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The Water Project: Namalasire Primary School -  Clean Water
The Water Project: Namalasire Primary School -  Clean Water
The Water Project: Namalasire Primary School -  Clean Water
The Water Project: Namalasire Primary School -  Clean Water
The Water Project: Namalasire Primary School -  Clean Water
The Water Project: Namalasire Primary School -  Finished Latrines
The Water Project: Namalasire Primary School -  Finished Latrines
The Water Project: Namalasire Primary School -  Finished Latrines
The Water Project: Namalasire Primary School -  Finished Latrines
The Water Project: Namalasire Primary School -  Tank Construction
The Water Project: Namalasire Primary School -  Tank Construction
The Water Project: Namalasire Primary School -  Tank Construction
The Water Project: Namalasire Primary School -  Tank Construction
The Water Project: Namalasire Primary School -  Mixing Cement
The Water Project: Namalasire Primary School -  Working On The Tank Foundation
The Water Project: Namalasire Primary School -  Tank Foundation
The Water Project: Namalasire Primary School -  Latrine Construction
The Water Project: Namalasire Primary School -  Latrine Construction
The Water Project: Namalasire Primary School -  Laying The Pit Latrine Foundation
The Water Project: Namalasire Primary School -  Digging The Pit For Latrines
The Water Project: Namalasire Primary School -  Breaking Ground
The Water Project: Namalasire Primary School -  Principal Breaking First Ground
The Water Project: Namalasire Primary School -  Handwashing Training
The Water Project: Namalasire Primary School -  Handwashing Training
The Water Project: Namalasire Primary School -  Training On Tank Management
The Water Project: Namalasire Primary School -  Training
The Water Project: Namalasire Primary School -  Training
The Water Project: Namalasire Primary School -  Training
The Water Project: Namalasire Primary School -  Training
The Water Project: Namalasire Primary School -  Training
The Water Project: Namalasire Primary School -  Training
The Water Project: Namalasire Primary School -  Training
The Water Project: Namalasire Primary School -  Training
The Water Project: Namalasire Primary School -  Garbage Site
The Water Project: Namalasire Primary School -  Staff Handwashing Station
The Water Project: Namalasire Primary School -  Latrines
The Water Project: Namalasire Primary School -  Latrines
The Water Project: Namalasire Primary School -  Rush To Use The Latrines
The Water Project: Namalasire Primary School -  Measuring Out Space For The Tank
The Water Project: Namalasire Primary School -  Measuring Out Space For The Tank
The Water Project: Namalasire Primary School -  Students In Class
The Water Project: Namalasire Primary School -  Cook Washing Utensils With Tank Water
The Water Project: Namalasire Primary School -  Carrying Water Back To School
The Water Project: Namalasire Primary School -  Carrying Water Back To School
The Water Project: Namalasire Primary School -  Fetching Water At The Spring
The Water Project: Namalasire Primary School -  Fetching Water At The Spring
The Water Project: Namalasire Primary School -  Fetching Water At The Spring
The Water Project: Namalasire Primary School -  The Small Plastic Tank
The Water Project: Namalasire Primary School -  School Gate

Project Status



Project Type:  Rainwater Catchment

Regional Program: Western Kenya WaSH Program

Impact: 500 Served

Project Phase:  Installed - Jul 2018

Functionality Status:  Functional

Last Checkup: 09/04/2018

Project Features


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Community Profile

Students who attend Namalasire Primary School must wake up around 6:30am to prepare for school. The day doesn’t start with breakfast or bathing. Instead, a child picks up their empty jerrycan and goes on a search for water.

They’ll need that water to get through the school gate in the morning. These students most often fetch water from running streams. If they didn’t have time to find water before breakfast, they’ll search for open sources along the path to school. This water is used for drinking, cleaning, and cooking.

Study hall begins at 7am, after which they break up into groups to clean their classrooms and toilets before normal lessons. They begin classes at 8am that go until lunch break. The class preparing for national examinations eats lunch at school while the rest of the students are sent home. The day ends with clubs and activities out on the open field.

