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The Water Project: Kaimosi Demonstration Secondary School -  Flowing Water
The Water Project: Kaimosi Demonstration Secondary School -  Flowing Water
The Water Project: Kaimosi Demonstration Secondary School -  Flowing Water
The Water Project: Kaimosi Demonstration Secondary School -  Flowing Water
The Water Project: Kaimosi Demonstration Secondary School -  Flowing Water
The Water Project: Kaimosi Demonstration Secondary School -  Flowing Water
The Water Project: Kaimosi Demonstration Secondary School -  Flowing Water
The Water Project: Kaimosi Demonstration Secondary School -  Finished Latrine
The Water Project: Kaimosi Demonstration Secondary School -  Finished Latrine
The Water Project: Kaimosi Demonstration Secondary School -  Finished Latrine
The Water Project: Kaimosi Demonstration Secondary School -  Handwashing Station
The Water Project: Kaimosi Demonstration Secondary School -  Tank Construction
The Water Project: Kaimosi Demonstration Secondary School -  Tank Construction
The Water Project: Kaimosi Demonstration Secondary School -  Tank Construction
The Water Project: Kaimosi Demonstration Secondary School -  Tank Construction
The Water Project: Kaimosi Demonstration Secondary School -  Tank Construction
The Water Project: Kaimosi Demonstration Secondary School -  Tank Construction
The Water Project: Kaimosi Demonstration Secondary School -  Tank Construction
The Water Project: Kaimosi Demonstration Secondary School -  Latrine Construction
The Water Project: Kaimosi Demonstration Secondary School -  Latrine Construction
The Water Project: Kaimosi Demonstration Secondary School -  Handwashing Training
The Water Project: Kaimosi Demonstration Secondary School -  Handwashing Training
The Water Project: Kaimosi Demonstration Secondary School -  Handwashing Training
The Water Project: Kaimosi Demonstration Secondary School -  Handwashing Training
The Water Project: Kaimosi Demonstration Secondary School -  Handwashing Training
The Water Project: Kaimosi Demonstration Secondary School -  Handwashing Training
The Water Project: Kaimosi Demonstration Secondary School -  Training
The Water Project: Kaimosi Demonstration Secondary School -  Training
The Water Project: Kaimosi Demonstration Secondary School -  Training
The Water Project: Kaimosi Demonstration Secondary School -  Training
The Water Project: Kaimosi Demonstration Secondary School -  Training
The Water Project: Kaimosi Demonstration Secondary School -  Training
The Water Project: Kaimosi Demonstration Secondary School -  Girls Bathroom
The Water Project: Kaimosi Demonstration Secondary School -  Girl Latrines
The Water Project: Kaimosi Demonstration Secondary School -  Boy Latrines
The Water Project: Kaimosi Demonstration Secondary School -  Kitchen Staff Working
The Water Project: Kaimosi Demonstration Secondary School -  Support Staff
The Water Project: Kaimosi Demonstration Secondary School -  Water Stored In Classroom
The Water Project: Kaimosi Demonstration Secondary School -  Carrying Water
The Water Project: Kaimosi Demonstration Secondary School -  Fetching Water
The Water Project: Kaimosi Demonstration Secondary School -  Fetching Water
The Water Project: Kaimosi Demonstration Secondary School -  Going To Fetch Water
The Water Project: Kaimosi Demonstration Secondary School -  Going To Fetch Water
The Water Project: Kaimosi Demonstration Secondary School -  Teachers
The Water Project: Kaimosi Demonstration Secondary School -  In Class
The Water Project: Kaimosi Demonstration Secondary School -  Students
The Water Project: Kaimosi Demonstration Secondary School -  Boarding Section
The Water Project: Kaimosi Demonstration Secondary School -  Principal Patrick Amalemba
The Water Project: Kaimosi Demonstration Secondary School -  Landscape
The Water Project: Kaimosi Demonstration Secondary School -  School Entrance

Project Status



Project Type:  Rainwater Catchment

Regional Program: Western Kenya WaSH Program

Impact: 500 Served

Project Phase:  In Service - Feb 2019

Functionality Status:  Functional

Last Checkup: 06/15/2019

Project Features


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Kaimosi Demonstration Secondary School does not have a reliable source of water on campus. Therefore, students must leave school in search of the water they need. Water demands at Kaiomsi Secondary are especially high because it has a dormitory where students live full time.

