Chebunaywa Primary School is located in Chebunaywa Village, and boasts the highest number of students in the area. We asked the headteacher why, and he admitted that "this school is a monopoly. We do not have schools near us, and this makes us enjoy a large territory..." There are currently 650 students enrolled, of which 300 are boys and 350 are girls. The school employs 16 teachers and three support staff.
(Editor's Note: While this many people may have access on any given day, realistically a single water source can only support a population of 350-500 people. This school might be a good candidate for a second project in the future so adequate water is available. To learn more, click here.)
A normal school day begins with students reporting around 6:40am. There's morning study hall until 7:45am and then normal classes until lunch. Afternoon classes are until 4pm dismissal.
The school doesn't have a source of water. Instead, students each have their own water container that they need to keep full enough for drinking. They are also tasked with finding enough water for cleaning chores, too.
Whenever the children run out of the water they need, they're sent back out into the community. Some of the most convenient sources are open and highly contaminated, but students don't have the time or energy to travel farther.
There are eight Lifestraw containers on school grounds. Though they're meant to filter water, they do not prevent the constant trips to find that water. Headteacher Indeche said, "At this institution, it's not so much common health issues, but is instead the stresses of having an inadequate water supply."
There are eight pit latrines, half for girls and half for boys. Both blocks of latrines are functional, but not nearly enough for the hundreds of students. Many cannot bear to wait in such long latrine lines during break, and have to find an alternative.
Students tend to use the Lifestraw containers as hand-washing stations.
What we can do:
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 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. Three doors 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, nor leave class again to find more.
We and the school strongly believe that with this assistance, standards will significantly improve. These higher standards will translate to better health which will unlock the potential for higher academic achievement.
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.