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The Water Project: Muyere Primary School -  Finished Tank
The Water Project: Muyere Primary School -  Finished Tank
The Water Project: Muyere Primary School -  Finished Tank
The Water Project: Muyere Primary School -  Finished Tank
The Water Project: Muyere Primary School -  Finished Latrine
The Water Project: Muyere Primary School -  Finished Latrine
The Water Project: Muyere Primary School -  Handwashing Station
The Water Project: Muyere Primary School -  Latrine Construction
The Water Project: Muyere Primary School -  Latrine Construction
The Water Project: Muyere Primary School -  Mixing Cement
The Water Project: Muyere Primary School -  Tank Construction
The Water Project: Muyere Primary School -  Tank Construction
The Water Project: Muyere Primary School -  Tank Construction
The Water Project: Muyere Primary School -  Tank Construction
The Water Project: Muyere Primary School -  Clearing The Ground For A Tank Foundation
The Water Project: Muyere Primary School -  Handwashing Training
The Water Project: Muyere Primary School -  Handwashing Training
The Water Project: Muyere Primary School -  Handwashing Training
The Water Project: Muyere Primary School -  Training
The Water Project: Muyere Primary School -  Training
The Water Project: Muyere Primary School -  Training
The Water Project: Muyere Primary School -  Students
The Water Project: Muyere Primary School -  Students Take Tea
The Water Project: Muyere Primary School -  Students At The School Compound
The Water Project: Muyere Primary School -  Students At Rainwater Tank
The Water Project: Muyere Primary School -  Section Of Classrooms
The Water Project: Muyere Primary School -  Schools Farm
The Water Project: Muyere Primary School -  Schools Kitchen
The Water Project: Muyere Primary School -  Latrines At The School Compound
The Water Project: Muyere Primary School -  Firewood Drying
The Water Project: Muyere Primary School -  Classrooms
The Water Project: Muyere Primary School -  A Plastic Water Tank And An Improvised Dishrack At The School

Project Status



Project Type:  Rainwater Catchment

Regional Program: Western Kenya WaSH Program

Impact: 500 Served

Project Phase:  Installed - Nov 2018

Functionality Status:  Functional

Project Features


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Muyere Primary School is located in Tiriki Village of Vihiga County. The students arrive at school with water from home before 7am and do revision work with the help of their teachers.

They usually have a school feeding program so they do not have to go home for lunch. At around 3:10pm, they start their evening cleaning and the lower primary students are released to go home. The class seven and eight students usually have evening preparations. They are usually released at 6pm to go home.

The headteacher of Muyere Secondary School called one of our field officers and requested her to make a visit to the school to assess their water and sanitation facilities.

Many local people feel the county government is not concerned about the welfare of schools. Muyere Primary School is in a very needy state despite the fact that the ward representative resides near the school. The school headteacher informed us that he has been asking for help but all has been in vain. The school administration has been applying for help from the member of parliament by all means but got no response from his office.

We arrived at the school at 5pm and found students sitting in their classrooms doing assignments. We immediately saw that the primary school is in great need because they only have a 5,000-liter water tank, which is leaking, and share latrines with the secondary students.

Water

Water is collected from the small plastic rainwater tank. Since the tank doesn’t last long, they must also walk to a nearby spring. The support staff makes the trip to the spring most often.

Sometimes, the students have to carry water from home to fill the containers in which they store the drinking water. Some of the springs from which they fetch their water are unprotected, and sometimes the students drink the water directly without waiting for it to be treated. This makes them get a fever that is not easy to treat.

Sanitation

The latrines at the school are broken down and are shared with the secondary section.

The school has a health club in place which sensitizes the students on the importance of practicing good hygiene. They also used to improvise handwashing stations which had soap and sometimes ash. These stations did not last because they were left outside and got stolen.

Teachers find it difficult to teach, since most of the pupils do not attend school due to illness and therefore perform poorly in their academics.

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. In this case, the health club that already exists will be equipped with the knowledge and other tools they need to teach their peers.

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!

Project Updates


11/15/2018: Muyere Primary School Project Complete

A new rainwater catchment system was built! Muyere Primary 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

As we were visiting to supervise the ongoing tank construction, we informed the headteacher about the need to train students on important health practices. He requested the deputy headteacher pick a few student leaders from classes four to eight to represent their classmates. These 19 students will form a new student-led health club, which will promote hygiene and sanitation practices among their peers and at home.

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, leadership, and governance. The group activities equipped the student health club to promote hygiene and sanitation awareness at their school.

A student shares the notes he took from his group discussion.

When the trainer wanted to demonstrate the ten steps of handwashing, he requested that the participants move outside where the handwashing stations had been placed. This attracted a lot of attention because the rest of the students were on a class break. Most of these students came and joined the health club because they didn’t want to be left out.

“Our pupils have really benefited from the training, and we are privileged to be hygiene ambassadors both at school and at home. We often neglect very critical details about personal hygiene that we already know about,” admitted Teacher Andrew Shisungu.

“We want to thank our facilitators for reminding us about proper handwashing by emphasizing the adverse effects that negligence can have on our health and environment.”

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. 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!

“This tank will really save our pupils a lot of study time. Sometimes, the school would require more water and the pupils had to be sent to the spring during learning hours and a whole lesson would be wasted,” said Deputy Headteacher Kenneth Magani.

“With the newly constructed tank in the school, we will save a lot of time and this will equal improvement in performance.”

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.

Clearing flat found for the stone and cement foundation.

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


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10/11/2018: Muyere Primary School Project Underway

A severe clean water shortage at Muyere 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!


The Water Project : kenya18070-students


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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

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