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The Water Project: Malinda Secondary School -  Water Storage Drums In The Kitchen
The Water Project: Malinda Secondary School -  Students Carrying Water
The Water Project: Malinda Secondary School -  Students Carrying Water
The Water Project: Malinda Secondary School -  Students Carrying Water To School
The Water Project: Malinda Secondary School -  Students Carrying Water
The Water Project: Malinda Secondary School -  Students Collecting Water
The Water Project: Malinda Secondary School -  Students Collecting Water
The Water Project: Malinda Secondary School -  Students Line Up To Collect Water
The Water Project: Malinda Secondary School -  Spring Where Students Fetch Water
The Water Project: Malinda Secondary School -  Passing Through The Village To The Spring
The Water Project: Malinda Secondary School -  Students Heading To The Spring
The Water Project: Malinda Secondary School -  Students Carrying Jerrycans To Go Fetch Water
The Water Project: Malinda Secondary School -  Students Pose At The School Entrance
The Water Project: Malinda Secondary School -  Students On The Playground
The Water Project: Malinda Secondary School -  School Sign In Window
The Water Project: Malinda Secondary School -  School Layout
The Water Project: Malinda Secondary School -  Compost Pit
The Water Project: Malinda Secondary School -  Students Washing Dishes At The Dishrack
The Water Project: Malinda Secondary School -  Food Cooking Inside Kitchen
The Water Project: Malinda Secondary School -  Kitchen
The Water Project: Malinda Secondary School -  Primary Section Toilets Used By The Secondary Students
The Water Project: Malinda Secondary School -  Girls Lined Up At Their Latrines
The Water Project: Malinda Secondary School -  Boys Latrines
The Water Project: Malinda Secondary School -  Mr Ogolla
The Water Project: Malinda Secondary School -  Head Teacher Mr Charles Shikuku
The Water Project: Malinda Secondary School -  Teacher Ms Jane At Her Desk
The Water Project: Malinda Secondary School -  Students In Class Doing Examinations
The Water Project: Malinda Secondary School -  Inside A Classroom
The Water Project: Malinda Secondary School -  Classrooms
The Water Project: Malinda Secondary School -  Students Run To Class After A Short Break

Project Status



Project Type:  Rainwater Catchment

Regional Program: Western Kenya WaSH Program

Impact: 197 Served

Project Phase:  Under Construction
Estimated Install Date (?):  08/14/2020

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“As a school, water is indeed a challenge and this makes us spend most of the class hours fetching water from outside the school’s compound. This is impacting negatively on our overall performance as a school. Installing a water point will greatly have a positive impact on us,” said Head Teacher Mr. Charles Shikuku.

Mr. Shikuku works at Malinda Secondary School, established in 2014 by the Pentecostal Assemblies of God Church. There are currently 182 students and 15 teachers at staff at this school, yet no water on campus to sustain them. The main water source for the school is a protected spring in the village which is shared with community members.

A typical day for students at Malinda Secondary School begins at 6:30 am when they report to school. Lessons run from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm with breaks in between to allow students to fetch water. This interrupts their normal class hours, especially during times of congestion at the spring; community members and adults insist on fetching water first, causing the students to often be delayed as they wait their turn to fill their jerrycans.

This process is not just time-consuming but also tiring. Between the long walk there and then hauling their water back to school – frequently several times a day – the students are often too tired to focus during class. Student performance is suffering as a result.

While the water from the protected spring is understood to be safe, the water the students collect is not necessarily so.

“When our students are sent to go fetch water, there are those who draw water at the drainage section of the spring for fear of being late coming back to school. Most of the water they bring back is used for drinking and cooking, and this affects the health of the consumers,” Deputy Head Teacher Mr. Henry Ogolla explained.

Some students also mishandle their water on the walk back, accidentally dipping their fingers into it while they carry it or drinking out of the same container they share with others. Most of the collection containers are not cleaned frequently either. Because the water is combined for use back at school, even 1 contaminated container means everyone suffers. This leads to waterborne illness outbreaks among students and staff, causing further absenteeism and lowering school performance.

Without enough water for drinking, other crucial needs like dishwashing, handwashing, and cleaning the latrines and classrooms suffer. Even the school feeding program is impacted when there is not enough water to cook.

Malinda Secondary School is unique in that they do not even have latrines of their own. Instead, they are forced to share the latrines at the primary school, adding to their overcrowding. Toilets are a basic requirement in Kenyan schools. That means that Malinda Secondary School is likely to receive a closure notice from the public health department any day now due to their sanitation and hygiene situation. The staff told us that they anxiously await the arrival of the letter they hope never comes.

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


06/30/2020: Malinda Secondary School Project Underway!

A severe clean water shortage at Malinda 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.


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