Kangutha primary school is found in a silent rural setting, bordering a hill near the school. The local area has a low vegetation cover occasioned by the prolonged dry periods and low rainfall. The school was started by Kangutha village community in 1990 who felt the need for a school in their village due to the long distances traveled by their children to access other schools at Malioni and waita.
Today, more than 250 students attend the school that features 8 classrooms, a staff room and administration block, playing ground, children latrines and a temporary kitchen because the roof on the permanent kitchen was recently blown away by the wind.
The main source of water for the school community are scoop holes dug at Kitwa Mikeu river. The parents and students are required to carry water to school each day since there is no source on the school grounds. The water that they collect is then pooled into large containers. Water from the scoop holes is shared by human beings and animals and open to contamination. It also looks dirty, noted our teams after visiting the school, and the water is unfit for human consumption.
"Our school lacks an adequate supply of water for drinking and other activities, pupils and parents are always required to bring water to school which bothers them very much as they should be concentrating on academic-related activities," said Head Teacher Cirus Ireri.
School routine has been affected on many occasions because of total water supply failure thus derailing meals and other academic programs being halted for students to go looking for water. Getting clean drinking water has been a problem for the school community.
"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 Head Teacher Ireri.
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!
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.
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.