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The Water Project: Mutiva Primary School -  Students Drinking Water From The Spring
The Water Project: Mutiva Primary School -  School Sign
The Water Project: Mutiva Primary School -  Students At The School Gate
The Water Project: Mutiva Primary School -  Surrounding Area
The Water Project: Mutiva Primary School -  New Classrooms
The Water Project: Mutiva Primary School -  Administration Building Behind Trees
The Water Project: Mutiva Primary School -  Students In Class
The Water Project: Mutiva Primary School -  Sanitation Teacher Mrs Rebecca Mbita
The Water Project: Mutiva Primary School -  School Cook Phinite Engesia At Work
The Water Project: Mutiva Primary School -  Students Lunch
The Water Project: Mutiva Primary School -  Girls Latrines
The Water Project: Mutiva Primary School -  Girls Using Latrines
The Water Project: Mutiva Primary School -  Boys Line Up To Use Latrines
The Water Project: Mutiva Primary School -  Back Of Boys Latrines
The Water Project: Mutiva Primary School -  Garbage Pit
The Water Project: Mutiva Primary School -  Dishrack
The Water Project: Mutiva Primary School -  Teacher Mrs Macline Alusa
The Water Project: Mutiva Primary School -  Small Plastic Rain Tank
The Water Project: Mutiva Primary School -  Students Washing Dishes
The Water Project: Mutiva Primary School -  Water Storage Containers
The Water Project: Mutiva Primary School -  Students Heading To Collect Water
The Water Project: Mutiva Primary School -  Students Line Up To Fetch Water At The Spring
The Water Project: Mutiva Primary School -  Student Fetching Water
The Water Project: Mutiva Primary School -  Student Fetching Water
The Water Project: Mutiva Primary School -  Students Carrying Water
The Water Project: Mutiva Primary School -  Students Carrying Water
The Water Project: Mutiva Primary School -  Students With Water Containers At The School Gate

Project Status



Project Type:  Rainwater Catchment

Regional Program: Western Kenya WaSH Program

Impact: 281 Served

Project Phase:  Under Construction
Estimated Install Date (?):  07/17/2020

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“Being the board chairperson of this school, I am never happy to see how children suffer in search of water. This brings my record down since it’s like I don’t do my part to ensure that the children here have water. It will be my joy to get this project and solve this problem of water in this school. In my tenure, the academic performance has gone down because of time wastage; by implementing this project, we can solve this problem.”

These are the words of Mrs. Phanice Muhonje, who chairs the school board of management at  Mutiva Primary School. This school was established in 1981 to help reduce the distance students had to walk to the other nearest primary school 5 kilometers away, Friends School Givogi Primary, who we recently helped obtain clean water too. There are currently 269 students enrolled at Mutiva Primary who are taught and supported by 12 teachers and staff.

Mutiva Primary depends on 2 water sources: a spring in the village that is shared with the community, and a small plastic rain tank that comes nowhere near to serving the school’s total water needs.

At the spring, the discharge is very low and the water is cloudy. Waterborne diseases such as typhoid and dysentery are said to be rampant in this area. The spring is surrounded by eucalyptus trees – known for lowering water tables due to their high rate of water consumption during growth – and not well maintained.

The children and teachers who accompany them to protect them spend a lot of precious school time waiting in line for water. They get harassed by the community members who feel these children are a burden to them by going to use their water. People normally get involved in quarrels and fights because of the kind of struggle one has to go through to get water. The students’ academic performance is affected by not only the lost study time and a tiresome chore but also the bad attitudes that result from their experiences at the spring.

“As a sanitation teacher in this school, I always have to accompany children to the spring to go and fetch water. Sometimes it gets so personal in that the community members sometimes verbally abuse us and this really hurts,” said teacher Mrs. Mary Kasisi.

The hygiene and sanitation situation here is alarming. The latrines are hardly cleaned since there is rarely enough water to drink, let alone to use in cleaning chores such as washing the latrines and classrooms, doing dishes, or handwashing.

What we can do:

Rain Tank

A 75,000-liter rainwater catchment tank will help alleviate the water crisis at this school. The school will help collect the needed construction materials such as sand, bricks, rocks, and water for mixing cement. We will complement their materials by providing an expert team of artisans, tools, hardware, and the guttering system. Once finished, this tank will begin catching rainfall that will be used by the school’s students and staff for drinking, handwashing, cooking, cleaning, and much more.

We and the school strongly believe that all of these components will work together to improve standards at this school, which will help lead to better student academic performance and will help unlock the opportunity for these students to live better, healthier lives.

Handwashing Stations

There is currently nowhere for students to wash their hands after using the latrines or before eating lunch, let alone the water to do so.

The student health club will oversee the 2 new handwashing stations we will provide, and make sure they are kept clean and in working condition. The club leaders will fill the handwashing stations with water daily and make sure they are always supplied with a cleaning agent such as soap or ash.

VIP Latrines

2 triple-door latrine blocks will be constructed with local materials that the school will help gather. 3 doors will serve the girls while the other 3 will serve the boys. All of these new latrines will have cement floors that are designed to be easy to use and to clean. And with a rain tank right on school property, there should be enough water to keep them clean.

Training

We will hold a 1-day intensive training on improved hygiene, health, and sanitation habits at this school. Our team of facilitators will use a variety of methods to train students and staff, including participatory hygiene and sanitation transformation (PHAST) and asset-based community development (ABCD). We will initiate a child-to-child (CTC) student health club, which will prepare students to lead other pupils into healthy habits at school and at home. We will also lead lectures, group discussions, and provide illustrative handouts to teach health topics and ways to promote good hygiene practices within the school. We will then conduct a series of follow-up trainings before transitioning to our regularly scheduled support visits throughout the year.

Project Updates


06/04/2020: Mutiva Primary School Project Underway!

A severe clean water shortage at Mutiva Primary 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

Brooke Middle School
Numined Diamonds
Data Abstract Solutions, Inc.
Mahmoud Hegazi
Community United Methodist Church
AT&T Employee Giving
Senit Ltd
Fishing Creek Baptist Church
Lake Gwelup Primary School
United Way of the Capital Region
Maison and Olivia
heniker congregational church
Frontstream
The Clorox Company
Charities Aid Foundation
Rose Of Sharon Family Christain Center
Faith Chapel
Help Where Needed
Cheers for Charity
New York Life
The Clorox Company
Target Corporation
Wepay
Cardinal Health
Target
Teespring
Shai's Bar Mitzvah Campaign
Miz 's Campaign for Water
Swim shady donations
Urooba's Campaign for Water
The Phi Xi Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., "Campaign for Water"
David's Campaign for Water
Troop 3195 - Campaign for Water
FoL Wear's Campaign for Water
CalHi Choirs Clean Water Project
GWES Students Helping Others
Our Campaign for Water
Juan's Campaign for Water

And 4 other fundraising page(s)
Many individual donors