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The Water Project: Sipande Secondary School -  Finished Rainwater Tank
The Water Project: Sipande Secondary School -  Finished Rainwater Tank
The Water Project: Sipande Secondary School -  Finished Rainwater Tank
The Water Project: Sipande Secondary School -  Finished Rainwater Tank
The Water Project: Sipande Secondary School -  Finished Rainwater Tank
The Water Project: Sipande Secondary School -  Finished Rainwater Tank
The Water Project: Sipande Secondary School -  Finished Rainwater Tank
The Water Project: Sipande Secondary School -  Finished Latrines
The Water Project: Sipande Secondary School -  Handwashing Station
The Water Project: Sipande Secondary School -  Tank Construction
The Water Project: Sipande Secondary School -  Tank Construction
The Water Project: Sipande Secondary School -  Tank Construction
The Water Project: Sipande Secondary School -  Tank Construction
The Water Project: Sipande Secondary School -  Tank Construction
The Water Project: Sipande Secondary School -  Tank Construction
The Water Project: Sipande Secondary School -  Tank Construction
The Water Project: Sipande Secondary School -  Tank Construction
The Water Project: Sipande Secondary School -  Tank Construction
The Water Project: Sipande Secondary School -  Latrine Construction
The Water Project: Sipande Secondary School -  Latrine Construction
The Water Project: Sipande Secondary School -  Training
The Water Project: Sipande Secondary School -  Training
The Water Project: Sipande Secondary School -  Training
The Water Project: Sipande Secondary School -  Training
The Water Project: Sipande Secondary School -  Training
The Water Project: Sipande Secondary School -  Training
The Water Project: Sipande Secondary School -  Training
The Water Project: Sipande Secondary School -  Training
The Water Project: Sipande Secondary School -  Hand Washing Point
The Water Project: Sipande Secondary School -  Latrines
The Water Project: Sipande Secondary School -  Latrines
The Water Project: Sipande Secondary School -  Latrines
The Water Project: Sipande Secondary School -  Carrying Water
The Water Project: Sipande Secondary School -  Carrying Water
The Water Project: Sipande Secondary School -  Fetching Water
The Water Project: Sipande Secondary School -  Fetching Water
The Water Project: Sipande Secondary School -  Walking To The Spring
The Water Project: Sipande Secondary School -  Students Posing With Their Water Containers
The Water Project: Sipande Secondary School -  Broken Plastic Tank
The Water Project: Sipande Secondary School -  School Principal
The Water Project: Sipande Secondary School -  Students In Class
The Water Project: Sipande Secondary School -  Group Pictures At The School Entrance

Project Status



Project Type:  Rainwater Catchment

Regional Program: Western Kenya WaSH Program

Impact: 234 Served

Project Phase:  In Service - Dec 2018

Functionality Status:  Functional

Last Checkup: 04/25/2019

Project Features


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Land ownership has been an issue for decades in many African countries, Kenya included. Most ethnic and tribal clashes are attributed to disputes over land ownership. The second Kenyan president decided to move squatters to certain parts of the country.

Lugari Settlement is one of the major areas where squatters from different parts of the country were settled. The population kept on increasing as time went by, and there came the need to establish social amenities to cater for the fast-growing population. This led to the establishment of AIC Sipande Secondary School.

Students attending this school come from very humble families. Admission records show that up to 45% of the students are under the custody of their grandparents after losing their own parents to HIV/AIDS. The remaining students come from very poor families that cannot afford school fees for their children. This has led to a lot of difficulty managing the school due to hefty arrears on fees.

Water

There used to be a small plastic tank that collected rainwater, but the school no longer has a water source. That tank leaks and can’t even function as storage. Thus, students are sent out into the community to find the water they need throughout the school day.

