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The Water Project: Mutulani Primary School -  Thumbs Up
The Water Project: Mutulani Primary School -  Happy Students
The Water Project: Mutulani Primary School -  Celebrating Students
The Water Project: Mutulani Primary School -  Happy Students
The Water Project: Mutulani Primary School -  Phase I
The Water Project: Mutulani Primary School -  Phase I
The Water Project: Mutulani Primary School -  Phase I
The Water Project: Mutulani Primary School -  Phase I
The Water Project: Mutulani Primary School -  Phase I
The Water Project: Mutulani Primary School -  Phase I
The Water Project: Mutulani Primary School -  Site Preparation
The Water Project: Mutulani Primary School -  Phase I
The Water Project: Mutulani Primary School -  Phase I
The Water Project: Mutulani Primary School -  Phase Ii
The Water Project: Mutulani Primary School -  Phase Ii
The Water Project: Mutulani Primary School -  Phase Ii
The Water Project: Mutulani Primary School -  Phase Ii
The Water Project: Mutulani Primary School -  Phase Ii
The Water Project: Mutulani Primary School -  Phase Ii
The Water Project: Mutulani Primary School -  Phase Ii
The Water Project: Mutulani Primary School -  Phase Ii
The Water Project: Mutulani Primary School -  Phase Ii
The Water Project: Mutulani Primary School -  Phase Ii
The Water Project: Mutulani Primary School -  Phase Ii
The Water Project: Mutulani Primary School -  Phase Ii
The Water Project: Mutulani Primary School -  Phase Ii
The Water Project: Mutulani Primary School -  Phase Iii
The Water Project: Mutulani Primary School -  Phase Iii
The Water Project: Mutulani Primary School -  Phase Iii
The Water Project: Mutulani Primary School -  Phase Iii
The Water Project: Mutulani Primary School -  Phase Iii
The Water Project: Mutulani Primary School -  Phase Iii
The Water Project: Mutulani Primary School -  Phase Iii
The Water Project: Mutulani Primary School -  Phase Iii
The Water Project: Mutulani Primary School -  Gutters
The Water Project: Mutulani Primary School -  Complete Tank
The Water Project: Mutulani Primary School -  Complete Tank
The Water Project: Mutulani Primary School -  Complete Tank
The Water Project: Mutulani Primary School -  Complete Tank
The Water Project: Mutulani Primary School -  Complete Tank
The Water Project: Mutulani Primary School -  Complete Tank
The Water Project: Mutulani Primary School -  Complete Tank
The Water Project: Mutulani Primary School -  Complete Tank
The Water Project: Mutulani Primary School -  Complete Tank
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The Water Project: Mutulani Primary School -  Hands
The Water Project: Mutulani Primary School -  Handwashing Stations
The Water Project: Mutulani Primary School -  Handwashing Stations
The Water Project: Mutulani Primary School -  Afterpaint
The Water Project: Mutulani Primary School -  Afterpaint
The Water Project: Mutulani Primary School -  Afterpaint
The Water Project: Mutulani Primary School -  Afterpaint
The Water Project: Mutulani Primary School -  Afterpaint
The Water Project: Mutulani Primary School -  Afterpaint
The Water Project: Mutulani Primary School -  Teacher Florence Kitenge
The Water Project: Mutulani Primary School -  Student Natasha M
The Water Project: Mutulani Primary School -  Student Natasha M
The Water Project: Mutulani Primary School -  Training Soap Making
The Water Project: Mutulani Primary School -  Training Soap Making
The Water Project: Mutulani Primary School -  Training Participants
The Water Project: Mutulani Primary School -  Training Participants
The Water Project: Mutulani Primary School -  Training Participants
The Water Project: Mutulani Primary School -  Training Participants
The Water Project: Mutulani Primary School -  Training Participants
The Water Project: Mutulani Primary School -  Training Participants
The Water Project: Mutulani Primary School -  Training Participants
The Water Project: Mutulani Primary School -  Training On Handwashing
The Water Project: Mutulani Primary School -  Training On Handwashing
The Water Project: Mutulani Primary School -  Training On Handwashing
The Water Project: Mutulani Primary School -  Training Materials
The Water Project: Mutulani Primary School -  Training Materials
The Water Project: Mutulani Primary School -  Training Handwashing
The Water Project: Mutulani Primary School -  Girls Latrines
The Water Project: Mutulani Primary School -  Inside School Kitchen
The Water Project: Mutulani Primary School -  Justina Kimuya
The Water Project: Mutulani Primary School -  Peter
The Water Project: Mutulani Primary School -  School Buildings
The Water Project: Mutulani Primary School -  School Compound
The Water Project: Mutulani Primary School -  School Kitchen
The Water Project: Mutulani Primary School -  School Play Area
The Water Project: Mutulani Primary School -  School Sign And Gate
The Water Project: Mutulani Primary School -  Small Rainwater Tank
The Water Project: Mutulani Primary School -  Staff Latrines
The Water Project: Mutulani Primary School -  Students Holding Water Buckets From Home
The Water Project: Mutulani Primary School -  Students In Class
The Water Project: Mutulani Primary School -  Students In Class
The Water Project: Mutulani Primary School -  Students Outside
The Water Project: Mutulani Primary School -  Students Walk With Their Water Jugs

