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The Water Project: AIC Kaseve Primary -  Boys Latrines
The Water Project: AIC Kaseve Primary -  Carrying Water
The Water Project: AIC Kaseve Primary -  Carrying Water
The Water Project: AIC Kaseve Primary -  Girls Latrines
The Water Project: AIC Kaseve Primary -  Inside Kitchen
The Water Project: AIC Kaseve Primary -  Joshua M
The Water Project: AIC Kaseve Primary -  Joshua M
The Water Project: AIC Kaseve Primary -  Kitchen
The Water Project: AIC Kaseve Primary -  Mary Musyoka
The Water Project: AIC Kaseve Primary -  Play Area
The Water Project: AIC Kaseve Primary -  School Buildings
The Water Project: AIC Kaseve Primary -  School Buildings
The Water Project: AIC Kaseve Primary -  School Sign
The Water Project: AIC Kaseve Primary -  Staff Latrines
The Water Project: AIC Kaseve Primary -  Students
The Water Project: AIC Kaseve Primary -  Students
The Water Project: AIC Kaseve Primary -  Students In Class
The Water Project: AIC Kaseve Primary -  Students Lined Up At Small Tank

Project Status



Project Type:  Rainwater Catchment

Regional Program: Southeastern Kenya WaSH Program

Project Phase:  Donate to this Project
Estimated Install Date (?):  10/29/2021

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AIC Kaseve Primary School is found in Kaseve village of Machakos county, Kenya. The area is generally hilly, with steep slopes on the route leading to the school. The school buildings are made of bricks and well roofed with iron sheets with little vegetation cover within the school compound.

The Africa Inland Church (AIC) missionaries started the school in 1964 as a learning center within the Kaseve Church. The school was later taken up by the government to operate as a mission school and has seen its growth through support from the church, government, and the Machakos Central Constituency Development Fund.

Today, more than 450 students attend the school. AIC Kaseve Primary School depends on students carrying water to the school and small rain water 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. They carry out their morning duties until 7:00 am, when the morning preps begin. At 7:45 am, the students assemble for the morning parade. During the morning parade, the teacher on duty inspects the water carried by the students. Those who have failed to bring water are punished. Classes begin at 8:10 am and the school day ends at 4:10 pm.

“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.”

Carrying water to school is a burden on the students. They arrive in school tired, leading to poor concentration in class. Cases of water-related diseases are reported among students and staff in the school, with most of them being amoeba and typhoid. This is attributed to consuming water from unsafe sources, especially the water brought from home by students.

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 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 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.

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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.


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