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The Water Project: Isikhi Primary School -  Returning To School With Water
The Water Project: Isikhi Primary School -  Pupils Carrying Water Back To School
The Water Project: Isikhi Primary School -  A Girl Fetching Water
The Water Project: Isikhi Primary School -  Pupils Fetching Water
The Water Project: Isikhi Primary School -  Pupils Head To The Spring For Water
The Water Project: Isikhi Primary School -  The Gents Queueing At The Latrines
The Water Project: Isikhi Primary School -  The Gents Running To The Latrines
The Water Project: Isikhi Primary School -  The Gents Latrines
The Water Project: Isikhi Primary School -  The Ladies At The Latrines
The Water Project: Isikhi Primary School -  The Ladies Latrines
The Water Project: Isikhi Primary School -  Dishrack
The Water Project: Isikhi Primary School -  Firewood Next To Water Storage In Kitchen
The Water Project: Isikhi Primary School -  School Chef Inside The Smokey Kitchen
The Water Project: Isikhi Primary School -  Cookstove With Food Cooking
The Water Project: Isikhi Primary School -  Kitchen
The Water Project: Isikhi Primary School -  Pupils Play On Break
The Water Project: Isikhi Primary School -  Teacher Amboste Heads A Class
The Water Project: Isikhi Primary School -  Administration Block
The Water Project: Isikhi Primary School -  Early Childhood Development Class
The Water Project: Isikhi Primary School -  Head Teacher Sir Joshua Lumwaji
The Water Project: Isikhi Primary School -  Deputy Head Teacher Everlyne Amboste
The Water Project: Isikhi Primary School -  Pupils In Class
The Water Project: Isikhi Primary School -  Pupils Posing Next To Signpost
The Water Project: Isikhi Primary School -  Pupils At The School Entrance
The Water Project: Isikhi Primary School -  School Signpost

Project Status



Project Type:  Rainwater Catchment

Regional Program: Western Kenya WaSH Program

Impact: 560 Served

Project Phase:  Under Construction
Estimated Install Date (?):  05/28/2021

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For the 545 students and 15 teachers and staff at Isikhi Primary School, water determines the daily schedule; or rather, its absence does. There is no water source on school grounds, so students are required to walk to a spring in the community for all of the school’s drinking, cooking, and cleaning needs.

Students arrive at 7:00 am to engage in cleaning and prep periods, with their normal classes beginning at 8:20 am. From then until 3:10 pm, there are several breaks – including lunch – when students are sent to the spring to fetch water. Their last trip off campus is at the end of the day before departing at 5:00 pm so that the following morning they will be able to start their morning chores and do the first cooking with water.

Each trip to the spring is tiring and time-consuming for pupils, making them miss a lot of precious class time. At the spring, pupils wait in long lines due to their own high number plus the need to wait for community members to finish collecting water first. Carrying the heavy water containers back uphill to school is a slow and awkward walk, especially for the younger students. The path to the spring is steep and narrow in some sections, becoming slick with mud during the rains.

“I get worried every time the students go to the spring because if any accident were to happen, I would be the one responsible,” said Head Teacher Mr. Joshua Lumwajoi.

The spring has not been well maintained over the years. Damage to the main protection features, namely the headwall and spring box, are easily visible. Livestock have access to the water, and the drainage is blocked causing dirty water to accumulate at the drawing point. All of this brings the safety of the water students collect into question.

“I have a very sensitive stomach so I don’t drink the water from the spring. I have to bring my own drinking water from home every day,” said Deputy Head Teacher Evelyne Amboste. But the students have no other choice than to use this water every day.

In relation to Isikhi Primary’s challenges dealing with the water crisis, their sanitation and hygiene are wanting. The latrines are almost full and most do not lock, offering no privacy to the crowds of students who scramble to use them each break. There is currently nowhere for students to wash their hands after using the latrines or before eating lunch, let alone the water or soap to do so.

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

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 on Health, Hygiene, COVID-19, and More

We will hold a 1-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


04/13/2021: Isikhi Primary School Project Underway!

A severe clean water shortage at Isikhi 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 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

1 individual donor(s)