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The Water Project: Mukoko Baptist Primary School -  Breaking Stones Into Gravel
The Water Project: Mukoko Baptist Primary School -  Ground Excavation
The Water Project: Mukoko Baptist Primary School -  Pupils Ferrying Hardcore For Construction Before Schools Closed
The Water Project: Mukoko Baptist Primary School -  Students Help Deliver Stones Before Schools Closed
The Water Project: Mukoko Baptist Primary School -  Filling The Excavated Foundation With Stones
The Water Project: Mukoko Baptist Primary School -  Filling The Excavated Foundation With Hardcore
The Water Project: Mukoko Baptist Primary School -  Foundation Laid For The Tank
The Water Project: Mukoko Baptist Primary School -  Mixing Concrete
The Water Project: Mukoko Baptist Primary School -  Tied Sugar Sacks Around Brc Wire
The Water Project: Mukoko Baptist Primary School -  Inside Tank Rough Casting
The Water Project: Mukoko Baptist Primary School -  Inside Tank Rough Casting
The Water Project: Mukoko Baptist Primary School -  Construction Of The Pillars
The Water Project: Mukoko Baptist Primary School -  Pillar Construction
The Water Project: Mukoko Baptist Primary School -  Construction Of Drawing Point
The Water Project: Mukoko Baptist Primary School -  Ongoing Construction
The Water Project: Mukoko Baptist Primary School -  Dome Setting Preparations
The Water Project: Mukoko Baptist Primary School -  Poles Inside Tank Supporting Dome
The Water Project: Mukoko Baptist Primary School -  Placement Of Manhole Cover
The Water Project: Mukoko Baptist Primary School -  Dome Installation
The Water Project: Mukoko Baptist Primary School -  Dome Installation
The Water Project: Mukoko Baptist Primary School -  Affixing The Overflow Pipe
The Water Project: Mukoko Baptist Primary School -  Affixing The Tank Breathers
The Water Project: Mukoko Baptist Primary School -  Gutters Preparation
The Water Project: Mukoko Baptist Primary School -  Vip Latrine Construction
The Water Project: Mukoko Baptist Primary School -  Vip Latrine Construction
The Water Project: Mukoko Baptist Primary School -  Vip Latrines Construction
The Water Project: Mukoko Baptist Primary School -  Vip Construction
The Water Project: Mukoko Baptist Primary School -  Vip Latrine Construction
The Water Project: Mukoko Baptist Primary School -  The Mukoko Primary School Water Point
The Water Project: Mukoko Baptist Primary School -  Water Flowing From The Rain Tank
The Water Project: Mukoko Baptist Primary School -  Water Flowing Rom The Rain Tank
The Water Project: Mukoko Baptist Primary School -  Staff Member At The Drawing Point
The Water Project: Mukoko Baptist Primary School -  Girls Latrines And Handwashing Point
The Water Project: Mukoko Baptist Primary School -  Boys Latrines And Handwashing Point
The Water Project: Mukoko Baptist Primary School -  A Pupil At The Boys Latrines
The Water Project: Mukoko Baptist Primary School -  Students Bringing Water To The School Cook
The Water Project: Mukoko Baptist Primary School -  Students And Staff Pose With Their School Mural
The Water Project: Mukoko Baptist Primary School -  Classrooms
The Water Project: Mukoko Baptist Primary School -  Students In Class
The Water Project: Mukoko Baptist Primary School -  Students In Class
The Water Project: Mukoko Baptist Primary School -  Students On Break
The Water Project: Mukoko Baptist Primary School -  Staff Outside The Staffroom
The Water Project: Mukoko Baptist Primary School -  Teacher Mr Patrick Ashikuku
The Water Project: Mukoko Baptist Primary School -  Teachers In The Staffroom
The Water Project: Mukoko Baptist Primary School -  Pupils At An Assembly
The Water Project: Mukoko Baptist Primary School -  Kitchen
The Water Project: Mukoko Baptist Primary School -  Water Storage Containers In The Kitchen
The Water Project: Mukoko Baptist Primary School -  Cook Stove Inside Kitchen
The Water Project: Mukoko Baptist Primary School -  Students Lined Up At The Only Two Latrines
The Water Project: Mukoko Baptist Primary School -  Only Latrines For All Students
The Water Project: Mukoko Baptist Primary School -  Boys Urinal
The Water Project: Mukoko Baptist Primary School -  Pupils Play On The Playground
The Water Project: Mukoko Baptist Primary School -  Students Sweep Trash Into The Disposal Point
The Water Project: Mukoko Baptist Primary School -  Student Bryston
The Water Project: Mukoko Baptist Primary School -  Students Washing Their Class
The Water Project: Mukoko Baptist Primary School -  Students Smearing Mud Classroom Floor With Cowdung As Preservative
The Water Project: Mukoko Baptist Primary School -  Going To Fetch Water
The Water Project: Mukoko Baptist Primary School -  Going To Fetch Water
The Water Project: Mukoko Baptist Primary School -  Water Source And Risky Footbridge
The Water Project: Mukoko Baptist Primary School -  Students Collecting Water
The Water Project: Mukoko Baptist Primary School -  Students Collecting Water
The Water Project: Mukoko Baptist Primary School -  Students Collecting Water
The Water Project: Mukoko Baptist Primary School -  Students Carrying Water Back To School
The Water Project: Mukoko Baptist Primary School -  Students Arrive At School With Water
The Water Project: Mukoko Baptist Primary School -  Students Deliver Water To The Kitchen

