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The Water Project: Bulupi Primary School -  Celebrating Water
The Water Project: Bulupi Primary School -  All Smiles Here
The Water Project: Bulupi Primary School -  All Smiles Here
The Water Project: Bulupi Primary School -  Celebrating Water
The Water Project: Bulupi Primary School -  Celebrating Water
The Water Project: Bulupi Primary School -  Fetching Water
The Water Project: Bulupi Primary School -  Posing At The Waterpoint
The Water Project: Bulupi Primary School -  Posing At The Waterpoint
The Water Project: Bulupi Primary School -  Posing At The Waterpoint
The Water Project: Bulupi Primary School -  Students Carrying Water
The Water Project: Bulupi Primary School -  Students Carrying Water
The Water Project: Bulupi Primary School -  Students Carrying Water
The Water Project: Bulupi Primary School -  Students Celebrating
The Water Project: Bulupi Primary School -  Students Celebrating
The Water Project: Bulupi Primary School -  Students Celebrating
The Water Project: Bulupi Primary School -  Students Celebrating
The Water Project: Bulupi Primary School -  Students Fetching Water
The Water Project: Bulupi Primary School -  Students Fetching Water
The Water Project: Bulupi Primary School -  Washing Hands
The Water Project: Bulupi Primary School -  Faith M
The Water Project: Bulupi Primary School -  Manuel S
The Water Project: Bulupi Primary School -  Stephen Shitera
The Water Project: Bulupi Primary School -  Hand Washing
The Water Project: Bulupi Primary School -  On Site Training
The Water Project: Bulupi Primary School -  On Site Training
The Water Project: Bulupi Primary School -  On Site Training
The Water Project: Bulupi Primary School -  Site Measurement
The Water Project: Bulupi Primary School -  Site Measurement
The Water Project: Bulupi Primary School -  Excavation
The Water Project: Bulupi Primary School -  Excavation
The Water Project: Bulupi Primary School -  Site Excavation
The Water Project: Bulupi Primary School -  Site Excavation
The Water Project: Bulupi Primary School -  Foundation Setting Stones
The Water Project: Bulupi Primary School -  Foundation Setting Stones
The Water Project: Bulupi Primary School -  Happy Helpers
The Water Project: Bulupi Primary School -  Foundation Brc Placement
The Water Project: Bulupi Primary School -  Foundation Brc Placement
The Water Project: Bulupi Primary School -  Foundation Setting Brc Placement
The Water Project: Bulupi Primary School -  Foundation Setting Brc Placement
The Water Project: Bulupi Primary School -  Foundation Score System
The Water Project: Bulupi Primary School -  Foundation Score System
The Water Project: Bulupi Primary School -  Foundation Setting Score System Fixing
The Water Project: Bulupi Primary School -  Foundation Setting Score System Fixing
The Water Project: Bulupi Primary School -  Foundation Setting
The Water Project: Bulupi Primary School -  Foundation Setting
The Water Project: Bulupi Primary School -  Foundation Setting
The Water Project: Bulupi Primary School -  Wire Placement
The Water Project: Bulupi Primary School -  Wire Placement
The Water Project: Bulupi Primary School -  Wire Placement
The Water Project: Bulupi Primary School -  Wall Reinforcement
The Water Project: Bulupi Primary School -  Wall Reinforcement
The Water Project: Bulupi Primary School -  Wall Reinforcement
The Water Project: Bulupi Primary School -  Wall Reinforcement
The Water Project: Bulupi Primary School -  Sack Placement
The Water Project: Bulupi Primary School -  Sack Placement
The Water Project: Bulupi Primary School -  Sugar Sacks Placement
The Water Project: Bulupi Primary School -  Sugar Sacks Placement
The Water Project: Bulupi Primary School -  Inside Plaster
The Water Project: Bulupi Primary School -  Inside Plaster
The Water Project: Bulupi Primary School -  Inside Plaster
The Water Project: Bulupi Primary School -  Many Hands
The Water Project: Bulupi Primary School -  Inside Plaster
The Water Project: Bulupi Primary School -  Inside Plaster
The Water Project: Bulupi Primary School -  Pillar Placement
The Water Project: Bulupi Primary School -  Pillar Placement
The Water Project: Bulupi Primary School -  Outside Plaster
