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The Water Project: Emasera Community Primary School -  A Student Washing Hands After Playing
The Water Project: Emasera Community Primary School -  Boys Latrine
The Water Project: Emasera Community Primary School -  Boys Latrine
The Water Project: Emasera Community Primary School -  Boys Latrine
The Water Project: Emasera Community Primary School -  Boys Lineup To Use The Latrine
The Water Project: Emasera Community Primary School -  Boys Rushing To Their Latrines
The Water Project: Emasera Community Primary School -  Bringing Water From Home
The Water Project: Emasera Community Primary School -  Dishrack Inside The Kitchen
The Water Project: Emasera Community Primary School -  Fire Place In The Kitchen
The Water Project: Emasera Community Primary School -  Firewood For Cooking
The Water Project: Emasera Community Primary School -  Girls Latrines
The Water Project: Emasera Community Primary School -  Girls Latrines
The Water Project: Emasera Community Primary School -  Girls Lineup To Use The Latrine
The Water Project: Emasera Community Primary School -  Girls Lineup To Use The Latrine
The Water Project: Emasera Community Primary School -  Handwashing Stations On School Compound
The Water Project: Emasera Community Primary School -  Lifestraw Inside The Classroom
The Water Project: Emasera Community Primary School -  Mrs Evaline Wandagos Class
The Water Project: Emasera Community Primary School -  School Building
The Water Project: Emasera Community Primary School -  School Compost Pit
The Water Project: Emasera Community Primary School -  School Ground
The Water Project: Emasera Community Primary School -  School Ground
The Water Project: Emasera Community Primary School -  School Identification
The Water Project: Emasera Community Primary School -  School Kitchen
The Water Project: Emasera Community Primary School -  Student Dominic A
The Water Project: Emasera Community Primary School -  Students At School Gate
The Water Project: Emasera Community Primary School -  Students Bringing Water From Home
The Water Project: Emasera Community Primary School -  Students In Class
The Water Project: Emasera Community Primary School -  Students In Class
The Water Project: Emasera Community Primary School -  Students On The Playground
The Water Project: Emasera Community Primary School -  Students On The Playground
The Water Project: Emasera Community Primary School -  Teacher Everline Wandago

Project Status



Project Type:  Rainwater Catchment

Regional Program: Western Kenya WaSH Program

Impact: 747 Served

Project Phase:  Under Construction
Estimated Install Date (?):  07/29/2022

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Every day the 747 students of Emasera Community Primary School carry water from home to provide the needed drinking, cooking, and cleaning water for the school.

The search for water makes them arrive late and tired, affecting their lesson time and ability to learn.

“I wasted a lot of my precious time that was meant for studies to search for water, and as we know, time wasted can never be recovered. So I will be forced to work extra hard to pass my exams,” said Dominic, a 14-year-old student.

Being that they bring water from home, knowing the exact source is difficult. Some students said they harvested rainwater during the rainy season, and during the dry season, they use hand-dug wells that a few community members have. The water collected often is not clean and has a bad smell at times leading to students being absent because of sicknesses.

“Personally, I can’t drink the school water because I easily get effects, and we have some students with similar issues. I prefer buying bottled water, and if I forget to buy some, I will go the whole day without water, which health-wise is bad,” said Deputy Headteacher Everylne Wandago.

The sanitation facilities of the school also need improvement. Towards the end of last year, the school was issued a closure notice by the Ministry of Health due to insufficient sanitation facilities. They have made temporary fixes, but the latrines we will build and training on hygiene and sanitation matters will be helpful.

What We Can Do:

Two Rain Tanks

Two 75,000-liter rainwater catchment tanks will help alleviate the water crisis at this school. The school will help collect the needed construction materials such as sand, bricks, rocks, and water for mixing cement. We will complement their materials by providing an expert team of artisans, tools, hardware, and the guttering system. Once finished, these tanks will begin catching rainfall that will be used by the school’s students and staff for drinking, handwashing, cooking, cleaning, and much more.

We and the school strongly believe that all of these components will work together to improve standards at this school, which will lead to better student academic performance and help to unlock the potential for these students to live better, healthier lives.

Handwashing Stations

The student health club will oversee the two new handwashing stations we will provide, and make sure they are kept clean and in working condition. The club leaders will fill the handwashing stations with water daily and make sure they are always supplied with a cleaning agent such as soap or ash.

VIP Latrines

Two triple-door latrine blocks will be constructed with local materials that the school will help gather—one block for girls and one for boys. All of these new latrines will have cement floors that are designed to be easy to use and clean. And with two rain tanks right on school property, there should be enough water to keep them clean.

Training on Health, Hygiene, COVID-19, and More

We will hold a one-day intensive training session with students and teachers. This training will cover a wide range of topics including: COVID-19 symptoms, transmission routes, and prevention; personal and environmental hygiene; and the operation and maintenance of the rain tanks, latrines, and handwashing stations. There will be a special emphasis on handwashing.

Our team of facilitators will use a variety of methods to train, including participatory hygiene and sanitation transformation, and asset-based community development. We will initiate a student health club, which will prepare students to lead other pupils into healthy habits at school and at home. We will also lead lectures, group discussions, and provide illustrative handouts to teach health topics and ways to promote good hygiene practices within the school, like handwashing and water treatment. We will then conduct a series of follow-up trainings before transitioning to our regularly scheduled support visits throughout the year.

Project Updates


05/12/2022: Emasera Community Primary School Rain Tank Underway!

A severe clean water shortage at Emasera Community 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

Project Sponsor - Imago Dei Community