Students walk out past the school farm and to cross a busy road. They most often find their water at a spring in the community, which is especially crowded on the weekends. When we went there with them, we found the water trickling with very low pressure. It is clearly inadequate. In fact, we were already getting impatient because the students had many containers to fill up on our trip. It takes over 5 minutes to fill one 20-liter jerrycan.

The school kitchen has a tap attached to a water service, but the pressure there is extremely low. There are multiple times a week that the tap won’t turn on at all. The tapped water in the school was installed by the county government, which is also responsible for paying the water bills. The government sometimes goes slack and the supply can be cut short for months. Sometimes, the staff gets so agitated that they walk out with the students to fill their containers at the spring, too.

There are 641 students, 31 teachers, and 21 support staff at this school. Most of the students and teachers have been treated for typhoid and amoeba. These cases start as stomach complaints which later turn out to be serious health conditions and they have to be rushed to the hospital for diagnosis.

Principal Patrick Amalemba lives on school grounds since it’s a boarding school. “My stomach burns up whenever I drink water in school. It is very unfortunate that I stay in the school compound and I access the same water sources in my house,” he said.

What we can do:

Training

The boys’ latrines had an awful stench and we couldn’t get past the first door to check the any of other pits. Most of them are worn out and need renovations. The girls’ latrines were in a better condition and clean. The students do not practice handwashing after visiting the toilets.

“I just got a little bit worried when you raised the issue of handwashing. This has opened my eyes to the other cause of stomachache cases that are always reported to the nurse,” said Principal Amalemba. The illness isn’t only caused by drinking dirty water, but from germs spread around due to a lack of hygiene.

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 for mixing cement. Once finished, this tank can begin catching rainfall that will be used by the school’s students and staff.

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.

Project Updates


02/15/2019: Kaimosi Demonstration Secondary School Project Complete

There is a new rainwater catchment system at Kaimosi Demonstration Secondary School 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.

Rainwater Catchment Tank

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

“This is a very good project that you have brought to our school. It will help to save a lot of time for the boarding students because they used to waste a lot of time when they went to the spring to fetch water and do their laundry,” said Principal Amalemba.

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 Kaimosi Demonstration Secondary School, though we will continue to offer them unmatchable support as a part of our monitoring and maintenance program.

VIP Latrines

This project funded the installation of six new ventilated improved pit latrines. 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.

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.

New Knowledge

We worked with the principal to recruit student representatives from each grade. These students will form a child to child (CTC) student health club that will hold activities and meetings to teach their peers about what they learned.

We covered topics including:

– primary healthcare
– taking care of the new facilities
– common illnesses and their prevention
– waterborne illnesses
– CTC club activities
– dental hygiene
– handwashing


Before the facilitator demonstrated the ten steps of handwashing, she asked the participants to list the critical times when they normally wash their hands. Most of them said that they wash their hands before and after eating and after visiting the toilet. They admitted that they rarely use soap during this process. We urged them to be using soap because it is the only way that germs can be eliminated from their hands.

Participants pose for a group picture during training

Leadership and governance were also taught to equip the CTC student health club with good leadership skills as they teach the rest of the student body what they learned. The training ended with the students electing their peers to the club cabinet leadership.

“This training will help me observe higher standards of hygiene both in the school and my home kitchen. I will also make sure that I practice the ten steps of handwashing and teach them to my children back at home,” said Margaret, the school cook.

“I’m looking forward to less cases of diarrhea and stomachaches.”

Thank You for making all of this possible!


The Water Project : 32-kenya18315-flowing-water


01/10/2019: Kaimosi Demonstration Secondary School Project Underway

A severe clean water shortage at Kaimosi Demonstration Secondary 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

3 individual donor(s)