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The Water Project: St. Stephen Maraba Secondary School -  Clean Water
The Water Project: St. Stephen Maraba Secondary School -  Clean Water
The Water Project: St. Stephen Maraba Secondary School -  Clean Water
The Water Project: St. Stephen Maraba Secondary School -  Clean Water
The Water Project: St. Stephen Maraba Secondary School -  Handwashing Station And Latrines
The Water Project: St. Stephen Maraba Secondary School -  Handwashing Station And Latrines
The Water Project: St. Stephen Maraba Secondary School -  Handwashing Station And Latrines
The Water Project: St. Stephen Maraba Secondary School -  Tank Construction
The Water Project: St. Stephen Maraba Secondary School -  Tank Construction
The Water Project: St. Stephen Maraba Secondary School -  Tank Construction
The Water Project: St. Stephen Maraba Secondary School -  Tank Construction
The Water Project: St. Stephen Maraba Secondary School -  Tank Construction
The Water Project: St. Stephen Maraba Secondary School -  Tank Construction
The Water Project: St. Stephen Maraba Secondary School -  Tank Construction
The Water Project: St. Stephen Maraba Secondary School -  Latrine Construction
The Water Project: St. Stephen Maraba Secondary School -  Latrine Construction
The Water Project: St. Stephen Maraba Secondary School -  Latrine Construction
The Water Project: St. Stephen Maraba Secondary School -  Latrine Construction
The Water Project: St. Stephen Maraba Secondary School -  Training
The Water Project: St. Stephen Maraba Secondary School -  Training
The Water Project: St. Stephen Maraba Secondary School -  Training
The Water Project: St. Stephen Maraba Secondary School -  Training
The Water Project: St. Stephen Maraba Secondary School -  Training
The Water Project: St. Stephen Maraba Secondary School -  Training
The Water Project: St. Stephen Maraba Secondary School -  Training
The Water Project: St. Stephen Maraba Secondary School -  Training
The Water Project: St. Stephen Maraba Secondary School -  Training
The Water Project: St. Stephen Maraba Secondary School -  Training
The Water Project: St. Stephen Maraba Secondary School -  Training
The Water Project: St. Stephen Maraba Secondary School -  Garbage Site
The Water Project: St. Stephen Maraba Secondary School -  Inside Kitchen
The Water Project: St. Stephen Maraba Secondary School -  Inside Kitchen
The Water Project: St. Stephen Maraba Secondary School -  School Cook
The Water Project: St. Stephen Maraba Secondary School -  Latrines
The Water Project: St. Stephen Maraba Secondary School -  Latrines
The Water Project: St. Stephen Maraba Secondary School -  Students Line Up For Lunch
The Water Project: St. Stephen Maraba Secondary School -  Students Line Up For Lunch
The Water Project: St. Stephen Maraba Secondary School -  Going To Get Lunch
The Water Project: St. Stephen Maraba Secondary School -  Tank At Neighboring School
The Water Project: St. Stephen Maraba Secondary School -  Students In Class
The Water Project: St. Stephen Maraba Secondary School -  School Grounds
The Water Project: St. Stephen Maraba Secondary School -  School Grounds
The Water Project: St. Stephen Maraba Secondary School -  School Gate
The Water Project: St. Stephen Maraba Secondary School -  School Gate

Project Status



Project Type:  Rainwater Catchment

Regional Program: Western Kenya WaSH Program

Impact: 268 Served

Project Phase:  Installed - Jul 2018

Functionality Status:  Functional

Project Features


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Community Profile

St. Stephen Maraba Secondary School hosts both boarding students and day students. Boarding students are early risers, up by 5am to wash up for morning study hall. These students attend study hall until breakfast is ready, giving them the energy to do class chores until their morning lessons begin. Day students have arrived by that time to work alongside the boarding students. Classes run from 8am to 4pm, when students are required to stay for another hour of sports and special interest clubs. There are a couple of short breaks between classes, interrupted by an hour for lunch.

Water

The secondary students don’t have a water source on school grounds. The neighboring primary school has a well from which they pump water to a plastic tank. The tank has a tap where students line up to get their water.

Borrowing from the primary school has created a lot of contention. The young students demand first in line with the rationale that it’s their water source, so the older students spend a lot of time waiting at the end of the line. While the schools can do their best to run on different schedules, there are often squabbles

Sometimes the secondary students are restricted from the water they need altogether.

These students desperately need a clean water source of their own. Administration from the neighboring school also admitted that the plastic tank hasn’t been cleaned out since it was donated, and that could be why all of the students are still suffering from waterborne diseases.

“Like you can see, this boy is going home for treatment. He is complaining of a stomachache and headache. In my opinion, water could be the cause of his sickness,” School Principal Mr. Bonface Sirima said.

Sanitation

There are six pit latrines, but these are smelly and many of the doors have fallen off. There are two shelters for the boarding students to bathe in. However, there are no handwashing stations.

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. 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.

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


07/11/2018: Maraba Secondary School Project Complete

A new rainwater catchment system was built! Maraba Secondary 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. Some of the students seemed disengaged at first, but developed an interest when they realized this wasn’t a class lecture like they’re used to; hygiene and sanitation training is much more participatory.

Students having fun during an opening team-building activity.

Students loved the opportunities to learn and develop action plans in focused groups. They participated in community-building roleplays, handwashing exercises, and tons of other activities.

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 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! The only challenge was finding the right sand to mix with cement since most of the sand in this area contained a little soil, too.

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.

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.

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.

Finally, the catchment area was dug, plastered, and a staircase installed.

Digging a space where the students will fetch water from the tap.

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.

Once finished, the tank was given three weeks to undergo complete curing before it was cleaned and handed over to Maraba Secondary School, though we will continue to offer them unmatchable support as a part of our monitoring and maintenance program. 16-year-old Jackson Burudi is one of the boarding students. “This tank has been placed near our dormitories. This will make it easier for us to fetch water for use while staying in the dorm,” he said.

Even the surrounding community is impressed with the project because many of them thought it would be an impossible mission since they are just peasant farmers. Many of them bring cereals in place of cash to use for their children’s school fees. Some even bring firewood to be used for cooking in exchange for an education. Their children having access to safe drinking water in school has brought so much joy to their hearts.


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04/16/2018: St. Stephen Maraba Secondary School Project Underway

A severe clean water shortage at St. Stephen Maraba Secondary School drains students’ time, energy, and health. Thanks to your generosity, we’re working to install a clean water point and much more.

Get to know your school through the introduction 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

Project Sponsor - Pineapple Fund