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The Water Project: Chiliva Primary School -  Headteacher Mmbone
The Water Project: Chiliva Primary School -  Boys Latrines
The Water Project: Chiliva Primary School -  Girls Latrines
The Water Project: Chiliva Primary School -  Girls Drinking The Water
The Water Project: Chiliva Primary School -  Doing Dishes By School Kitchen
The Water Project: Chiliva Primary School -  Students Posing With Their Water Containers
The Water Project: Chiliva Primary School -  Carrying Water
The Water Project: Chiliva Primary School -  Carrying Water
The Water Project: Chiliva Primary School -  Fetching Water
The Water Project: Chiliva Primary School -  Students At The Spring
The Water Project: Chiliva Primary School -  Walking To The Spring
The Water Project: Chiliva Primary School -  Path To The Spring
The Water Project: Chiliva Primary School -  Students With Their Water Containers
The Water Project: Chiliva Primary School -  School Grounds
The Water Project: Chiliva Primary School -  School Gate
The Water Project: Chiliva Primary School -  School Gate

Project Status



Project Type:  Rainwater Catchment

Regional Program: Western Kenya WaSH Program

Impact: 372 Served

Project Phase:  Under Construction
Estimated Install Date (?):  03/06/2020

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Chiliva Primary School was started by the community in the year 1992. Previously, the school had earthen floors but over the years some classes have been cemented as the school population also increases. There are currently 372 students taught by 11 teachers in English, Kiswahili, science, social studies, mathematics, and religion.

However, the school immediately started contending with the challenge of not having water. The administration worked with parents to get some small plastic tanks delivered, but the rainwater these collect is not enough to sustain students when it doesn’t rain every day. This forces students to leave school in search of water.

The spring is far and students waste a lot of time between the walk there, waiting their turn to fetch water, and the return journey. There’s also a steep slope on the way there that students struggle to climb.

The pupils get sick and suffer from water-related diseases such as diarrhea. This leads to more absences that affects pupils’ academic performance. Pupils rarely have the energy to participate in the extracurricular activities after school. Economically, medication expenses are high for these students’ families and so some students drop out of school to help their parents earn more money. “Over the years we have had increased absenteeism because of illness caused by inadequate clean drinking water,” said Deputy Teacher Injendi.

Not having enough water also forces the school to sacrifice cleanliness. “We don’t wash our latrines often or even wash our hands after latrine use because water is not enough to serve the school,” said Headteacher Mmbone.

What we can do:

The sanitation status in this school is pathetic and a lot really needs to be done. I am concerned about hygiene and it stood out at the time of my visit. The school is very, very dirty and no one seems concerned about this status either. It is my desire that this school be sensitized on areas such as cleaning water containers, collecting rubbish, and disposing of rubbish in the right place. In this regard, they should dig a pit or burn the rubbish after collecting it. They also need to be advised on how to properly clean latrines and they need to do maintenance on cracks in the latrines.

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

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


01/13/2020: Chiliva Primary School Project Underway!

A severe clean water shortage at Chiliva Primary 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

Flood Family (Imago Dei)
Rogers Family Christmas 2019
Matt and Natalia
51 individual donor(s)