Students go out as a group with 20-liter jerrycans in hand. They most often end up at a spring, where they line up one after the other to wait their turn at the water discharge pipe. After getting this water back to the school and drinking it, students are suffering from waterborne illnesses like typhoid. Even if a student beats the odds and gets through an academic year without fighting a waterborne illness, so much time is still wasted going to and from the spring.

“Water has been a huge problem in our school and to some extent, we lost faith that one day we will have sufficient clean and safe water,”Principal Janet Kana told us.

“My students have greatly suffered by not only being infected by water-related diseases but also wasting a lot of time going to the spring to fetch water.”

Sanitation

There are only four pit latrines, all of which are in poor condition. The others either have crumbling walls or broken doors. These are sorely overused, and the poor students have to wait several minutes for their turn. There’s just one spot to wash hands, so hand-washing is only accessible to the few who get there first.

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.

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. 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!

Project Updates


12/04/2018: Sipande Secondary School Project Complete

A new rainwater catchment system was built! Sipande Secondary 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

The school administration helped us plan our hygiene and sanitation training. The principal decided to recruit students from the youngest two classes so that they have the longest amount of time to share what they learned. We met in a classroom with 15 students, two parent representatives, and three teachers. These participants are known for their leadership qualities and have kickstarted a student health club to promote good health at school.

The only challenge we encountered was actually on the way to the school. The roads are very poor and it had just rained the night before. Our vehicle got stuck in the mud and we spent a lot of time trying to push it through. When we got to the school we had to clean up a bit before starting the first session.

Participants received new pens and notebooks to record what they learned.

The school needed to be equipped with knowledge on how to improve standards of hygiene and to also ensure that the sanitation facilities given to them are maintained to serve the school for years to come. Some of the topics covered include water pollution, personal and environmental hygiene, operations and maintenance of the facilities, group dynamics, and leadership and governance. The group activities equipped the student health club to promote hygiene and sanitation awareness at their school.

Students were most eager to learn how to take care of their new rainwater tank and latrines. They had participated so much throughout the construction process by carrying bricks from the delivery site to the workers, as well as finding water to mix cement. Their hard work to see the successful completion of these facilities has given them a strong sense of ownership.

Students always enjoy the demonstrations, too. The trainers took everyone outside to try the new handwashing stations. They demonstrated how to thoroughly wash hands and when to do so. There are ten steps to handwashing, and the students like to get in front of the group to prove that they remembered each step!

“Knowledge is power. We are very grateful for the information shared in the training and I totally believe our lives will never ever remain the same,” said Teacher Kelvin Namasake.

“The information will improve our sanitation and hygiene standards, translating to good health status among all of us. Indeed God will never forget his people. Thank you for helping an African child realize his dreams are valid through accessing clean and safe water along with better sanitation and hygiene.”

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 with their peers at school and families at home.

A handwashing station placed nearby the new latrines so that girls will wash their hands.

VIP Latrines

This project funded the installation of six new ventilated improved pit latrines. These were all given to the female students since they had the greatest need. 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!

Lack of sufficient clean water and proper sanitation had been a problem since the school opened. Enrollment had always been decreasing as parents opted to take their children to other schools, even if they were farther away. That will no longer be the case!

“It is with much joy, happiness, and tears to testify the goodness of the Lord in my life and my career. This project is a God-answered prayer. It touches my heart to know that there are good people who spend their money and time to save an African child from perishing,” said Teacher Janet Kana.

“The new project is the greatest achievement in our school and it is going to have the greatest positive changes, which will make our school shine and be an attraction for many.”

The Process:

Our staff and the school administration started by looking around the school to determine the best location for their 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.

The catchment area was dug, plastered, and a staircase installed so students can easily get water from the tap.

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.

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


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11/08/2018: Sipande Secondary School Project Underway

A severe clean water shortage at Sipande Secondary School drains students’ time, energy, and health. Thanks to your generosity, we’re working to install a clean water point so they will no longer have to leave class in search of water.

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 - Gateway Academy
Cheney Middle School