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The Water Project: Gamalenga Primary School -  Water Storage Inside The Kitchen
The Water Project: Gamalenga Primary School -  Students Playing
The Water Project: Gamalenga Primary School -  Student Agnes
The Water Project: Gamalenga Primary School -  Students Carrying Water From Home To The Kitchen
The Water Project: Gamalenga Primary School -  Student Fetching Water
The Water Project: Gamalenga Primary School -  Student Drawing Water From The Tank
The Water Project: Gamalenga Primary School -  Close Up Of Water Tank
The Water Project: Gamalenga Primary School -  Water Tanks
The Water Project: Gamalenga Primary School -  Dishrack
The Water Project: Gamalenga Primary School -  Kitchen
The Water Project: Gamalenga Primary School -  Classroom While Pupils Take A Break
The Water Project: Gamalenga Primary School -  Classrooms
The Water Project: Gamalenga Primary School -  Boys Lined Up At The Latrines
The Water Project: Gamalenga Primary School -  Boys Latrines And Urinal
The Water Project: Gamalenga Primary School -  Girls Lined Up At Their Latrines
The Water Project: Gamalenga Primary School -  Students Run To Their Latrines
The Water Project: Gamalenga Primary School -  Girls Latrine Block
The Water Project: Gamalenga Primary School -  Teachers In Staffroom
The Water Project: Gamalenga Primary School -  Enjoying A Moment Of Laughter
The Water Project: Gamalenga Primary School -  Teacher Mr Ochieng
The Water Project: Gamalenga Primary School -  Teacher Having A Word With Pupils Before Breaking For Lunch
The Water Project: Gamalenga Primary School -  Students In Class
The Water Project: Gamalenga Primary School -  Students In Class
The Water Project: Gamalenga Primary School -  Classrooms
The Water Project: Gamalenga Primary School -  School Grounds
The Water Project: Gamalenga Primary School -  School Grounds
The Water Project: Gamalenga Primary School -  Students Coming To School With Water
The Water Project: Gamalenga Primary School -  Students Carrying Water
The Water Project: Gamalenga Primary School -  Students Carrying Water To School
The Water Project: Gamalenga Primary School -  Students Carrying Water To School
The Water Project: Gamalenga Primary School -  Students Fetching Water At Home
The Water Project: Gamalenga Primary School -  A Home Water Source

Project Status



Project Type:  Rainwater Catchment

Regional Program: Western Kenya WaSH Program

Impact: 460 Served

Project Phase:  Under Construction
Estimated Install Date (?):  04/30/2020

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“Water has been and is still an issue in this school. As a student of this school, I am forced to carry water from my home and this is tedious. There are times when I don’t find water at home and this forces me to abscond my afternoon classes for fear of being punished by my teachers.”

This was 12-year-old pupil Agnes, reflecting on how the water crisis at her school has become a personal burden fo herself and her fellow students. Some 446 students attend Gamalenga Primary School. They are taught and supported by 14 teachers and staff who understand this burden all too well.

The second oldest school in the area, Gamalenga Primary was established in 1951 sponsored by the Pentecostal Assemblies of God Church. The institution has grown tremendously since then and has produced several legal minds in the country, including the well-known current member of parliament Dr. Gimose. The school for the last 6 years has topped the performance lists in Tambua Zone, an indicator that the school is a center of excellence.

And yet, they still do not have access to enough clean, safe, and reliable water for their students.

A normal school day starts at 6:30 am when students arrive and begin a general cleaning of the campus. Students are requested to carry water from home to school in the morning and then again at lunch break. This has been a challenge as most of the pupils abscond their afternoon classes for fear of getting in trouble at school for not being able to find or carry enough water from home. Each time students do arrive with water at school, however, they are often too tired to focus anyway from the time-consuming trip and challenging walk.

Water is sourced from various homes without close monitoring of the sources’ or fetching containers’ quality. A look at the various jerrycans students use to fetch water shows many without lids, exposing the collected water to contaminants. Quite a number of the jerrycans were dirty from the inside as well, meaning they would contaminate the water inside even if it started off clean. Because the water is combined for use, even 1 contaminated source means everyone suffers.

Waterborne illnesses throughout the school population are common, including cholera and typhoid. These lead to both students’ and teachers’ absenteeism, which hurts academic performance and costs the school and pupils’ parents money when seeking treatment and medication.

“I have been in this school for just 1 year and I have fallen victim to our water scarcity issue. I suffered from a typhoid infection and this meant I had to spend more resources on my medication. I had to skip quite a number of school days just to be attended to by a doctor,” said Head Teacher Mrs. Ruth Rao.

The only other sources of water are 2 small plastic rain tanks which together can only collect 10,000 liters of water. With a population of Gamalenga Primary’s size, these do not come close in meeting their daily water needs. Students are asked to bring water from home every day year-round, regardless of the rainy season.

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

The currently used latrine blocks are almost full, overcrowded, and in poor condition.

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


03/20/2020: Gamalenga Primary School Project Underway!

A severe clean water shortage at Gamalenga 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.