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The Water Project: Shisango Primary School -  A Handwashing Station At The Administation
The Water Project: Shisango Primary School -  Boys Latrines
The Water Project: Shisango Primary School -  Carrying Water
The Water Project: Shisango Primary School -  Dishes
The Water Project: Shisango Primary School -  Fetching Water
The Water Project: Shisango Primary School -  Filling Up Jerrycans
The Water Project: Shisango Primary School -  Girls Latrines
The Water Project: Shisango Primary School -  Headteacher At The Boys Latrine
The Water Project: Shisango Primary School -  In The School Kitchen
The Water Project: Shisango Primary School -  Latrines
The Water Project: Shisango Primary School -  Returning To School With Water
The Water Project: Shisango Primary School -  Returning With Collected Water
The Water Project: Shisango Primary School -  School Gate
The Water Project: Shisango Primary School -  School Headteacher In His Office
The Water Project: Shisango Primary School -  Students Carry Containers For Water To School
The Water Project: Shisango Primary School -  Walking Back Up Hill With Water
The Water Project: Shisango Primary School -  Wallking Down To Collect Water
The Water Project: Shisango Primary School -  A Girl Stands By The School Latrines

Project Status



Project Type:  Rainwater Catchment

Regional Program: Western Kenya WaSH Program

Project Phase:  Donate to this Project
Estimated Install Date (?):  02/28/2019

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Community Profile

Students at Shisango Primary School start each morning by collecting water to bring to school. The old rainwater tank is old and too small for the growing student body, so the students must bring their own water for drinking each day. When the water runs out, the students have to go back out to a nearby stream to collect more for the day.

As a result, students miss class. It is made worse by the fact that the water used throughout the day comes from open and often contaminated sources – especially the water collected from the nearby spring.

The unsafe water puts the students at risk of contracting waterborne diseases, such as typhoid. That causes students to miss more school and poses a danger to them and their families.

“The problem with this school is a lack of water,” Mr. Stephen Amakobe, the Deputy Headteacher, said to us.

“For about two years, a lack of water has affected the school. A lot of time is wasted seeking for water. Most cases these pupils bring water from any source, so we are not sure of its safety. Rates of absenteeism in this school have been rampant as a result.”

The school has pit latrines that were in poor shape, leading Public Health and Sanitation officials to shut down the school due to their condition. And there are no handwashing stations for students and teachers to use after going to the bathroom.

Due to the rampant cases of diarrhea, there is need to create awareness about waterborne diseases, proper water handling, and good hygiene practices.

What we can do:

The Water Project, WEWASAFO, and Shisango Primary School will partner to ensure access to safe, reliable water and improved sanitation by collaborating and utilizing local resources and knowledge.

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.


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.

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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.



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