The water supply from the unprotected spring near Ndoo Secondary School is not enough for the school's needs. There is not enough water for cleaning latrines, watering the flower beds or sustaining other agricultural projects intended for learning purposes. The rainwater tank on the school property is leaking with large holes in it, exposing it to all sorts of contaminants.
The water quality is not trusted for direct human consumption due to the faulty water systems. The students have high chances of contracting diseases such as typhoid, amoeba, bilharzia, and ringworms due to drinking untreated water. In instances where there is no water at all, the school is forced to purchase water which is also costly for them. All these have some economic implications in the sense that treatment costs divert substantial family income whereas the time lost on one activity alone could potentially be used for their studies.
"The state of our latrines, bathrooms and the conditions at the dormitories are faulty. This is because we are short of water sources to sustain our activities. We look forward to having a tank that will help us improve our conditions," Principal Francis Mutua said.
This intervention will provide the school with a permanent solution as well as a protected water source. The risks of contracting waterborne diseases will be minimized.
Ndoo Secondary School is located in Musoa Community, 5 KM away from Tawa town. This school was established in 1983 by the local community members in a bid to educate the less fortunate children from the community. The school stands on a 15-acre piece of land. It has enough classrooms to accommodate two registered streams of students. The school possesses an expansive playing ground, four dormitories, two science laboratories and a kitchen.
The school rests in a peaceful rural area surrounded by hills. The area is green with many trees growing around. Most of the school buildings are archaic and are characterized by outdated designs and appearances. There are unfinished buildings where the construction process has been stalled.
What we can do:
Students and staff will be trained for one day. 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 of the steps to proper handwashing, 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 handwashing stations.
Three handwashing 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. This water will benefit the students, teachers, and supplementary staff. Parents will mobilize the materials needed for construction, such as sand and stone. They will also lend some strong arms to help with the actual construction.
The huge capacity of this tank makes the others look tiny in comparison; 104,000 liters should be enough water to carry students and staff through the entire dry season. As soon as the tank has time to cure, it can begin to collect rainwater for drinking, cooking, and cleaning!
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 (edited for clarity) thanks to the hard work of our friends in Kenya.