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The Water Project: Imbale Secondary School -  Clean Water
The Water Project: Imbale Secondary School -  Clean Water
The Water Project: Imbale Secondary School -  Clean Water
The Water Project: Imbale Secondary School -  Clean Water
The Water Project: Imbale Secondary School -  Handing Over Ceremony
The Water Project: Imbale Secondary School -  Handing Over Ceremony
The Water Project: Imbale Secondary School -  New Latrines
The Water Project: Imbale Secondary School -  New Latrines
The Water Project: Imbale Secondary School -  Tank Construction
The Water Project: Imbale Secondary School -  Tank Construction
The Water Project: Imbale Secondary School -  Tank Construction
The Water Project: Imbale Secondary School -  Tank Construction
The Water Project: Imbale Secondary School -  Tank Construction
The Water Project: Imbale Secondary School -  Tank Construction
The Water Project: Imbale Secondary School -  Tank Construction
The Water Project: Imbale Secondary School -  Tank Construction
The Water Project: Imbale Secondary School -  Latrine Construction
The Water Project: Imbale Secondary School -  Latrine Construction
The Water Project: Imbale Secondary School -  Latrine Construction
The Water Project: Imbale Secondary School -  Handwashing Training
The Water Project: Imbale Secondary School -  Handwashing Training
The Water Project: Imbale Secondary School -  Training
The Water Project: Imbale Secondary School -  Training
The Water Project: Imbale Secondary School -  Training
The Water Project: Imbale Secondary School -  Training
The Water Project: Imbale Secondary School -  Training
The Water Project: Imbale Secondary School -  Training
The Water Project: Imbale Secondary School -  Training
The Water Project: Imbale Secondary School -  Latrines
The Water Project: Imbale Secondary School -  Latrines
The Water Project: Imbale Secondary School -  Eating Lunch
The Water Project: Imbale Secondary School -  Eating Lunch
The Water Project: Imbale Secondary School -  Eating Lunch
The Water Project: Imbale Secondary School -  School Cooks
The Water Project: Imbale Secondary School -  Plastic Tank
The Water Project: Imbale Secondary School -  Carrying Water
The Water Project: Imbale Secondary School -  A Current Water Source
The Water Project: Imbale Secondary School -  A Current Water Source
The Water Project: Imbale Secondary School -  Going To Fetch Water
The Water Project: Imbale Secondary School -  Students
The Water Project: Imbale Secondary School -  School Principal
The Water Project: Imbale Secondary School -  Students In Class
The Water Project: Imbale Secondary School -  Students Studying
The Water Project: Imbale Secondary School -  School Gate
The Water Project: Imbale Secondary School -  School Entrance

Project Status



Project Type:  Rainwater Catchment

Regional Program: Western Kenya WaSH Program

Impact: 325 Served

Project Phase:  Installed - May 2018

Functionality Status:  Functional

Project Features


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Community Profile

Students at Imbale Mixed Secondary School wake up by 5:30am to get ready for school. When cleaned and dressed, they go to different places to fetch water for school.

When they get to school, they have an hour’s study hall before they split into groups for cleaning chores. Normal classes begin at 8am and go until lunch. Afternoon classes begin again at 2pm and go until game and club hour.

The school opened in 1989 and started with just 10 students. It’s grown to 300 students, of which 177 are girls and 133 are boys. The school employs 19 teachers.

Water

The school’s only water source is a plastic tank connected to a gutter that collects rainwater. It can hold 5,000 liters of water when full. There’s a smaller 3,000-liter tank that the students use for water storage. The rainwater tank empties quickly, which often leaves the school looking for an alternative water source.

Students must carry water with them to school every morning, which is used for drinking, cooking, and cleaning purposes. Administration officials can’t verify the quality of different sources students go to. One of the most popular places is a protected spring a few hundred meters from the school.

However, students often find this protected spring already crowded by community members. To save time, students will resort to other dirty sources. But just one container of dirty water contaminates the entire storage tank. As a result, students and staff sometimes miss school because of typhoid.

Students need to go back out into the community to find more water, when the water carried in the morning isn’t enough to get through the day. The water shortage costs these students both their time and their good health.

Sanitation

There are 11 pit latrines, but they’re all almost full. Because of poor conditions, students prefer other less smelly, private locations. Some students admit to going behind school buildings rather than waiting in line. There are no handwashing stations, either.

“Our school’s facilities are in poor condition, leading to poor hygiene to both the teachers and the students,” Principal Rabbeca Kuya said.

What we can do:

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.

Handwashing Stations

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.

VIP Latrines

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 (edited for readability) thanks to the hard work of our friends in Kenya.

Project Updates


05/21/2018: Imbale Secondary School Project Complete

Imbale Secondary School in Kenya now has a new source of safe, clean water thanks to your support: A new rainwater catchment system has been built. Handwashing stations were installed, and students and staff have received training in sanitation and hygiene.

New Knowledge

Hygiene and sanitation training was scheduled with the help of the school principal, who ensured that the training date would be convenient for students, staff, and parent representatives. Individual teachers helped by selecting at least five students from each class to represent the others.

There were actually more students than we anticipated, many of whom wanted to take some form of leadership and responsibility for the new facilities. There were 29 students in total.

A number of topics were covered, including personal hygiene such as 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. The new child to child (CTC) health club will be greatly involved in project management and will be responsible for encouraging good health and hygiene practices amongst their peers, teachers, and the larger community.

Students were especially interested in dental hygiene since tooth decay is a big issue in many of their communities. Many of them heard about how you should brush your tongue for the first time.

“This training has changed and improved the way we think and we have learned a lot in terms of hygiene and sanitation which will help us a lot in our daily lives,” 14-year-old Wendy Akoth said.

“This has enabled us to know how to maintain the facilities so that it will help even the future generations. Thank you.”

The students learned way more than they expected and even asked if we could continue coming back for the rest of the week.

VIP Latrines

This project funded the installation of six new ventilated improved pit (VIP) latrines. The boys received four new pit latrine doors since the girls already had some useable 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.

Handwashing Stations

The two handwashing stations were delivered to the school and handed over to the CTC club. These were placed outside of the boys’ and girls’ latrines to encourage handwashing after latrine use. CTC club members teach other students how to properly wash their hands at the stations, and make sure there is always soap or ash available. Now the school has the stations they need, and they have the water to fill them.

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. 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.

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 hardcore 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.

The iron mesh frame for the tank walls.

Finally, the catchment area was dug, plastered, and a staircase installed.

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 dome, like all parts of the tank, is constructed in layers to prevent leaking.

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

The ceremony was a great chance for us to acknowledge the school administration and students as the primary parties entrusted with the tools we’ve given, as well as remind them of our continued support as they develop.


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04/26/2018: Imbale Secondary School Project Underway

A severe clean water shortage at Imbale Secondary 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 - Yakima Foursquare Church
Bethany Academy Water Challenge
North Dunedin Baptist Church
TRUiST
Huntington Middle School
Arie Ben David
Houria's Campaign for Water
9 individual donor(s)