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The Water Project: Erusui Secondary School -  Latrines
The Water Project: Erusui Secondary School -  Headteacher Fauzia Mmata
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The Water Project: Erusui Secondary School -  Church Tank
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The Water Project: Erusui Secondary School -  Girl Sweeping
The Water Project: Erusui Secondary School -  Class Under Tree
The Water Project: Erusui Secondary School -  Offices
The Water Project: Erusui Secondary School -  School Compound

Project Status

Project Type:  Rainwater Catchment

Regional Program: Western Kenya WaSH Program

Impact: 258 Served

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

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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

A normal day at St. Peters Erusui Mixed Secondary School is a busy day. The students here are busy fighting the odds to be successful in their studies. From the entrance, the school  looks like it’s doing so well – you can’t imagine it could be having such big problems. But after a tour inside, you see some students studying under a tree because there aren’t enough classrooms.

There are 247 students taught by just nine teachers. The school also employs two support staff.

Water Situation

There is no place to get water at school. A nearby church has a 2,000-liter water tank they let the students use. The principal said that “getting water from the church is tricky at times, since church members use it. Students would find lines at the tank, making students miss lessons mostly just because of water.” The church has also opened its doors as an extra place for lessons.

When the 2,000 liters of rainwater is finished, students must carry water from home or go out into the surrounding community to find water. Finding enough water to stay in school is actually the biggest reason children are missing class.

Sanitation Situation

The school has too few pit latrines are that are not maintained well. Administration admits that this could be a big factor in the high level of diarrhea cases students and staff experience.

The few buildings in the school are not well ventilated, and most students suffer from asthma.

And there just isn’t enough water to maintain good standards. Even if the school put out containers for hand-washing, there wouldn’t be water available.

Headteacher Fauzia Mmata said “If we could only get even one tank that we would use to harvest rainwater, then we could reduce the high rate of diarrhea in this school and help hygiene and raise the school’s performance.”

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 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 have to borrow water from the church nor look for it in the greater community.

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

06/19/2018: Artisans Working at Erusui Secondary School

We just received official word that construction is happening at Erusui Secondary School. Artisans have arrived on school grounds to work on a rainwater catchment tank and latrines and will remain in the area until the work is finished. Secondary students are currently on a short break before next term. It’s wonderful to know that a new clean water source will be there when they return.

We will reach out again as soon as we have more information; most likely when both training and construction are complete. We are looking forward to sharing the clean water celebration with you!

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05/23/2018: Erusui Secondary School Scheduling

Artisans arrived at Erusui Secondary School late this month. This will delay our training since we prefer to use the completed tank and latrines during our management and care demonstrations. Please bear with us as we work closely with the school to best encourage and support students, teachers, and their parents as we bring them a lasting source of clean water. We are excited that the artisans are ready to begin, and we look forward to sharing great news soon!

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01/26/2018: Erusui Secondary School Project Underway

Erusui 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. For now, please enjoy the new stories, pictures, and maps of this school.

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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.