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The Water Project: Friends School Shivanga Secondary -  Nonfunctional Handwashing Station
The Water Project: Friends School Shivanga Secondary -  Signpost
The Water Project: Friends School Shivanga Secondary -  School Gate
The Water Project: Friends School Shivanga Secondary -  Administration Block
The Water Project: Friends School Shivanga Secondary -  Classrooms
The Water Project: Friends School Shivanga Secondary -  Classrooms
The Water Project: Friends School Shivanga Secondary -  Students In Class
The Water Project: Friends School Shivanga Secondary -  Students In Class
The Water Project: Friends School Shivanga Secondary -  Teacher Mr John Shango
The Water Project: Friends School Shivanga Secondary -  Student Sharon
The Water Project: Friends School Shivanga Secondary -  Student Brian
The Water Project: Friends School Shivanga Secondary -  Laboratory Block
The Water Project: Friends School Shivanga Secondary -  Outside The Kitchen
The Water Project: Friends School Shivanga Secondary -  Dishrack
The Water Project: Friends School Shivanga Secondary -  Water Storage Inside The Kitchen
The Water Project: Friends School Shivanga Secondary -  Girls Latrines
The Water Project: Friends School Shivanga Secondary -  Girls Rushing To The Latrines
The Water Project: Friends School Shivanga Secondary -  Boys Head To Their Latrines
The Water Project: Friends School Shivanga Secondary -  Students Collecting Water
The Water Project: Friends School Shivanga Secondary -  Students Ferrying Water To The Laboratory
The Water Project: Friends School Shivanga Secondary -  Student Fetching Water From The Well
The Water Project: Friends School Shivanga Secondary -  Collecting Water At The Well
The Water Project: Friends School Shivanga Secondary -  Students Carrying Water To The Kitchen

Project Status



Project Type:  Rainwater Catchment

Regional Program: Western Kenya WaSH Program

Impact: 312 Served

Project Phase:  Under Construction
Estimated Install Date (?):  09/30/2020

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Friends School Shivanga Secondary is located in the quiet Shivanga community. The area has lots of trees that make it cool and peaceful with the sound of chirping birds and rustling leaves. There are very few homesteads around here which make the school’s location prime for learning.

This school was started in 1976 by the community and sponsored by the Friends Church with a total of 17 students and 2 teachers. The community saw that the other secondary schools were very far and students had to travel long distances to get to school. As a result, they built Shivanga to solve that issue. Today, there are 287 students and 25 teachers and staff.

A typical day here begins at 6:30 am when students and teachers arrive. From this time to 7:00 am the students undertake the general cleaning of the school. They are also supposed to fetch water at this time, or whenever there is a need in the course of the day.

The main water source, a protected hand-dug well, is located on the higher side of the school compound under a cypress tree. Water is collected from this source by use of a container fastened to the end of a rope. The container is lowered into the well and submerged before being hauled up. The water is then transferred to another container for ferrying across campus or storage.

The water is clear, which made it easy to spot the few particles of sand, leaves, roots, and insects within it. It easily deters anyone from drinking the water straight from the well.

The most common health effects from consuming the well water are diarrhea, vomiting, and major stomach upsets. Students are the most affected. Amoebic dysentery and typhoid are the other diseases noted that have arisen from drinking the water untreated. Sometimes the school can treat the water, but not always.

“When the water is not treated, we suffer extreme cases of diarrhea and stomach upsets which are very painful. For me it was difficult to go to class at one point because I couldn’t even stand up straight,” said 18-year-old student Sharon.

The school’s administration noted that some students end up missing school for up to a month just trying to find medication for their illnesses. This has hurt the academic performance of the students. Both the school and parents have had to spend a lot of money, which has also taken a toll on the payment of school fees.

“It is expensive to treat any illness arising from drinking contaminated water. I’ve had to spend a lot of money a while back which almost put me in a financial crisis,” said teacher Mr. John Shango.

In addition to the well water’s unsafe quality, it is also unreliable. Throughout the year the well runs dry, especially when the rainy season ends. The school has tried to supplement their water supply with 2 small plastic rain tanks, but 1 is nonfunctional and the other hardly meets their needs.

Additionally, students are asked to bring water from home at all times of the year. This task is tiresome and time-consuming for all students, and especially dangerous for the girls. If students cannot bring water directly from their home compound, they must set out in the dark to fetch it if they are to make it to school on time for the 6:30 am cleaning. Their options are to either risk their safety or go without water.

The choice is hardly a fair one.

Once they arrive at school, many students are already too tired from the burdensome walk to focus, and their academic performance suffers. The school administration continues to put in their best effort to reduce the many water-related challenges their students face, but there is still much work to be done.

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 are currently a few handwashing stations for students to wash their hands after using the latrines or before eating lunch, but some are nonfunctional either because they are damaged or simply because there is not enough water to fill them.

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


06/29/2020: Friends School Shivanga Secondary Project Underway!

A severe clean water shortage at Friends School Shivanga Secondary 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 th


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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 - Waterdrop