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The Water Project: Mutwaathi Secondary School -  Students At The New Tank
The Water Project: Mutwaathi Secondary School -  Cheers
The Water Project: Mutwaathi Secondary School -  Drinking From The Rain Tank
The Water Project: Mutwaathi Secondary School -  Sammy M
The Water Project: Mutwaathi Secondary School -  Filling Up Glasses With Water
The Water Project: Mutwaathi Secondary School -  Thumbs Up
The Water Project: Mutwaathi Secondary School -  Thumbs Up
The Water Project: Mutwaathi Secondary School -  Musyoki K
The Water Project: Mutwaathi Secondary School -  Tank Foundation
The Water Project: Mutwaathi Secondary School -  Dumping Rocks For Foundation
The Water Project: Mutwaathi Secondary School -  Handwashing At The Training
The Water Project: Mutwaathi Secondary School -  Handwashing Demonstration
The Water Project: Mutwaathi Secondary School -  Handwashing Demonstration
The Water Project: Mutwaathi Secondary School -  Building Up The Walls For The Tank
The Water Project: Mutwaathi Secondary School -  Preparing Tank Site
The Water Project: Mutwaathi Secondary School -  Wall Work
The Water Project: Mutwaathi Secondary School -  Students At The Training
The Water Project: Mutwaathi Secondary School -  Adding Stone To Tank Walls
The Water Project: Mutwaathi Secondary School -  Plastering
The Water Project: Mutwaathi Secondary School -  Mixing Soap
The Water Project: Mutwaathi Secondary School -  Completed Tank
The Water Project: Mutwaathi Secondary School -  New Handwashing Stations
The Water Project: Mutwaathi Secondary School -  Plastering The Well Wall
The Water Project: Mutwaathi Secondary School -  Hauling Rocks
The Water Project: Mutwaathi Secondary School -  Tank Nears Completion
The Water Project: Mutwaathi Secondary School -  Tank Walls Dry
The Water Project: Mutwaathi Secondary School -  Soapmaking
The Water Project: Mutwaathi Secondary School -  Students At The Training
The Water Project: Mutwaathi Secondary School -  Cement Bags
The Water Project: Mutwaathi Secondary School -  Mixing Soap
The Water Project: Mutwaathi Secondary School -  Painted Tank
The Water Project: Mutwaathi Secondary School -  Clean Hands
The Water Project: Mutwaathi Secondary School -  Training
The Water Project: Mutwaathi Secondary School -  Current Water Source
The Water Project: Mutwaathi Secondary School -  Collecting Water At Small Tank
The Water Project: Mutwaathi Secondary School -  Hauling Water From The Open Well
The Water Project: Mutwaathi Secondary School -  Collecting Water From The Well
The Water Project: Mutwaathi Secondary School -  Boys Latrines
The Water Project: Mutwaathi Secondary School -  Staff Latrines
The Water Project: Mutwaathi Secondary School -  Carrying Water
The Water Project: Mutwaathi Secondary School -  School Gate
The Water Project: Mutwaathi Secondary School -  Mrs Kyalo Principal
The Water Project: Mutwaathi Secondary School -  Open Well
The Water Project: Mutwaathi Secondary School -  School Grounds
The Water Project: Mutwaathi Secondary School -  Inside Kitchen
The Water Project: Mutwaathi Secondary School -  Students
The Water Project: Mutwaathi Secondary School -  Student Kimanzi
The Water Project: Mutwaathi Secondary School -  School Kitchen
The Water Project: Mutwaathi Secondary School -  Students In Class
The Water Project: Mutwaathi Secondary School -  School Grounds
The Water Project: Mutwaathi Secondary School -  School Buildings
The Water Project: Mutwaathi Secondary School -  Road To School
The Water Project: Mutwaathi Secondary School -  Girls Latrines
The Water Project: Mutwaathi Secondary School -  Small Rainwater Tank
The Water Project: Mutwaathi Secondary School -  Carrying Water

Project Status



Project Type:  Rainwater Catchment

Regional Program: Southeastern Kenya WaSH Program

Impact: 183 Served

Project Phase:  In Service - Feb 2021

Functionality Status:  Functional

Last Checkup: 11/19/2021

Project Features


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Mutwaathi Secondary School is found in a peaceful, rural location in Mutwaathi village in Southeastern Kenya. The school is situated on a small piece of land which hosts the school’s 5 classes, kitchen, farm, staff room, and latrines.

Mutwaathi Secondary School was started in 2015 by the local community. Parents of students in Mutwaathi’s primary section felt the need for a secondary school in the area as their children had been traveling for long distances to other villages to access a secondary education.

The 183 students that attend today are supported by their parents and the government. Students arrive in school at 6:45 am and attend morning preps up to 8:00 am. The school day continues until 4:00 pm and then the students have an hour to play games before going home for dinner.

The school contracts donkey vendors to supply water for their daily needs. The water comes from a local hand-dug well that is not a safe resource for water. The donkeys defecate near the well and it does not have a pump, so it is opened up and exposed to contamination every time someone wants to get water.

The school has spent a lot of money contracting the water vendors – an expense that is adding up to the detriment of the school. School staff say that the school is being held back since they have to spend money getting water rather than investing in the school and its students.

