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The Water Project: Muyere Secondary School -  Materials For Construction
The Water Project: Muyere Secondary School -  Latrines
The Water Project: Muyere Secondary School -  School Cooks At Kitchen
The Water Project: Muyere Secondary School -  School Compound
The Water Project: Muyere Secondary School -  Carrying Water
The Water Project: Muyere Secondary School -  Current Water Source
The Water Project: Muyere Secondary School -  Current Water Source
The Water Project: Muyere Secondary School -  Students Going To Fetch Water
The Water Project: Muyere Secondary School -  Classrooms
The Water Project: Muyere Secondary School -  Classrooms
The Water Project: Muyere Secondary School -  Classrooms
The Water Project: Muyere Secondary School -  Headteacher

Project Status

Project Type:  Rainwater Catchment

Regional Program: Western Kenya WaSH Program

Impact: 316 Served

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

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Community Profile

Muyere Secondary School currently has 300 students of which 182 are girls and 118 are boys. It has a total of 11 teaching staff and five support staff.

A normal school day begins extremely early in the morning at 6am. They’re required to be there for morning study halls before normal classes begin at 8am. Most students are sent out for lunch, when they must find food at home or at a market. After afternoon classes, all of the students fetch water together.

Water Situation

There’s no water at the school. The closest source is a spring that’s about 400 meters away. Though totally open and contaminated, the school and surrounding community rely on this source for their drinking, cooking, and cleaning needs.

To minimize the trips students have to take the spring, the headteacher has hired support staff that do this throughout the day.

The deputy headteacher reported that one of his students has been out of school with typhoid since last term. Her parents have spent a lot of money on treatment, yet the girl has not recovered.

Sanitation Situation

The boys have three latrines that they share with primary students, while the girls have six latrines that were donated by the county. The boys’ latrines are not in good working condition and are still being used even though the pits are practically full. Long lines form during class breaks, and many students can’t wait and must seek privacy outside somewhere (most often behind other school buildings).

There is one hand-washing station available, but it never has soap and is often missing water too.

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. It will be up to the school to divide these six latrine doors between the students to make both boys and girls comfortable. 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 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. They will no longer have to rely on dirty surface water!

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

03/14/2018: Muyere Secondary School Project Underway

Muyere Secondary 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. Get to know this school through stories, pictures, and maps on our project page. We look forward to reaching out with more good news soon!

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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.