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The Water Project: Lwanda Secondary School -  Flowing Water
The Water Project: Lwanda Secondary School -  Flowing Water
The Water Project: Lwanda Secondary School -  Flowing Water
The Water Project: Lwanda Secondary School -  Flowing Water
The Water Project: Lwanda Secondary School -  Flowing Water
The Water Project: Lwanda Secondary School -  Flowing Water
The Water Project: Lwanda Secondary School -  Finished Tank
The Water Project: Lwanda Secondary School -  New Latrines
The Water Project: Lwanda Secondary School -  New Latrines
The Water Project: Lwanda Secondary School -  New Handwashing Stations
The Water Project: Lwanda Secondary School -  New Handwashing Stations
The Water Project: Lwanda Secondary School -  New Handwashing Stations
The Water Project: Lwanda Secondary School -  New Handwashing Stations
The Water Project: Lwanda Secondary School -  Latrine Construction
The Water Project: Lwanda Secondary School -  Construction
The Water Project: Lwanda Secondary School -  Construction
The Water Project: Lwanda Secondary School -  Soak Pit Construction
The Water Project: Lwanda Secondary School -  Tank Construction
The Water Project: Lwanda Secondary School -  Tank Construction
The Water Project: Lwanda Secondary School -  Tank Construction
The Water Project: Lwanda Secondary School -  Tank Construction
The Water Project: Lwanda Secondary School -  Tank Construction
The Water Project: Lwanda Secondary School -  Excavation
The Water Project: Lwanda Secondary School -  Handwashing Training
The Water Project: Lwanda Secondary School -  Handwashing Training
The Water Project: Lwanda Secondary School -  Dental Hygiene Training
The Water Project: Lwanda Secondary School -  Dental Hygiene Training
The Water Project: Lwanda Secondary School -  Training
The Water Project: Lwanda Secondary School -  Training
The Water Project: Lwanda Secondary School -  Training
The Water Project: Lwanda Secondary School -  Training
The Water Project: Lwanda Secondary School -  Helping Dry Maize
The Water Project: Lwanda Secondary School -  Line For Latrines
The Water Project: Lwanda Secondary School -  Line For Latrines
The Water Project: Lwanda Secondary School -  Getting Water For Cleaning The Classroom
The Water Project: Lwanda Secondary School -  Water From A Plastic Tank
The Water Project: Lwanda Secondary School -  One Of The Plastic Tanks
The Water Project: Lwanda Secondary School -  Students In Class
The Water Project: Lwanda Secondary School -  Students In Class
The Water Project: Lwanda Secondary School -  John Serete
The Water Project: Lwanda Secondary School -  Classroom Block
The Water Project: Lwanda Secondary School -  School Entrance

Project Status



Project Type:  Rainwater Catchment

Regional Program: Western Kenya WaSH Program

Impact: 500 Served

Project Phase:  Installed - Feb 2019

Functionality Status:  Functional

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Lwanda Secondary School is located in Busalwa Village, Kenya. There are 625 students here who attend classes like math, science, history, geography, and foreign language. A normal day begins at 6am when the older students arrive for study hall. There is a thorough cleaning at 7am by the younger students in preparation for morning assembly to raise the flag. The teacher on duty addresses the students and invites other teachers to give their remarks.

There is severe water scarcity at Lwanda Secondary. The administration thought their problems would be solved when a local water service installed a pipe system. Unfortunately, the school has been overwhelmed by the huge bills they are receiving each month. The bills are very high and the water is not even available throughout the week. They have reached out to the water company to learn more about why they’re being charged so much, but they have not heard back.

Since the system ended up being unreliable, they placed some plastic tanks by the roofs to collect rainwater. These tanks are too small and go dry quickly. Water scarcity in the school has negatively impacted students’ performance, as water from the plastic tanks is strictly rationed. There are students who complain of stomachaches on a daily basis.

“The rate of absenteeism is very high in this school. A number of students have reported cases of waterborne diseases like typhoid and a lot of money spent on medication instead of paying their school fees,” shared Teacher John Serete.

This school is in desperate need of a new way to collect and store water that meets their drinking, lunch program, and cleaning needs.

What we can do:

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.

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

The current latrines are in pathetic condition. They are dirty and full of bad odors, forcing the students to urinate behind the latrines. One of the pipe taps is connected near the latrines, but again the challenge is that the water doesn’t always flow. If they had enough water, they’d be able to wash their latrines regularly. There aren’t enough latrines, either.

“The situation in our community and especially the school has always been wanting since the sanitation facilities are not enough. Girls waste a lot of time lining up to use the facilities,” shared Teacher Lewis Musonye.

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


02/18/2019: Lwanda Secondary School Project Complete

There is a new rainwater catchment system at Lwanda Secondary 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!

“We shall make sure the water tank is well managed, and the officials will take full responsibility of the same. We will not allow anybody to take us back to where we have been – without safe drinking water,” said Mr. Felix.

The only challenge was finding enough water to mix cement for the tank and latrines. Local women ended up ferrying buckets of clean water to the school.

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.

Excavating the ground to make way for the tank foundation

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 Lwanda 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.

It was a chilly morning when we arrived at school, since it had rained all during the night before. The training was conducted outside under a tree so that the participants could enjoy the warmth of the sun that was just shining through the heavy clouds.

We covered topics including:

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

When the facilitator said that you should not rinse the mouth out with water after brushing, everyone wanted to know the reason and some of them had a feeling that they were being misled. The facilitator had to explain to them at length, while saying that the toothpaste should not be rinsed off but left in the mouth to continue killing bacteria. There were mixed reactions as some people totally differed with the facilitator while others promised to try it out.

We had to take more time to explain the importance of handwashing because some of the students didn’t see the need to wash every single trip to the bathroom. We detailed how easy it is for germs to spread and that there should be no compromise when it comes to handwashing.

“Our students have really benefited from the training and we are privileged to have hygiene ambassadors in our school and at home. Sometimes we neglect very crucial things about personal hygiene that we already know not knowing it leads to diseases,” said Principal Amukuwa.

“We want to thank our facilitators for reminding us about proper handwashing, dental hygiene, and not forgetting operation and maintenance of the facilities.”

Thank You for making all of this possible!


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01/23/2019: Lwanda Secondary School Project Underway

A severe clean water shortage at Lwanda 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

Project Sponsor - Dedicated to Haywood O. Moore and Lillian Waller Moore