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The Water Project: Boyani Primary School -  School Signpost
The Water Project: Boyani Primary School -  Students In Class
The Water Project: Boyani Primary School -  Students In Class
The Water Project: Boyani Primary School -  Water Storage And Dishes Inside A Classroom
The Water Project: Boyani Primary School -  Water Storage Containers In The Kitchen
The Water Project: Boyani Primary School -  Dishrack
The Water Project: Boyani Primary School -  Stove Inside The Kitchen
The Water Project: Boyani Primary School -  Kitchen
The Water Project: Boyani Primary School -  School Staff
The Water Project: Boyani Primary School -  Students Playing
The Water Project: Boyani Primary School -  Athletics Competition On The Playground
The Water Project: Boyani Primary School -  Students On Break
The Water Project: Boyani Primary School -  School Grounds
The Water Project: Boyani Primary School -  Boys Queueing To Use Pit Latrines
The Water Project: Boyani Primary School -  Boys Latrine Block
The Water Project: Boyani Primary School -  Girls Line Up At Their Pit Latrines
The Water Project: Boyani Primary School -  Girls Latrine Blocks
The Water Project: Boyani Primary School -  School Grounds And Classrooms
The Water Project: Boyani Primary School -  View From Behind The Classrooms
The Water Project: Boyani Primary School -  Head Teacher Mr Samoei Kibet
The Water Project: Boyani Primary School -  Deputy Head Teacher Mrs Gladys Owaga
The Water Project: Boyani Primary School -  Students At The School Gate
The Water Project: Boyani Primary School -  Student Carrying Water To School
The Water Project: Boyani Primary School -  Students Carrying Water To School
The Water Project: Boyani Primary School -  Student Waiting To Cross The Road With Water
The Water Project: Boyani Primary School -  Students Carrying Water To School
The Water Project: Boyani Primary School -  Students Carrying Water To School
The Water Project: Boyani Primary School -  Student Carrying Water
The Water Project: Boyani Primary School -  Student Collecting Water From Home
The Water Project: Boyani Primary School -  Student Collecting Water At Home

Project Status



Project Type:  Rainwater Catchment

Regional Program: Western Kenya WaSH Program

Impact: 365 Served

Project Phase:  Under Construction
Estimated Install Date (?):  08/07/2020

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“Really, we have a problem in this school. For so many years we have suffered from lack of water and this has contributed to low enrollment because pupils are moving to other schools that have good facilities.”

This was teacher Mrs. Gladys Owaga from Boyani Primary School, reflecting on how the water crisis is affecting her school. Established in 1992, Boyani Primary School currently has 350 students, 15 teachers and staff, and 0 sources of water on campus.

The school depends on students bringing water from home, and the sources’ safety and reliability vary. The containers students use are often dirty, contaminating what would have otherwise been clean and safe water. Because the water is then combined for use at school, even 1 contaminated source means everyone suffers. There is often not enough water to go around for proper cleaning of the kitchen utensils, latrines, classrooms, or handwashing.

Teachers here report that the students have been suffering regularly from waterborne diseases such as cholera and typhoid. This affects the entire school in terms of performance since many students and even teachers end up missing school between being sick and going to the hospital for treatment.

Parents are using much of their resources to purchase medication for their children, contributing to the high rate of poverty in the area. The school’s development has been relatively stagnant due to this cycle of challenges.

Not least of the challenges is the time and energy required of students to fetch water before school each day. With classes beginning at 6:30 am, some of these young students often set out in the dark to fetch water, which is not always so safe depending on where their source is located. Others who are lucky enough get to collect water from their home, but this depletes the water that was intended for family use.

Then, the students must walk to school while carrying their container of water. Upon arriving at school, many students are already too tired to concentrate, further affecting their educational experience.

“As long as we have been a school, we have been suffering due to lack of water. We have not been doing well in terms of cleanliness, and it has affected us academically,” said teacher Mr. Nelson Majani.

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: Boyani Primary School Project Underway!

A severe clean water shortage at Boyani 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

Project Sponsor - Da Bomb Bath Fizzers
Rotary Club of Chestfield W4W 2020
Living Only Love Sanctuary in Honor of Amma
3 individual donor(s)