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The Water Project: Ivumbu Primary School -  Flowing Water
The Water Project: Ivumbu Primary School -  Flowing Water
The Water Project: Ivumbu Primary School -  Flowing Water
The Water Project: Ivumbu Primary School -  Flowing Water
The Water Project: Ivumbu Primary School -  Flowing Water
The Water Project: Ivumbu Primary School -  Finished Latrines
The Water Project: Ivumbu Primary School -  Handwashing Station
The Water Project: Ivumbu Primary School -  Handwashing Station
The Water Project: Ivumbu Primary School -  Tank Construction
The Water Project: Ivumbu Primary School -  Tank Construction
The Water Project: Ivumbu Primary School -  Tank Construction
The Water Project: Ivumbu Primary School -  Tank Construction
The Water Project: Ivumbu Primary School -  Tank Construction
The Water Project: Ivumbu Primary School -  Sifting Sand
The Water Project: Ivumbu Primary School -  Dropping Off Sand For Construction
The Water Project: Ivumbu Primary School -  Latrine Construction
The Water Project: Ivumbu Primary School -  Latrine Construction
The Water Project: Ivumbu Primary School -  Bringing Bricks To The Construction Site
The Water Project: Ivumbu Primary School -  Handwashing
The Water Project: Ivumbu Primary School -  Handwashing
The Water Project: Ivumbu Primary School -  Handwashing
The Water Project: Ivumbu Primary School -  Elected Ctc Club Officials
The Water Project: Ivumbu Primary School -  Training
The Water Project: Ivumbu Primary School -  Dental Hygiene Training
The Water Project: Ivumbu Primary School -  Training
The Water Project: Ivumbu Primary School -  Training
The Water Project: Ivumbu Primary School -  Training
The Water Project: Ivumbu Primary School -  Handwashing Demonstration For Everyone
The Water Project: Ivumbu Primary School -  Handwashing Demonstration For Everyone
The Water Project: Ivumbu Primary School -  Handwashing Demonstration For Everyone
The Water Project: Ivumbu Primary School -  Mr Lwova
The Water Project: Ivumbu Primary School -  Water Storage In School Kitchen
The Water Project: Ivumbu Primary School -  Torn Down Latrines
The Water Project: Ivumbu Primary School -  Latrines
The Water Project: Ivumbu Primary School -  Latrines
The Water Project: Ivumbu Primary School -  Taking Water Back To The School
The Water Project: Ivumbu Primary School -  The Busy Road
The Water Project: Ivumbu Primary School -  Carrying Water
The Water Project: Ivumbu Primary School -  Fetching Water
The Water Project: Ivumbu Primary School -  Fetching Water
The Water Project: Ivumbu Primary School -  Fetching Water
The Water Project: Ivumbu Primary School -  Going To The River
The Water Project: Ivumbu Primary School -  Going To Fetch Water
The Water Project: Ivumbu Primary School -  Students In Class
The Water Project: Ivumbu Primary School -  Classrooms
The Water Project: Ivumbu Primary School -  Students Playing On School Grounds
The Water Project: Ivumbu Primary School -  Students And Teachers Pose

Project Status



Project Type:  Rainwater Catchment

Regional Program: Western Kenya WaSH Program

Impact: 250 Served

Project Phase:  In Service - May 2019

Functionality Status:  Functional

Last Checkup: 07/31/2019

Project Features


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Since Ivumbu Primary School didn’t have a water source on school grounds, the county donated a 5,000-liter plastic tank. This is a very small amount of water for 237 students, 12 teachers, and one support staff. The water is reserved for drinking and is strictly rationed. In fact, the tap is only unlocked during lunchtime.

Students get very thirsty throughout the day, so they opt to drink water from a river across the street. This river is depended upon by not only the school but the surrounding community as well. This river is large and dangerous for these small students, not to mention the high contamination of the water. Livestock is even brought to drink directly from the water!

Students not only go to get this river water for drinking, but they get it for cleaning their classrooms and latrines as well. The walk to the river is dangerous because the road is very busy, but also tiring as students carry heavy containers of water.

