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The Water Project: Migwani DEB Primary School -  Happy Kids
The Water Project: Migwani DEB Primary School -  Hooray
The Water Project: Migwani DEB Primary School -  Jumping For Joy
The Water Project: Migwani DEB Primary School -  Site Preparation
The Water Project: Migwani DEB Primary School -  Site Preparation
The Water Project: Migwani DEB Primary School -  Site Preparation
The Water Project: Migwani DEB Primary School -  Site Preparation
The Water Project: Migwani DEB Primary School -  Site Preparation
The Water Project: Migwani DEB Primary School -  Phase I
The Water Project: Migwani DEB Primary School -  Phase I
The Water Project: Migwani DEB Primary School -  Phase I
The Water Project: Migwani DEB Primary School -  Phase I
The Water Project: Migwani DEB Primary School -  Phase I
The Water Project: Migwani DEB Primary School -  Phase I
The Water Project: Migwani DEB Primary School -  Phase I
The Water Project: Migwani DEB Primary School -  Phase I
The Water Project: Migwani DEB Primary School -  Phase I
The Water Project: Migwani DEB Primary School -  Phase I
The Water Project: Migwani DEB Primary School -  Phase I
The Water Project: Migwani DEB Primary School -  Phase I
The Water Project: Migwani DEB Primary School -  Phase Ii
The Water Project: Migwani DEB Primary School -  Phase Ii
The Water Project: Migwani DEB Primary School -  Phase Ii
The Water Project: Migwani DEB Primary School -  Phase Ii
The Water Project: Migwani DEB Primary School -  Phase Ii
The Water Project: Migwani DEB Primary School -  Phase Ii
The Water Project: Migwani DEB Primary School -  Phase Ii
The Water Project: Migwani DEB Primary School -  Phase Ii
The Water Project: Migwani DEB Primary School -  Phase Ii
The Water Project: Migwani DEB Primary School -  Phase Ii
The Water Project: Migwani DEB Primary School -  Phase Ii
The Water Project: Migwani DEB Primary School -  Almost Done
The Water Project: Migwani DEB Primary School -  Almost Done
The Water Project: Migwani DEB Primary School -  Almost Done
The Water Project: Migwani DEB Primary School -  Almost Done
The Water Project: Migwani DEB Primary School -  Almost Done
The Water Project: Migwani DEB Primary School -  Almost Done
The Water Project: Migwani DEB Primary School -  Almost Done
The Water Project: Migwani DEB Primary School -  Almost Done
The Water Project: Migwani DEB Primary School -  Almost Done
The Water Project: Migwani DEB Primary School -  Almost Done
The Water Project: Migwani DEB Primary School -  After Paint
The Water Project: Migwani DEB Primary School -  After Paint
The Water Project: Migwani DEB Primary School -  All Done
The Water Project: Migwani DEB Primary School -  Wash Your Hands
The Water Project: Migwani DEB Primary School -  Boys Washing Hands
The Water Project: Migwani DEB Primary School -  Handwashing
The Water Project: Migwani DEB Primary School -  Handwashing
The Water Project: Migwani DEB Primary School -  Handwashing
The Water Project: Migwani DEB Primary School -  Handwashing
The Water Project: Migwani DEB Primary School -  Handwashing
The Water Project: Migwani DEB Primary School -  Handwashing
The Water Project: Migwani DEB Primary School -  Handwashing Station
The Water Project: Migwani DEB Primary School -  Health Club
The Water Project: Migwani DEB Primary School -  Participants
The Water Project: Migwani DEB Primary School -  Participants
The Water Project: Migwani DEB Primary School -  Participants
The Water Project: Migwani DEB Primary School -  Participants
The Water Project: Migwani DEB Primary School -  Participants
The Water Project: Migwani DEB Primary School -  Participants
The Water Project: Migwani DEB Primary School -  Participants
The Water Project: Migwani DEB Primary School -  Soap Making
The Water Project: Migwani DEB Primary School -  Soap Making
The Water Project: Migwani DEB Primary School -  Soap Making
The Water Project: Migwani DEB Primary School -  Soap Making
The Water Project: Migwani DEB Primary School -  Soap Making
The Water Project: Migwani DEB Primary School -  Soap Making
The Water Project: Migwani DEB Primary School -  Training Materials
The Water Project: Migwani DEB Primary School -  Training Materials
The Water Project: Migwani DEB Primary School -  Training Materials
The Water Project: Migwani DEB Primary School -  Peter Maluki
The Water Project: Migwani DEB Primary School -  Students Carrying
The Water Project: Migwani DEB Primary School -  Students
The Water Project: Migwani DEB Primary School -  Classroom
The Water Project: Migwani DEB Primary School -  Studying
The Water Project: Migwani DEB Primary School -  School Building
The Water Project: Migwani DEB Primary School -  Students At Small Water Tank
The Water Project: Migwani DEB Primary School -  Girls Carrying Water
The Water Project: Migwani DEB Primary School -  Duncan Masau
The Water Project: Migwani DEB Primary School -  Garbage Pit
The Water Project: Migwani DEB Primary School -  Mawia M
The Water Project: Migwani DEB Primary School -  Play Ground
The Water Project: Migwani DEB Primary School -  School Buildings
The Water Project: Migwani DEB Primary School -  School Compound
The Water Project: Migwani DEB Primary School -  School Grounds
The Water Project: Migwani DEB Primary School -  School Kitchen
The Water Project: Migwani DEB Primary School -  Wood Burning Stove
The Water Project: Migwani DEB Primary School -  Kitchen Building
The Water Project: Migwani DEB Primary School -  Girls Latrines
The Water Project: Migwani DEB Primary School -  Improved Girls Latrines
The Water Project: Migwani DEB Primary School -  Staff Latrines
The Water Project: Migwani DEB Primary School -  Boys Latrines

