Loading images...
The Water Project: Mukunyuku RC Primary School -  Finished Tank
The Water Project: Mukunyuku RC Primary School -  Finished Tank
The Water Project: Mukunyuku RC Primary School -  Finished Tank
The Water Project: Mukunyuku RC Primary School -  Finished Tank
The Water Project: Mukunyuku RC Primary School -  Finished Tank
The Water Project: Mukunyuku RC Primary School -  Finished Tank
The Water Project: Mukunyuku RC Primary School -  Finished Tank
The Water Project: Mukunyuku RC Primary School -  Finished Latrines
The Water Project: Mukunyuku RC Primary School -  Finished Latrines
The Water Project: Mukunyuku RC Primary School -  Finished Latrines
The Water Project: Mukunyuku RC Primary School -  Finished Latrines
The Water Project: Mukunyuku RC Primary School -  Handwashing Stations
The Water Project: Mukunyuku RC Primary School -  Handwashing Stations
The Water Project: Mukunyuku RC Primary School -  Handwashing Stations
The Water Project: Mukunyuku RC Primary School -  Catchment Area Work
The Water Project: Mukunyuku RC Primary School -  Gutter System Installation
The Water Project: Mukunyuku RC Primary School -  Tank Construction
The Water Project: Mukunyuku RC Primary School -  Tank Construction
The Water Project: Mukunyuku RC Primary School -  Tank Construction
The Water Project: Mukunyuku RC Primary School -  Tank Construction
The Water Project: Mukunyuku RC Primary School -  Tank Construction
The Water Project: Mukunyuku RC Primary School -  Latrine Construction
The Water Project: Mukunyuku RC Primary School -  Latrine Construction
The Water Project: Mukunyuku RC Primary School -  Latrine Construction
The Water Project: Mukunyuku RC Primary School -  Latrine Construction
The Water Project: Mukunyuku RC Primary School -  Students Helping Bring Materials To The Site
The Water Project: Mukunyuku RC Primary School -  Tank Care Training
The Water Project: Mukunyuku RC Primary School -  Training
The Water Project: Mukunyuku RC Primary School -  Handwashing Training
The Water Project: Mukunyuku RC Primary School -  Dental Hygiene
The Water Project: Mukunyuku RC Primary School -  Training
The Water Project: Mukunyuku RC Primary School -  Training
The Water Project: Mukunyuku RC Primary School -  Training
The Water Project: Mukunyuku RC Primary School -  Training
The Water Project: Mukunyuku RC Primary School -  Trainer Emma
The Water Project: Mukunyuku RC Primary School -  Trainer Jacky And Jon Otembo
The Water Project: Mukunyuku RC Primary School -  Connex Akinyi
The Water Project: Mukunyuku RC Primary School -  Dishes Drying
The Water Project: Mukunyuku RC Primary School -  Kitchen Area
The Water Project: Mukunyuku RC Primary School -  Kitchen Area
The Water Project: Mukunyuku RC Primary School -  Latrines
The Water Project: Mukunyuku RC Primary School -  Water Storage
The Water Project: Mukunyuku RC Primary School -  Students Getting Water
The Water Project: Mukunyuku RC Primary School -  Well
The Water Project: Mukunyuku RC Primary School -  Students In Class
The Water Project: Mukunyuku RC Primary School -  Students
The Water Project: Mukunyuku RC Primary School -  Students
The Water Project: Mukunyuku RC Primary School -  Students Outside The Classrooms
The Water Project: Mukunyuku RC Primary School -  Mr Wesonga
The Water Project: Mukunyuku RC Primary School -  Mukunyuku Primary Staff
The Water Project: Mukunyuku RC Primary School -  School Entrance
The Water Project: Mukunyuku RC Primary School -  On The Way To The School

Project Status



Project Type:  Rainwater Catchment

Regional Program: Western Kenya WaSH Program

Impact: 500 Served

Project Phase:  Installed - Dec 2018

Functionality Status:  Needs Some Attention

Last Checkup: 04/04/2019

Project Features


Click icons to learn about each feature.



Students waste a lot of valuable time that is meant for their studies looking for water. Some students avoid this responsibility and stay away from school altogether. Waterborne diseases such as typhoid and amoeba are common, and parents cannot afford to take their children for treatment.

Mukunyuku RC Primary School started in 1985 when two parents donated parcels of their land to be used for building the school. In 1988, the Ministry of Education took over management. The school started as a nursery school and eventually grew into a full school. It is sponsored by a church located about six kilometers away. It currently has a total enrollment of 765.

The school currently has 10 classrooms where they teach English, Kiswahili, sciences, social studies, and religious studies. The playing field is very rocky, but the children still use it. They have a mud-walled kitchen. Here, the school cook prepares lunch for grades seven and eight so that they can stay longer to prepare for the high school entrance exam. Students’ parents bring donations of maize and beans for their children’s lunch.

Students arrive around 6:30am with a water container and their textbooks. The water is used for cooking and cleaning later in the day.

If students need more water, they go to a hand-dug well shared between the school and surrounding households.

