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The Water Project: Khungoyokosi Muslim Primary School -  Drinking Water
The Water Project: Khungoyokosi Muslim Primary School -  Happy Faces
The Water Project: Khungoyokosi Muslim Primary School -  Cheers
The Water Project: Khungoyokosi Muslim Primary School -  Children Collecting Water
The Water Project: Khungoyokosi Muslim Primary School -  Children Colleecting Water
The Water Project: Khungoyokosi Muslim Primary School -  Handing Over
The Water Project: Khungoyokosi Muslim Primary School -  Mary Wasonga
The Water Project: Khungoyokosi Muslim Primary School -  Mary Wasonga
The Water Project: Khungoyokosi Muslim Primary School -  Mercy M
The Water Project: Khungoyokosi Muslim Primary School -  Mercy M
The Water Project: Khungoyokosi Muslim Primary School -  Moses L
The Water Project: Khungoyokosi Muslim Primary School -  Moses L
The Water Project: Khungoyokosi Muslim Primary School -  Binding The Sacks
The Water Project: Khungoyokosi Muslim Primary School -  Construction Ongoing
The Water Project: Khungoyokosi Muslim Primary School -  Construction Process
The Water Project: Khungoyokosi Muslim Primary School -  Construction Process
The Water Project: Khungoyokosi Muslim Primary School -  Dome Construction
The Water Project: Khungoyokosi Muslim Primary School -  Dome
The Water Project: Khungoyokosi Muslim Primary School -  Excavation
The Water Project: Khungoyokosi Muslim Primary School -  Foundation
The Water Project: Khungoyokosi Muslim Primary School -  Inserting Poles
The Water Project: Khungoyokosi Muslim Primary School -  Plastering
The Water Project: Khungoyokosi Muslim Primary School -  Plastering
The Water Project: Khungoyokosi Muslim Primary School -  Pupil Participation
The Water Project: Khungoyokosi Muslim Primary School -  Putting Up The Sacks
The Water Project: Khungoyokosi Muslim Primary School -  Wire Frame
The Water Project: Khungoyokosi Muslim Primary School -  Handwashing
The Water Project: Khungoyokosi Muslim Primary School -  Handwashing
The Water Project: Khungoyokosi Muslim Primary School -  Question And Answer Session
The Water Project: Khungoyokosi Muslim Primary School -  Registration
The Water Project: Khungoyokosi Muslim Primary School -  Site Management
The Water Project: Khungoyokosi Muslim Primary School -  Site Management
The Water Project: Khungoyokosi Muslim Primary School -  Soap Making
The Water Project: Khungoyokosi Muslim Primary School -  Training
The Water Project: Khungoyokosi Muslim Primary School -  Training Preparations
The Water Project: Khungoyokosi Muslim Primary School -  Clean Water Flowing
The Water Project: Khungoyokosi Muslim Primary School -  Complete Tank
The Water Project: Khungoyokosi Muslim Primary School -  Water Storage Containers At School
The Water Project: Khungoyokosi Muslim Primary School -  Students Bringing Water From Home
The Water Project: Khungoyokosi Muslim Primary School -  Students Bringing Water From Home
The Water Project: Khungoyokosi Muslim Primary School -  Students Bringing Water From Home
The Water Project: Khungoyokosi Muslim Primary School -  Head Teacher Saidi Olacho
The Water Project: Khungoyokosi Muslim Primary School -  Gladwel
The Water Project: Khungoyokosi Muslim Primary School -  Surrounding Area
The Water Project: Khungoyokosi Muslim Primary School -  Boys Latrines
The Water Project: Khungoyokosi Muslim Primary School -  Classrooms
The Water Project: Khungoyokosi Muslim Primary School -  Classrooms
The Water Project: Khungoyokosi Muslim Primary School -  Dishrack
The Water Project: Khungoyokosi Muslim Primary School -  Entrance To The School
The Water Project: Khungoyokosi Muslim Primary School -  Girls Latrines
The Water Project: Khungoyokosi Muslim Primary School -  Playground
The Water Project: Khungoyokosi Muslim Primary School -  Preparing A Meal Inside The Kitchen
The Water Project: Khungoyokosi Muslim Primary School -  School Cook Inside The Kitchen
The Water Project: Khungoyokosi Muslim Primary School -  School Grounds
The Water Project: Khungoyokosi Muslim Primary School -  School Grounds
The Water Project: Khungoyokosi Muslim Primary School -  Sign Post
The Water Project: Khungoyokosi Muslim Primary School -  Students In Class
The Water Project: Khungoyokosi Muslim Primary School -  Students In Class
The Water Project: Khungoyokosi Muslim Primary School -  Students In Class
The Water Project: Khungoyokosi Muslim Primary School -  Surrounding Area

Project Status



Project Type:  Rainwater Catchment

Regional Program: Western Kenya WaSH Program

Impact: 954 Served

Project Phase:  In Service - Sep 2022

Functionality Status:  Functional

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“Water being a scarce commodity in our institution, I’m forced not to take water even if I feel thirsty for the fear of contracting waterborne diseases. This forces me to carry water for drinking from home which is so tiresome,” reported Gladwell, a student at Khungoyokosi Muslim Primary School.

“I have been receiving complaints from parents since accessing water is also a problem at home. Making students carry water to the school puts more strain on them during the day. We are also forced to adjust our timetables which makes it difficult to complete the syllabus,” said the school’s Head Teacher Saidi Olacho.