The Water Project: Bulupi Primary School -  Outside Plaster
The Water Project: Bulupi Primary School -  Pillar Placement
The Water Project: Bulupi Primary School -  Pillar Placement
The Water Project: Bulupi Primary School -  Floor Plaster
The Water Project: Bulupi Primary School -  Floor Plaster
The Water Project: Bulupi Primary School -  Outside Plaster
The Water Project: Bulupi Primary School -  Outside Plaster
The Water Project: Bulupi Primary School -  Outside Plaster
The Water Project: Bulupi Primary School -  Dome Setting
The Water Project: Bulupi Primary School -  Floor Plaster
The Water Project: Bulupi Primary School -  Floor Plaster
The Water Project: Bulupi Primary School -  Dome Casting
The Water Project: Bulupi Primary School -  Dome Casting
The Water Project: Bulupi Primary School -  Dome Casting
The Water Project: Bulupi Primary School -  Dome Setting
The Water Project: Bulupi Primary School -  Dome Setting
The Water Project: Bulupi Primary School -  Dome Casting
The Water Project: Bulupi Primary School -  Dome Casting
The Water Project: Bulupi Primary School -  Drawing Point Construction
The Water Project: Bulupi Primary School -  Drawing Point Construction
The Water Project: Bulupi Primary School -  Drawing Point Construction
The Water Project: Bulupi Primary School -  Drawing Point Construction
The Water Project: Bulupi Primary School -  Drawing Point Construction
The Water Project: Bulupi Primary School -  Rough Casting
The Water Project: Bulupi Primary School -  Rough Casting
The Water Project: Bulupi Primary School -  Rough Casting
The Water Project: Bulupi Primary School -  Rough Casting
The Water Project: Bulupi Primary School -  Complete Tank
The Water Project: Bulupi Primary School -  Complete Tank
The Water Project: Bulupi Primary School -  Complete Tank
The Water Project: Bulupi Primary School -  Water Flowing
The Water Project: Bulupi Primary School -  A Teacher Distributing Masks
The Water Project: Bulupi Primary School -  Carrying Water
The Water Project: Bulupi Primary School -  Carrying Water
The Water Project: Bulupi Primary School -  Small Rain Tank
The Water Project: Bulupi Primary School -  Collecting Water From Home
The Water Project: Bulupi Primary School -  Dish Rack
The Water Project: Bulupi Primary School -  Students In Class
The Water Project: Bulupi Primary School -  Classroom
The Water Project: Bulupi Primary School -  Classroom
The Water Project: Bulupi Primary School -  Classrooms
The Water Project: Bulupi Primary School -  Garbage Disposal Area
The Water Project: Bulupi Primary School -  Handwashing Facilities
The Water Project: Bulupi Primary School -  Ian And Kevin
The Water Project: Bulupi Primary School -  Ian Collecting Water From Home
The Water Project: Bulupi Primary School -  Ian M
The Water Project: Bulupi Primary School -  Ian M
The Water Project: Bulupi Primary School -  Inside School Kitchen
The Water Project: Bulupi Primary School -  Kevin M
The Water Project: Bulupi Primary School -  Landscape
The Water Project: Bulupi Primary School -  Leaving For School
The Water Project: Bulupi Primary School -  Lines To Use Latrines
The Water Project: Bulupi Primary School -  Patmore Misiko
The Water Project: Bulupi Primary School -  Mr Patmore Misiko
The Water Project: Bulupi Primary School -  Ongoing Lesson
The Water Project: Bulupi Primary School -  Refilling Handwashing Station
The Water Project: Bulupi Primary School -  School Farm
The Water Project: Bulupi Primary School -  School Play Field
The Water Project: Bulupi Primary School -  School Signage
The Water Project: Bulupi Primary School -  Schoold Gate
The Water Project: Bulupi Primary School -  School Kitchen
The Water Project: Bulupi Primary School -  Schools Latrine Block
The Water Project: Bulupi Primary School -  Schools Latrine Block
The Water Project: Bulupi Primary School -  Schools Playground
The Water Project: Bulupi Primary School -  Urinals
The Water Project: Bulupi Primary School -  Small Rain Tank
The Water Project: Bulupi Primary School -  Water Storage Facilities
The Water Project: Bulupi Primary School -  Water Storage
The Water Project: Bulupi Primary School -  Water Storage Containers