“Our well does not give us sufficient water to drink. We use the water pupils bring,” said Headteacher Kennedy Wesonga.

If there’s water, it is pulled out through a hatch using a bucket and rope system, which is dangerous for students as they lean over the opening. The students try to draw drinking water from this open well sooner than later because it becomes muddier with continuous use.

What we can do:

Rainwater Catchment Tank

A 50,000-liter rainwater catchment tank is the best intervention for Mukunyuku RC Primary School. Pupils will be able to concentrate on their studies and avoid conflicts with community members over the well water. The children will no longer have to carry containers of water to school every morning since they will have enough on school grounds.

VIP Latrines

“It is difficult to access the latrines… because they are near full and smell so bad,” said Connex Akinyi.

“I also fear it may collapse while I am using it.”

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 will have enough to keep these new latrines clean.

Handwashing

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.

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. This CTC club will oversee the new facilities, such as handwashing stations, and make sure they are kept clean and in working condition. They will also be ambassadors for hygiene and sanitation among their peers at school and families at home.

Project Updates


12/28/2018: Mukunyuku RC Primary School Project Complete

There is a new rainwater catchment system at Mukunyuku RC Primary School! Students have a source of safe, clean water thanks to your support. Handwashing stations were installed so that students can clean up after using their new latrines, and students and staff have received training in sanitation and hygiene.

New Knowledge

We planned hygiene and sanitation training with the headteacher. We asked him to select five students with strong leadership qualities from each class. The entire school had wanted to be trained, but they understood when we explained the value of these students forming a health club and training their peers.

The pupils were all very active throughout the training. They were eager to learn more about health and sanitation and how to become trainers of the rest of the pupils.

The students and their teachers needed knowledge on how to improve standards of hygiene and ensure that the sanitation facilities given to them are well-maintained for years to come. Some of the topics we covered included water pollution and treatment methods, handwashing, dental hygiene, operations and maintenance of the facilities, group dynamics, and leadership and governance.

These leadership activities segued into establishment of a student health club and the election of its leaders. This club will share the message of good hygiene and health that they learned during training.

The pupils were most excited to learn about tank maintenance. They learned how to check the guttering to ensure water flows inside the tank, to check water levels, and how the treatment of the water will be done.

Students learning about how the tank works and how to best care for it.

“The training has been very interesting, especially on how to clean the water tank and check the water level,” said 14-year-old Jonathan Otembo.

Jonathan Otembo with Trainer Jacky

Handwashing Stations

Pupils can now enjoy washing their hands with soap thanks to the two handwashing stations that were delivered to their school. These new handwashing opportunities will help reduce cases of hygiene-related illness. The training on hygiene has motivated these students to share what they’ve learned with their peers at school and families at home.

VIP Latrines

This project funded the installation of six new ventilated improved pit latrines. These were all given to the female students since they had the greatest need. All of these new latrines have cement floors that are easy to use and clean. And with a rainwater catchment tank, there should be enough water to keep them clean all the time.

Rainwater Catchment Tank

Construction for this 50,000-liter rainwater catchment tank was successful!

The only major challenge during construction was the rocky ground in the area. This made it difficult for the artisan to dig a catchment area, drainage system, and soak pit. Two of their tools were broken by the hard surface and we appreciated their persistence until they broke through the hard ground.

“The construction of the rain harvesting tank has really given me mileage in the community every headteacher now wants the same project to be implemented in their schools!” exclaimed Headteacher Kennedy Wesonga.

The Process:

Our staff and the school administration started by looking around the school to determine the best location for their new rainwater catchment tank. This needed to be the best site with good, clean roofing to catch the rainwater. Then, we cleared the site: excavating the soil within the required measurements to make level ground for the tank foundation. The foundation was cast by laying stones on level ground and then reinforcing it using steel, concrete and waterproof cement.

Both the drawing pipe as well as the washout pipe were affixed as the foundation was lain. The wall was built with ferro-cement techniques through six layers. The inner wall was plastered while rough casting was done on the outer part.

The catchment area was dug, plastered, and a staircase installed so students can easily get water from the tap.

Dome construction could begin after the superstructure had been given enough time to settle. The manhole cover was fitted, inlet pipes were connected to the roof gutters, inlet screens, ventilation pipes (breathers) and overflow pipes were all done to standard.

Once finished, the tank was given three weeks to undergo complete curing before it was cleaned and handed over to Mukunyuku RC Primary School, though we will continue to offer them great support as a part of our monitoring and maintenance program.


The Water Project : 31-kenya18309-finished-tank


12/04/2018: Mukunyuku RC Primary School Project Underway

Dirty water from is making students at Mukunyuku RC Primary School sick. Thanks to your generosity, we’re working to install a clean water point and much more.

Get to know this school through the narrative and pictures we’ve posted, and read about this water, sanitation and hygiene project. We look forward to reaching out with more good news!


The Water Project : 10-kenya18309-students-getting-water


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 Underwriter - The Mengel Family
Zukul
Zukul
4 individual donor(s)