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The Water Project: Kwa Kyelu Primary School -  Teacher Conducts Class
The Water Project: Kwa Kyelu Primary School -  Studying In Class
The Water Project: Kwa Kyelu Primary School -  Students In Class
The Water Project: Kwa Kyelu Primary School -  Students Carrying Water
The Water Project: Kwa Kyelu Primary School -  Staff Latrines
The Water Project: Kwa Kyelu Primary School -  School Mission And Motto
The Water Project: Kwa Kyelu Primary School -  School Compound
The Water Project: Kwa Kyelu Primary School -  Nganga Kithiiya
The Water Project: Kwa Kyelu Primary School -  Mercy Nduku
The Water Project: Kwa Kyelu Primary School -  Latrines
The Water Project: Kwa Kyelu Primary School -  Kitchen
The Water Project: Kwa Kyelu Primary School -  Hi
The Water Project: Kwa Kyelu Primary School -  Girls Vip Latrines
The Water Project: Kwa Kyelu Primary School -  Girls Latrines
The Water Project: Kwa Kyelu Primary School -  Cooking Area
The Water Project: Kwa Kyelu Primary School -  Students Lined Up With The Water Containers They Bring Each Day
The Water Project: Kwa Kyelu Primary School -  Containers Lined Up And Ready To Be Filled
The Water Project: Kwa Kyelu Primary School -  Classrooms
The Water Project: Kwa Kyelu Primary School -  Boys Latrines
The Water Project: Kwa Kyelu Primary School -  Boys Latrine Block
The Water Project: Kwa Kyelu Primary School -  Alice Muthie
The Water Project: Kwa Kyelu Primary School -  Students Gathered Outside
The Water Project: Kwa Kyelu Primary School -  Hole In Decomissioned Tank
The Water Project: Kwa Kyelu Primary School -  Decomissioned Tank
The Water Project: Kwa Kyelu Primary School -  Carrying Water Back To School
The Water Project: Kwa Kyelu Primary School -  Carrying Containers To Collect Water
The Water Project: Kwa Kyelu Primary School -  Collecting Water

Project Status



Project Type:  Rainwater Catchment

Regional Program: Southeastern Kenya WaSH Program

Project Phase:  Donate to this Project
Estimated Install Date (?):  08/31/2019

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The more than 150 students at Kwa Kyelu Primary School bring small containers filled with water each day. The students leave their containers outside of the classrooms so that it can be used to meet the school’s various needs – from water to cook vegetables for lunch to water for cleaning classrooms. Some pupils also carry a second small container to use for drinking water.

The children are required to bring water to school. This is a burden for them because the water must be carried in addition to their school bag and firewood for the school kitchen.

To make matters worse, the water they bring is unsafe for human consumption. Students and their parents collect water from open scoop holes in the Tyaa riverbed. Most families have to travel more than two kilometers to get this water to meet their daily needs. During the dry season, people must travel even further to get water.

This water is dirty and open to contamination from animal waste and nearby farm runoff. This exposes the school community to various health risks and waterborne diseases that come with drinking unsafe water.

“Life in this school is not easy,” said Teacher Alice Muthie.

“The prevailing conditions here are below average because we lack a reliable clean water supply. The water brought by the students has been endangering the health of the school community members.”

School facilities such as latrines and classes are very dirty because the school lacks water. This exposes students to poor learning conditions.

About the School

Kwa Kyelu Primary School was started in the year 1987 by local community members from Kwa Kyelu Village of Kitui County.  The school was later taken up by the government to operate under the Migwani District Education Board. The school has no formal sponsors and has grown through the support of parents, the Kitui County Government, and the national government.

The school is found in a peaceful, rural area that is dry. Most of the school’s buildings look old.

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 others look tiny in comparison; 104,000 liters should be enough water to carry students and staff through the entire dry season. As soon as the tank has time to cure, it can begin to collect rainwater for drinking, cooking, and cleaning!

Training

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.

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.

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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.


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