Project Status



Project Type:  Rainwater Catchment

Regional Program: Southeastern Kenya WaSH Program

Impact: 279 Served

Project Phase:  In Service - Feb 2022

Functionality Status:  Functional

Last Checkup: 11/28/2022

Project Features


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Migwani DEB Primary School depends on a 5,000-liter plastic tank for the water needs of its 266 students and 12 staff members. There is never enough to meet the water demand, even with rationing, so the tank runs dry. As a result, students are forced to bring their own water to school.

“Our school does not have adequate water sources to cater for all our water needs without rationing,” said teacher Duncan Masau. “This has affected our growth as a school. A new water source would be welcome.”

Pupils in this school must report to school by 6:30 AM carrying water. This burden demoralizes students, which causes major absenteeism. During the morning assembly, the teacher on duty inspects the students’ water. Those who have failed to bring water are punished.

“I rarely get enough water in school for drinking,” said Mawia, an 11-year-old female student. “When the water in school runs out, we are always required to carry water to school in 5-liter containers, which are burdening and tedious, leading to poor concentration in class.”

How To Make a Difference…

Build a Rain Tank

We will build a 104,000-liter rain tank for this school, making the other tank at the school that only holds 5,000 liters 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.

Provide Training

We will train students and staff on sanitation, hygiene, and other topics for 1 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 keep their environment clean. The school will also be taught how to oversee and maintain their new rain tank and handwashing stations.

Develop 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 3 taps each, allowing 9 students to wash their hands at once. The student health club and school management will be responsible for ensuring the tanks are filled with water and that a cleaning agent such as soap or ash is always available.

Project Updates


02/11/2022: Migwani DEB Primary School Rain Tank Complete!

Migwani DEB 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.

12-year-old Daniel explained how the water tank will improve his life. "My academic performance will soar higher because I can easily drink clean water from this water point during exams and classes, unlike before [when] there was no water within the school, and the little we had [was] stored in plastic jerry cans that were open to contamination. We will also be able to improve our school's hygiene and sanitation."

Teacher Magdalene Muli, 46, is excited for a better working environment. "I will be more comfortable teaching pupils in a clean class. My pupils will also have enough clean water to drink which enables comfort during learning since they are more attentive and not being distracted by the need to quench their thirst. With the improved hygiene and sanitation, my pupils will no longer be sick and absent from school."

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The tank also opens up new opportunities for the school itself. "The school will be able to set up a feeding a program thanks to the implemented water point," Magdalene continued.

"We will also be able to improve the green scenery within the school because we will use the water to irrigate the tree seedlings," Daniel added.

"The school also plans to cultivate trees and vegetables like kales and spinach," said Magdalene.

The pupils and the entire school population were elated about the project and were grateful to everyone who helped implement the school water tank. They expect hygiene and sanitation to improve and absenteeism to reduce, which will improve the school's 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.

Completed 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.

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.

289 pupils and 11 teachers attended the training, with no student absences - an excellent turnout!

Students were most interested to learn about COVID-19 and clear up any misconceptions they had learned. The facilitators explained that COVID is transmitted through particles in the air we cannot see, which is why physical distancing and mask-wearing are both important.

"I will share this new insight with my parents and siblings to help them prevent the spread of COVID-19," said 14-year-old Ann M. "I also learned about contactless greeting, social distancing, and why we should avoid overcrowded places. Therefore, I will be able to remain healthy and focus on my studies. That will place me in better career opportunities."

Learning how to make soap.

The students had the most fun learning about fecal-to-oral disease transmission, during which a few pupils were picked to perform a roleplay. The girl who performed as the mother character did so with passion, confidence, and motherly energy. One of the teachers asked the girl what made her perform so well, and the girl said she was emulating her own mother.

"We will train our guardians on the importance of hygiene," said 14-year-old Peter M. "That way, incidences of diseases will reduce. Personally, I have learned and understood that most diseases are related to hygiene and behavior. If we improve our daily behaviors and adhere to what has been trained, we will be on the safe side."

Peter at the training.

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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12/20/2021: Migwani DEB Primary School Rain Tank Underway!

A severe clean water shortage at Migwani DEB 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

Allinder-Anestis Family Charitable Foundation
Navias Family Foundation
Solana Monkey Travel Agency
Joanne's Campaign for Water
21 individual donor(s)