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The Water Project: Kigulienyi Primary School -  Overcrowded Latrines
The Water Project: Kigulienyi Primary School -  Overcrowded Latrines
The Water Project: Kigulienyi Primary School -  Mr Shibudu
The Water Project: Kigulienyi Primary School -  Students Playing During Break
The Water Project: Kigulienyi Primary School -  Delivered Water To Kitchen
The Water Project: Kigulienyi Primary School -  Carrying Water Back To School
The Water Project: Kigulienyi Primary School -  Carrying Water Back To School
The Water Project: Kigulienyi Primary School -  Fetching Water From The Community
The Water Project: Kigulienyi Primary School -  Water Containers
The Water Project: Kigulienyi Primary School -  Water Containers
The Water Project: Kigulienyi Primary School -  Students In Class
The Water Project: Kigulienyi Primary School -  School Sign
The Water Project: Kigulienyi Primary School -  Students And Staff Posing

Project Status



Project Type:  Rainwater Catchment

Regional Program: Western Kenya WaSH Program

Impact: 315 Served

Project Phase:  Under Construction
Estimated Install Date (?):  06/30/2019

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Kigulienyi Primary School was founded in 1953 with just three classes. Now, it has both an early education program and a full primary school. There are 301 students enrolled who are taught by 12 teachers.

And though the school has developed to the point of having 14 classrooms and a kitchen where meals are prepared for staff and upper classes, they have not been able to get a source of water on school grounds.

Students have to leave class to find water for drinking, cooking, and cleaning. The most often visit a spring located in the surrounding community. The trip to get water eats into precious class time, and students return to class tired from carrying such a heavy container of water back from the spring.

“As you know, water is indeed life. When one is not able to have enough clean drinking water, one’s performance will decline,” said Mr. Shibudu.

As you can see, we have no water point in our school and this is a great challenge on our side. As a school we are forced to tell our pupils to go fetch at the community spring and by this, lessons are being interrupted.”

What we can do:

Training

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.

Handwashing Stations

We will deliver two handwashing stations 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 seven latrines are almost full and this is creating alarm for the school’s management as they are quickly trying to source funds for putting up new latrines, or else the school will be closed down by the ministry of health.

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 academic performance!

Project Updates


04/11/2019: Kigulienyi Primary School Project Underway

A severe clean water shortage at Kigulienyi Primary School drains students’ time, energy, and health. Thanks to your generosity, we’re working to solve this issue by building 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 news of success!


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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.