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 5 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 so they can find food at home or at a market. After afternoon classes, all of the students fetch water together.
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 the last term. Her parents have spent a lot of money on treatment, yet the girl has not recovered.
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.
What we can do about it:
Hygiene and Sanitation 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.
The 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. 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.
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 (edited for readability) thanks to the hard work of our friends in Kenya.