AIC Kaseve Primary School depends on students carrying water to the school and small rainwater harvesting tanks for all of their water needs, including drinking, cooking, and cleaning. As a result, there is never enough water to meet the demands of the large school population.
"Our school has a very high population, and the available water sources cannot serve all our water needs. We cannot plant many trees and maintain high standards of hygiene in school because of the water challenges involved here," said Deputy Headteacher Mary Musyoka.
The students must report to school by 6:30 am, carrying water for their use in school. When they arrive, the teacher on duty inspects the water carried by the students. Those who have failed to bring water are punished.
Carrying water to school is a burden on the students. They arrive at school tired, leading to poor concentration in class.
"We are always required to carry water to school for our cooking and drinking needs. It has not been easy because it makes you feel a bit tired by the time you arrive in school, leading to poor concentration in class," said student Joshua M.
"During breaks and lunch hour, we all rush to the few water points trying to get drinking water, and it becomes crowded."
Because students bring water from wherever they can get it, students and staff report cases of water-related diseases, such as amoeba and typhoid.
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 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.
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.
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.