Project Status



Project Type:  Rainwater Catchment

Regional Program: Western Kenya WaSH Program

Impact: 479 Served

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

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“The water source is terrible and unfit for consumption,” said one of our staff after seeing for the first time the water source the 464 students and 15 teachers and staff at Mukoko Baptist Primary School are relying on.

It is a muddy stream in the village, open to all sorts of runoff and contamination. It is, unquestioningly, not safe for drinking.

“The taste of our water is very bad with a foul smell. Many times after drinking it I have vommitted and contracted stomach disorders. This has forced me not to drink water unless I am at home,” said Teacher Mr. Patrick Shikuku, though it is an ideal he cannot always uphold.

Pupils are first sent to the stream to fetch water when they arrive at school at 6:45 AM. Once at the stream, they often fight amongst themselves without supervision. Sometimes the students are harassed by neighbors, and pupils’ jerricans get lost or stolen, angering their parents. Accidents like twisted ankles and hurt feet are also common while fetching water due to the slippery rocks and mud in the streambed. Students are sent back to the stream throughout the day as needed since the water they bring is the sole source the school relies on for cooking, cleaning, and drinking purposes.

Founded in 2011 by the Baptist Church, there has always been a severe water crisis at Mukoko Primary. Students report frequent waterborne diseases including typhoid, dysentery, and diarrhea. Water-related absenteeism ravages the student population, dragging their academic performance down with it.

“I am always absent because I am sick, and mostly I perform poorly,” said 13-year-old student Bryston.

Poor sanitation and hygiene standards are perpetuating the water-related diseases among students. There are just 2 latrines, 1 for the girls and 1 for the boys, for all 464 students. The lines to use them during breaks are interminable, and the latrines are filling up fast. 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 teachers described their school’s situation as “incredibly frustrating and urgent”. We could not agree with them more.

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

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


06/24/2020: Mukoko Baptist Primary School Construction Complete

Please note, all construction photos in this report were taken before social distancing recommendations went into effect.

Construction of the rain tank and VIP latrines at Mukoko Baptist Primary is now complete!

While Kenyan schools remain closed until further notice due to the COVID-19 pandemic, these new water and sanitation facilities will be ready and waiting for the students’ return.

A school staff member poses with the completed rain tank

The rain tank has the ability to collect 75,000 liters of water, providing a new source of safe, clean water on campus. Combined with the 6 new VIP latrines we built and the future installation of 2 new handwashing facilities once classes resume, we look forward to seeing all of these components work together to unlock the opportunity for these students to live better, healthier lives.

