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The Water Project: Shanjero Secondary School -  Hand Washing Station
The Water Project: Shanjero Secondary School -  Latrines
The Water Project: Shanjero Secondary School -  Latrines
The Water Project: Shanjero Secondary School -  School Cook
The Water Project: Shanjero Secondary School -  School Principal
The Water Project: Shanjero Secondary School -  Fetching Water
The Water Project: Shanjero Secondary School -  Fetching Water
The Water Project: Shanjero Secondary School -  Going To Fetch Water
The Water Project: Shanjero Secondary School -  Students In Class
The Water Project: Shanjero Secondary School -  Students
The Water Project: Shanjero Secondary School -  Group Picture
The Water Project: Shanjero Secondary School -  School Entrance
The Water Project: Shanjero Secondary School -  School Entrance

Project Status

Project Type:  Rainwater Catchment

Regional Program: Western Kenya WaSH Program

Impact: 403 Served

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

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Community Profile

St. Gerald’s Shanjero Secondary School is located in Kakamega County, Kenya. There are 377 students enrolled here, of which 196 are boys and 181 are girls. The school employs 17 teachers and nine support staff.

School days begin early at 6am as students start trickling through the front gate. They’re expected to meet in their separate classrooms for the assignment of cleaning chores like sweeping, picking up litter, and cleaning latrines. An hour’s lunch is sandwiched by morning and afternoon classes.

Water Situation

The school is connected to an unreliable water pipeline, for which they pay 10,000 shillings a month. As parents encounter hardships and can’t pay their children’s school fees, the school struggles to pay bills. Times can get so hard that the school can’t pay the bill for piped water. But even when they do, it’s not uncommon for the system to break down for days at a time.

When the inevitable breakdown or unpaid month occurs, students must walk four kilometers away to the nearest water source. What’s worse, is this water source is totally open to contamination. After drinking water from this spring, students suffer from stomachaches, headaches, and diarrhea – often forcing them to miss school.

Sanitation Situation

The school has six latrines for each gender, but they boys’ latrines are almost full. These latrines, including the girls’ are in a poor state. Plus, the water crisis at this school forces them to prioritize water use; drinking is always more important than cleaning, and those priorities are obvious when inspecting the sanitation conditions.

There is one hand-washing station. Principal Kizito Ingabi said, “The health situation in our school is not good, since in most cases we consume dirty and unsafe water from a running stream. The inadequate water has also lowered the standards of hygiene in our school.”

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.

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: Shanjero Secondary School Project Underway

Shanjero 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.


Project Sponsor - Estate of Dianne Cunningham