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The Water Project: Ithingili Primary School -  Adding Soap
The Water Project: Ithingili Primary School -  After Paint
The Water Project: Ithingili Primary School -  All Done
The Water Project: Ithingili Primary School -  Choose Health
The Water Project: Ithingili Primary School -  Clean Hands
The Water Project: Ithingili Primary School -  Clean Hands Save Lives
The Water Project: Ithingili Primary School -  Cleaning Hands
The Water Project: Ithingili Primary School -  Girls At Handwashing Station
The Water Project: Ithingili Primary School -  Handwashing
The Water Project: Ithingili Primary School -  Handwashing Station
The Water Project: Ithingili Primary School -  Painted Tank
The Water Project: Ithingili Primary School -  Washing Hands
The Water Project: Ithingili Primary School -  Disease Transmission Routes
The Water Project: Ithingili Primary School -  Disease Transmission Routes
The Water Project: Ithingili Primary School -  Disease Transmission Routes
The Water Project: Ithingili Primary School -  Handwashing
The Water Project: Ithingili Primary School -  Handwashing
The Water Project: Ithingili Primary School -  Handwashing
The Water Project: Ithingili Primary School -  Handwashing
The Water Project: Ithingili Primary School -  Health Club
The Water Project: Ithingili Primary School -  Kavinya
The Water Project: Ithingili Primary School -  Kavinya M
The Water Project: Ithingili Primary School -  Ngumbo Peter
The Water Project: Ithingili Primary School -  Participants
The Water Project: Ithingili Primary School -  Participants
The Water Project: Ithingili Primary School -  Participants
The Water Project: Ithingili Primary School -  Participants
The Water Project: Ithingili Primary School -  Participants
The Water Project: Ithingili Primary School -  Participants
The Water Project: Ithingili Primary School -  Participants
The Water Project: Ithingili Primary School -  Participants
The Water Project: Ithingili Primary School -  Peter Mukiti
The Water Project: Ithingili Primary School -  Soap Making
The Water Project: Ithingili Primary School -  Soap Making
The Water Project: Ithingili Primary School -  Soap Making
The Water Project: Ithingili Primary School -  Soap Making
The Water Project: Ithingili Primary School -  Complete
The Water Project: Ithingili Primary School -  Complete
The Water Project: Ithingili Primary School -  Complete
The Water Project: Ithingili Primary School -  Complete
The Water Project: Ithingili Primary School -  Complete
The Water Project: Ithingili Primary School -  Complete
The Water Project: Ithingili Primary School -  Phase I
The Water Project: Ithingili Primary School -  Phase I
The Water Project: Ithingili Primary School -  Phase I
The Water Project: Ithingili Primary School -  Phase I
The Water Project: Ithingili Primary School -  Phase I
The Water Project: Ithingili Primary School -  Phase I
The Water Project: Ithingili Primary School -  Phase I
The Water Project: Ithingili Primary School -  Phase I
The Water Project: Ithingili Primary School -  Site Preparation
The Water Project: Ithingili Primary School -  Site Preparation
The Water Project: Ithingili Primary School -  Site Preparation
The Water Project: Ithingili Primary School -  Site Preparation
The Water Project: Ithingili Primary School -  Site Preparation
The Water Project: Ithingili Primary School -  Site Preparation
The Water Project: Ithingili Primary School -  Site Preparation
The Water Project: Ithingili Primary School -  Site Preparation
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:  In Service - Nov 2021

Functionality Status:  Functional

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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


12/07/2021: Celebrating Clean Water at Ithingili Primary School!

Ithingili Primary School's new rain tank now has a gorgeous new coat of blue and white paint!

Students and teachers are excited for their futures now that clean water is readily available on school grounds.

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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11/02/2021: Ithingili Primary School Rain Tank Construction Complete!

Ithingili Primary School in Kenya now has access to a new source of safe, clean water thanks to their rain tank, which can collect 104,000 liters of water. The tank is still being cured and needs a coat of beautiful blue and white paint. We'll send you pictures of the freshly painted tank as soon as we get them!

"Our school will improve in hygiene and sanitation," said Kavinya M., a 16-year-old student. "In the past, we could not wash our toilets and classes because of the water scarcity. This (the new tank) will avail a clean learning environment, which will improve both school attendance and performance."

Kavinya continued: "I will not also be carrying water from home that led to exhaustion upon school arrival. I will be able to concentrate on my studies, which will ultimately improve my academic performance."

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 school community at large will access clean water that is safe for drinking, unlike before when pupils had to fetch water from unsafe sources that exposed us to water-related diseases," said teacher Peter Mukuti. "The clean water will also allow [the] preparation of school meals, which would motivate more pupils to come to school and learn."

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.

"This training was important to me," said 16-year-old student Peter M. "I learned about how to maintain proper body and dental hygiene, social distancing, and compound cleanliness. The acquired knowledge will help me prevent transmission of infections because poor hygiene and sanitation practices such as compound littering have often led to infections within the school."

We asked Peter 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.

"It was difficult to learn at home because there were too many distractions," Peter said. "Although there were places offering private and online classes, they were too costly for me. We could not also meet with our teachers for guidance on academics and the absence of the school setting also made me digress from academics. Our minds were no longer focused on learning."

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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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 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

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)