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The Water Project: Kabinjari Primary School -  Ferrying Spring Water To School
The Water Project: Kabinjari Primary School -  Rushing To Get Water
The Water Project: Kabinjari Primary School -  Fetching Water From The Spring
The Water Project: Kabinjari Primary School -  Open Water Source
The Water Project: Kabinjari Primary School -  Student Collecting Water From An Open Source
The Water Project: Kabinjari Primary School -  Student Collecting Water From An Open Source
The Water Project: Kabinjari Primary School -  Students Collecting Water From An Open Source
The Water Project: Kabinjari Primary School -  Students Collecting Water From An Open Source
The Water Project: Kabinjari Primary School -  Carrying Water From An Open Source
The Water Project: Kabinjari Primary School -  Carrying Water From An Open Source
The Water Project: Kabinjari Primary School -  Carrying Water From An Open Source
The Water Project: Kabinjari Primary School -  Ferrying Spring Water To School
The Water Project: Kabinjari Primary School -  Students Carrying Water
The Water Project: Kabinjari Primary School -  Students Carrying Water
The Water Project: Kabinjari Primary School -  Students Cross The Bridge Carrying Water
The Water Project: Kabinjari Primary School -  Students Fetching Water
The Water Project: Kabinjari Primary School -  Alternative Water Source
The Water Project: Kabinjari Primary School -  Student Fetching Water At The Spring
The Water Project: Kabinjari Primary School -  Students Crowd Fetching Water At The Spring
The Water Project: Kabinjari Primary School -  Narrow Bridge To The Spring
The Water Project: Kabinjari Primary School -  Slippery Road To The Spring
The Water Project: Kabinjari Primary School -  Dishrack
The Water Project: Kabinjari Primary School -  A Handwashing Station
The Water Project: Kabinjari Primary School -  Boys In Line For The Latrines
The Water Project: Kabinjari Primary School -  Boys Latrines
The Water Project: Kabinjari Primary School -  Girls Latrine Block
The Water Project: Kabinjari Primary School -  Girls In Line For The Latrines
The Water Project: Kabinjari Primary School -  Inside The Kitchen
The Water Project: Kabinjari Primary School -  Outside The Kitchen
The Water Project: Kabinjari Primary School -  Shops Surrounding The School
The Water Project: Kabinjari Primary School -  Students In Class
The Water Project: Kabinjari Primary School -  School Office And Classrooms
The Water Project: Kabinjari Primary School -  Outside The Classrooms
The Water Project: Kabinjari Primary School -  Deputy Head Teacher Mr Hadley Shimaka
The Water Project: Kabinjari Primary School -  Sanitation Teacher Mrs Linet Sagire
The Water Project: Kabinjari Primary School -  School Head Girl Purity
The Water Project: Kabinjari Primary School -  Students At The School Gate

Project Status



Project Type:  Rainwater Catchment

Regional Program: Western Kenya WaSH Program

Impact: 446 Served

Project Phase:  Under Construction
Estimated Install Date (?):  08/20/2021

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(Some photos pre-date the pandemic.)

“As the Senior Teacher, it’s really hard to see how children suffer in this school,” said Madam Linet Sagire of Kabinjari Primary School.

“Their performance is bad. This is because they waste a lot of time going to fetch water outside the school. Other teachers with the same position as mine really undermine me when we meet. They laugh at the school I am in, saying how I hold a big position and yet the school is poor.”

The 431 pupils and 15 teachers and staff that make up Kabinjari Primary School are tired. Tired of walking to get water, tired of getting hurt along the way, and tired of the energy and money they are losing in treating the waterborne diseases that they contract from the water they drink.

Students here must leave school every day to fetch water. They head to a spring in the village, as well as open water sources that include a stagnant trench of muddy water and a small creek, to fetch water for all of their school’s drinking, cooking, and cleaning needs. The path is steep, muddy, and often narrow, including a handmade wooden plank bridge over a stream. When it rains, much of the path becomes a slippery stream. Injuries in the name of fetching water are not uncommon. It then becomes an insult to literal injury when the students also get sick from the water they worked so hard to collect.

“They are physically drained,” said Field Officer Laura Alulu in her field notes after one of her first visits to the school.

“Looking at the terrain of the place, the children have to go down the slope then climb up while carrying water. This drains them physically. Another negative consequence is how the children struggle for water; they end up fighting each other. Also, when it rains, the place becomes slippery, they fall down and get hurt, and the small bridge they use to cross is also risky for young children.”

The spring the students go to has not been maintained well over the years, bringing the quality of the water into question. When students get fed up waiting for their turn to fill their container, the fights break out even though there is really nothing they can do to change the speed of this daily task. The alternative water source – the muddy trench – is faster yet so much worse in quality. Because the water is combined for use back at school, even one container of poor quality water means everyone suffers. Yet every day, the students fetch water from both sources to make it back in time for at least some lessons.

“The current water situation here affects me in a way that I cannot perform my duties well,” said Deputy Head Teacher Hadley Shimeka.

“As the Deputy, I am in charge of discipline, so it becomes very hard to solve cases when children get involved in fights when they go to fetch water. Some parents come complaining and this becomes hard to solve such cases. This affects me because I don’t feel like I have done my work to perfection.”

Established in 1975 under the sponsorship of the Pentecostal Assemblies of God Church, Kabinjari Primary School has never had a water source or even a water storage container to its name. We plan to help change that.

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 just one handwashing station for students to clean their hands after using the latrines or before eating lunch, but rarely the water or soap 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

We will construct two triple-door latrine blocks using 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.

Project Updates


07/06/2021: Kabinjari Primary School Project Underway!

A severe clean water shortage at Kabinjari 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

Project Underwriter - H2O for Life
Texas Instruments Foundation Employee Match
Owen and Ari's Campaign for Water
Kingston 's Campaign for Water
Natalie's Campaign for Water
Kimarie's Birthday Campaign for Water
Eliana's Birthday Campaign for Water

And 2 other fundraising page(s)
4 individual donor(s)