Project Status



Project Type:  Rainwater Catchment

Regional Program: Western Kenya WaSH Program

Impact: 1,025 Served

Project Phase:  In Service - Apr 2022

Functionality Status:  Functional

Project Features


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Because Bulupi Friends Primary School only has two tiny rain tanks for its large 1,025-student population, the students are forced to bring water from home every day. And even with every student carrying in a jug of water, it’s never enough to serve the school’s many water needs.

During the rainy season, the small tanks often quickly fill, but they empty almost as fast. In the dry season, the tanks are useless.

The poor quality of the water students carry from home makes them sick. The most commonly reported consequences of drinking the water at the school are typhoid, diarrhea, and stomach problems. This has caused recurring absenteeism among the students.

“Pupils bring water from different water sources, which [I] am not sure of its safety,” said Deputy Head Teacher Patmore Mosiki, 38. “So many times, [I] am forced to remain thirsty until [I] am back home. The ability to drink water from school has been so difficult.”

13-year-old student James blames his poor performance on the school’s water situation, and the fact that he has often been ill. “I have missed most of morning class lessons due to carrying water,” he said. “It’s difficult. I always get so exhausted, forcing me to doze off the entire class lesson. My parents are worried as my performance is poor.”

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


04/26/2022: Bulupi Primary School Rain Tanks Complete!

Bulupi Primary School in Kenya now has access to safe, clean water thanks to the completion of their rain tanks! We also installed new latrines and handwashing stations and trained on improved sanitation and hygiene practices. Together, these components will unlock the opportunity for these students to live better, healthier lives.

"Accessibility of the water point will allow me [to] spend less time and effort physically collecting water," said Faith M., a 12-year-old student. "Collecting water directly in the school compound is less time-consuming, thus creating more time for studies. Cases of infections related to water will reduce drastically as our water is safe for drinking."

Before, Faith would have had to carry in a jug of water every day along with her books, which sometimes made her late for class. But now, she said, that won't be a problem anymore.

"I will be able to report to school on time, allowing me [to] enjoy ample time in my classwork," Faith explained. "Ample time for my studies will greatly affect my performance in a positive way."

Teachers were just as excited as the students about the new rain tanks on campus.

"Access to clean water will help our pupils and teachers improve sanitation around our school," said deputy headteacher, Stephen Shitera.

"The pupils will also consume safe water and reduce on water-related diseases such as typhoid and cholera. I hope and it is my prayer that students will perform better. This water point will help minimize on time wasted on water collection and maximize on studies."

How We Go From Ground to Rain Tanks

Construction for these 75,000-liter rain tanks was successful!

Parents, staff, and students helped our artisans gather everything needed for construction. The school community provided meals and accommodations for the tanks’ artisans. Locals helped our artisans with manual labor, too.

The process officially began with our staff and school administration scouting around the school compound for the best rain tank locations. The sites need enough land and nearby buildings with good, clean roofing to catch the rainwater.

Students showed interest in the construction process.

