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The Water Project: Mang'uu Primary School -  Filling Up
The Water Project: Mang'uu Primary School -  Getting Water At The Tank
The Water Project: Mang'uu Primary School -  Handwashing Station
The Water Project: Mang'uu Primary School -  Handwashing
The Water Project: Mang'uu Primary School -  Painted Tank
The Water Project: Mang'uu Primary School -  Painted Tank
The Water Project: Mang'uu Primary School -  Students At The Tank
The Water Project: Mang'uu Primary School -  Thumbs Up
The Water Project: Mang'uu Primary School -  Thumbs Up
The Water Project: Mang'uu Primary School -  Drinking Water From The Tank
The Water Project: Mang'uu Primary School -  Complete Tank
The Water Project: Mang'uu Primary School -  Complete Tank
The Water Project: Mang'uu Primary School -  Tank Construction In Progress
The Water Project: Mang'uu Primary School -  Tank Walls Begin To Take Shape
The Water Project: Mang'uu Primary School -  Working On Tank Foundation
The Water Project: Mang'uu Primary School -  Mixing Cement
The Water Project: Mang'uu Primary School -  Gutters On Classroom For Rain Tank
The Water Project: Mang'uu Primary School -  Foundation Cement Drying
The Water Project: Mang'uu Primary School -  Hauling A Rock For The Tank
The Water Project: Mang'uu Primary School -  Help Mixing Cement
The Water Project: Mang'uu Primary School -  Large Rocks For Tank Walls
The Water Project: Mang'uu Primary School -  Lumber For Construction
The Water Project: Mang'uu Primary School -  Community Members Help Construction
The Water Project: Mang'uu Primary School -  Cement Work On The Foundation
The Water Project: Mang'uu Primary School -  Cement Bags
The Water Project: Mang'uu Primary School -  Mercy M
The Water Project: Mang'uu Primary School -  Making Soap
The Water Project: Mang'uu Primary School -  Handwashing Session
The Water Project: Mang'uu Primary School -  Handwashing Demonstration
The Water Project: Mang'uu Primary School -  Mercy M
The Water Project: Mang'uu Primary School -  Sanitation Training
The Water Project: Mang'uu Primary School -  Soap Mixing
The Water Project: Mang'uu Primary School -  Student Health Club Members
The Water Project: Mang'uu Primary School -  Students At The Hygiene And Sanitation Training
The Water Project: Mang'uu Primary School -  Students Watch Handwashing Demonstration
The Water Project: Mang'uu Primary School -  Students Pose For A Picture
The Water Project: Mang'uu Primary School -  Student Walks By Small Rain Tank Carrying Water
The Water Project: Mang'uu Primary School -  School Grounds
The Water Project: Mang'uu Primary School -  School Grounds
The Water Project: Mang'uu Primary School -  Students Carrying Water
The Water Project: Mang'uu Primary School -  People At The River Bed Gathering Water
The Water Project: Mang'uu Primary School -  Stack Of Firewood For Kitchen
The Water Project: Mang'uu Primary School -  School Compound
The Water Project: Mang'uu Primary School -  Students Lined Up With Water Containers From Home
The Water Project: Mang'uu Primary School -  Front Gate
The Water Project: Mang'uu Primary School -  School Buildings
The Water Project: Mang'uu Primary School -  School Sign
The Water Project: Mang'uu Primary School -  Kenya Pupils Carrying Water
The Water Project: Mang'uu Primary School -  Student Dorms
The Water Project: Mang'uu Primary School -  Students In Class
The Water Project: Mang'uu Primary School -  Classrooms
The Water Project: Mang'uu Primary School -  Small Rainwater Tank
The Water Project: Mang'uu Primary School -  Boys Latrines
The Water Project: Mang'uu Primary School -  Students In Class
The Water Project: Mang'uu Primary School -  School Kitchen
The Water Project: Mang'uu Primary School -  Kitchen Cook Stove
The Water Project: Mang'uu Primary School -  Headteacher Peter Mailu
The Water Project: Mang'uu Primary School -  Kaluki M
The Water Project: Mang'uu Primary School -  Students
The Water Project: Mang'uu Primary School -  Collecting Water At The Scoop Hole
The Water Project: Mang'uu Primary School -  Filling Up At Scoop Hole
The Water Project: Mang'uu Primary School -  Girls Latrines
The Water Project: Mang'uu Primary School -  Staff Latrines
The Water Project: Mang'uu Primary School -  Student Wash Rooms

Project Status



Project Type:  Rainwater Catchment

Regional Program: Southeastern Kenya WaSH Program

Impact: 404 Served

Project Phase:  In Service - May 2021

Functionality Status:  Low/No Water or Mechanical Breakdown

Last Checkup: 08/25/2021

Project Features


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Mang’uu Day and Boarding Primary School is found in a rural location in Kitui county. The area has a generally flat terrain with low vegetation cover made up of primarily indigenous tree species. The school was started in 1997 by local parents who felt that their children had been traveling for too long a distance to access primary education at other schools. The school has grown through support from students’ parents, the Mwingi North constituency development fund, and the Kitui County Government.

