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The Water Project: Mbuuni Secondary School -  Cheers To Clean Water
The Water Project: Mbuuni Secondary School -  Clean Water
The Water Project: Mbuuni Secondary School -  Filling Up Water
The Water Project: Mbuuni Secondary School -  New Safe Water Source
The Water Project: Mbuuni Secondary School -  Choose Handwashing Choose Health
The Water Project: Mbuuni Secondary School -  Handwashing Reminder
The Water Project: Mbuuni Secondary School -  Clean Hands
The Water Project: Mbuuni Secondary School -  New Handwashing Station
The Water Project: Mbuuni Secondary School -  Using New Handwashing Stations
The Water Project: Mbuuni Secondary School -  Nearly Completed Tank
The Water Project: Mbuuni Secondary School -  Building Up Tank Wall
The Water Project: Mbuuni Secondary School -  Tank Construction Underway
The Water Project: Mbuuni Secondary School -  Cement For Tank Construction
The Water Project: Mbuuni Secondary School -  Students Learn About Handwashing
The Water Project: Mbuuni Secondary School -  Students Partipate In Handwashing
The Water Project: Mbuuni Secondary School -  Actively Participating
The Water Project: Mbuuni Secondary School -  Learning To Make Soap
The Water Project: Mbuuni Secondary School -  Students Listen To Training Outside
The Water Project: Mbuuni Secondary School -  Training
The Water Project: Mbuuni Secondary School -  Latrines
The Water Project: Mbuuni Secondary School -  Students In Class
The Water Project: Mbuuni Secondary School -  Students In Class
The Water Project: Mbuuni Secondary School -  Dry Tap
The Water Project: Mbuuni Secondary School -  Dry Tap
The Water Project: Mbuuni Secondary School -  Community Borehole
The Water Project: Mbuuni Secondary School -  Community Borehole
The Water Project: Mbuuni Secondary School -  Community Borehole
The Water Project: Mbuuni Secondary School -  Community Borehole
The Water Project: Mbuuni Secondary School -  Community Borehole
The Water Project: Mbuuni Secondary School -  Dormitory
The Water Project: Mbuuni Secondary School -  Dormitory
The Water Project: Mbuuni Secondary School -  Students And Staff
The Water Project: Mbuuni Secondary School -  Students And Staff
The Water Project: Mbuuni Secondary School -  School Compound
The Water Project: Mbuuni Secondary School -  School Compound
The Water Project: Mbuuni Secondary School -  School Compound

Project Status



Project Type:  Rainwater Catchment

Regional Program: Southeastern Kenya WaSH Program

Impact: 232 Served

Project Phase:  Installed - Jun 2018

Functionality Status:  Project Monitoring Data Delayed

Project Features


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Community Profile

This area of Mbuuni is hilly, vegetated, and peaceful – a conducive learning environment for students at Mbuuni Secondary School. River Thwake cuts the village in half, snaking through these hills. People living here used to specialize in growing coffee, but it’s no longer as profitable.

Mbuuni Secondary School was opened by the community in 2004, and continues thanks to parents’ strong support. It has seven classrooms, a kitchen, girls’ dormitory, and latrines. There are 217 students enrolled, of which 67 girls stay in the dormitory overnight. The school employs 10 teachers and six support staff.

Boarders wake up at 5am to get ready for morning study hall. Other students arrive at 6am to join the boarders for study hall before the normal day of classes begins.

Water

The school is connected to the Mbuuni water pipeline, but it’s unreliable. No water came out of the tap during our visit. It only works a few days a week, school administration staff shared with us. There are two plastic tanks on school grounds that are hooked up to this pipeline. The school fills them up with as much water they can afford whenever the taps are running.

So for most of the week, students are sent out with staff to buy water from a community borehole. This pump breaks down often, and students say that there’s some stiff competition between them and the community members; community members assert that a borehole located in their area should serve themselves first with the students’ needs secondary.

“Students waste a lot of time walking to the borehole to fetch water. Buying water is expensive to this young school whose parents struggle with fee payment. The borehole even dries up, and the pipeline is prone to breakages too,” Deputy Principal Wambua told us.

Sanitation

There are six latrines for each gender. The structures are in good shape, but they are not clean at all. This is because the school doesn’t have the water to spare for cleaning.

Deputy Principal Wambua admitted that “the school is struggling to keep high levels of hygiene and sanitation, but the lack of enough water derails our efforts.”