Flowing water from the rain tank

The latrines will be divided evenly among the students by gender, 3 for girls and 3 for boys. All of these new latrines have cement floors that are designed to be easy to use and clean, locking doors for safety and privacy, and vents designed to keep air flowing up and out through the roof. With a rain tank right on school property, there should be enough water to keep them clean.

A block of VIP latrines with the new handwashing station

Once schools reopen, we will schedule a training session with students, teachers, and parents. This 1-day intensive will cover a wide range of topics including personal and environmental hygiene and the operation and maintenance of the rain tank, latrines, and handwashing stations. There will be a special emphasis on handwashing.

A pupil who lives nearby came to see the completed projects

Thankfully, many of the students will have already received training in their home communities as we continue our COVID-19 sensitization and prevention trainings in the surrounding area. See how we continue to fight COVID-19 on the frontlines in all of the communities we serve.

We will be sure to reach back out to you with more news and photos from the training and handing-over ceremony of the rain tank once schools reopen!

How We Go From Ground to Rain Tank

Before schools closed, parents, staff, and students helped our artisans gather everything needed for construction. Even after the children went home, the school team of kitchen staff and a few parents helped provide meals for the artisans, who were given accommodations by the school. Local women and men helped our artisans with their manual labor, too.

Students carry stones to the construction site (before schools closed)

The process officially began with our staff and school administration looking around the school compound to try and determine the best location for a new rain tank. This needed to be the best site with enough land and a nearby building with good, clean roofing to catch the rainwater.

Students add to the rock piles (before schools closed)

Then, we cleared the site by excavating the soil to make level ground for the tank foundation. The foundation was cast by laying big stones on the level ground and reinforcing them using steel wire, concrete, and waterproof cement. Both the drawing pipe as well as the drainage pipe were affixed as the foundation was laid.

A community member helps break stones into gravel

Next, the walls were formed using a skeleton of rebar and wire mesh with sugar sacks temporarily tied to the outside as backing. This was attached to the foundation’s edges so that the work team could start the Ferro-cementing process, in which the walls are layered with cement alternating with the inner and outer side until 6 layers of cement are in place. (The sugar sacks are removed once the interior receives its first 2 layers of cement.)

Excavation of the rain tank site

Inside the tank, 1 central and 4 support pillars were cast to ensure the dome does not cave in once cemented. Meanwhile, the inner wall was plastered while the outer walls received their roughcasting.

Adding stones to excavated soil for rain tank foundation (before schools closed)

Outside of the tank, the access area to the tap was dug, plastered, and a short staircase installed, along with a soak pit where spilled water can drain from the access area through the ground. This helps to keep the tap area dry and tidy.

Interior cement work

Dome construction could begin after the tank walls had been given enough time to settle. Using similar techniques as used on the walls, the dome started as rebar, wire mesh, and sugar sacks and was attached to the tank walls before receiving cement and plaster. A small manhole cover was built into the dome to allow access for future cleanings and water treatments.

Dome cement work

Long wooden poles (about 75 of them!) were placed inside the tank to support the dome while it cured. A lockable manhole cover was fitted over the tap area, the gutters were affixed to the roof and the tank, and an overflow pipe was set in place at the edge of the dome for when the tank reaches capacity.

Support poles inside the tank to temporarily support the dome as it dries

Once finished, the rain tank was given 3-4 weeks to undergo complete curing. Finally, the interior support poles and dome sugar sacks were removed and the tank was cleaned.

Since completion, there have been very heavy and frequent rains in this region of Western Kenya. We are monitoring the water levels in the tank thanks to the help of the school staff who continue to monitor campus during the break. When schools are ready to reopen, we will treat the tank full of fresh water just before students arrive to be sure it is ready for their use.

Thank you for helping to make this work possible!


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05/14/2020: Mukoko Baptist Primary School Project Underway!

A severe clean water shortage at Mukoko Baptist 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 Photos


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

Eamon and Rebecca Moore
Movement Foundation Matching Gift, Rebecca Moore
1 individual donor(s)