The more than 800 students and teachers at Khungoyokosi Muslim Primary School face a severe clean water shortage every day. There is no source of water on campus, forcing the school to require students to carry water from home every day, at least twice a day. As Gladwell and Mr. Olacho explained, this affects the entire school, and each individual, negatively. With each trip home, students miss class time, the school meals program delays while waiting for the students’ water to use for cooking, and students grow tired and discouraged from their long daily walks carrying their heavy jerrycans full of water.

“The water is not safe for consumption since the containers used to carry the water from home are not clean and also without covers. I could not drink the water because, from the teachers’ remarks, it seems some students bring water from unknown sources which makes it riskier if taken,” noted team member Joyce Naliaka following her recent visit to the school.

Students visit health facilities very often due to waterborne diseases such as typhoid, cholera, and many others caused by drinking the water that they carry from their homes. These illnesses keep students out of school while they recover and drain their families financially as they pay for treatment.

Khungoyokosi Muslim Primary School was established in 2012 by a group of Muslim community members who founded the institution as a community school. The school started with a population of 200 pupils and has been growing gradually since there are no other schools around the area. Due to a lack of infrastructure, it has taken the school several years to host students ready for their national examinations. This year was the first time students from Khungoyokosi Muslim Primary School sat for their KCPE exams, a big milestone for the school. The candidates performed so well with a high mean score, attracting more pupils to the school.

Teachers and administrators know that having a source of water on campus will only help improve their rate of student retention and students’ academic performance.

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


09/19/2022: Khungoyokosi Muslim Primary School Rain Tanks Project Complete!

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

"I will not be staying at home because of sickness as I have clean water to drink in school," said 13-year-old Moses.

Moses stands at one of the rain tanks' drawing points.

When we asked Moses about his plans now that his school has water, he said, "I will be attending clubs, as we never had a club in the school. I am now a member of [the] Child to Child [health] club."

This child-to-child health club will help spread the practices students learned during their hygiene and sanitation training to the entire student body, and Moses is excited to spread the message among his peers.

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

"[The tanks] will help us improve our sanitation at school. I will also have [a] very easy time ensuring students settle in class," said 32-year-old teacher Mary Wasonga. "We will have our own garden as a club, which will be irrigated with water from this water source."

Mary.

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.

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.

A layer of cement cures in the sun.

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.

Students bring sugar sacks to be placed on one of the tanks' domes.

Then it was down to the finishing touches: fitting lockable covers over the tap areas, affixing the gutters to the rooves 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.

Our field officer, Protus (left), shakes hands as he hands over a tank to the school's headteacher, Mr. Saidi.

This event was an excellent chance to acknowledge the school administration and students for their assistance and remind them of our continued support as they develop. Happiness, thanksgiving, and appreciation were the order of the day, flowing in all directions.

VIP Latrines

This project funded the installation of six new ventilated improved pit (VIP) latrines. 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 a well right on school property, there should be enough water to keep them clean.

Field officer Purity shares a lesson on handwashing outside the new latrines using one of the new handwashing stations.

Handwashing Stations

We set up two handwashing stations outside the latrines and handed them over to the newly formed student health club. 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 Julius, Protus, and Purity deployed to the site to lead the event. 18 students and teachers attended the training, which we held on school grounds under a shady tree.

Students bring benches from their classrooms to set up the training space.

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

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.

One topic that made students laugh was when we discussed the maintenance of the rain tanks. We asked the kids for examples of how someone might mishandle the tank, the drawing point, or the water itself. One boy said someone might take a swim in the tank at night. Our field officers reminded the students that the tanks will have locked manhole covers for maintenance only - not for nocturnal swimming sessions.

Students listen to their peer as she asks a question.

When we asked students how they felt about the training after its conclusion, 11-year-old Mercy M. said: "I will be clean. I will work hard so that I can achieve my dreams since I have water and no excuses in working hard in class and scoring good grades."

Mercy on the day of the training.

Conclusion

This project required a substantial collaboration between our staff, our in-country teams, and the community members themselves. 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 their local field officers to assist them.

Also, we will continue to offer them unmatchable support as a part of our monitoring and maintenance program. We walk with each community, problem-solving together when they face challenges with functionality, seasonality, or water quality. Together, all these components help us strive for enduring access to reliable, clean, and safe water for this community.

With your contribution, one more piece has been added to a large puzzle of water projects. In our target areas, we’re working toward complete coverage of reliable, maintained water sources within a 30-minute round trip for each community, household, school, and health center. With this in mind, search through our upcoming projects to see which community you can help next!

Thank you for making all of this possible!


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05/04/2022: Khungoyokosi Muslim Primary School Project Delayed

Thank you for your generous contribution to the Khungoyokosi Muslim Primary School project. When we attempt to install a new water project, sometimes we hit roadblocks. For Khungoyokosi, that roadblock is construction materials.

Although we were able to acquire construction materials and complete construction for one rain tank, a few attempts at acquiring the materials needed for the second tank have been unsuccessful so far. We are now working with locals within the community to solve this issue, and we look forward to sharing good news about this project's completion soon.

One thing is for sure: this community is going to benefit from a water project that you made possible. And we hope that a notice like this, although unexpected, is actually further proof that your gifts are being carefully used towards a water project that lasts. If you have questions, please know we are happy to discuss them. Thank you!




03/07/2022: Khungoyokosi Muslim Primary School Rainwater Catchment Project Underway!

A severe clean water shortage at Khungoyokosi Muslim 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 - StossWater