For a normal day at St. Peter's Musabale Primary School, students report to school at 7am. They are responsible for carrying out the cleaning chores on the roster by the time normal classes start. The school day goes until 4:30pm dismissal, interrupted only by an hour's lunch.
The school was established in 1975. It currently has 750 students who are taught by 15 teachers. The school also employs two support staff.
(Editor's Note: While this many people may have access on any given day, realistically a single water source can only support a population of 350-500 people. To learn more about how we determine the number of people served, click here.)
There is a medium-sized plastic tank that collects rainwater off the classroom roof. This doesn't serve hundreds of students for long, so the administration forces students to carry a container of water to school every day. They carry what they can manage, normally from three to five liters of water. Most of this is used for personal drinking, but some of it is pooled for the morning's cleaning chores.
Since students are coming from many different places, the quality of water cannot be ascertained. Lots of this must be dirty, for students often complain of waterborne diseases like typhoid. Clean water on school grounds is important because not only are students getting sick, but they're left drained after balancing the burden of school books and water containers.
As we work to address the water situation at school, we will also look into protecting springs in their communities.
There are eight usable pit latrines, but some of them are in terrible condition. Others have broken doors, denying privacy to these students. Latrine pits are almost full, posing a danger to their users.
They've hung containers full of water to be used for hand-washing, but there's no soap.
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.