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The Water Project: Gidagadi Secondary School -  Finished Tank
The Water Project: Gidagadi Secondary School -  Water Flowing
The Water Project: Gidagadi Secondary School -  Water Flowing
The Water Project: Gidagadi Secondary School -  Water Flowing
The Water Project: Gidagadi Secondary School -  Water Flowing
The Water Project: Gidagadi Secondary School -  Water Flowing
The Water Project: Gidagadi Secondary School -  New Latrines
The Water Project: Gidagadi Secondary School -  New Latrines
The Water Project: Gidagadi Secondary School -  New Latrines
The Water Project: Gidagadi Secondary School -  New Handwashing Stations
The Water Project: Gidagadi Secondary School -  New Handwashing Stations
The Water Project: Gidagadi Secondary School -  Tank Construction
The Water Project: Gidagadi Secondary School -  Tank Construction
The Water Project: Gidagadi Secondary School -  Tank Construction
The Water Project: Gidagadi Secondary School -  Tank Construction
The Water Project: Gidagadi Secondary School -  Tank Construction
The Water Project: Gidagadi Secondary School -  Tank Construction
The Water Project: Gidagadi Secondary School -  Tank Construction
The Water Project: Gidagadi Secondary School -  Latrine Construction
The Water Project: Gidagadi Secondary School -  Latrine Construction
The Water Project: Gidagadi Secondary School -  Latrine Construction
The Water Project: Gidagadi Secondary School -  Latrine Construction
The Water Project: Gidagadi Secondary School -  Tank Care Training
The Water Project: Gidagadi Secondary School -  Handwashing Practice
The Water Project: Gidagadi Secondary School -  Handwashing Practice
The Water Project: Gidagadi Secondary School -  Training
The Water Project: Gidagadi Secondary School -  Group Discussions
The Water Project: Gidagadi Secondary School -  Group Discussions
The Water Project: Gidagadi Secondary School -  Handwashing Training
The Water Project: Gidagadi Secondary School -  Handwashing Training
The Water Project: Gidagadi Secondary School -  Training
The Water Project: Gidagadi Secondary School -  Training
The Water Project: Gidagadi Secondary School -  Training
The Water Project: Gidagadi Secondary School -  Training
The Water Project: Gidagadi Secondary School -  Training
The Water Project: Gidagadi Secondary School -  Shared Latrines
The Water Project: Gidagadi Secondary School -  Shared Latrines
The Water Project: Gidagadi Secondary School -  Shared Latrines
The Water Project: Gidagadi Secondary School -  Cook Stands Proudly By Dish Rack
The Water Project: Gidagadi Secondary School -  Fireplace
The Water Project: Gidagadi Secondary School -  Shared Kitchen
The Water Project: Gidagadi Secondary School -  Carrying Water
The Water Project: Gidagadi Secondary School -  Fetching Water
The Water Project: Gidagadi Secondary School -  Fetching Water
The Water Project: Gidagadi Secondary School -  Fetching Water
The Water Project: Gidagadi Secondary School -  Going To Fetch Water
The Water Project: Gidagadi Secondary School -  Going To Fetch Water
The Water Project: Gidagadi Secondary School -  Students In Class
The Water Project: Gidagadi Secondary School -  Students In Class
The Water Project: Gidagadi Secondary School -  Principal Lamka
The Water Project: Gidagadi Secondary School -  School Grounds
The Water Project: Gidagadi Secondary School -  School Grounds

Project Status



Project Type:  Rainwater Catchment

Regional Program: Western Kenya WaSH Program

Impact: 97 Served

Project Phase:  In Service - Feb 2019

Functionality Status:  Functional

Last Checkup: 05/25/2019

Project Features


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Gidagadi Secondary School just opened three years ago at the end of 2014. It opened for the same reason many secondary schools do; students from the primary school needed a place to continue their education. It currently has an enrollment of 90 students who are taught by five teachers. The school also employs two support staff.

Students arrive as early as 6:30am to clean their classrooms and pick up the school grounds. Study hall begins at 7:30am and is followed by normal classes before lunch. The school cook prepares a mixture of beans and maize so that students don’t have to walk all the way back home.

