The teacher on duty arrives at school by 6am. They organize the pupils for chores and fetching water. The boys go to fetch water while girls stay and start cleaning.
Pupils begin classes at 7:30am. If the water fetched in the morning is not enough, the students are forced to go back for more water during their break time.
Since there isn't a lunch program for pupils at the school, the pupils break to return to their respective homes while teachers take their meals at school. The pupils resume their afternoon classes at 2pm.
Remedial classes are held from 4pm to 5pm for those with special cases related to visual and hearing. The other pupils remain for other activities. Pupils leave for their respective homes at 5pm.
There is a well within the school compound which is dry and not serving the school.
The well does not belong to the school, despite being within the school compound. There is a church called Shihimba Friends Church within the school compound, and it was constructed by the church members with the intention of getting safe water.
It is unfortunate that the church was not able to get water. The well was done manually and the water table was not reached. At the moment, the well is dry and requires deepening that the members aren't able to do themselves.
Pupils travel to a nearby spring. They use their 10-liter containers to draw water. Since there is a dispenser at the spring, they add a drop of chlorine to ensure the water is safe for drinking.
Pupils waste their time academically and this has contributed to poor performance. After going for water, the pupils come back tired and cannot concentrate in class.
Despite the fact that the spring is sealed, the water is contaminated because there is no good maintenance of critical areas that require a high level of maintenance in order to reduce water pollution, spring blockage, seepage or loss of water completely. To add to that, there is no proper drainage system to control soil erosion.
Some of the latrines are made of just banana leaves.
The other latrines at the school are made of timber and covered with iron sheets as roofs. The doors are made of torn black plastic and sacks. The floors are in pathetic conditions. Teachers for the younger pupils are forced to escort the children to the toilet because they fear that something could happen to them.
The school has one compost pit but it is not in good shape. Litter is seen all over the compound.
Here’s what we’re going to do about it:
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.
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.
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!