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The Water Project: Itieng'ere Primary School -  Children Collecting Water From A Nearby Home
The Water Project: Itieng'ere Primary School -  Collecting Water From A Nearby Home
The Water Project: Itieng'ere Primary School -  Moses Carrying Water
The Water Project: Itieng'ere Primary School -  Pupils Leave Home With Water
The Water Project: Itieng'ere Primary School -  Small Rain Tank At School
The Water Project: Itieng'ere Primary School -  Students Arrive At School Carrying Water
The Water Project: Itieng'ere Primary School -  Students Carrying Water
The Water Project: Itieng'ere Primary School -  Students Carrying Water
The Water Project: Itieng'ere Primary School -  Students Carrying Water To School
The Water Project: Itieng'ere Primary School -  Students Leaving Home With Water
The Water Project: Itieng'ere Primary School -  Students Unloading Their Water At School
The Water Project: Itieng'ere Primary School -  Water Containers Outside The Kitchen
The Water Project: Itieng'ere Primary School -  Water Source In A Nearby Home
The Water Project: Itieng'ere Primary School -  Water Storage Containers
The Water Project: Itieng'ere Primary School -  Boys In Line At The Latrines
The Water Project: Itieng'ere Primary School -  Cook At Work Inside The Kitchen
The Water Project: Itieng'ere Primary School -  Dishrack
The Water Project: Itieng'ere Primary School -  Girls Outside Their Latrines
The Water Project: Itieng'ere Primary School -  Latrine Blocks
The Water Project: Itieng'ere Primary School -  Moses
The Water Project: Itieng'ere Primary School -  School Buildings
The Water Project: Itieng'ere Primary School -  School Campus
The Water Project: Itieng'ere Primary School -  School Gate
The Water Project: Itieng'ere Primary School -  School Sign
The Water Project: Itieng'ere Primary School -  Students At The Playground
The Water Project: Itieng'ere Primary School -  Students In Class
The Water Project: Itieng'ere Primary School -  Students In Class
The Water Project: Itieng'ere Primary School -  Students In Class
The Water Project: Itieng'ere Primary School -  Teacher Levi Wandera
The Water Project: Itieng'ere Primary School -  The Surrounding Landscape

Project Status



Project Type:  Rainwater Catchment

Regional Program: Western Kenya WaSH Program

Impact: 370 Served

Project Phase:  Under Construction
Estimated Install Date (?):  06/18/2021

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“It is tiresome and very cumbersome to carry water every day to school,” reflected Moses, a student at Itieng’ere Primary School.

Moses is 1 of 354 students and 16 teachers and staff who report to school at Itieng’ere every day. Awaiting them each morning is the school’s severe water crisis, which requires learners to start their day by carrying water from home to school.

The current required volume of water each student is expected to bring is 20 liters – a large and heavy amount when walking long distances, not to mention while also carrying school books. Some students choose smaller containers to bring to school, either because their parents refuse to give up a larger jerrycan for the day or because they cannot physically manage the larger jerrycan’s weight. Most containers students use to carry water are very dirty, inside and out, contaminating any water they hold.

The only water storage on school grounds is a tiny plastic rain tank, which quickly runs out after the rains. When the water students bring in the morning also runs out each day, they have to leave class to fetch more water. Sometimes multiple students will try to fetch water from their classmates’ homes nearest to school, putting a strain on those families’ home water supply. These mid-day trips to fetch water interrupt students’ lessons and drain their focus and energy. The students’ academic performance is, as a result, lagging.

“Sometimes I have to forego my lessons so that the learners can go and bring water to be used at school,” said teacher Levi Wandera.

Because water is combined for use at school, even one dirty source puts the entire school population at risk of water-related illnesses. Students report stomach upsets due to the water they drink at school. Some have even been diagnosed with typhoid and amoeba due to consuming the dirty school water. These illnesses take students out of school to seek treatment, draining their families of their financial resources and setting them further back in their studies.

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 store rainwater that the school’s students and staff will use for drinking, handwashing, cooking, cleaning, and much more.

The school and we 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 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.

The student health club will oversee the two new handwashing stations we will provide and ensure 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, and three doors will serve the boys. These new latrines will have cement floors designed to be easy to use and 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 various 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 home. We will also lead lectures, group discussions and provide illustrative handouts to teach health topics and promote good hygiene practices within the school, including handwashing and water treatment. We will then conduct a series of follow-up training before transitioning to our regularly scheduled support visits throughout the year.

Project Updates


05/04/2021: Itieng'ere Primary School Project Underway!

A severe clean water shortage at Itieng’ere 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

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