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The Water Project: Bukhubalo Primary School -  Latrines
The Water Project: Bukhubalo Primary School -  Latrines
The Water Project: Bukhubalo Primary School -  Outdoor Learning Area
The Water Project: Bukhubalo Primary School -  Classrooms
The Water Project: Bukhubalo Primary School -  Water Containers
The Water Project: Bukhubalo Primary School -  School Grounds
The Water Project: Bukhubalo Primary School -  School Grounds
The Water Project: Bukhubalo Primary School -  Carrying Water
The Water Project: Bukhubalo Primary School -  Carrying Water
The Water Project: Bukhubalo Primary School -  School Sign

Project Status

Project Type:  Rainwater Catchment

Regional Program: Western Kenya WaSH Program

Impact: 500 Served

Project Phase:  Under Construction
Estimated Install Date (?):  05/31/2018

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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

Bukhubalo Primary School opened in 1988 and has grown to have 565 students enrolled this year. They employ 11 teachers and two support staff.

The classrooms are overcrowded. Though there’s plenty of land, there aren’t enough funds for new classrooms.

A normal day at Bukhubalo Primary starts very early in the morning by 6am as pupils arrive carrying water in their small jerrycans of either three or five liters. This will be used for cleaning their classrooms before the day’s lessons. After cleaning, they attend a morning study hall for 30 minutes until assembly, when the teacher on duty makes announcements. The lessons begin at 8am and go until lunch, then they come back at 2pm for more classes and then games.

Water Situation

Students are required to carry not only their books to school every day, but their share of water, too. The headteacher has decided that this is really the only possible solution for not having a water source at school. If students finish their water by lunch, they can go back home and find water for the afternoon.

Since students come from all different directions, there’s no way to ascertain the quality of water they bring. It’s apparent that students aren’t frequenting clean water sources, since open sources are often the most convenient stops on the way to school. After drinking this water, students suffer from waterborne diseases and miss days of class at a time. When at school, students should only have to concern theirselves about their studies, not about whether or not the water they have is safe.

Sanitation Situation

There aren’t enough sanitation facilities for the hundreds of students here, just like there aren’t enough classrooms. Tons of students have to wait in line for latrines during class breaks, and many can’t wait their turn. This shortage results in the practice of open defecation on school grounds. The condition of current latrines is so poor that the Department of Public Health recently issued a closure notice stating that if the school doesn’t solve this issue soon, it will be forced to send its students home indefinitely.

School board chairman, Humphrey Wesonga said, “I am very saddened when I think of many pupils in this school suffering because of lack of enough latrines, which makes the pupils uncomfortable.”

Here’s what we plan to do about it.

You make this possible. Thank You for joining us in providing clean water, sanitation facilities, and important health information for these students and teachers.

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 tire themselves finding enough water along the way to school every day.

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

03/01/2018: Bukhubalo Primary School Project Underway

Bukhubalo Primary 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. Check out the new stories, pictures, and maps of this school we’ve shared with you, and we look forward to reaching out again with more great news.

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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.


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