The primary water sources for the 391 students here are a few small rainwater collection tanks. These never provide enough water to meet all of the water demands for the school population. The school supplements the rain tank water by requiring the day students to bring water from home. Boarding students have to help fetch water too, though all students usually use the same sources: river scoop holes that are never safe for human consumption.

“Our biggest challenge in this school is water. Our students must carry water to school, which is not morally right and which affects their concentration in class. The boarding students never get enough water for all their needs, which affects hygiene and sanitation levels in school. With enough water, our school can improve its performance while also attracting more students,” said Head Teacher Peter Mailu.

The use of and dependence on students to help acquire water for their school has had harmful effects on the young learners. Some students arrive in school already tired and highly exhausted from their long trip fetching and then carrying water. Their low energy negatively affects their concentration in class and, consequently, their grades. The available water at school is highly rationed, especially to the boarding students. This makes their stay in school miserable because of how little water they get to attend to basic water needs such as bathing, laundering clothes and bedding, and washing dishes.

Cases of stomach problems and waterborne diseases have been reported among students in the past, attributed to the use of water from sources not considered safe. These water-related illnesses lead to increased absenteeism as students seek medication, while others miss out on class due to ongoing health complications from their initial illness. All of these students are being held back from their full academic potential by their school’s severe lack of clean water.

Rain Tank

We will build a 104,000-liter rain tank for this school, making the others look tiny in comparison. 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 additional 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 building. We will complement their materials with a skilled artisan to lead the project and provide the tools, lumber, metal, cement, and gutter system.

“Our school life is not easy because of the limited water availability. We are often required to bring water to school for our cooking and other water needs. It is not easy coming to school early with a school bag and a water container,” said Kaluki M, a student at the school.

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 one day. Those in attendance will form a school health club that will promote good hygiene and sanitation practices at school and 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 oversee best 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 three taps each, allowing nine 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


04/30/2021: Mang'uu Primary School Construction Complete!

Mang'uu 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. 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.

Completed tank

"I will now have enough clean water supply from within the school while in school, which was never possible before implementing this water project. School life will now be more enjoyable with increased levels of cleanliness and regular handwashing because water is available in plenty," said Kaluki M, a student at the school.

"I will now concentrate more on my studies and improve my grades as the school routine will never be interrupted by water shortages. I will be more clean and neat while in school since water is available to ensure everyone gets enough for all their water needs while in school."

Complete tank

The construction for the project was finished right as the recent term ended. Our team will go back to the school when the students return in May to paint the tank and check to ensure the students and staff are trained on how to use the tank. We will send another update with pictures as soon as that is complete!

Rain Tank

A meeting with all of the parents and the headteacher was held to plan out the project. 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. The more water we can store during the seasonal rains, the more water available through the dry months.

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

A reinforced concrete column is built right up to the tank’s center, which holds up the roof and prevents it from caving in. The walls are then plastered both internally and externally with waterproof cement. After that, several feet of guttering are installed and channeled into the tank. The roofing is made of iron sheets and timber. There are 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 they can identify gaps through our ongoing monitoring visits.

"Our school is a mixed day and boarding primary school. Having water in school is a big game-changer because now, many teachers can reside within the school and increase their contact hours with the learners. We are looking forward to an increased boarding population of students because parents will now have more confidence that learners will have sufficient water supply in school," said Headteacher Peter Mailu.

Handwashing Stations


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

New Knowledge

The area field officer Austin Mumo called the school headteacher to inform him of the training and its purpose: to raise awareness of hygiene issues to help in transforming behaviors. Austin informed the teacher of the training date and mobilized the pupils and their teachers for the training.

The attendance was as expected since it was a normal school day. All the pupils were present, though the Class 8 pupils, who had an exam, joined the training later after completing their exam. The training was held outside under some trees within the school compound due to the warm weather on this particular day. Also, there were too many people to observe COVID-19 protocols indoors.

We went over topics including student health club activities; disease transmission; preventing disease spread; personal hygiene; handwashing; water hygiene; food hygiene; latrine hygiene, and soapmaking. We also held a section covering COVID-19. We discussed prevention methods, including mask-wearing and physical distancing, and other relevant information to stem the spread of the virus.

Mixing soap

"This training will bring about many changes in our lives since all that we learned today has never been taught to us. It will help us improve our hygiene practices like handwashing with water and soap, use of personal handkerchiefs, drinking clean water, digging a rubbish pit, and soap making," sad student Mercy M.

"We will teach our parents and all the others that will need the knowledge to make soap to improve hygiene issues, especially handwashing with soap as well as income generation. Issues of diseases will also go down since the knowledge we have gained on hygiene practices is enough for one to take the necessary precautions.”

Thank you for making all of this possible!


The Water Project : kenya21456-complete-tank-2


03/12/2021: Mang'uu Primary School project underway

A severe clean water shortage at Mang'uu 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!


The Water Project : kenya21456-collecting-water-at-the-scoop-hole


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

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