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The Water Project: St. John Cheptech Secondary School -  Water At The New Tank
The Water Project: St. John Cheptech Secondary School -  Water At The New Tank
The Water Project: St. John Cheptech Secondary School -  Water At The New Tank
The Water Project: St. John Cheptech Secondary School -  Water At The New Tank
The Water Project: St. John Cheptech Secondary School -  Water At The New Tank
The Water Project: St. John Cheptech Secondary School -  Water At The New Tank
The Water Project: St. John Cheptech Secondary School -  Finished Latrines
The Water Project: St. John Cheptech Secondary School -  Finished Latrines
The Water Project: St. John Cheptech Secondary School -  Finished Latrines
The Water Project: St. John Cheptech Secondary School -  Tank Construction
The Water Project: St. John Cheptech Secondary School -  Tank Construction
The Water Project: St. John Cheptech Secondary School -  Tank Construction
The Water Project: St. John Cheptech Secondary School -  Tank Construction
The Water Project: St. John Cheptech Secondary School -  Latrine Construction
The Water Project: St. John Cheptech Secondary School -  Latrine Construction
The Water Project: St. John Cheptech Secondary School -  Training On Tank Care
The Water Project: St. John Cheptech Secondary School -  Training On Tank Care
The Water Project: St. John Cheptech Secondary School -  Handwashing Training
The Water Project: St. John Cheptech Secondary School -  Handwashing Training
The Water Project: St. John Cheptech Secondary School -  Handwashing Training
The Water Project: St. John Cheptech Secondary School -  Handwashing Training
The Water Project: St. John Cheptech Secondary School -  Training
The Water Project: St. John Cheptech Secondary School -  Training
The Water Project: St. John Cheptech Secondary School -  Training
The Water Project: St. John Cheptech Secondary School -  Training
The Water Project: St. John Cheptech Secondary School -  Training
The Water Project: St. John Cheptech Secondary School -  State Inside Boys Urinals
The Water Project: St. John Cheptech Secondary School -  Staff Latrines
The Water Project: St. John Cheptech Secondary School -  Students Stand In Front Of Latrines
The Water Project: St. John Cheptech Secondary School -  School Cook At The Kitchen Preparing Lunch For Students
The Water Project: St. John Cheptech Secondary School -  A Dishrack With Water Containers On It
The Water Project: St. John Cheptech Secondary School -  Schools Kitchen
The Water Project: St. John Cheptech Secondary School -  Girls Latrines
The Water Project: St. John Cheptech Secondary School -  Boy Stands In Urinal
The Water Project: St. John Cheptech Secondary School -  A Dumping Site At The School
The Water Project: St. John Cheptech Secondary School -  Students In Class
The Water Project: St. John Cheptech Secondary School -  Borehole Water Supply
The Water Project: St. John Cheptech Secondary School -  Students Filling Cups With Water
The Water Project: St. John Cheptech Secondary School -  Students Bring Water Back To School
The Water Project: St. John Cheptech Secondary School -  Students Fetch Water From Open Source
The Water Project: St. John Cheptech Secondary School -  School Compound
The Water Project: St. John Cheptech Secondary School -  School Vision
The Water Project: St. John Cheptech Secondary School -  School Name

Project Status



Project Type:  Rainwater Catchment

Regional Program: Western Kenya WaSH Program

Impact: 215 Served

Project Phase:  In Service - Dec 2018

Functionality Status:  Functional

Last Checkup: 06/15/2019

Project Features


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The headteacher at St. John Cheptech Secondary School heard about our projects that improve access to safe water in schools and decided to pay a visit to our offices. He completed the necessary steps to apply, and we determined during our visit to the school that it is indeed in need of support.

There are pipes on the school grounds connected to a community borehole. Hundreds of people rely on this well, even though it produces water that is turbid and salty – signs that it is likely unsafe for drinking. As a result, the students go to a nearby river to fetch drinking water. It exposes them to risk of contracting waterborne diseases.

“The students often complain of stomachache and diarrhea because of the contaminated water that they carry from home. Some of their water sources cause them to have a fever and sore throat. These cases are very rampant in the rainy seasons and many cases of absenteeism are usually reported,” Principal Fred Chikamai said.

The toilets are in a pathetic condition, said our field officers. The floors are worn out and very dirty. The school management has neglected the latrines and the students have to wade through long grass that has grown along the toilet corridors.

A normal day for the students starts by getting up very early in the morning, taking breakfast and start their long walk to school. The lessons begin at 7am for morning preps, then assembly time at 8am where teachers give the orders of each day, after which class work lessons run from 8:15am to 4:15pm including breaks.

Finally, the students end the day during games time from 4:15pm to 5pm. After the games, the students usually go to class for evening study hall which ends at 6pm when they leave for home.

What we are going to 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.

Project Updates


12/04/2018: St. John Cheptech Secondary School Project Complete

A new rainwater catchment system was built! St. John Cheptech 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

Hygiene and sanitation training was scheduled with the help of the principal, who ensured that the dates were convenient and didn’t interfere with the academic schedule. The principal also requested the deputy principal to recruit student leaders from grades one to three while ensuring that all genders were represented.

The turnout was more than we had requested, but of course we did not turn away the extra students who wanted to learn. They were eager to learn about ways to promote health and hygiene in their school, and have formed a student health club that will spread this message to all the other students.

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.

Learning about how the tank works and how to best care for it

Students were extremely attentive to any information about dental hygiene. Even those who were previously uninterested tuned in. The students realized that losing teeth isn’t necessarily a sign of old age, but is an indicator of poor dental hygiene. It’s not only sweet snacks that cause cavities, but starchy food particles that stick to the mouth after eating.

Different types of activities, like this group discussion pictured here, kept students interested and engaged.

Training was a lot of fun at St. John Cheptech Secondary School, and students wished that it would go on for the rest of the day.

“This training came at a very crucial time when our candidates are just a month away from sitting for their [final] exams,” said Teacher Kipchumba Kamogoi.

“We believe that this training will minimize the cases of stomachache during the exam period. We used to think that the students were having exam fever, but now we realize that they had been practicing poor hygiene throughout the year.”

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!

“Our school now looks upgraded. Thank you for giving this school a facelift,” said Principal Fred Chikamai.

“With the availability of water, we are hoping to expand and make it a boarding school. Thank you for considering us for this project.”

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 St. John Cheptech Secondary School, though we will continue to offer them unmatchable support as a part of our monitoring and maintenance program.

Students spend approximately 80% of their time in schools. Therefore, a clean and hygienic school environment coupled with safe water and sanitation facilities will reduce outbreaks of waterborne diseases.

Provision of safe water and sanitation facilities is the first and step towards a healthy learning environment.


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11/06/2018: St. John Cheptech Secondary School Project Underway

Dirty river water is making students attending St. John Cheptech Secondary School sick. Thanks to your generosity, we’re working to install a rainwater catchment tank at their school and much more.

Get to know your school through the narrative 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

2 individual donor(s)