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The Water Project: Kyamatula Secondary School -  Celebrating
The Water Project: Kyamatula Secondary School -  Collecting Water
The Water Project: Kyamatula Secondary School -  Community Contributed Rocks For Tank Construction
The Water Project: Kyamatula Secondary School -  Community Members Help With The Tank Construction
The Water Project: Kyamatula Secondary School -  Completed And Painted Tank
The Water Project: Kyamatula Secondary School -  Completed Tank
The Water Project: Kyamatula Secondary School -  Completed Tank
The Water Project: Kyamatula Secondary School -  Completed Tank
The Water Project: Kyamatula Secondary School -  Construction Materials
The Water Project: Kyamatula Secondary School -  Drinking Water From The Tank
The Water Project: Kyamatula Secondary School -  Filling Up Container With Water
The Water Project: Kyamatula Secondary School -  Finishing Exterior Of Tank
The Water Project: Kyamatula Secondary School -  Girls Using Handwashing Station
The Water Project: Kyamatula Secondary School -  Gutters To Be Installed
The Water Project: Kyamatula Secondary School -  Handwashing At New Station
The Water Project: Kyamatula Secondary School -  Handwashing Demonstration
The Water Project: Kyamatula Secondary School -  Handwashing Demonstration
The Water Project: Kyamatula Secondary School -  Handwashing Station
The Water Project: Kyamatula Secondary School -  Handwashing Training
The Water Project: Kyamatula Secondary School -  Handwashing Training
The Water Project: Kyamatula Secondary School -  Handwashing
The Water Project: Kyamatula Secondary School -  Jumping For Water
The Water Project: Kyamatula Secondary School -  Soapmaking
The Water Project: Kyamatula Secondary School -  Soapmaking
The Water Project: Kyamatula Secondary School -  Soapmaking
The Water Project: Kyamatula Secondary School -  Soapmaking
The Water Project: Kyamatula Secondary School -  Soapmaking
The Water Project: Kyamatula Secondary School -  Stallon School Vice President
The Water Project: Kyamatula Secondary School -  Student Health Club Members
The Water Project: Kyamatula Secondary School -  Students At The Training
The Water Project: Kyamatula Secondary School -  Students At The Training
The Water Project: Kyamatula Secondary School -  Students Drink Water From The Tank
The Water Project: Kyamatula Secondary School -  Students Lined Up To Get Water From The Tank
The Water Project: Kyamatula Secondary School -  Students Listen At The Training
The Water Project: Kyamatula Secondary School -  Tank Construction
The Water Project: Kyamatula Secondary School -  Tank Construction
The Water Project: Kyamatula Secondary School -  Tank Construction
The Water Project: Kyamatula Secondary School -  Tank Construction
The Water Project: Kyamatula Secondary School -  Tank Curing
The Water Project: Kyamatula Secondary School -  Tank Curing
The Water Project: Kyamatula Secondary School -  Tank Nearly Complete
The Water Project: Kyamatula Secondary School -  Tank Nears Completion
The Water Project: Kyamatula Secondary School -  Tank Walls Complete
The Water Project: Kyamatula Secondary School -  Thumbs Up From Water From The Tank
The Water Project: Kyamatula Secondary School -  Training
The Water Project: Kyamatula Secondary School -  Training
The Water Project: Kyamatula Secondary School -  Training Poster
The Water Project: Kyamatula Secondary School -  Training
The Water Project: Kyamatula Secondary School -  Breaking Large Rocks
The Water Project: Kyamatula Secondary School -  Staff Latrines
The Water Project: Kyamatula Secondary School -  School Kitchen
The Water Project: Kyamatula Secondary School -  School Grounds
The Water Project: Kyamatula Secondary School -  School Front Gate
The Water Project: Kyamatula Secondary School -  Judith Syombua
The Water Project: Kyamatula Secondary School -  Handwashing Station
The Water Project: Kyamatula Secondary School -  Girls Latrines
The Water Project: Kyamatula Secondary School -  Existing Plastic Rainwater Tank
The Water Project: Kyamatula Secondary School -  Eric Mwenda
The Water Project: Kyamatula Secondary School -  Classroom
The Water Project: Kyamatula Secondary School -  Bucket For Handwashing Near Girls Bathroom
The Water Project: Kyamatula Secondary School -  Boys Latrines
The Water Project: Kyamatula Secondary School -  Fetching Water From Small Plastic Tank
The Water Project: Kyamatula Secondary School -  Cooking Lunch
The Water Project: Kyamatula Secondary School -  Staff And Students
The Water Project: Kyamatula Secondary School -  Donkey Gets Ready To Go Fetch Water
The Water Project: Kyamatula Secondary School -  Carrying Water

