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The Water Project: Mbuuni Primary School -  Finished Tank Celebration
The Water Project: Mbuuni Primary School -  Finished Tank Celebration
The Water Project: Mbuuni Primary School -  Finished Tank Celebration
The Water Project: Mbuuni Primary School -  New Handwashing Stations
The Water Project: Mbuuni Primary School -  New Handwashing Stations
The Water Project: Mbuuni Primary School -  New Handwashing Stations
The Water Project: Mbuuni Primary School -  New Handwashing Stations
The Water Project: Mbuuni Primary School -  New Handwashing Stations
The Water Project: Mbuuni Primary School -  New Handwashing Stations
The Water Project: Mbuuni Primary School -  Tank Construction
The Water Project: Mbuuni Primary School -  Tank Construction
The Water Project: Mbuuni Primary School -  Tank Construction
The Water Project: Mbuuni Primary School -  Tank Construction
The Water Project: Mbuuni Primary School -  Tank Construction
The Water Project: Mbuuni Primary School -  Tank Construction
The Water Project: Mbuuni Primary School -  Tank Construction
The Water Project: Mbuuni Primary School -  Tank Construction
The Water Project: Mbuuni Primary School -  Sifting Sand
The Water Project: Mbuuni Primary School -  Sifting Sand
The Water Project: Mbuuni Primary School -  Tank Construction
The Water Project: Mbuuni Primary School -  Cementing The Handwashing Station Platform
The Water Project: Mbuuni Primary School -  Tank Construction
The Water Project: Mbuuni Primary School -  Tank Construction
The Water Project: Mbuuni Primary School -  Tank Construction
The Water Project: Mbuuni Primary School -  Tank Construction
The Water Project: Mbuuni Primary School -  Tank Construction
The Water Project: Mbuuni Primary School -  Tank Construction
The Water Project: Mbuuni Primary School -  Tank Construction
The Water Project: Mbuuni Primary School -  Tank Construction
The Water Project: Mbuuni Primary School -  Tank Construction
The Water Project: Mbuuni Primary School -  Student Health Club
The Water Project: Mbuuni Primary School -  Soap Training
The Water Project: Mbuuni Primary School -  Handwashing Training
The Water Project: Mbuuni Primary School -  Handwashing Training
The Water Project: Mbuuni Primary School -  Handwashing Training
The Water Project: Mbuuni Primary School -  Training
The Water Project: Mbuuni Primary School -  Training
The Water Project: Mbuuni Primary School -  Training
The Water Project: Mbuuni Primary School -  Training
The Water Project: Mbuuni Primary School -  Training
The Water Project: Mbuuni Primary School -  Students Carrying Water Containers
The Water Project: Mbuuni Primary School -  Staff Latrines
The Water Project: Mbuuni Primary School -  Pole Vaulting
The Water Project: Mbuuni Primary School -  Playing In Front Of Water Tank
The Water Project: Mbuuni Primary School -  Kitchen
The Water Project: Mbuuni Primary School -  Girls Latrine
The Water Project: Mbuuni Primary School -  Boys Latrines
The Water Project: Mbuuni Primary School -  Joshua Musyimi
The Water Project: Mbuuni Primary School -  Students In Class
The Water Project: Mbuuni Primary School -  Students Pole Vaulting
The Water Project: Mbuuni Primary School -  Students Playing
The Water Project: Mbuuni Primary School -  Jogging
The Water Project: Mbuuni Primary School -  Students Socializing
The Water Project: Mbuuni Primary School -  Classrooms
The Water Project: Mbuuni Primary School -  School Schedule
The Water Project: Mbuuni Primary School -  Entrance And Sign
The Water Project: Mbuuni Primary School -  Water Storage Tank
The Water Project: Mbuuni Primary School -  Borehole System

Project Status



Project Type:  Rainwater Catchment

Regional Program: Southeastern Kenya WaSH Program

Impact: 500 Served

Project Phase:  In Service - Feb 2019

Functionality Status:  Functional

Last Checkup: 09/18/2019

Project Features


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The parents of students attending Mbuuni Primary School have supported the school since its founding in 1963. The school was fortunate enough to benefit from a latrine and well renovation in 2015.

