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The Water Project: Ithingili Primary School -  Students At School
The Water Project: Ithingili Primary School -  Students Carrying Water
The Water Project: Ithingili Primary School -  Students Holding Water Containers
The Water Project: Ithingili Primary School -  School Grounds
The Water Project: Ithingili Primary School -  Students Walking With Water Containers
The Water Project: Ithingili Primary School -  Kitchen
The Water Project: Ithingili Primary School -  School Buildings
The Water Project: Ithingili Primary School -  Boys Latrines
The Water Project: Ithingili Primary School -  School Grounds
The Water Project: Ithingili Primary School -  School Grounds
The Water Project: Ithingili Primary School -  Cooking Area
The Water Project: Ithingili Primary School -  Staff Latrines
The Water Project: Ithingili Primary School -  Girls Latrines
The Water Project: Ithingili Primary School -  School Buildings
The Water Project: Ithingili Primary School -  Students In Class
The Water Project: Ithingili Primary School -  Students
The Water Project: Ithingili Primary School -  Daniel Ndua Head Teacher
The Water Project: Ithingili Primary School -  Wavinya M

Project Status



Project Type:  Rainwater Catchment

Regional Program: Southeastern Kenya WaSH Program

Impact: 238 Served

Project Phase:  Under Construction
Estimated Install Date (?):  11/05/2021

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Ithingili Primary School was started by the Kyandali community in 2010 to avail of a school for their children in the locality and stop the long distances traveled in search of education in the past. The school has been operating under the County Education board as a government school and realized its growth through support from the government, school parents, and the Mwingi North Constituency development fund.

The school is found in Kitui county, Kenya. The school rests in a small piece of land which hosts the school classes, a staff room, student restrooms, and a school shamba, which also acts as the school playground during the dry season. The school grounds are an uneven terrain. Some of its buildings are temporary – made of mud walls – including several classes and the school kitchen.

On an average day, the 238 students are expected to arrive at school at 6:45 AM, carrying a Jerrycan of water, and have their morning cleaning duties and studies until 8:00 AM. The school has been struggling with a high absenteeism rate because many students are uncomfortable being punished for failing to carry water to school. They would rather miss school when it is the turn of their class carrying water.

“We carry water to school for cooking and drinking during our stay in school. I usually carry a 5-liter container, which is a burden as I also have a school bag and sometimes firewood on top of it,” said Wavinya M, a student at the school.

“The classes are dusty as the water is not enough to be used for cooking and dusting them. It is not easy being a student in this school, but it is the only one near our home.”

There has been a total collapse of the school feeding program when students fail to bring enough water required to sustain the feeding program for the day. The school lacks a reliable water source. This has led to its slow growth and popularity among parents and pupils despite its improving performance over the years.

“We have been surviving through God’s mercy. We have no water storage structures in school nor a reliable water source in school. It is such a bad problem at our school that even teachers carry their drinking water,” said Head Teacher Daniel Ndua.

“The school has been growing slowly, mainly because of water-related challenges.”

A rainwater harvesting tank will be ideal for the school because the school lacks a water source. The tank will harvest water from the available school buildings and make it available for the school population to use during their stay in 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 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 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 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 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


09/30/2021: Ithingili Primary School Project Underway!

A severe clean water shortage at Ithingili 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

The Michelle Kaye and John Waldrop Fund
Paypal Giving Fund
First Touch Bay Area
Facebook Donations
Numined Diamonds
United Way of the Capital Region
Teespring, IIC
Bulkin Charitable Fund
In honor of Anthony Rocco
Pacific Tide
Teespring, IIC
Cardinal Health
The 8th Grade Campaign for Clean Water!
Water Well Ramadan Project for Mohammed Islam
Water for Everyone
Global Water Dances Cork 2021 - Campaign for Water
Flashpoint's Water Challenge
Everyone Needs Water Campaign
IWU fights for Africa

And 5 other fundraising page(s)
91 individual donor(s)