“I carry my drinking water from home but I’m very worried for my pupils. I have been in this school for just six months and I have witnessed so many sick cases,” said Headteacher Lwova.

“I just want my pupils to stay in school and excel.”

There is a lot of absenteeism from class as students leave early because of stomachaches. When the students come back to school with the doctor’s report, they always show that they had been treated for typhoid or amoeba.

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 latrines are in very bad condition. The girls’ latrines were recently closed off because they are too dangerous, and the boys’ latrines are so old that the headteacher would like to close those off and provide new ones as soon as possible.

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


05/29/2019: Ivumbu Primary School Project Complete

There is a new rainwater catchment system at Ivumbu 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 received training in sanitation and hygiene.

Rainwater Catchment Tank

Construction of this new rainwater catchment tank was a big success.

“This tank has completely solved our water problem,” said Teacher Lwova.

“We are now sure that the community will have more confidence in the school, hence a population increase is expected in the near future.”

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.

The actual construction of the rainwater tank began with excavation, which was done in the evening when the artisan reported to the school. Stones were then carefully packed onto the excavated area to create a strong foundation. The next morning, casual laborers from the community came in large numbers to cast the slab for the foundation of the tank.

The water for construction was fetched from Jamlongoji River by a parent and her two children who study at the school.

The foundation was cast with sand, cement, ballast, and waterproof cement. As this was being done, the wall’s skeleton of wire mesh and rebar was erected and secured into the foundation. Upon completion of the foundation, the walls were cemented and plastered to completion both inside and outside.

The catchment area was dug, plastered, and a staircase installed so students can easily get water from the tap. A metal cover with a lock was placed over the catchment area to avoid water wastage.

A concrete reinforcement pillar was built up to support the dome, which was also made of a strong wire mesh and concrete. A hatch was installed in the dome to allow the tank to be cleaned out before heavy rain, and the gutter system was also installed at this time.

Once finished, the tank was given three weeks to undergo complete curing before it was cleaned and handed over to Ivumbu Primary School, though we will continue to offer them great support as a part of our monitoring and maintenance program. We trained the school on the frequency of gutter and tank cleaning to ensure that they collect clean water. In addition, we also do routine treatment of the water every three months using rock alum and chlorine.

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, three latrine doors for the boys and three latrine doors for the girls. 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.

New Knowledge

We planned hygiene and sanitation training with the headteacher when the school resumed after April holidays. During the phone call, we requested him to recruit a total of 20 pupils from classes four to seven while ensuring equal gender representation. On arrival, we found that he had informed the whole school that they would all be trained. We insisted on the concept of child to child (CTC) training and he agreed to select student representatives to attend instead. It’s difficult to train hundreds of students at once! Instead, we like to train student leaders who in turn train their peers. The students in attendance formed a child to child (CTC) health club that will share what they learned with their peers and families at home.

The students also 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:

– handwashing

Since the headteacher had called the entire student body for training, we decided to take advantage of the moment by demonstrating handwashing. The whole school was very excited and they sang us a handwashing song they had been taught by their teachers. All of the pupils were excited to have been included in this opening demonstration and were excited about the ten steps of handwashing.

After this demonstration, we released all of the students but those selected to form the CTC club.

– water pollution and ways to treat drinking water


– dental hygiene


– environmental hygiene
– group dynamics along with leadership and governance for the newly formed CTC health club

Students elected their peers for leadership roles in the CTC club

– operations and maintenance of the facilities

During site maintenance and management, the pupils and the teachers were oriented with the various parts of the tank, how they work, and how to properly care for them. The participants appreciated this session because they previously had no clue about how to maintain the tank. The headteacher said that he will also ensure that the pupils drink water from clean jerrycans kept in the kitchen to help minimize crowds around the tank.

“This training was very timely. We had just taught our pupils in the previous term on the importance of handwashing after visiting the toilet. This training has not only taught us the proper way of washing hands but also the importance of using soap during this process,” said Teacher Lusiji.

Thank You for making all of this possible!


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04/10/2019: Ivumbu Primary School Project Underway

A severe clean water shortage at Ivumbu Primary 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 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.


Contributors

Project Sponsor - The Patyrak Family