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The Water Project: Emmaloba Primary School -  Clean Water
The Water Project: Emmaloba Primary School -  Clean Water
The Water Project: Emmaloba Primary School -  Clean Water
The Water Project: Emmaloba Primary School -  Clean Water
The Water Project: Emmaloba Primary School -  Clean Water
The Water Project: Emmaloba Primary School -  Clean Water
The Water Project: Emmaloba Primary School -  Clean Water
The Water Project: Emmaloba Primary School -  New Latrines
The Water Project: Emmaloba Primary School -  New Latrines
The Water Project: Emmaloba Primary School -  New Handwashing Stations
The Water Project: Emmaloba Primary School -  New Handwashing Stations
The Water Project: Emmaloba Primary School -  New Handwashing Stations
The Water Project: Emmaloba Primary School -  New Handwashing Stations
The Water Project: Emmaloba Primary School -  Tank Construction
The Water Project: Emmaloba Primary School -  Tank Construction
The Water Project: Emmaloba Primary School -  Tank Construction
The Water Project: Emmaloba Primary School -  Tank Construction
The Water Project: Emmaloba Primary School -  Tank Construction
The Water Project: Emmaloba Primary School -  Tank Construction
The Water Project: Emmaloba Primary School -  Tank Construction
The Water Project: Emmaloba Primary School -  Mixing Cement
The Water Project: Emmaloba Primary School -  Latrine Construction
The Water Project: Emmaloba Primary School -  Latrine Construction
The Water Project: Emmaloba Primary School -  Latrine Construction
The Water Project: Emmaloba Primary School -  Latrine Construction
The Water Project: Emmaloba Primary School -  Handwashing Training
The Water Project: Emmaloba Primary School -  Handwashing Training
The Water Project: Emmaloba Primary School -  Group Discussions
The Water Project: Emmaloba Primary School -  Group Discussions
The Water Project: Emmaloba Primary School -  Training
The Water Project: Emmaloba Primary School -  Training
The Water Project: Emmaloba Primary School -  Training
The Water Project: Emmaloba Primary School -  Training
The Water Project: Emmaloba Primary School -  Training
The Water Project: Emmaloba Primary School -  Training Participants
The Water Project: Emmaloba Primary School -  Latrines
The Water Project: Emmaloba Primary School -  Broken Well
The Water Project: Emmaloba Primary School -  Headteacher By Structure Covering The Broken Well
The Water Project: Emmaloba Primary School -  Rush To Class After Getting Water
The Water Project: Emmaloba Primary School -  Fetching Water
The Water Project: Emmaloba Primary School -  Students Waiting Their Turn
The Water Project: Emmaloba Primary School -  Dirty Water Source
The Water Project: Emmaloba Primary School -  Students With Their Containers
The Water Project: Emmaloba Primary School -  In Class
The Water Project: Emmaloba Primary School -  In Class
The Water Project: Emmaloba Primary School -  School Grounds
The Water Project: Emmaloba Primary School -  Headteacher In His Office
The Water Project: Emmaloba Primary School -  Headteacher And Students

Project Status



Project Type:  Rainwater Catchment

Regional Program: Western Kenya WaSH Program

Impact: 520 Served

Project Phase:  Installed - Aug 2018

Functionality Status:  Functional

Project Features


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Emmaloba Primary School in Kenya was founded in 1990 by community members who donated the land. Some 500 students attend classes from 7am – 4:15pm, play in the fields and help clean the compound.  The school is located at the border of two counties where the Luhya and the Luo tribes live together peaceably.

The headteacher, Hosea Osambo, graduated from Essumba Primary School and was really impressed with the work that was done there by WeWaSaFo. He entreated them to consider Emmaloba for the same vital services. On our visit to the school, we found that the school is in dire need of a rainwater tank, handwashing facilities, and latrines. The headteacher promised to mobilize the school stakeholders so as to support the project and thus we qualified it.

Water

The school does not have a water source, but must solely rely on the pupils who bring water every day from an unprotected spring. They must walk about 30 minutes, wait in line, and collect water usually in lidless containers from the pipe that comes out of the ground. These containers are then lined up at the school and the water used as needed during the day.

