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The Water Project: Ndithi Primary School -  Students At The Tank
The Water Project: Ndithi Primary School -  Students At The Tank
The Water Project: Ndithi Primary School -  Using The New Handwashing Station
The Water Project: Ndithi Primary School -  Students At The Tank
The Water Project: Ndithi Primary School -  Painted Tank
The Water Project: Ndithi Primary School -  Painted Tank
The Water Project: Ndithi Primary School -  New Handwashing Stations
The Water Project: Ndithi Primary School -  Complete Tank
The Water Project: Ndithi Primary School -  Complete Tank
The Water Project: Ndithi Primary School -  Community Members Work On The Tank Foundation
The Water Project: Ndithi Primary School -  Rocks For Tank Construction
The Water Project: Ndithi Primary School -  Tank Foundation Work
The Water Project: Ndithi Primary School -  Working On The Construction Site
The Water Project: Ndithi Primary School -  Tank Wall Nears Completion
The Water Project: Ndithi Primary School -  Tank Wall Progress
The Water Project: Ndithi Primary School -  Cement Bags For Tank
The Water Project: Ndithi Primary School -  Beginning On Tank Walls
The Water Project: Ndithi Primary School -  Foundation Complete
The Water Project: Ndithi Primary School -  Finalizing Tank Foundation
The Water Project: Ndithi Primary School -  Excavating Foundation Area
The Water Project: Ndithi Primary School -  Handwashing Session
The Water Project: Ndithi Primary School -  Handwashing Station
The Water Project: Ndithi Primary School -  Mixing Soap
The Water Project: Ndithi Primary School -  Masaa K
The Water Project: Ndithi Primary School -  Trainer Shows How To Mix Soap
The Water Project: Ndithi Primary School -  Student Demonstrates Handwashing With Soap
The Water Project: Ndithi Primary School -  Student Mixes Soap
The Water Project: Ndithi Primary School -  Students At The Training
The Water Project: Ndithi Primary School -  Students Watch Handwashing Lesson
The Water Project: Ndithi Primary School -  Current Water Source
The Water Project: Ndithi Primary School -  Current Water Source
The Water Project: Ndithi Primary School -  Boys Latrines
The Water Project: Ndithi Primary School -  Girls Latrines
The Water Project: Ndithi Primary School -  Inside Kitchen
The Water Project: Ndithi Primary School -  Justus Mbuvi Deputy Head Teacher
The Water Project: Ndithi Primary School -  Kitchen
The Water Project: Ndithi Primary School -  Student Mwikali
The Water Project: Ndithi Primary School -  School Gate And Sign
The Water Project: Ndithi Primary School -  School Grounds
The Water Project: Ndithi Primary School -  School Grounds
The Water Project: Ndithi Primary School -  School Grounds
The Water Project: Ndithi Primary School -  School Grounds
The Water Project: Ndithi Primary School -  Small Rainwater Tank
The Water Project: Ndithi Primary School -  Staff Latrine
The Water Project: Ndithi Primary School -  Students And Their Water Containers
The Water Project: Ndithi Primary School -  Students Carrying Water
The Water Project: Ndithi Primary School -  Students Hold Water Containers
The Water Project: Ndithi Primary School -  Students In Class
The Water Project: Ndithi Primary School -  Students In Class

Project Status



Project Type:  Rainwater Catchment

Regional Program: Southeastern Kenya WaSH Program

Impact: 200 Served

Project Phase:  In Service - Jun 2021

Functionality Status:  Functional

Last Checkup: 08/19/2021

Project Features


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Ndithi Primary School is found in Ndithi village of Kitui County, Kenya. The locality is a rural and peaceful location with the school being found on a small piece of land shared with Ndithi Secondary School. The school has a playground, classroom blocks, a school kitchen, and a staff room.

Ndithi Primary School was started by the Ndithi community in 1968 to help provide education to the children of the locality. The school was later taken up by the Mwingi District Education Board to operate as a government-supported school. The school has grown through support from parents and the government to host more than 200 students today.

On a normal school day, a student is expected to arrive at school by 6:45 am carrying a jerrycan of water to share with the school and other students throughout the day.

Students are burdened with the task of carrying water to school every day with a majority of them doing so in addition to carrying their school bag. This also means they have to spend the time and energy seeking out a water source in the morning to get the water.