Project Status



Project Type:  Rainwater Catchment

Regional Program: Southeastern Kenya WaSH Program

Impact: 113 Served

Project Phase:  In Service - Oct 2019

Functionality Status:  Functional

Project Features


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Community Profile

Kyamatula Secondary School operates in large part thanks to the contributions of its 111 students’ parents. These hardworking parents came together in 2012 to reopen the school four years after it was shut down due to insufficient funds. Their support over the past 7 years has helped grow Kyamatula Secondary School. They pooled their resources to buy a 10,000-liter plastic water tank a few years ago, but it is only big enough to hold water for three months out of the year.

The rest of the year, the parents pay a fee to have water delivered from the nearest river via donkey’s back.

“Water is a big challenge in this region. Here in school, lack of water is a big deal,” said student Eric Mwenda.

“Sometimes after lunch, you find students scrambling for water to drink because it is minimal and it can only be enough for a few students.”

Getting enough water is costly for parents and the school, and the water they find isn’t even clean. Many parents struggle to help pay for the school’s water needs, a fee that is in addition to the per-student cost of the school lunch program. There have also been cases of students missing school due to issues of stomachaches and diarrhea, which are often diagnosed as waterborne diseases caused by drinking dirty water.

The water situation at Kyamatula Secondary School places a financial stress on the parents and a physical stress on the students.

“It is hard because at times we have no water at home and coming to school is our solace yet we feel more pressure here,” said 18-year-old student Judith Syombua.

“After finishing our meals, we lack water for drinking. This makes life hard because we cannot concentrate in class. Imagine studying when you are thirsty. All you think of is water. There is nothing you can grasp in class. This has affected our studies greatly.”

Rainwater Catchment Tank

We will build a 104,000-liter rainwater catchment tank for this school. This water will benefit the students, teachers, and supplementary staff. Parents will mobilize the materials needed for construction, such as sand and stone. They will also lend some strong arms to help with the actual construction.

The huge capacity of this tank makes the 10,000-liter plastic tank look tiny in comparison; 104,000 liters should be enough water to carry students and staff through the dry season if managed properly. As soon as the tank has time to cure, it can begin to collect rainwater for drinking, cooking, and cleaning!

Hygiene and Sanitation

The latrines are rarely washed due to the insufficient supply of water because the current water in the 10,000-liter tank is reserved for much more important uses such as drinking and cooking. There is no water kept near the latrines. Students rarely wash their hands after visiting the toilets due to lack of functional hand washing facilities.

Students and staff will be trained for one day. Those in attendance will form a school health club that will promote good hygiene and sanitation practices both at school and home. They will learn all of the steps to proper handwashing, how to treat water, and how to keep their environment clean. The school will also be taught how to best oversee and maintain their new rainwater catchment tank and handwashing stations.

Three handwashing stations will be delivered at the project’s completion. These are 1,000-liter plastic tanks fitted with four taps. The health club and school management will be responsible for making sure tanks are filled with water and that a cleaning agent such as soap or ash is available.

Project Updates


10/31/2019: Kyamatula Secondary School Project Complete!

Kyamatula Secondary School in Kenya now has access to a new source of safe, clean water thanks to the completion of their rain tank, which has the ability to collect 104,000 liters of water. We installed new latrines for students, handwashing stations, and we trained students and staff on improved sanitation and hygiene practices. All of these components work together to unlock the opportunity for these students to live better, healthier lives.