There are 936 students enrolled at a school that doesn’t have adequate water or facilities.

Water

Students store the water they carried to school in a plastic tank of 1,350 liters, which is also used to harvest water during the rainy season. The students who return home for lunch must also refill their jerrycans with water to carry back in time for 2pm class.

If they run out of water in the late morning or after lunch, the students must go back out to search for more. This interrupts class and is quite a long trip since the administration prefers students walk to a clean water source that is more than a mile each way. A neighboring school has a water well, but it is too shallow and dries up during dry seasons or when it’s overused.

The administration is concerned that the water students carry from home is contaminated. Students often cite waterborne diseases like typhoid or cholera as the reason for recurring absences.

Sanitation

There are too few latrines for too many students. The latrines we visited are in very poor condition and cannot be rinsed with water because of the lack thereof. Because of this, students often relieve themselves in other private areas behind buildings or the bushes surrounding the campus.

We saw a handwashing station there, but it was set aside for staff use only.

What we can do:

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.

Handwashing Stations

This CTC club will oversee the new facilities, such as handwashing stations, and make sure they are kept clean and in working condition. The two handwashing 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. 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.

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.

We and the school strongly believe that with this assistance, standards will significantly improve. These higher standards will translate to better academic performance! Mr. Joel Murenga is a parent of one of the students attending this school. “You will really save our children from the burden of going out and wasting a lot of time looking for water to use in school,” he said.


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 (edited for readability) thanks to the hard work of our friends in Kenya.

Project Updates


07/09/2018: Namalasire Primary School Project Complete

A new rainwater catchment system was built! Namalasire Primary 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

We called the school principal and informed her about the need for hygiene and sanitation training. He was very excited and soon shared the news with the school management committee and all the teachers. She gave the sanitation teacher the responsibility of arranging the time and place and inviting participants. The school board, teachers, and student leaders met inside an empty classroom because the chance of rain was high.

A number of topics were covered, including personal hygiene such as 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.

The students particularly enjoyed the more involved activities that got them outside and moving. The new handwashing stations were delivered on time for training, so students got to practice the ten steps of handwashing. Since this was a long training, it was broken up with opportunities to get reenergized outside.

The trainer took the group outside to learn about their new facilities. Here she is teaching them how to clean the tank’s gutter system.

When the lead facilitator was handling primary healthcare, she called upon one of the participants to demonstrate a simple stretching exercise that can make one physically fit and mentally alert in the morning. One volunteered and he was very flexible! He made most of the participants and even the trainers realize they still had a long way to go! Students knew more about health habits than we thought they would, and they were able to share some of the good things they do on a daily basis. We learned from each other during this interactive group session, which was a breath of fresh air for these students who are accustomed to class lectures.

“This training is going to improve our health, since we have acquired knowledge on good hygiene practices and now we will be practicing them both at school and home,” 13-year-old Laura Ondamu said.

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.

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.

The new handwashing stations were delivered in time for training demonstrations.

Rainwater Catchment Tank

Construction for this 50,000-liter rainwater catchment tank was successful!

Normally parents, staff, and students help our artisans gather everything needed for construction long before anything else happens. It was tricky to get the ball rolling at this school. When the principal told parents about this opportunity for clean water, the parents thought it was a scam. They had received so many false promises about water through aspiring politics.

Later when the artisan actually arrived, the parents believed what was happening! They rallied around our teams until construction was finished. All the while, women cooked meals for the artisans, and the school provided accommodations for the artisans during their work.

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.

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 to four weeks to undergo complete curing before it was cleaned and handed over to Namalasire Primary School, though we will continue to offer them unmatchable support as a part of our monitoring and maintenance program.

School lunch is now prepared on time since there’s enough water for cooking. And most importantly, students are able to access clean, safe drinking water with ease!


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05/18/2018: Namalasire Primary School Project Underway

A severe clean water shortage at Namalasire Primary 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

3 individual donor(s)