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The Water Project: St. Paul Waita Secondary School -  Students In Class
The Water Project: St. Paul Waita Secondary School -  Students Carrying Water
The Water Project: St. Paul Waita Secondary School -  Students Carrying Water
The Water Project: St. Paul Waita Secondary School -  Students At Small Plastic Water Storage Tank
The Water Project: St. Paul Waita Secondary School -  Staff Latrines
The Water Project: St. Paul Waita Secondary School -  School Sign And Gate
The Water Project: St. Paul Waita Secondary School -  School Play Ground
The Water Project: St. Paul Waita Secondary School -  School Kitchen
The Water Project: St. Paul Waita Secondary School -  School Grounds
The Water Project: St. Paul Waita Secondary School -  School Buildings
The Water Project: St. Paul Waita Secondary School -  Magret Mulatya Deputy Principal
The Water Project: St. Paul Waita Secondary School -  Inside School Kitchen
The Water Project: St. Paul Waita Secondary School -  Girls Latrines
The Water Project: St. Paul Waita Secondary School -  Gabriel
The Water Project: St. Paul Waita Secondary School -  Boys Latrines

Project Status



Project Type:  Rainwater Catchment

Regional Program: Southeastern Kenya WaSH Program

Impact: 289 Served

Project Phase:  Under Construction
Estimated Install Date (?):  10/30/2020

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St. Paul Waita Secondary School was started by the Catholic Diocese of Kitui through St. Paul Waita Catholic Church in 1979. The school has grown to support more than 250 students through support from the church, the government, and the Mwingi Central Constituency Development Fund.

The area around the school is a rural location with relatively flat terrain. The school compound is made up of significant vegetation cover made of exotic tree species planted by the school community.

The main water source for the school is a municipal piped water system into the schoolyard. The water is subject to a rationing system, however, which means it is only available within the school a few days a week. On the days when there is no water, the school depends on buying water from vendors and boozers.

“For the last 3 years I have been a student here and the water is never enough to meet all of our personal cleanliness needs,” said Gabriel, a student at the school.

Buying water is expensive for the school with a high budget always allocated for water purchases each year. This has led to the slow growth of the school due to the inability to invest in infrastructure upgrades.

“Our school is a full boarding school, but the lack of adequate water supply is always holding us back in terms of attracting top students and top teachers,” explained Deputy Principal Magret Mulatya.

The available water is highly rationed and never meets the needs of the school population. Students get just 10 liters of water per day – half of what the UN says is the minimum needed for a boarding student.

Rainwater Catchment Tank

We will build a 104,000-liter rainwater catchment tank for this school. This water will benefit the students, teachers, and supplementary staff. Parents will mobilize the materials needed for construction, such as sand and stone. They will also lend some strong arms to help with the actual construction.

The huge capacity of this tank makes the others look tiny in comparison; 104,000 liters should be enough water to carry students and staff through the entire dry season. As soon as the tank has time to cure, it can begin to collect rainwater for drinking, cooking, and cleaning!

Training

Students and staff will be trained for 1 day. Those in attendance will form a school health club that will promote good hygiene and sanitation practices both at school and at home. They will learn all of the steps to proper handwashing, how to treat water, and how to keep their environment clean. The school will also be taught how to best oversee and maintain their new rainwater catchment tank and handwashing stations.

Handwashing Stations

3 handwashing stations will be delivered at the project’s completion. These are 1,000-liter plastic tanks fitted with 3 taps each so that 9 students can wash their hands at once. The health club and school management will be responsible for making sure tanks are filled with water and that a cleaning agent such as soap or ash is available.

Project Updates


09/10/2020: St Paul Waita Secondary School

A severe clean water shortage at St Paul Waita Secondary 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

United Way of the Bay Area
Facebook Donations
North Dunedin Baptist Church
The Clorox Company
Pashka's Campaign for Water
CONVOS Water Project
Fighting the water crisis
Hannah 's Campaign for Water
SHEWS Campaign for Water
Well-Made World

And 1 other fundraising page(s)
13 individual donor(s)