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The Water Project: Shihalia Primary School -  Young Boy Plays With Tire
The Water Project: Shihalia Primary School -  Water Containers Used By Students To Bring Water From Home
The Water Project: Shihalia Primary School -  Tank Storing Water Students Bring From Home
The Water Project: Shihalia Primary School -  Students Stand In Front Of School Sign
The Water Project: Shihalia Primary School -  Students Play With A Skipping Rope
The Water Project: Shihalia Primary School -  Students Outside
The Water Project: Shihalia Primary School -  Students At Break
The Water Project: Shihalia Primary School -  Student Scoops Water
The Water Project: Shihalia Primary School -  Schools Handwashing Station
The Water Project: Shihalia Primary School -  Schools Cook At The Kitchen Issuing Porridge To Pupils
The Water Project: Shihalia Primary School -  School Latrines
The Water Project: Shihalia Primary School -  Pupils Wash Hands In A Bucket
The Water Project: Shihalia Primary School -  Porridge And Water Drinking Mugs
The Water Project: Shihalia Primary School -  Plastic Tank Used To Collect And Store Rain Water
The Water Project: Shihalia Primary School -  Inside The Latrines
The Water Project: Shihalia Primary School -  Dumpsite At The School
The Water Project: Shihalia Primary School -  Classroom Lessons
The Water Project: Shihalia Primary School -  A Pupil Poses With Her Porridge
The Water Project: Shihalia Primary School -  A Dishrack At The School

Project Status



Project Type:  Rainwater Catchment

Regional Program: Western Kenya WaSH Program

Project Phase:  Funded - Project Initiated
Estimated Install Date (?):  02/28/2019

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Community Profile

Shihalia Primary School was established in 1972 as a community school sponsored by the Church of God. Presently it has 542 pupils, out of which 241 are boys and 301 are girls.

On a normal day, the pupils report to school at 7am. They clean the school compound and then proceed to the morning assembly at 7:30am.

At the assembly, the students participate in a session of praise songs, followed by the sharing of God’s word. Prayers are made before announcements by the teachers.

Morning classes start at 8am and last up to 12:30pm. Then the pupils break for an hour to have lunch. Afternoon classes begin at 1:45pm and end at 3:30pm.

Thereafter, they proceed to game time. The day ends at 4:30pm, after the students gather for a final evening assembly.

Water

When it rains the pupils collect water from the roof catchment. When it does not, the pupils carry water from their homes using plastic containers.

Large plastic jerrycans are generally used for gathering water. Some have covers whereas some do not. The gathered water is stored in plastic containers or buckets. The uncovered water from an unsafe source has a high risk of contamination and infecting the students with waterborne diseases.

Sanitation

There are not enough latrines for the school population and it has resulted in pupils wasting a lot of time queuing during break time to go to the bathroom.

The existing latrines are in very bad condition. A good number have broken doors, denying the pupils privacy when answering nature’s call.

Most of the latrines at the school are nearly full. The toilets are smelly and the floors are worn out. The pupils walk on the floors with bare feet, exposing them to infections and injury.

The school has one hand washing facility, in the form of a 5-liter plastic container.

“It is a high time the school got the toilets and water tank or else the school be closed down by the Department of Public Health. The Water Project through WEWASAFO has just come in at the very right time and this is indeed God sent!” Deputy Headteacher Mrs. Eunice Angweye exclaimed.

By installing the water tank and latrines at the school, it is expected that the students will have sufficient time to concentrate on their studies. The sanitation and health standards in the school will gradually improve. Consequently, their academic performance will improve tremendously.

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. 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.

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


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.

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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 Sponsor - Pineapple Fund