Then, we cleared the sites by excavating the soil to make level ground for the tank foundations. We cast the foundations by laying big stones on the level ground and reinforcing them using steel wire, concrete, and waterproof cement. We affixed the drawing and drainage pipes as we spread the foundations.

Next, we formed the walls using skeletons of rebar and wire mesh with sugar sacks temporarily tied to the outside as backing. We attached the frames to the foundations’ edges to start the Ferro-cementing process. The sugar sacks are removed once the interiors receive their first two layers of cement. We layered the cement until six layers were in place, ensuring long-lasting construction.

Inside the tanks, we cast one central and four support pillars each to ensure the domes do not cave in once cemented. Meanwhile, we plastered the inner walls and roughcast the outer walls.

We dug and plastered the access areas to the taps outside the tanks, installing short staircases. We constructed soak pits in front of the access areas where spilled water will drain from the access areas through the ground. The pits help to keep the tap areas dry and tidy.

Dome construction began after the walls settled. We attached skeletons of rebar, wire mesh, and sugar sacks to the tanks’ walls before cementing and plastering, using similar techniques to the wall construction. We included small manhole covers to allow access for future cleanings, water treatments, and repairs. We propped long wooden poles (about 75 of them!) inside each tank to support the domes while they cured.

Then it was down to the finishing touches: fitting lockable covers over the tap areas, affixing the gutters to the roofs and tanks, and setting overflow pipes at the edge of the domes for when the tanks reach capacity.

Once finished, we gave the rain tanks three to four weeks to undergo complete curing. We removed the interior support poles and dome sugar sacks and cleaned the tanks.

Finally, we handed over the rain tanks to the school. Students and staff celebrated the presence of clean water on campus.

VIP Latrines

This project funded six new ventilated improved pit (VIP) latrines, three for the girls and three for the boys. These new latrines have cement floors designed to be easy to use and clean, locking doors for safety and privacy, and vents to keep air flowing up and out through the roof. With two rain tanks right on school property, there should be enough water to keep them clean.

Handwashing Stations


We set up two handwashing stations and handed them over to the school’s newly formed student health club. These were placed outside the girls' and boys' latrines to encourage handwashing after latrine use. Health club members will teach other students how to wash their hands at the stations properly, fill the stations with water, and ensure that there is always a cleaning agent available.

New Knowledge

We coordinated with the school's staff to schedule our hygiene and sanitation training. When the training day arrived, facilitators Betty, Stella, and Sam deployed to the site to lead the event. 18 students and teachers attended the training, which we held outside on a cool but sunny day with a nice breeze.

Facilitator teaches students about maintenance of the rain tanks.

We focused on personal hygiene, oral hygiene, and the ten steps of handwashing; environmental hygiene; child rights; operation and maintenance of the rain tanks, latrines, and handwashing stations; and leadership and governance. During the latter, the students elected their peers to lead their newly formed student health club.

The club will be significantly involved in the school’s water, sanitation, and hygiene project management. It will encourage good health and hygiene practices amongst their peers, teachers, and the larger community. By the end of the training, each pupil understood their role in sustaining clean water and good health within their school community.

In fact, leadership was the favorite topic of the day. Students enjoyed coming up with the traits and qualities that make a good leader (according to them, these are: good communication skills, being a role model, having respect and a clear vision, and being hardworking). Some students said that the election of the student health club leaders was the only fair election they had ever seen.

"Hygiene and sanitation is key in day-to-day life," said 13-year-old student Manuel S.

Manuel at the tank.

"Good hygiene and sanitation standards promote a healthy community. Today has been historical as we have been informed and equipped with the best hygiene and sanitation practices. I foresee a healthy generation in the years to come as we will be able to disseminate information gathered to the entire members of the community."

When an issue arises concerning the rain tanks, 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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03/07/2022: Bulupi Primary School Rainwater Catchment Project Underway!

A severe clean water shortage at Bulupi 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 - The Langferman Family