Project Status



Project Type:  Rainwater Catchment

Regional Program: Southeastern Kenya WaSH Program

Impact: 460 Served

Project Phase:  In Service - Jan 2022

Functionality Status:  Functional

Last Checkup: 06/08/2022

Project Features


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Mutulani Primary School currently faces severe water scarcity challenges. The school requires around 800 liters of water daily for drinking, cleaning, watering trees within the compound, and cooking. With only a small plastic water tank on campus, the stored water runs out very quickly. As a result, every day the 460 students are expected to carry jerrycans of water from home to school.

Carrying water to school every day is a very strenuous activity, and it has often led to absenteeism and truancy among the students. If the water brought to school runs out mid-day, the students must also fetch water during class time, leading to time wastage and poor academic performance.

The water students bring to school is usually dirty and contaminated because they fetch the water from varied – and sometimes unknown – sources, say teachers. Some students may lack water in their homes as well, adding to the difficulty of this morning routine. But out of fear of being punished should they arrive at school without water, the students draw water anywhere they find on their walk, even if they know the source is unsafe for use. Because water is combined for use at school, even one contaminated sources means the entire school is at risk of water-related illnesses.

“The challenge of water scarcity affects us as students as we do not get adequate water for use in the school. We are often sent out of class to fetch water, which wastes a lot of our time learning. Our concentration span in class often wavers due to the continuous disruption of being sent to fetch water. It is very exhausting to come carrying jerrycans of water daily,” said Peter, a school student.

Mutulani Primary School is a day school established in 1959 by the Catholic Ministry of the Holy Ghost Missionaries to provide a nearby learning center for the children of Mutulani village. The school has grown over time through parents’ support in the construction of infrastructures, and financial support from the government through the Ministry of Education’s development funds.

The school is situated in a rural part of Makueni County, Kenya. The area is an arid and semi-arid land that is prone to receiving little to no rainfall each year. The school neighbors Mutulani Secondary School. The roads leading to the institution are packed gravel and clay roads that get very slippery during the wet season. The school’s environment is very well maintained as it has trees planted for environmental conservation.

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 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 and provide 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 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 three 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


01/10/2022: Mutulani Primary School Rain Tank Complete!

Mutulani 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.

Happy students!

The school's Health Club teacher Florence Kiteng'e, 54, said, "The pupils will now have access to clean water throughout the academic year. Initially, students would be sent out of class to go and fetch water for school use. Now the presence of water in the tank will ensure the students stay in class and are concentrating on their studies."

Health Club Teacher Florence Kiteng'e.

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 to 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.

"The water tank will provide us with more water in school for washing our hands, drinking, and cleaning our classrooms, latrines, and the compound. We will no longer have to be sent out of class to fetch water for use in the school as it will be readily available at this tank," said Natasha M., 14.

Natasha M.

Natasha continued, "We will plant trees within the compound and also ensure they are always watered. We'll also ensure the health club makes soap for handwashing with soap and clean water."

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

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 soapmaking.

"I am very thankful and grateful for this training as we are now able to make our own soap in the health club. Through this training, we are now aware of many things which we did not know, such as the proper handwashing procedures. This new knowledge will help us protect ourselves from contracting any diseases. We will wash our hands well and ensure they are clean," said Natasha.

We asked Natasha what it was like to be at home for most of the last year due to Kenya's national coronavirus-related school closures and what it has been like coming back to school.

"Upon opening of the school, most of us had forgotten most of what we had learned because we didn't have the necessary learning materials while we were at home. Most of my time was spent on home duties and hanging out with my peers, and we rarely read."

Natasha continued, "I missed learning, being taught by our teachers, and interacting with my classmates. Mathematics, English, and Science are my favorite subjects. I really missed learning them. I feel very happy and excited about being back to school because we are learning new things, and I am able to meet/interact with my friends. In addition, I feel like none of my time is being wasted since most of my time is spent on studying now."

When an issue arises concerning the rain tank, the students and teachers are equipped with the necessary skills to rectify the problem and ensure the water point works appropriately. However, if the issue is beyond their capabilities, they can contact our field officers to assist them. Also, we will continue to offer them unmatchable support as a part of our ongoing monitoring and maintenance program.

Thank you for making all of this possible!


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12/07/2021: Mutulani Primary School Rainwater Tank Underway!

A severe clean water shortage at Mutulani 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

Cornvinus Trading
55 individual donor(s)