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The Water Project: Friends School Mahira Primary -  Water Storage Containers
The Water Project: Friends School Mahira Primary -  Students Deliver Water To The Kitchen
The Water Project: Friends School Mahira Primary -  Students Carrying Water
The Water Project: Friends School Mahira Primary -  Students Carrying Water
The Water Project: Friends School Mahira Primary -  Students Carrying Water
The Water Project: Friends School Mahira Primary -  Students Collecting Water
The Water Project: Friends School Mahira Primary -  Students Collecting Water
The Water Project: Friends School Mahira Primary -  Water Source
The Water Project: Friends School Mahira Primary -  Student Collecting Water
The Water Project: Friends School Mahira Primary -  Students Heading To Collect Water
The Water Project: Friends School Mahira Primary -  Students Help Prepare Lunch
The Water Project: Friends School Mahira Primary -  Students Attend Class Outside
The Water Project: Friends School Mahira Primary -  Pupils On The Playground
The Water Project: Friends School Mahira Primary -  Pupils On The Playground
The Water Project: Friends School Mahira Primary -  School Landscape
The Water Project: Friends School Mahira Primary -  School Staff Taking Lunch In The Staffroom
The Water Project: Friends School Mahira Primary -  Handwashing Point
The Water Project: Friends School Mahira Primary -  At The Dishrack
The Water Project: Friends School Mahira Primary -  School Cook At Work
The Water Project: Friends School Mahira Primary -  Kitchen
The Water Project: Friends School Mahira Primary -  Latrines
The Water Project: Friends School Mahira Primary -  Girls At Their Latrines
The Water Project: Friends School Mahira Primary -  Boys At Their Latrines
The Water Project: Friends School Mahira Primary -  Students At Work
The Water Project: Friends School Mahira Primary -  Students In Class
The Water Project: Friends School Mahira Primary -  Pupils Outside Their Classrooms
The Water Project: Friends School Mahira Primary -  Classrooms With Water Filter In Background
The Water Project: Friends School Mahira Primary -  Board Of Management Chair Mr Jacob Amanga
The Water Project: Friends School Mahira Primary -  Deputy Head Teacher Madam Margaret Mikisi
The Water Project: Friends School Mahira Primary -  Students Pose With School Sign
The Water Project: Friends School Mahira Primary -  School Gate

Project Status



Project Type:  Rainwater Catchment

Regional Program: Western Kenya WaSH Program

Project Phase:  Funded - Project Initiated
Estimated Install Date (?):  04/30/2020

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“My students are forced to carry water from their homes. On many occasions, they also go to the protected spring during the school day for more water. This interferes with their academic programs, hence bringing their performance down,” explained the Deputy Head Teacher at Friends School Mahira Primary, Mrs.Margaret Mikisi.

There is no water at Mahira Primary for its 490 students and 16 teachers and staff. Founded in 1956 by the Friends Church, there has always been a severe water crisis at this school.

“We have suffered for a long time,” reflected Chair of the Parent-Teachers Association Mr. Peter Lumnasi.

Students are asked to bring water from home every morning when they come to school. Then, when that water runs out during the school day, they must walk to a spring in the village which is also shared with community members. Adults are frustrated with the students’ presence at the spring, and make the pupils wait to fetch water until they are done. The process is lengthy and tiresome, leaving students zapped of energy when they should be energetic and ready to learn. Their academic performance is, understandably, suffering.

Students at this school already have many challenges to overcome to successfully complete their education. Most of the pupils’ families are living in poverty. Many students come to school without shoes, and some are being raised by grandparents in the absence of their parents. With so much else to focus on, the last thing they should be worrying about is whether and how they will have water at school, yet this is their daily reality.

With water being sourced from so many different places, the quality and safety of it comes into question; because the water is combined for use into plastic storage drums at school, even 1 contaminated source means everyone suffers.

The sanitation and hygiene situation at Mahira Primary is wanting. With just 4 latrines each for girls and boys, most are almost full and all of them are overcrowded. They are also not regularly cleaned due to the lack of water. It is a vicious cycle that perpetuates water-related diseases, especially without enough water for 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.

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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

Fishing Creek Baptist Church
United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Souther New Jersey
GE Foundation
Hatch's Quick Stop
East Coast Water
Vernon and De'Rion
Holy-Rollers.org
Charities Aid Foundation
Positive Frequency
Wepay
Ally Financial
Jonny Blockchain
West Chester Friends Meeting/Concord Quarter Campaign for Water
61 individual donor(s)