St. Joseph Eshirumba Primary School was started in the year 2014 sponsored by Good News Church. The school is located in Eshirumba Village within Kakamega County of Western Kenya. The school has a total population of 324 pupils, 151 boys and 163 girls.
The school's normal day begins at 6am by pupils reporting to school. Lower classes commence compound cleaning from 7am to 7:30am. On Mondays and Fridays, there is assembly during which there's raising of the flag. The master on duty addresses the pupils and invites other teachers to brief the pupils on what is expected of them. On Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays lessons begin at 8am and end at 4:30pm.
At 4:30pm pupils go for games. Here different activities take place where everyone participates. There are those that are good in poem, drama, soccer and many others. At 5pm they all assemble on parade then go home to help their parents.
There is no permanent source of water at the school, so the girls and boys are forced to carry water from home. Water is gathered using two, five or ten-liter containers according to their ages. Since the water source is far away, chances of pupils fetching water from a closer, more contaminated source is high.
The pupils are unable to clean their classrooms daily because the is not enough water in the school. Cleaning is done once per week. A lot of time is wasted, thus affecting the performance of the pupils.
Numerous cases of water-related diseases have been reported in the school and this has been attributed to poor water handling. The most commonly reported cases include dysentery and typhoid.
"These water-related diseases amongst other infections have resulted in a high rate of absenteeism in the school which on the other hand, has affected the performance of the pupils in this school," Simon Angolo, headteacher at the school, said.
The walls of the latrines on the school grounds are made up of bricks, plastered with cement with wooden doors, the three latrines for boys are almost full while the rest were smelly.
There are few sanitation facilities seen at the school. Pupils have improvised a handwashing station near the latrine, compost pit at the school and facilities that the school has are well managed.
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!
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.