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The Water Project: Eshiamboko Primary School -  Clean Water
The Water Project: Eshiamboko Primary School -  Clean Water
The Water Project: Eshiamboko Primary School -  Clean Water
The Water Project: Eshiamboko Primary School -  Clean Water
The Water Project: Eshiamboko Primary School -  Clean Water
The Water Project: Eshiamboko Primary School -  Clean Water
The Water Project: Eshiamboko Primary School -  Clean Water
The Water Project: Eshiamboko Primary School -  Finished Latrines
The Water Project: Eshiamboko Primary School -  Finished Latrines
The Water Project: Eshiamboko Primary School -  Artisan Installing Gutter System
The Water Project: Eshiamboko Primary School -  Tank Construction
The Water Project: Eshiamboko Primary School -  Tank Construction
The Water Project: Eshiamboko Primary School -  Students Helping Get Water For Cement
The Water Project: Eshiamboko Primary School -  Tank Construction
The Water Project: Eshiamboko Primary School -  Latrine Construction
The Water Project: Eshiamboko Primary School -  Latrine Construction
The Water Project: Eshiamboko Primary School -  Latrine Construction
The Water Project: Eshiamboko Primary School -  Elected Health Club Leader
The Water Project: Eshiamboko Primary School -  Handwashing
The Water Project: Eshiamboko Primary School -  Handwashing Training
The Water Project: Eshiamboko Primary School -  Training About The Latrines
The Water Project: Eshiamboko Primary School -  Tank Management Training
The Water Project: Eshiamboko Primary School -  Tank Management Training
The Water Project: Eshiamboko Primary School -  Team Building Exercise
The Water Project: Eshiamboko Primary School -  Training
The Water Project: Eshiamboko Primary School -  Training
The Water Project: Eshiamboko Primary School -  Training
The Water Project: Eshiamboko Primary School -  Training
The Water Project: Eshiamboko Primary School -  Training
The Water Project: Eshiamboko Primary School -  Training
The Water Project: Eshiamboko Primary School -  Latrines
The Water Project: Eshiamboko Primary School -  Latrines
The Water Project: Eshiamboko Primary School -  Latrines
The Water Project: Eshiamboko Primary School -  Water Containers Scattered Around The Kitchen Area
The Water Project: Eshiamboko Primary School -  In The Kitchen
The Water Project: Eshiamboko Primary School -  School Cook
The Water Project: Eshiamboko Primary School -  Plastic Tank For The Kitchen
The Water Project: Eshiamboko Primary School -  Willian Oduor Fetching Water At A Community Spring
The Water Project: Eshiamboko Primary School -  Fetching Water
The Water Project: Eshiamboko Primary School -  At The Spring
The Water Project: Eshiamboko Primary School -  Students Walking To The Spring
The Water Project: Eshiamboko Primary School -  Students With Their Containers
The Water Project: Eshiamboko Primary School -  Students With Their Containers
The Water Project: Eshiamboko Primary School -  Students In Class
The Water Project: Eshiamboko Primary School -  Students Posing At The School Gate
The Water Project: Eshiamboko Primary School -  Students Posing At The School Gate
The Water Project: Eshiamboko Primary School -  Students Posing At The School Gate
The Water Project: Eshiamboko Primary School -  Students Posing At The School Gate

Project Status



Project Type:  Rainwater Catchment

Regional Program: Western Kenya WaSH Program

Impact: 500 Served

Project Phase:  Installed - Aug 2018

Functionality Status:  Functional

Project Features


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A normal day at Eshiamboko Primary School starts as early as 6:30am when the first students arrive. They’re supposed to be there by 7am for morning study hall. After, they work together to complete the cleaning chores on their roster. There are occasional tea breaks until an hour’s lunch break before afternoon classes. The final hour of the school day is spent split up between sports and different interest clubs.

There are currently 595 students enrolled who are taught by 17 teachers. The school employs four support staff to make sure daily activities are running smoothly.

Water

The school doesn’t have a reliable source of water. Students here are often absent because of waterborne diseases.

It has a 4,500-liter plastic tank that’s reserved for the kitchen. Students are asked to carry water from home to school every single morning. Since students are coming from different places, there’s no way to point out one water source and ascertain the quality of their water.

When this water’s used up, students have to go back out in search of more. Teachers ask that they walk a little over one kilometer to get clean water from a protected spring. This is a tiring task, not to mention the water can be contaminated after the long walk with uncovered containers.

Sanitation

“I have worked in this school for over 10 years now, and I have seen the different headteachers usually transferred in and out of this school strive to try and achieve some level of hygiene, with some success,” Mama Sephina, the school cook, told us.

“This has been a challenge since the school is on rocky grounds (so it’s hard to build new pit latrines), and the students suffer most since they have to bring water from home. This limits us in terms of cleanliness, as we are forced to use as little water as possible in order to avoid burdening the pupils. We hardly wash our hands here, so typhoid has been a nuisance we have been living with for a long time.”

Here’s what we’re going to do about it:

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.

Hand-Washing Stations

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.

VIP Latrines

Two triple-door latrines will be constructed with local materials that the school will help gather. 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.

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


08/23/2018: Eshiamboko Primary School Rainwater Tank Complete

A new rainwater catchment system was built! Eshiamboko 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

Hygiene and sanitation training was planned with the help of the headteacher, who had a close look at the examination schedule and closure dates to find a time suitable for us. With a date set, he was also able to recruit 20 participants comprised of representatives from class three to class seven. It was a hot day outside, but the shade and open windows in the classroom helped keep all of us comfortable.

We covered several topics, including 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. Students liked how we used lots of pictures and demonstrations to teach these things and even more.

The students in attendance are expected to share what they learned both at school and at home. They have formed a new student health club that will be a great catalyst for sharing health information. They’re excited because they only had one active club at the time.

“I am happy you made time for us to learn things about hygiene and sanitation, for we have no one else to teach us all this,” student Mishell Atieno said.

“I have learned the importance of keeping my environment clean. I have learned that my health starts from the hands and that I need to keep my things in order. I have something to also teach my friends in class and those at home who are not from this school.”

Handwashing Stations

Pupils can now enjoy washing their hands with soap thanks to the two handwashing stations that were delivered to their school.  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.

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.

Rainwater Catchment Tank

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

Parents, staff, and students helped our artisans gather everything needed for construction. Getting the water needed for mixing cement was a challenge. It was a 20-minute walk to the nearest source, and students worked tirelessly helped our artisans get what they needed. All the while, women cooked meals for the artisans, and the school provided accommodations for the artisans during their work. Local men and women helped our artisans with their manual labor, too.

Students fetching water to mix cement.

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.

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.

Getting ready to install the gutter system.

The catchment area was dug, plastered, and a staircase installed.

Once finished, the tank was given three weeks to undergo complete curing before it was cleaned and handed over to Eshiamboko Primary School, though we will continue to offer them unmatchable support as a part of our monitoring and maintenance program.

“We have had challenges in the past with water and sanitation, and thus many cases of school absenteeism. The children were already used to walking all the way to the spring to get water, and as teachers, we realized that this was taking up so much of their time. The containers they were using were not often cleaned, and so sometimes we drank the water and hoped we would not fall sick,” remembered Phanice Atillah.

“This project is now a new beginning for us, improvement in hygiene and sanitation and healthy pupils and staff. We are very happy, we thank God for directing you to our school.”


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04/27/2018: Eshiamboko Primary School Project Underway

A severe clean water shortage at Eshiamboko 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

Project Underwriter - Imago Dei Community
2 individual donor(s)