However, the well produces only 800 liters a day and is shared with the community, too. That is not nearly enough water for the 470 students at the school who require a minimum of five liters of water per day.

The nearest river is 4km away, but it would normally be sandy and dry. It is now filling with water thanks to the sand dam that we installed last year, and the adjacent hand-dug well is providing drinking water for members of the community. However, the distance is too far from the school to provide them with basic access to safe water. So, they rely on the well and other nearby open sources.

The school latrines are rarely washed and there are some students are barefoot, therefore, the risk of contracting diseases are very high. Due to lack of water, the children rarely wash their hand after visiting the latrines.

“We would love to have a clean environment which is conducive for our students. The lack of water leads to challenges in maintaining cleanliness. More water needs to be availed to make that more effective,” Deputy Headteacher Joshua Musyimi said.

Building a new rain tank and providing training on sanitation on hygiene will boost the school’s access to water and help resolve some of these issues.

Here’s what we’re going to do:

Training

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.

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!

Project Updates


02/26/2019: Mbuuni Primary School Construction Complete

A new rainwater catchment system was built! Mbuuni Primary School in Kenya now has the ability to collect 104,000 liters of water – thanks to your generous 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.

We look forward to reaching out again as soon as the tank has captured rainwater.

New Knowledge

The training was planned by Masii region field officer Ruth Mwanzia in collaboration with our training officers. Ms. Mwanzia contacted the school community through the headteacher and expressed the intention to hold a hygiene and sanitation training. Once they settled on a date they reported back to the training team so that they could prepare the topics and materials.

The entire student body and nine teachers were present at training. Since this was a group of hundreds, we held training outside. Some of the upper classes had a prior understanding of some of the concepts taught, so they volunteered and demonstrated way more than the young ones.

We went over topics including:

– student health club activities

Student health club members

– disease transmission
– preventing the spread of disease


– personal hygiene
– handwashing


– water hygiene
– food hygiene
– latrine hygiene
– soap-making

Student health club members were the ones taught about soap. Pupils took turns stirring the soap and were very excited about the final product. Local ingredients like ungarol, ufacid, industrial salt, and caustic soda are among the ingredients used to mix this soap.

“The training was good. It will help us prevent diseases and we will be healthy. Our hands will be very clean all the time and the soap will help us together with our visitors to clean our hands after visiting the latrines,” said 14-year-old Muasya.

“If there are any competitions about cleanliness among schools, we will be number one because we now have soap and adequate water.”

Handwashing Stations

The new handwashing stations were delivered in time for training so that they could be used for the handwashing demonstration. Each of these has three taps so that six students can wash their hands at the same time.

Rainwater Catchment Tank

Mbuuni Primary School is affiliated with the Mbuuni 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.

The Process:

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. On the other hand, we delivered the expertise, tools, lumber, metal, cement, and gutter system. The parents and older siblings also worked hard alongside our artisans. This project had a ton of helping hands because students have a long break at the end of each year.

This tank is a whopping 104,000 liters not because of a large student population, but because of how rarely it rains in Southeastern Kenya. The more water we can store during the seasonal rains, the more water available through the dry months.

Construction for this large 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.

School leadership is armed with the technical skills to ensure that the water tank remains functional, and gaps that exist can be identified through our ongoing monitoring visits.

“We are very happy to be beneficiaries of this beautiful water project,” said Deputy Headteacher Musyimi.

“Our students will no longer be required to carry water to school because the project will always provide us with enough water for use here. The handwashing facilities will also help the school community lead improved levels of personal hygiene and prevent possible diseases.”

Thank You for your generosity that made all of this good work happen!


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01/10/2019: Mbuuni Primary School Project Underway

A severe clean water shortage at Mbuuni Primary School drains students’ time, energy, and health. Thanks to your generosity, we’re working to build a clean water point and much more.

Get to know this 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

Project Sponsor - Pineapple Fund