Functionality Status:  Functional

Last Checkup: 09/21/2018

Project Features


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Community Profile

The majority of people living around JM Rembe Primary School grow crops like maize and beans. Children and women spend the vast part of their days fetching water for home and school, because of the acute water shortage affecting the entire community. Parents send water they’ve gathered and food they’ve grown with their kids to support the school’s lunch program.

JM Rembe Primary School has a total enrollment of 498 students and employs nine teachers and two support staff.

Water

JM Rembe Primary School does not have a source of water. Instead, students go out into the surrounding community to find water. The preferred source is Kobala Spring, but that dries up during the months it doesn’t rain. They’ll go to fill their containers by dunking them in an open, dirty spring running through Rembe during the dry season.

There a small plastic tank at school where they store the water gathered by students, staff and parents. The water from Kobala Spring is much safer for the children to drink, but both water sources cause issues during the dry months. Water gets turbid at other times, and after drinking it students suffer from waterborne diseases.

Even if sickness is avoided for a few weeks, students already miss valuable study time when they leave school to find water.

Sanitation

There are eight filthy pit latrines split between boys, girls, and staff. There are no hand-washing stations.

“This entire community is a mess, and that mess is brought to the school. People are still illiterate and unschooled, and the few learned ones are just teachers,” Teacher Alice Wamane said.

“Furthermore, we do not have any health professionals to help us overcome the issue of unhealthy living. That is why diseases and unwanted deaths are very common.”

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. 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. It will be up to the school to divide these six latrine doors between the students to make both boys and girls comfortable. 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. They will no longer have to rely on dirty surface water!

We and the school strongly believe that with this assistance, standards will significantly improve. These higher standards will give students the chance they deserve to study hard and get good grades.


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


07/24/2018: Clean Water at JM Rembe Primary School!

A new rainwater catchment system was built! JM Rembe Primary School in Kenya now has a new source of safe, clean water thanks to your support. Handwashing stations were installed so that students can clean up after using their new latrines, and students and staff have received training in sanitation and hygiene.

New Knowledge

The headteacher helped us plan for hygiene and sanitation training by selecting student leaders from each grade. The school administration agreed to invite parents by sending their children home with the messages. The day of the training was carefully considered by picking a day when most parents would be available. Market days and weekends were avoided to maximize attendance.

Parents fill the classroom for the training

The attendance was so overwhelming. Parents came in large numbers and filled an entire classroom. Separate training sessions were held for parents and pupils. This was because no single room in the school could accommodate both teams combined together.

The huge number was attributed to their willingness and true desire to learn more on how to manage the new project targeting water and sanitation.

Both pupils and parents were active, asking relevant questions and participating in small group discussions and demonstrations that were used to explain facts.

Water disinfection demonstration

We covered several topics, including bathing, oral hygiene, and handwashing with soap as a barrier from germs; operation and maintenance of the new facilities, with each person understanding their role for long-lasting clean water and good health.

The participants were open to correction and improving their lives. It was a committed team that had clear objectives to meet as well. The idea of solar disinfection was picked up immediately and they inquired of its effectiveness too.

Handwashing demonstration at the training

The children in attendance will kickstart a child to child club at their school. The new child to child (CTC) health club will be greatly involved in project management and will be responsible for encouraging good health and hygiene practices amongst their peers, teachers, and the larger community.

Handwashing Stations

Pupils can now enjoy washing their hands with soap thanks to the two handwashing stations that were delivered to their school. Before, there was nowhere to wash hands. These new handwashing opportunities will help reduce cases of hygiene-related illness. The training on hygiene has motivated these students to share what they’ve learned both with their peers at school and families at home.

VIP Latrines

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

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.

Excavation of tank site at the school

The 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.

Locals making ballast at the school

Then, we cleared the site: excavating the soil within the required measurements to make level ground for the tank foundation. The foundation was cast by laying stones 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.

The catchment area was dug, plastered, and a staircase installed.

Dome construction could begin 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 standard.

Installation of gutters at the school

“This project has brought a new dawn in this remote village. I have no memory of a great work of this type being implemented in any school near or far from here since I was born,” Mr. Vitalis Obwanda, a local brickmaker, said.

Once finished, the tank was given three weeks to undergo complete curing before it was cleaned and handed over to JM Rembe Primary School, though we will continue to offer them unmatchable support as a part of our monitoring and maintenance program.

“We thank God that through this initiative, the narrative is changing and our children are living in a better world than us even as they labor to quench their thirst for education. I want to believe strongly that this attractive water point will attract more enrollment of children into this school and also boost the morale of the teaching staff to produce better results in the near future,” Mr. Obwanda said.


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04/20/2018: JM Rembe Primary School Project Underway

Dirty water is making students at JM Rembe Primary School sick. Thanks to your generosity, we’re working to install a clean water point and much more. Since our artisans are only just preparing to start construction, we’ve moved the completion date back three months.

Get to know your school through the narrative and pictures we’ve posted, and read about this water, sanitation and hygiene project. We look forward to reaching out with more good news!


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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.



Contributors

5 individual donor(s)