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The Water Project: Sabane Primary School -  Flowing Water
The Water Project: Sabane Primary School -  Finished Tank
The Water Project: Sabane Primary School -  Flowing Water
The Water Project: Sabane Primary School -  Latrines And Handwashing Station
The Water Project: Sabane Primary School -  Latrines And Handwashing Station
The Water Project: Sabane Primary School -  Finished Latrines
The Water Project: Sabane Primary School -  Finished Latrines
The Water Project: Sabane Primary School -  Gutter System
The Water Project: Sabane Primary School -  Tank Construction
The Water Project: Sabane Primary School -  Tank Construction
The Water Project: Sabane Primary School -  Tank Construction
The Water Project: Sabane Primary School -  Tank Construction
The Water Project: Sabane Primary School -  Latrine Construction
The Water Project: Sabane Primary School -  Latrine Construction
The Water Project: Sabane Primary School -  Sinking A Latrine Pit
The Water Project: Sabane Primary School -  Water To Mix Cement
The Water Project: Sabane Primary School -  Carrying Bricks To The Artisans
The Water Project: Sabane Primary School -  Clearing Land
The Water Project: Sabane Primary School -  Tank Care Training
The Water Project: Sabane Primary School -  Handwashing Training
The Water Project: Sabane Primary School -  Handwashing Training
The Water Project: Sabane Primary School -  Handwashing Training
The Water Project: Sabane Primary School -  Training
The Water Project: Sabane Primary School -  Training
The Water Project: Sabane Primary School -  Training
The Water Project: Sabane Primary School -  In Line For Lunch
The Water Project: Sabane Primary School -  Pouring Water In Containers
The Water Project: Sabane Primary School -  With Jerrycans
The Water Project: Sabane Primary School -  Fetching Water
The Water Project: Sabane Primary School -  Fetching Water
The Water Project: Sabane Primary School -  Fetching Water
The Water Project: Sabane Primary School -  Off To Fetch Water
The Water Project: Sabane Primary School -  Students In Class

Project Status



Project Type:  Rainwater Catchment

Regional Program: Western Kenya WaSH Program

Impact: 500 Served

Project Phase:  Installed - Dec 2018

Functionality Status:  Functional

Project Features


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Sabane Primary School has a total enrollment of 725 students. They employ 15 teachers and two support staff. There is also an early childhood program that precedes classes one thru eight.

(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 would be a good candidate for a second project in the future so adequate water is available. To learn more, click here.)

Students report to school by 6:30am to sweep classrooms, clean latrines, and pick up litter. Morning study hall is from 7 until 7:50, and normal classes begin at 8.

The school cook serves up maize and beans, “amahenjele” to all students. Afternoon classes are held until students are sent to different clubs like sports, poetry, and debate. School is out at 5pm.

Water

There is no water source on school grounds. Students walk out into the community to fetch water from a spring that’s bubbled up to the muddy surface. Cups and jerrycans are turned to their sides to fill up with the dirty water flowing downhill. This water is used to meet all their needs, like for cleaning in the morning, in the kitchen for making lunch, and for drinking.

So much time is wasted because of the several group trips needed throughout the day. When back at the school, this dirty water is poured into plastic filter containers. To limit the number of trips into the community for water, school staff often restricts the water to just drinking; students don’t have enough water for personal hygiene.

Sanitation

The boys only have three latrines, and the girls have four. These are all in terrible condition. Without enough facilities, long lines form during class breaks and many students don’t make it through by the time class starts.

The filter containers have taps and can be used as handwashing stations when the school has the funds to hire local women to fetch water, but this is on rare occasion. As said above, little water can be spared for hygiene and sanitation.

The headteacher is nervous that if the local government’s health department pays them a visit, they’ll be issued a closure notice.

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

Training

There will be two days for teachers, students, and parents to meet at the school to learn about hygiene and sanitation practices. They will also attend sessions on the management and maintenance of their new rainwater catchment tank, latrines, and handwashing stations. We will use all of our training topics to empower participants to invest their time in positive behaviors that promote health, prolong life, and enable them to become more self-reliant citizens.

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

The two handwashing stations are 50-liter plastic barrels on metal stands, and each has a tap to conserve water. These are often delivered by hygiene and sanitation training so they can be used for demonstrations but always arrive by a project’s completion.

The CTC club will be in charge of filling these stations with water and will ensure that there is always a cleaning agent like soap or ash.

VIP Latrines

Two triple-door latrines will be constructed with local materials that the school will help gather. Three doors will be set aside for each gender. 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 waste valuable time journeying back and forth to fetch dirty water.

We and the school strongly believe that with this assistance, standards will significantly improve. These higher standards will translate to better academic performance for these little scholars!

Project Updates


12/12/2018: Sabane Primary School Project Complete

There is a new rainwater catchment system at Sabane Primary School! Students have a 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 suggested that instead of trying to find a time for hygiene and sanitation training during the busy academic year, we should wait until December break to gather. We were a bit nervous that students wouldn’t actually come back to school to attend, but that wasn’t the case at all! 35 students were waiting for us when we arrived. We were happy to all still fit in a classroom because of the scorching heat outside.

The school needed to be equipped with knowledge on how to improve standards of hygiene and to ensure that the sanitation facilities given to them are well-maintained for years to come. Some of the topics we covered included water pollution and treatment methods, handwashing, dental hygiene, operations and maintenance of the facilities, group dynamics, and leadership and governance.

Handwashing demonstrations were held outside at one of the new handwashing stations.

Students really got excited about the leadership training. We taught them about the importance of sharing the information they learned with their peers and their families. Each ones of these students has the ability to be a leader when it comes to living a health life. The students formed a health club that will promote good hygiene at school and voted to elect leaders.

This was an interesting event because there were two siblings who went head to head on becoming the leader of the health club!

“Not until today had I known that toothpaste should be used in such minimal quantities. I now know what to do and I will pitch the idea to my siblings and parents,” said 15-year-old Mildred.

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.

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!

It was amazing that everything came together for this project. It had been a huge struggle for the school and parents to gather the sand, stone, and water we needed to supplement our own materials. But the materials were finally delivered and our artisans could get to work!

Water delivered to the construction site so artisans can mix cement

This made the ground-breaking ceremony very special. It brought together the area chief and sub-chief, church representatives, the school board, and 11 of our own staff. Speeches and prayers were held there as various people shoveled the first heaps of dirt away for the tank’s foundation.

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 Sabane Primary School, though we will continue to offer them unmatchable support as a part of our monitoring and maintenance program.

“This tank is big! If it so happens that it rains and the tank gets filled with water, we may be able to go for months without having to do trips to the spring or the river to get water,” said Phyllis Khavai, the school cook.

“Thank you for the great works you have done here. We are glad that we received such good Christmas gifts.”


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11/14/2018: Sabane Primary School Project Underway

A severe clean water shortage at Sabane 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 this 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 - H2O For Life
Sparrow House Counseling
Jacey & Cameron
If I Could Change The World - Water Conservation
39 individual donor(s)