Rain Tank

“We are delighted with the implementation of this project and the benefits that we will attain from this project,” said 18-year-old student Stallon Mambo.

“Hygiene and sanitation in the school will improve as well as our performance.”

Kyamatula Secondary School is affiliated with the Katulye Mwiyendea Self-Help Group, since most of its members’ children attend here. These parents and the school administration approached the self-help group committee and requested their help in alleviating the water shortage at the school.

The Process

A meeting with all of the parents and the Head Teacher was then held to plan out the project. Parents agreed to collect construction materials like sand, rocks, and water. We would complement their materials by delivering the expertise, tools, lumber, metal, cement, and gutter system.

This tank is a whopping 104,000 liters not because of a large student population, but because of how rarely it rains in Southeastern Kenya. The more water we can store during the seasonal rains, the more water available through the dry months.

Construction for this large rain tank is much like the construction of a concrete house. First, the ground is leveled for foundation excavation.

Alternating layers of impermeable rocks are laid upon mortar up to 7 feet high, with internal and external diameters of 25 and 28 feet respectively.

A reinforced concrete column is built right up to the center of the tank, which holds up the roof and prevents it from caving in. The walls are then plastered both internally and externally with waterproof cement. After that, several feet of guttering is installed and channeled into the tank. The roofing is made of iron sheets and timber. There are vents to allow rainwater into the tank from the gutters.

School leadership is armed with the technical skills to ensure that the water tank remains functional, and gaps that exist can be identified through our ongoing monitoring visits.

Handwashing Stations

The new handwashing stations were delivered in time for training so that they could be used for handwashing demonstrations. Each of these has 3 taps so that 6 students can wash their hands at the same time.

New Knowledge

The facilitator of the hygiene and sanitation training, Veronica Matolo notified the area field officer, Fidelis Ndunge on the planned training and informed her to notify the school administration. The training was held at the school compound under a tree which provided sufficient shade for all the students. The venue was conducive enough for the training and all students were comfortable throughout the gathering.

Nearly 100 students were in attendance to learn about improved hygiene and sanitation practices. We went over topics including student health club activities; disease transmission; preventing the spread of disease; personal hygiene; handwashing; water hygiene; food hygiene; latrine hygiene; and soapmaking.

The students’ level of participation was impressive as they were active throughout the meeting. They were very inquisitive and lively which made the training easy and enjoyable for both the students and the trainer. Their anticipation and eagerness to learn made most of the demonstrative processes simple and comprehensible. All students were equally interested as they took turns to participate and engage in the activities.

Handwashing demonstration

“The training has changed my perspective towards life, hygiene, and sanitation. We have learned a lot which can help in improving personal hygiene, compound hygiene, and reduce the chances of contracting diseases due to poor hygiene behaviors,” said Stallon.

Stallon really enjoyed learning how to make soap. The main purpose of the project is to promote and improve hygiene and sanitation in schools. The soapmaking training also equips pupils with new skills, which are aimed at helping them in life after school. Liquid soap can be used to perform different purposes at schools, such as handwashing and washing dishes, among others.

Soapmaking

Both the students and the teachers engaged in this activity. It was a new technique for most of them and they enjoyed it because it would help them in generating income after school. The students were mesmerized by the scientific combination of the chemicals to produce the soap.

According to the facilitator’s observation, the students seemed to grasp and adopt very fast what they learned. After a short walk within the school compound to investigate the school’s hygiene status, the students highlighted their strong and weak points and vowed to improve their hygiene standards.

Thank you for making all of this possible!


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09/12/2019: Kyamatula Secondary School project underway!

A severe clean water shortage at Kyamatula 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 - Tiny Pebbles Foundation
Carmel High School Class of 2021
Mitch Brownlie, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Stop the Walk
UW-Madison EMBA class of 2020
South Aiken Presbyterian Church VBS Campaign for Water
Sean's Campaign for Water
12 individual donor(s)