There are no handwashing stations, not even for the girls who live at the school full time. The scene inside the kitchen was also discomforting, and we couldn’t find a counter or dish rack for keeping utensils and dishes up off the ground.

Here’s what we’re going to do about it:

Training

Students and staff will be trained on hygiene and sanitation. Those in attendance will form a school health club that will promote good hygiene and sanitation practices both at school and at home. They will learn all the steps of proper hand-washing, how to treat water, and how to keep their environment clean. The school will also be taught how to best oversee and maintain their new rainwater catchment tank and hand-washing stations.

Hand-Washing Stations

Three hand-washing stations will be delivered at the project’s completion. These are 1,000-liter plastic tanks fitted with four taps. The health club and school management will be responsible for making sure tanks are filled with water and that a cleaning agent such as soap or ash is available.

Rainwater Catchment Tank

We will build a 104,000-liter rainwater catchment tank for this school. Its clean water will benefit the students, teachers, and supplementary staff. Parents will mobilize the materials needed for construction, such as sand and stone and also lend some strong arms to help with the actual construction.

As soon as the tank has time to cure, it can begin to collect rainwater for drinking, cooking and cleaning! 104,000 liters of water will keep students and staff in class and focusing on learning.


This project is a part of our shared program with Africa Sand Dam Foundation. Our team is pleased to provide the reports for this project (formatted and edited for readability) thanks to the hard work of our friends in Kenya.

Project Updates


07/01/2018: Mbuuni Secondary School Project Complete

A new rainwater catchment system was built! Mbuuni Secondary School in Kenya now has a new source of safe, clean water thanks to your support. Handwashing stations were installed, and students and staff have received training in sanitation and hygiene. All of these components work together to unlock the opportunity for these students to live better, healthier lives.

Cheers!

New Knowledge

Trainers held a Children’s Hygiene and Sanitation Training at Mbuuni Secondary School earlier this year. Training was held outside under the shade of a tree because it was so hot that day. Christine Lucas trained the students on topics related to food hygiene, latrine hygiene, water, diseases transmission, soap making and more.

These students learned a ton of new information. “The future is in your hands” is a saying used to explain how handwashing exercise is an important part of hygiene and sanitation training. Diarrhea diseases pass through our hands to the mouth, therefore, hand washing is very important and its best explained by demonstration of the handwashing procedure.

After learning the right procedure of handwashing, there was a competition among the students on who would demonstrate it correctly to the others. The winner was awarded three packets of cookies. This made the topic memorable with all the students willing to participate.

They learned each step of making soap so thoroughly that they could teach their parents once they returned home. Some teachers learned alongside the students, so now school administration plans to always make enough soap to keep at the handwashing stations and clean the school facilities.

Learning to make soap

“I am happy today because we have learned new skills on hygiene and soap making. As students, we will no longer suffer from stomach aches and waterborne diseases,” Carlone Kimeu, a student at the school, said.

“We will improve our hygiene both at school and at home. We will also train others on what we have learned today.”

Handwashing Stations

Two large handwashing stations were delivered to the school in time for training.

New handwashing stations

Rainwater Catchment Tank

Mbuuni Secondary School is affiliated with the Mbuuni Water Project Self-Help Group, since most of its members’ children attend here. These parents and school administration approached the self-help group committee and requested their help in alleviating the water shortage at the school.

A meeting with all of the parents and the headteacher was then held to plan out the project. Parents agreed to collect construction materials like sand, rocks, and water. They also worked hard alongside our artisans.

Construction for this 104,000-liter rainwater catchment tank is much like the construction of a concrete house. First, the ground is leveled for foundation excavation. Alternating layers of impermeable rocks are laid upon mortar up to seven feet high, with internal and external diameters of 25 and 28 feet respectively.

A reinforced concrete column is built right up to the center of the tank, which holds up the roof and prevents it from caving in. The walls are then plastered both internally and externally with waterproof cement. After that, several feet of guttering is installed and channeled into the tank.

Once the tank has cured (dried) sufficiently, it can begin to collect rainwater.

“We are happy about the school water tank that has been installed in the school compound,” Kimeu said.

“With water available in the school we will work hard to maintain maximum cleanliness in the school.”


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05/18/2018: Mbuuni Secondary School Project Underway

A severe clean water shortage at Mbuuni 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

5 individual donor(s)