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The Water Project: Eshiakhulo Primary School -  Garbage Pile
The Water Project: Eshiakhulo Primary School -  Latrines
The Water Project: Eshiakhulo Primary School -  Kitchen And Water Containers
The Water Project: Eshiakhulo Primary School -  Students On School Grounds
The Water Project: Eshiakhulo Primary School -  Staff
The Water Project: Eshiakhulo Primary School -  Kitchen Staff
The Water Project: Eshiakhulo Primary School -  In Class
The Water Project: Eshiakhulo Primary School -  In Class
The Water Project: Eshiakhulo Primary School -  Abigael
The Water Project: Eshiakhulo Primary School -  Liter Plastic Tank For Cooking And Drinking
The Water Project: Eshiakhulo Primary School -  Liter Plastic Tank For Cooking And Drinking
The Water Project: Eshiakhulo Primary School -  Carrying Water
The Water Project: Eshiakhulo Primary School -  Entrance
The Water Project: Eshiakhulo Primary School -  School Sign

Project Status



Project Type:  Rainwater Catchment

Regional Program: Western Kenya WaSH Program

Project Phase:  Donate to this Project
Estimated Install Date (?):  05/31/2019

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Eshiakhulo Community is a rural, peaceful area as people go about their daily activities. The vegetation is green with the planting of maize, beans, millet, and sweet potatoes along the road to the school.

Eshiakhulo Primary School was established in 1975. The school has grown from about eight students each class to have 812 students currently enrolled.

Students arrive at school around 6:30am with water either from the stream or from their homes. They use some of this water for cleaning chores and then do class work with their teachers. Normal classes begin at 8:20am. During lunchtime those who are not enrolled in the lunch program go home for lunch and come back with more water. They are dismissed around 4:30pm.

Students always carry water to school because the school doesn’t have an adequate water source. There is a plastic tank that can catch 1,000 liters of rainwater, but this is used up very quickly. These 1,000 liters are strictly rationed for just drinking and cooking. Many students must make it through the school day thirsty.

Since this precious commodity is so limited, the tank has been placed at the entrance of the administration block so pupils are not at liberty to use it freely. The headteacher said they have to be strict because it’s their only source of water.

With this huge limitation, students are also forced to bring water from home each morning. They must balance a full container of water with their schoolbooks. 12-year-old Abigael told us “the little we bring, everybody wants a sip from it.”

What we can do:

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!

Sanitation and Hygiene

The latrines are very dirty since there is not enough water for cleaning. This encourages open defecation. They clean without disinfectant and that’s why the floors of the latrines have bugs. There is no water kept nearby, so it is obvious that students are not washing their hands after using the latrines.

The water storage is not treated so the water children consume is unsafe. No wonder most pupils suffer from typhoid and amoeba.

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.

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.

Handwashing Stations

We will deliver two handwashing stations 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.

 

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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

2 individual donor(s)