A hand-dug well was done by ACK Diocese of Maseno North in the year 2015. It dried up during the dry spell and broke down, which discouraged the sponsor from repairing it. The well was not fitted with a pump and a winch, which failed, and could not be fixed. That forced the school to construct a structure to secure it from vandalism.

Sanitation

Hygienically, the school does not have even an improvised handwashing station though they do have a lunch program for class eight pupils who just eat the food without washing their hands. The headteacher was quick to say that they have never seen or heard of handwashing stations.  With this kind of practice, the cook mentioned, many pupils are exposed to dangers of getting stomachaches.

The condition of the available latrines is worrying as many of these are almost full, emitting a foul smell and casting doubts about future reliance on them.

Garbage is thrown into the dump and burned.  In time, this material is used to fertilize the farmland.

There are few cases of malaria due to the fact that the government gave out mosquito nets free of charge.  Also, with the availability of a nearby dispensary, has really helped to avert the persistence of common local diseases like malaria, colds and diarrheal diseases.

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

Training

Training will be held for three 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. Teachers, students and representatives from the parents will participate in this training so that all know how to practice good personal hygiene.

Handwashing Stations

The teachers will help in supervision as the CTC club members will be responsible for the management and maintenance of the hand-washing facilities. This will be done by filling the provided 60-liter plastic containers fitted with fabricated metallic stands with water every day and also ensuring that they are properly stored.

VIP Latrines

Six latrines will be constructed with local materials that the school will help gather. Three will serve the girls while the other three serve the boys. 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. Students will no longer be responsible to find enough water to carry to school every day.

We and the school strongly believe that with this assistance, standards will significantly improve. These higher standards will translate to better academic performance and less sickness being brought back home to families. Better health, better education, and better living standards go hand in hand.


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.

Project Updates


08/28/2018: Emmaloba Primary School Project Complete

A new rainwater catchment system was built! Emmaloba 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

We worked with the headteacher to plan hygiene and sanitation training. He mobilized the pupils, teachers, and parents, urging them to attend the seminar. The day was fair, the sky partially cloudy with warmth from the sun. Training was conducted in one of the classrooms belonging to class four, who had just finished their exams.

Training on toothbrushing

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. They plan to take what they learned and share it via a newly established student health club.

Following the trainer’s demonstration of handwashing

Participants were most interested in the facility management session and the personal hygiene session. Since construction on the latrines and tank was just about done, we could take students out of the classroom to demonstrate some hands-on care. They learned how to clean out the tank right before the rainy season, to lock the tap during the holiday, clean the gutters, and clean and store the handwashing stations.

The students hadn’t realized how their daily habits directly affect their health. They learned about the need for bathing, always wearing clean clothes, brushing teeth, cutting fingernails and removing earwax. Not adhering to these practices as habits can spread germs and result in different health issues.

Focused group discussion

“I am happy that I have learned about the dangers that await us when we fail to make hygiene a priority in our lives. This training has triggered us to change our hygiene habits and make our society very hygienic,” 13-year-old Kevin Aria shared.

Students posing outside with the notebooks and handouts they received.

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 including sand, stones, and water. 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.

Mixing 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.

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 Emmaloba Primary School.

“I have been waiting to see this beautiful tank in our school compound. Having this water source will greatly help our pupils not leave the compound to look for water from unknown sources. That had been putting their lives in danger of waterborne disease,” Teacher Judith Andahi said.

But our work is not done! We will continue to offer the school unmatchable support as a part of our monitoring and maintenance program.

“I am not who I used to be,” Headteacher Osambo told us.

“Every time I look around our school, it seems like my eyes fail me after these big changes. When I first came to this school, there was nothing to smile at. Classrooms were made of mud and iron, and there were no latrines at all.”

He continued, “This moment is like a new chapter. As I look back, I thank God that at least when I retire, I will be leaving this school much better than the way I found it.”


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05/11/2018: Emmaloba Primary School Project Underway

A severe clean water shortage at Emmaloba 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 Sponsor - Rose W. Goode