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The Water Project: Kangutha Primary School -  School Sign
The Water Project: Kangutha Primary School -  Scoop Hole
The Water Project: Kangutha Primary School -  Staff Latrines
The Water Project: Kangutha Primary School -  Student Water Storage Containers Lined Up At The Back Of Class
The Water Project: Kangutha Primary School -  Students In Class With Their Containers Of Water In The Back
The Water Project: Kangutha Primary School -  Students In Class
The Water Project: Kangutha Primary School -  Students Lined Up Holding Their Containers Full With Water
The Water Project: Kangutha Primary School -  Students
The Water Project: Kangutha Primary School -  Boys Latrines
The Water Project: Kangutha Primary School -  Carrying Water
The Water Project: Kangutha Primary School -  Children Playing
The Water Project: Kangutha Primary School -  Children Playing
The Water Project: Kangutha Primary School -  Children Playing
The Water Project: Kangutha Primary School -  Classrooms
The Water Project: Kangutha Primary School -  Classrooms
The Water Project: Kangutha Primary School -  Compound
The Water Project: Kangutha Primary School -  Cooking Area
The Water Project: Kangutha Primary School -  Gathering Water
The Water Project: Kangutha Primary School -  Girls Latrines
The Water Project: Kangutha Primary School -  Headteacher Cirus Ireri
The Water Project: Kangutha Primary School -  Kitchen
The Water Project: Kangutha Primary School -  Muithya Kalia
The Water Project: Kangutha Primary School -  Mwikali Munywoki
The Water Project: Kangutha Primary School -  Plastic Water Container
The Water Project: Kangutha Primary School -  School Compound
The Water Project: Kangutha Primary School -  School Gate
The Water Project: Kangutha Primary School -  School Kitchen
The Water Project: Kangutha Primary School -  School Play Area
The Water Project: Kangutha Primary School -  At The Scoop Hole

Project Status



Project Type:  Rainwater Catchment

Regional Program: Southeastern Kenya WaSH Program

Project Phase:  Donate to this Project
Estimated Install Date (?):  02/29/2020

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Kangutha Primary School is found in a silent, rural setting, bordering a hill near the school. Most of the school’s buildings are as old as those of the surrounding community members. The local area has a low vegetation cover, a result of the prolonged dry periods and low rainfall throughout the year.

The local school was started by Kangutha village community in 1990 when they felt the need for a school in their village due to the long distances traveled by their children to access other schools. The school operates under the Free Primary School Education program, in which all the fees in public primary schools are paid by the government of Kenya.

Pupils arrive at school at 7:00am. Cleaning the compound takes place up to 7:30am, when pupils enter classes for preps until 8:00am. Morning assembly is conducted from 8:00am to 8:20am. The school day continues until 5:00pm, with some short breaks for lunch and other non-academic activities in between.

Parents and school-going children are always required to carry water to school to sustain their school meals, the cleaning of classes, and to water the trees planted at the school. The only water source at the school is a small plastic rainwater harvesting tank. It goes empty quickly because of the sporadic rains and the fact that it is so small. That means that the school and its students must rely on water from open scoop holes found in the Kitwa Mikeu River.

This increases the risk of students contracting waterborne illnesses. As a result, students are more likely to miss class. In addition, class time is lost managing and fetching water. If water runs out, the students have to interrupt lessons to collect water from the river.

The school has experienced low levels of hygiene and sanitation due to the challenge of having an inadequate water supply. The classrooms are never cleaned, nor are the latrines.

“Some of our classes have no cemented floors; water challenges have created dusty classrooms which are unfavorable for the young kids to concentrate well in class,” said Headteacher Cirus Ireri.

The lack of water at the school makes it difficult for the students to do what they are meant to do at school – learn.

Here’s what we’re going to do about it:

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!

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.

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 at 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.

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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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