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.
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.
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 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.
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.