“Our school is really struggling with water access and getting a reliable water source. The current source has been expensive and unreliable at times, which is partly accountable for our slow growth and failure to start a boarding session, especially for the girls who travel from far areas,” said Principal Kyalo.

Students are also impacted. Pupil James told us that the water challenges that face the school have affected his experience here over the past 3 years. Lunch is often late due to water supply issues, leaving the students hungry through their afternoon classes.

“We are also not getting enough drinking water while in school leading to some discomfort in class,” he said. Dehydration and constipation are uncomfortably common companions.

Rain Tank

We will build a 104,000-liter rain tank for this school, making the others look tiny in comparison. Because of how rarely it rains in Southeastern Kenya, this tank’s large volume is designed to store as much water as possible during the seasonal rains, making more water available through the dry months. This water will benefit the students, teachers, and supplementary staff.

Parents will mobilize the materials needed for construction, including sand, stones, and water. They will also lend their strength and time to help with the construction. We will complement their materials with a skilled artisan to lead the project in addition to providing the tools, lumber, metal, cement, and gutter system.

As soon as the tank has time to cure, it can begin collecting rainwater for the school’s use.

Training

We will train students and staff on sanitation, hygiene, and other topics 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 rain tank and handwashing stations.

Handwashing Stations

A total of 3 handwashing stations will be installed upon the project’s completion and before training. These are 1,000-liter plastic tanks fitted with 3 taps each, allowing 9 students to wash their hands at once. The student health club and school management will be responsible for making sure the tanks are filled with water and that a cleaning agent such as soap or ash is always available.

Project Updates


02/28/2021: Mutwaathi Secondary School Project Complete!

Mutwaathi Secondary School in Kenya now has access to a new source of safe, clean water thanks to the completion of their rain tank, which has the ability to collect 104,000 liters of water. We installed handwashing stations, and we trained students and staff on improved sanitation and hygiene practices. These components work together to unlock the opportunity for these students to live better, healthier lives.

"I am happy now we will be having clean water for drinking while in school, which is something new. There will be no more late meals, and this will help in the observation of school routine while creating more time to concentrate in class affairs which is the main reason for being in school," said Musyoki, a student.

"With enough water from this water tank, the school facilities can now be cleaned more regularly. This will create a conducive learning environment in school that can be replicated through good results and improved school hygiene and sanitation standards. Our science lab will also have enough water, and students can engage in practicals without limitations on the water, which is good," he said.

Rain Tank

We held a meeting with all of the school parents and the headteacher to plan out the project. Parents agreed to collect construction materials like sand, rocks, and water. We would complement their materials by delivering the expertise, tools, lumber, metal, cement, and gutter system.

This tank is a whopping 104,000 liters not because of a large student population but because of how rarely it rains in Southeastern Kenya. The more water we can store during the seasonal rains, the more water available through the dry months.

Construction for this large rain tank is much like the construction of a concrete house. First, the ground is leveled for foundation excavation.

Alternating layers of impermeable rocks are laid upon mortar up to 7 feet high, with internal and external diameters of 25 and 28 feet, respectively.

A reinforced concrete column is built right up to the tank's center, which holds up the roof and prevents it from caving in. The walls are then plastered both internally and externally with waterproof cement. After that, several feet of guttering are installed and channeled into the tank. The roofing is made of iron sheets and timber with vents to let rainwater into the tank from the gutters.

The school leadership is armed with the technical skills to ensure that the water tank remains functional, and gaps can be identified through our ongoing monitoring visits.

Handwashing Stations

Three new handwashing stations were delivered in time for training to be used for handwashing demonstrations. Each of these has three taps so that nine students can wash their hands at the same time.

New Knowledge

The area Field Officer Paul Musau organized the training in collaboration with the school Principal and regional WASH Officer Veronica Matolo. Once we agreed on the best suitable date, the teachers helped mobilize the entire school population for the training.

The training was held within the school compound under some available trees, which acted as shade during the training time. The venue had enough space to accommodate all the attending people, and the environment was conducive for learning.

The attendance was as expected. This is because all the students and teachers present in school that day attended the training. We believe their attendance and cooperation was a direct result of teachers' strong communication about the training at school.

Soapmaking

We went over topics including student health club activities, disease transmission, preventing disease spread, personal hygiene; handwashing; water hygiene; food hygiene; latrine hygiene, and soapmaking.

We discussed the things that can be done to improve on personal hygiene like bathing, toothbrushing, grooming hair, among keeping nails short, among other practices. Students recognized the activity as an important one because it was discussed openly, and all understood the importance of personal hygiene.

Handwashing demonstration

"This training will help us improve personal hygiene, food, water, and environmental sanitation and help us reduce disease incidences. Soapmaking knowledge will help us economically, especially in school fee payment, through making it ourselves or teaching our parents how to do it. It will also help us improve hygiene here in school and also at home,” said Sammy, a student at the school.

Thank you for making all of this possible!


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01/05/2021: Mutwaathi Secondary School project underway!

Students at Mutwaathi Secondary School do not have a reliable source for water on school grounds. Thanks to your generosity, we’re working to install a clean water point at the school and much more.

Get to know this community through the narrative and pictures we’ve posted, and read about this water, sanitation, and hygiene project. We look forward to reaching out with news of success!


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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.


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