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The Water Project: Lugango Primary School -  Finished Tank
The Water Project: Lugango Primary School -  Finished Tank
The Water Project: Lugango Primary School -  Finished Tank
The Water Project: Lugango Primary School -  Finished Tank
The Water Project: Lugango Primary School -  Finished Latrines And Handwashing Station
The Water Project: Lugango Primary School -  Finished Latrines And Handwashing Station
The Water Project: Lugango Primary School -  Finished Latrines And Handwashing Station
The Water Project: Lugango Primary School -  Finished Latrines And Handwashing Station
The Water Project: Lugango Primary School -  Finished Latrines And Handwashing Station
The Water Project: Lugango Primary School -  Finished Latrines And Handwashing Station
The Water Project: Lugango Primary School -  Finished Latrines
The Water Project: Lugango Primary School -  Finished Latrines
The Water Project: Lugango Primary School -  Construction
The Water Project: Lugango Primary School -  Tank Construction
The Water Project: Lugango Primary School -  Tank Construction
The Water Project: Lugango Primary School -  Tank Construction
The Water Project: Lugango Primary School -  Tank Construction
The Water Project: Lugango Primary School -  Latrine Construction
The Water Project: Lugango Primary School -  Latrine Construction
The Water Project: Lugango Primary School -  Tank Foundation
The Water Project: Lugango Primary School -  Tank Foundation
The Water Project: Lugango Primary School -  Training
The Water Project: Lugango Primary School -  Training
The Water Project: Lugango Primary School -  Handwashing Training
The Water Project: Lugango Primary School -  Handwashing Training
The Water Project: Lugango Primary School -  Handwashing Training
The Water Project: Lugango Primary School -  Handwashing Training
The Water Project: Lugango Primary School -  Training
The Water Project: Lugango Primary School -  Training
The Water Project: Lugango Primary School -  Training
The Water Project: Lugango Primary School -  Hand Washing
The Water Project: Lugango Primary School -  Latrines
The Water Project: Lugango Primary School -  Latrines
The Water Project: Lugango Primary School -  Carrying Water
The Water Project: Lugango Primary School -  Carrying Water
The Water Project: Lugango Primary School -  Fetching Water
The Water Project: Lugango Primary School -  Fetching Water
The Water Project: Lugango Primary School -  Fetching Water
The Water Project: Lugango Primary School -  Going To Fetch Water
The Water Project: Lugango Primary School -  Playing
The Water Project: Lugango Primary School -  School Grounds
The Water Project: Lugango Primary School -  Students In Class
The Water Project: Lugango Primary School -  School Principal
The Water Project: Lugango Primary School -  School Entrance

Project Status



Project Type:  Rainwater Catchment

Regional Program: Western Kenya WaSH Program

Impact: 500 Served

Project Phase:  Installed - Feb 2019

Functionality Status:  Functional

Project Features


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Lugango Primary School is located in Shamakhanga Village of Kakamega County, Kenya. It currently has a student enrollment of 510. It employs 15 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. To learn more about how we determine the number of people served, click here.)

The headteacher and oldest students arrive much earlier than the rest, by 6am every morning. They attend a study hall together that’s meant to prepare them for final exams. Students then work together to complete assigned chores like sweeping and picking up litter. Normal classes stretch throughout the day with an hour’s lunch in the middle. Games are played in the evening before dismissal.

Most of the students attending here either don’t have adults in their homes, or their grandparents are the breadwinners. This forces many of the students, especially boys, to hunt through the local vegetation to find common herbs to sell and make a living for themselves during market days.

Water

There is no reliable water on school grounds. When the school opened, it was connected to a local pipeline that turns out to not be much help at all; half the time when the students or staff turn the faucet, no water comes out.

So, students have to go out into the community during class breaks to find the water they need for drinking. If they didn’t have enough water to clean their classrooms and the latrines in the morning before classes, they have to gather enough water throughout the day to clean after dismissal. There’s also a school kitchen that cooks lunch for the oldest students and staff, which needs to have enough water too.

“Most of my pupils miss school, and the report is usually the same – that they have severe stomachaches accompanied by diarrhea. These are clear indications of water-related diseases,” Headteacher Mr. Shikondi said.

“The teachers on weekly duties usually supervise morning and evening cleaning, although the challenge remains on water, as the students use any water for cleaning, but washing hands and drinking becomes difficult, thus the health of the pupils is usually at risk!”

Sanitation

There are not enough latrines for the students to use. Many of these are in poor condition, and there are some that the students have written off entirely, fearing that they’ll collapse while in use. There is only one handwashing station for 510 students, so the majority doesn’t have a chance to clean up before heading back to class.

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


02/14/2019: Lugango Primary School Project Complete

There is a new rainwater catchment system at Lugango 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.

Rainwater Catchment Tank

Construction for this 50,000-liter rainwater catchment tank was successful!

 

The project was delayed a bit because it was hard to find good, clean sand to mix with the cement. Community members had delivered some sand but it was not fine enough. Even though school had closed for the holiday season at that time, parents and caring community members still rallied together to find what Lugango Primary School needed.

“We had been sending the pupils back to the spring for water all the way until now. But now we are the proud owners of a whole tank. This is almost unbelievable!” Headteacher Shikondi exclaimed.

“The struggle has been there but we are now so happy we will enjoy having clean water throughout the year. This is a huge blessing to us and we do not take it for granted. This, I am sure, will also improve the already good performance of the school. I am certain of it!”

Headteacher Shikondi was so excited to see his students return after Christmas break to find clean water on school grounds.

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

VIP Latrines

This project funded the installation of six new ventilated improved pit 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

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.

New Knowledge

We worked with the headteacher to recruit student representatives from each grade. These students will form a child to child (CTC) student health club that will hold activities and meetings to teach their peers about what they learned. Student attendance was good as we had expected, but we had been hoping more of their parents would attend too.

This is usually a season of drought all over the country. The days and nights are all hot. This particular day the sun was bright, so we were very grateful that the headteacher provided us with an empty classroom.

The girls looked more interested with the training than the boys at the start, but as we went on the boys started picking up excitement slowly but surely. We believe they had developed an attitude against the training when they heard it was about cleaning, as in Kenyan communities matters related to cleaning usually concern the girls only. But as we introduced more topics they became more attentive and their interest developed.

We covered topics including:

– primary healthcare
– taking care of the new facilities
– common illnesses and their prevention
– waterborne illnesses
– CTC club activities
– handwashing

Students went with the trainer outside to use the new handwashing station for practicing the steps of proper handwashing

– dental hygiene

Leadership and governance were also taught to equip the CTC student health club with good leadership skills as they teach the rest of the student body what they learned. The training ended with the election of the club cabinet leadership.

“Today I have found a reason to keep working hard. This training has opened my eyes to the opportunities that are out there and has enlightened me more on issues of hygiene,” said 16-year-old Vivian.

Thank Your for making all of this possible!


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12/04/2018: Lugango Primary School Project Underway

A severe clean water shortage at Lugango 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
The McAvoy Family
Mary Mother of the Redeemer Catholic School
Hewlett Packard Enterprise Matching Gift
20 individual donor(s)