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The Water Project: Givudemesi Primary School -  Nelly Leaves Home To Fetch Water Before School
The Water Project: Givudemesi Primary School -  An Open Source Of Water
The Water Project: Givudemesi Primary School -  Collecting Water From An Open Source
The Water Project: Givudemesi Primary School -  Collecting Water From An Open Source
The Water Project: Givudemesi Primary School -  Collecting Water From An Open Source
The Water Project: Givudemesi Primary School -  Agnes Collects Water At The Spring
The Water Project: Givudemesi Primary School -  Transfering Water Into Smaller Container To Take To School
The Water Project: Givudemesi Primary School -  Transfering Water Into Smaller Container To Take To School
The Water Project: Givudemesi Primary School -  Transfering Water Into Smaller Container To Take To School
The Water Project: Givudemesi Primary School -  Pupil Running To School Carrying Water From Home
The Water Project: Givudemesi Primary School -  Pupils Carrying Water To School From Home
The Water Project: Givudemesi Primary School -  Water Storage Containers
The Water Project: Givudemesi Primary School -  Collecting Rainwater At Home
The Water Project: Givudemesi Primary School -  Student Collecting Water From Home
The Water Project: Givudemesi Primary School -  A Boy Collects Water At Home
The Water Project: Givudemesi Primary School -  A Girl Collecting Water From Home
The Water Project: Givudemesi Primary School -  Student Carrying Water From Home
The Water Project: Givudemesi Primary School -  Carrying Water To School
The Water Project: Givudemesi Primary School -  Students Carrying Water From Home
The Water Project: Givudemesi Primary School -  Students Caryying Water
The Water Project: Givudemesi Primary School -  Students Carrying Water
The Water Project: Givudemesi Primary School -  Students And Teacher At School Entrance
The Water Project: Givudemesi Primary School -  Head Teacher Mr Kassim Ahonge
The Water Project: Givudemesi Primary School -  Teacher Mr Enock Mbiti
The Water Project: Givudemesi Primary School -  Deputy Head Teacher Mr Nathan Muchela
The Water Project: Givudemesi Primary School -  Teachers In Staff Room
The Water Project: Givudemesi Primary School -  Classrooms
The Water Project: Givudemesi Primary School -  Students Handing In Assignments
The Water Project: Givudemesi Primary School -  Students Peer Out From Their Classroom
The Water Project: Givudemesi Primary School -  Students In Class
The Water Project: Givudemesi Primary School -  Outside Some Classrooms
The Water Project: Givudemesi Primary School -  Racing To The Latrines
The Water Project: Givudemesi Primary School -  School Latrines
The Water Project: Givudemesi Primary School -  Boys Pushing In Line To Use Latrines
The Water Project: Givudemesi Primary School -  Girls In Line For The Latrines
The Water Project: Givudemesi Primary School -  Students Play On Playground
The Water Project: Givudemesi Primary School -  Kitchen
The Water Project: Givudemesi Primary School -  Water And Firewood Storage In The Kitchen
The Water Project: Givudemesi Primary School -  Food Cooking
The Water Project: Givudemesi Primary School -  Dishrack

Project Status



Project Type:  Rainwater Catchment

Regional Program: Western Kenya WaSH Program

Project Phase:  Donate to this Project
Estimated Install Date (?):  12/23/2021

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(Some photos pre-date the pandemic.)

“The school has selected only four students to bring cooking water from one source so that we can be sure that the water is safe for cooking. Since I am one of them, it is strenuous because I have to miss a lesson to go home and bring water in case it is not enough for the day.”

This is 15-year-old student Enock reflecting on how his school’s water crisis has become a personal burden. Enock is just 1 of the 293 students and 13 teachers and staff at Givudemesi Primary School who face a severe water shortage at school every day.

Founded in 1992, Givudemesi Primary School has never had a water source on campus. Instead, it relies on students bringing water from home – but where they collect their “home” water varies.

Some students use a protected spring. Others opt for open surface water sources such as small creeks and storm runoff on the sides of the road to school to hasten the task. These roadside water sources are unquestionably contaminated and not safe for human consumption.

Because students’ water is combined for use at school, even one contaminated source means everyone suffers. Waterborne illnesses among students are common, the school reports. Diarrhea and amoeba drive absenteeism, affecting the entire school community.

“Our staff members buy drinking water or carry it from home because they do not trust that the water sources used by the students are safe or clean,” explained Deputy Head Teacher Mr. Nathan Muchela. There is no method of treating the collected water once at school.

Every day, each student must bring a container full of water from home in the morning, and then another one during lunchtime. As Enock mentioned, there are a select few who must return home for additional water even more frequently throughout the day.

For all of these students, the process is time-consuming and tiresome. They are often late to class or miss them entirely due to the time spent on the walk, and many arrive at school already too tired to focus. Their academic performance is, not surprisingly, negatively impacted.

Hygiene and sanitation standards at Givudemesi Primary School are below average since there is barely enough water to keep the school running as required. Healthy practices like washing the kitchen utensils, latrines, classrooms, and handwashing are often sacrificed.

“The students need free time to enjoy their studies and playtime without worrying about bringing water to school,” said one teacher. We could not agree 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 to unlock the potential 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 two 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

Two triple-door latrine blocks will be constructed with local materials that the school will help gather. Three doors will serve the girls while the other three 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 on Health, Hygiene, COVID-19, and More

We will hold a one-day intensive training session with students, teachers, and parents. This training will cover a wide range of topics including COVID-19 symptoms, transmission routes, and prevention; 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.

Our team of facilitators will use a variety of methods to train, including participatory hygiene and sanitation transformation, and asset-based community development. We will initiate a 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 including handwashing and water treatment. 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

Project Underwriter - H2O for Life
1 individual donor(s)