Joyland Special Secondary School hosts refugee students from Somali and Sudan in addition to the Kenyan students from the community.
"We are indeed blessed to offer education to all members of the community, regardless of who you are, how you are, and where you come from. We do not discriminate because it is God who created us, and he has a reason for one being the way he or she is," shared Headmaster Raphael Aura.
A normal school day begins by 8am when students and staff gather outside for morning announcements. Normal lessons go from 8:30am to 4pm, with short breaks after each.
There are 229 students enrolled who are taught by 18 teachers. The school has also hired support staff to help things run smoothly and assist the students as needed.
There is only a 4,000-liter plastic tank on school grounds, which collects rainwater in a gutter running along the classrooms. It is not nearly big enough for the whole school. We found the roof to be dirty and were disappointed to hear that water isn't being treated once it's in the tank. This water doesn't last long, forcing students to look elsewhere for the water they need. Everyone who is physically able is expected to go out and fetch water to make up for the shortage.
There are eight useable pit latrines, but quite a few of them are unusable for students with physical disabilities. These are in filthy conditions since the little water the school has is used first for drinking and cooking. There are no hand-washing stations.
"As you can see, we have a shortage of water and toilets in this institution, which is a risk to us. We do have special students in our school who really need sufficient water, but we are denying them of this special commodity. We are requesting your assistance so that we can be able to curb the situation," Headteacher Aura said.
Here's what we're going to do about it:
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 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.
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 (edited for readability) thanks to the hard work of our friends in Kenya.