There are afternoon classes and then an hour of sports and games until students are released at 5pm.

Water

Both Gidagadi Primary and Secondary are headed by the same person. She told us that “soon, the secondary section will have its own Principal because it has finally been registered to stand on its own.”

However, it doesn’t have any of its own facilities. Not water sources or storage, no hygiene facilities, and no latrines.

Students must leave school to find water. The most convenient water source is Anusu Spring, where water bubbles up and pools at the surface. Students dunk their jerrycans (they’re not even their containers, they’re borrowing them from the primary students) under the surface to fill them with dirty water.

This water is used for drinking, cooking, and cleaning. The principal said she will be more than thankful for additional facilities.

“The students waste a lot of time going to Anusu Spring to fetch water. We create time between lessons to go and fetch water, which interferes with the program. It also affects them academically, with lower performance. I will really be grateful,” she said.

Sanitation

Gidagadi Secondary shares latrines with the primary section. These are already in bad condition, and the secondary students feel they need to defer to the primary students. We observed that quite a few of these latrines look like they’re about to collapse.

“Our school does not have sufficient sanitation facilities right now. They share the latrines with the primary section,” Principal Lamka said.

“As an institution, we lag behind as far as health and hygiene standards are concerned.”

There are no handwashing stations, nor is there the water to fill them.

The secondary school’s cook is also working from the primary school’s kitchen. As for something positive, we found a well-constructed dish rack to safely dry kitchen utensils up off the ground.

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 hand-washing 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 scholars!

Project Updates


02/08/2019: Gidagadi Secondary School Project Complete

There is a new rainwater catchment system at Gidagadi Secondary 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 students will now have ample time to read because now they will not have to go to the spring to fetch water. We are thankful as a school for the donation of the rainwater harvesting tank and the toilets,” said Principal Alachu.

“The projects being brought to us is a blessing. I used to ask God to help us get an alternative way of how the students could get water in school instead of going to the spring to access water. Now it has become an answered prayer because now we have the rainwater harvesting tank in our school which will enable us get access to safe, clean drinking water and also will be treated for us to use so as to shun having waterborne diseases in school such as typhoid.”

The only challenge was that the school had a hard time collecting supplementary construction materials. We delivered the most expensive materials and hardware, but the school was asked to provide bricks, sand, and stones. The school first tried to procure the materials on their own but finally appealed to the parents for their help, too.

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

New Knowledge

Once we informed the principal of how important it is to teach good hygiene and sanitation, she worked hard to prepare a time and place for us to teach some of her students. She worked with her teachers to select student representatives from each grade. We recommended 15 student participants who will attend training and for a student-led hygiene and sanitation health club.

We did not expect the students to turn up in huge numbers due to the students having lessons going on at that time, but there were 45 participants total. It was a sunny morning at 9:30am when we started the training in one of the empty classrooms; the teacher who was supposed to have a lesson in that class offered us his lesson time so that we could hold training.

Group discussions

It was important to train participants on primary healthcare so that they avoid health challenges that keep them out of class. Waterborne diseases were outlined and the routes of contamination were explained. Good hygiene including dental hygiene and handwashing were demonstrated. Children’s rights were covered to enlighten teachers and students on how children should be understood and taken care of, and what needs to be done in case a child is denied their rights.

Demonstrating handwashing

We went over proper operation and maintenance of the new facilities so that they can serve the school community for at least thirty years.

Learning how to best care for the tank

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

“This training has been a learning process to us and we thank you for the sacrifice you have made to come and train us on how to maintain the facilities. We have also learned new things such as cleaning of the tank and we shall put them into practice,” said Teacher Kivailu.

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.


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11/20/2018: Gidagadi Secondary School Project Underway

A severe clean water shortage at Gidagadi Secondary 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 your 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
H2O For Life
Des Lacs High School
Riverview Multiage's Campaign for Water
IRJC’s Campaign for Water
Durand family Christmas campaign for water

And 1 other fundraising page(s)
8 individual donor(s)