“We are an old school that has failed to grow because of the lack of a reliable water source. We have always wanted a boarding section so as to improve on performance but lack of a reliable water source is the biggest challenge,” explained Deputy Head Teacher Justus Mbuvi.

The school routine has in the past been halted after the school sent children to the river in the middle of the school day to bring water for their cooking and drinking needs.

This leads to the reduction of the time allocated for academic affairs, thus affecting school performance. Cases of absenteeism are on the rise due to the challenge of students carrying water to school.

“No extensions are made in the evening to cater for the time lost fetching water. The water is not always clean and sometimes it is colored, but we survive on it due to the lack of alternative options,” said Mwikali, a student at the school.

Rain Tank

We will build a 104,000-liter rain tank for this school. 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


06/30/2021: Ndithi Primary School Project Complete!

Ndithi Primary School in Kenya now has access to a new source of safe, clean water thanks to the completion of their rain tank, which can collect 104,000 liters of water. In addition, 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.

"Now that this water project will address all our water needs in school, I will no longer be required to carry water to school every morning like it has been the case over the years. I will now be walking to school less tired and fresher to concentrate more in class," said student Mwikali M.

"I will be more healthy in school as I will be drinking water from a trusted source and regular hand washing with clean water and soap. I am looking forward to an improvement in my personal grades because much of my time initially spent on water and school routine interruptions will now be channeled to my academic affairs."

Rain Tank Construction Process

First, we held a meeting with all parents and the school Head Teacher to plan the project. The 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 because of a large student population and how rarely it rains in Southeastern Kenya. Therefore, the more water the tank can store during the seasonal rains, the more water will be available through the dry months for the students.

Construction for this large rain tank is much like the construction of a concrete house. First, we leveled the ground for foundation excavation. Next, we laid alternating layers of impermeable rocks and mortar up to 7 feet high, with internal and external diameters of 25 and 28 feet, respectively.

We built a reinforced concrete column right up the tank’s center, which holds up the roof and prevents it from caving in. We then plastered the walls both internally and externally with waterproof cement. After that, we installed several feet of guttering and channeled them into the tank. Finally, we installed the roofing, made of iron sheets and timber with vents to allow rainwater into the tank from the gutters.

School leadership is armed with the technical skills to ensure that the water tank remains functional, and together we will identify gaps through our ongoing monitoring visits.

"Our life will be changed by this water project. I will now have unlimited access to clean drinking water while in school alongside fellow teachers. This was never possible in the past because of a lack of reliable water source for the school population which prompted teachers to carry their own water to school," said Deputy Head Teacher Justus Mbuvi.

"We are planning to embark on a massive tree planting to beautify our school and also create a school garden and grow vegetables for learners and staff meals."

Handwashing Stations

We delivered three new handwashing stations in time for training to be used for handwashing demonstrations. Each of these new stations has three taps so that nine students can wash their hands simultaneously.

New Knowledge

The area field officer Patrick Musyoka helped in mobilizing for the training through reaching the school headteacher. The training was held under a tree within the school compound. There was enough shade to accommodate all the attending members while the weather of the day was good which made the venue conducive for learning.

The attendance was as expected. More than 218 students took part in the training.

We trained on a variety of health, hygiene, and sanitation topics. These included student health club activities, disease transmission and prevention, personal hygiene, handwashing, water hygiene, food hygiene, latrine hygiene, and soap making.

The disease transmission topic was particularly notable. During this discussion, pupils were encouraged to always use latrines and avoid open defecation by all means to avoid contamination of food and water sources. During this topic, pupils were asked by a show of hands who does not have latrines at their homesteads. One pupil confidently rose his hand. He was very honest and other pupils took notice of how he was not ashamed of accepting that they do not have latrines at his home.

"This training will impact us positively since we have gained a lot of knowledge as far as hygiene and sanitation is concerned. We are breaking for our holiday next week and that will give us an opportunity to share with our friends from the neighboring schools, and our siblings as well," said student Masaa K.

Mixing Soap

Thank you for making all of this possible!


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03/12/2021: Ndithi Primary School project underway!

A severe clean water shortage at Ndithi Primary School drains student's time, energy, and health. Thanks to your generosity, we’re working to install a clean water point and much more.

Please 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

2 individual donor(s)