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The Water Project: Musango Mixed Secondary School -  Garbage Disposal
The Water Project: Musango Mixed Secondary School -  Latrines
The Water Project: Musango Mixed Secondary School -  Kisanya Mitchelle
The Water Project: Musango Mixed Secondary School -  Water Containers
The Water Project: Musango Mixed Secondary School -  Walking Back To School
The Water Project: Musango Mixed Secondary School -  Walking Back To School
The Water Project: Musango Mixed Secondary School -  Walking Back To School
The Water Project: Musango Mixed Secondary School -  Fetching Water
The Water Project: Musango Mixed Secondary School -  Fetching Water
The Water Project: Musango Mixed Secondary School -  Waiting For Community Member To Finish
The Water Project: Musango Mixed Secondary School -  Going To Fetch Water
The Water Project: Musango Mixed Secondary School -  Students In Class
The Water Project: Musango Mixed Secondary School -  Students Playing
The Water Project: Musango Mixed Secondary School -  Classrooms And Plastic Tank
The Water Project: Musango Mixed Secondary School -  Stephen Makokha
The Water Project: Musango Mixed Secondary School -  School Gate

Project Status



Project Type:  Rainwater Catchment

Regional Program: Western Kenya WaSH Program

Impact: 225 Served

Project Phase:  Under Construction
Estimated Install Date (?):  05/31/2019

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Musango Secondary School was established in the year 2014 with an enrollment of 44 students. It started under the leadership of the primary school headteacher, Mr. Olacho. The school bought land in 2013 but continued to operate within the primary section until 2015 when it transferred to its own land. Four classrooms, six latrines and a semi-permanent kitchen were constructed. The school has grown to currently have 225 students.

But there has never been enough water on school grounds. “Water scarcity is one of the many challenges we face in this school,” said Deputy Principal Stephen Makokha.

“At some point we have to get our students out of the classes for them to fetch water, yet lessons are going on. It wastes their time and ours too making it so hard to complete our syllabus on time.”

When students need more water, they have to walk out the gate, down the road, and into the adjacent community. They frequent the community’s well, where disputes often arise as community members say that they have the right to always be first in line. With two plastic tanks that don’t provide adequate water, the school is in danger of being closed by the local health department.

What we can do:

Training

The school environment is fairly clean. The utensils are sun-dried on the dish rack. However, the students need to learn more about personal hygiene and how important handwashing is.

“Our hygiene is not the standard. Our students can’t clean their classes and the latrines frequently as required. They don’t even wash their hands after visiting the latrine simply because we don’t have enough water in school and also there are no handwashing containers,” said Mrs. Kisanya Mitchell.

Training on good hygiene habits 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.

After visiting with teachers and students, we determined to address personal hygiene; leadership and management; handwashing; water handling; water treatment.

Handwashing Stations

Both the teachers’ and students’ latrines do not have water placed near them for handwashing. The only available handwashing container is at the entrance of the administration block for the teachers to wash their hands.

Two handwashing stations will be delivered to the school, and the CTC 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

There are just two latrines per gender. The latrines are not so clean. They are not washed daily because of water scarcity.

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 from the spring 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 academic performance!

Project Updates


03/12/2019: Musango Mixed Secondary School Project Underway

A severe clean water shortage at Musango Mixed 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 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 - The Patyrak Family