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The Water Project: Ikumba Secondary School -  Tracy
The Water Project: Ikumba Secondary School -  Boys Lined Up At Latrines
The Water Project: Ikumba Secondary School -  Girls Lined Up At Latrines
The Water Project: Ikumba Secondary School -  Patrick
The Water Project: Ikumba Secondary School -  Water Storage In School Kitchen
The Water Project: Ikumba Secondary School -  Dropping Water Off At Kitchen
The Water Project: Ikumba Secondary School -  Carrying Water To School
The Water Project: Ikumba Secondary School -  Carrying Water To School
The Water Project: Ikumba Secondary School -  Carrying Water To School
The Water Project: Ikumba Secondary School -  Carrying Water To School
The Water Project: Ikumba Secondary School -  Carrying Heavy Water
The Water Project: Ikumba Secondary School -  Fetching Water From The Community
The Water Project: Ikumba Secondary School -  Waiting For Community Member To Finish
The Water Project: Ikumba Secondary School -  The Path To The Spring
The Water Project: Ikumba Secondary School -  Going To Fetch Water
The Water Project: Ikumba Secondary School -  Going To Fetch Water
The Water Project: Ikumba Secondary School -  Students Learning Outside
The Water Project: Ikumba Secondary School -  Students Learning Outside
The Water Project: Ikumba Secondary School -  Staff Office
The Water Project: Ikumba Secondary School -  Students In Class
The Water Project: Ikumba Secondary School -  Students At School Sign

Project Status



Project Type:  Rainwater Catchment

Regional Program: Western Kenya WaSH Program

Impact: 313 Served

Project Phase:  Under Construction
Estimated Install Date (?):  09/30/2019

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Ikumba Secondary School opened in 2013 with just 14 students. They didn’t even have their own land at that point but instead borrowed a classroom from the primary school. After some growth, the secondary school is operating independently and is planning to purchase even more land for expansion. There is now a student enrollment of 298 supported by 10 teachers and 5 staff.

But despite the consistent growth and additional classrooms, Ikumba Secondary School does not have a water source on school grounds.

They have to leave school and go out into the community to find water. The closest option is over one kilometer away! Students walk to a spring where they have to line up behind community members fetching their own water. The journey back to school is the worst part since the students have to carry their heavy containers of water.

They return to afternoon classes tired out from the trek.

“A lot of time is wasted to go fetch water. If this water problem is sorted, our class performance will improve tremendously,” said 14-year-old Patrick.

What we can do:

“Some students don’t value proper hygienic practices and they don’t keep their bodies and environment clean. As a result, there are many cases of absenteeism caused by dirt-related sickness like diarrhea,” said 16-year-old Tracy.

“We need to be trained on proper sanitation and improved hygiene so as to keep these diseases away and lead a more healthy life.”

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

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

There are six latrines set aside for students, meaning that there is one latrine door for every 50 students. The overuse makes these latrines filthy, coupled with the fact there isn’t enough water to clean them on a daily basis.

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


09/10/2019: Ikumba Secondary School Project Underway!

A severe clean water shortage at Ikumba 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 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 Underwriter - The Ratterman Family
Jewish Community Center of Asheville
Somatic Vision Inc.
New Hope Webb Missionary Baptist Church
Coops For A Cause
Network for Good
Bounce Treatment Services
Girl Scout Troop 944
Westminster Public Schools
Highland County Girl Scouts Troop #429
JustGiving
Jonny Blockchain
70 individual donor(s)