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The Water Project: Kamathiitu Secondary School -  Completed Tank
The Water Project: Kamathiitu Secondary School -  Completed Tank
The Water Project: Kamathiitu Secondary School -  Completed Tank
The Water Project: Kamathiitu Secondary School -  Completed Tank
The Water Project: Kamathiitu Secondary School -  Completed Tank
The Water Project: Kamathiitu Secondary School -  Completed Tank
The Water Project: Kamathiitu Secondary School -  Completed Tank
The Water Project: Kamathiitu Secondary School -  Completed Tank
The Water Project: Kamathiitu Secondary School -  Completed Tank
The Water Project: Kamathiitu Secondary School -  Handwashing Station
The Water Project: Kamathiitu Secondary School -  Handwashing Station
The Water Project: Kamathiitu Secondary School -  Handwashing Station
The Water Project: Kamathiitu Secondary School -  Joseph M
The Water Project: Kamathiitu Secondary School -  Training Action Plan
The Water Project: Kamathiitu Secondary School -  Training Action Plan
The Water Project: Kamathiitu Secondary School -  Training Action Plan
The Water Project: Kamathiitu Secondary School -  Training Handwashing
The Water Project: Kamathiitu Secondary School -  Training Handwashing
The Water Project: Kamathiitu Secondary School -  Training Handwashing
The Water Project: Kamathiitu Secondary School -  Training Handwashing
The Water Project: Kamathiitu Secondary School -  Training Handwashing
The Water Project: Kamathiitu Secondary School -  Training Handwashing
The Water Project: Kamathiitu Secondary School -  Training Handwashing
The Water Project: Kamathiitu Secondary School -  Training Handwashing
The Water Project: Kamathiitu Secondary School -  Training Handwashing
The Water Project: Kamathiitu Secondary School -  Training Handwashing
The Water Project: Kamathiitu Secondary School -  Training Handwashing
The Water Project: Kamathiitu Secondary School -  Training Health Club
The Water Project: Kamathiitu Secondary School -  Training Health Club
The Water Project: Kamathiitu Secondary School -  Training Participants
The Water Project: Kamathiitu Secondary School -  Training Participants
The Water Project: Kamathiitu Secondary School -  Training Participants
The Water Project: Kamathiitu Secondary School -  Training Participants
The Water Project: Kamathiitu Secondary School -  Training Participants
The Water Project: Kamathiitu Secondary School -  Training Participants
The Water Project: Kamathiitu Secondary School -  Training Participants
The Water Project: Kamathiitu Secondary School -  Training Participants
The Water Project: Kamathiitu Secondary School -  Training Participants
The Water Project: Kamathiitu Secondary School -  Training Participants
The Water Project: Kamathiitu Secondary School -  Training Soapmaking
The Water Project: Kamathiitu Secondary School -  Training Soapmaking
The Water Project: Kamathiitu Secondary School -  Training Soapmaking
The Water Project: Kamathiitu Secondary School -  Training Soapmaking
The Water Project: Kamathiitu Secondary School -  Training Soapmaking
The Water Project: Kamathiitu Secondary School -  Training Soapmaking
The Water Project: Kamathiitu Secondary School -  Training Soapmaking
The Water Project: Kamathiitu Secondary School -  Training Soapmaking
The Water Project: Kamathiitu Secondary School -  Training Soapmaking
The Water Project: Kamathiitu Secondary School -  Training Soapmaking
The Water Project: Kamathiitu Secondary School -  Training Soapmaking
The Water Project: Kamathiitu Secondary School -  Training Soapmaking
The Water Project: Kamathiitu Secondary School -  Training Soapmaking
The Water Project: Kamathiitu Secondary School -  Training Soapmaking
The Water Project: Kamathiitu Secondary School -  Training Soapmaking
The Water Project: Kamathiitu Secondary School -  Training Soapmaking
The Water Project: Kamathiitu Secondary School -  Site Preparation
The Water Project: Kamathiitu Secondary School -  Site Preparation
The Water Project: Kamathiitu Secondary School -  Site Preparation
The Water Project: Kamathiitu Secondary School -  Site Preparation
The Water Project: Kamathiitu Secondary School -  Site Preparation
The Water Project: Kamathiitu Secondary School -  Site Preparation
The Water Project: Kamathiitu Secondary School -  Site Preparation
The Water Project: Kamathiitu Secondary School -  Site Preparation
The Water Project: Kamathiitu Secondary School -  Site Preparation
The Water Project: Kamathiitu Secondary School -  Phase I
The Water Project: Kamathiitu Secondary School -  Phase I
The Water Project: Kamathiitu Secondary School -  Phase I
The Water Project: Kamathiitu Secondary School -  Phase I
The Water Project: Kamathiitu Secondary School -  Phase Ii
The Water Project: Kamathiitu Secondary School -  Phase Ii
The Water Project: Kamathiitu Secondary School -  Phase Ii
The Water Project: Kamathiitu Secondary School -  Phase Ii
The Water Project: Kamathiitu Secondary School -  Phase Ii
The Water Project: Kamathiitu Secondary School -  Phase Ii
The Water Project: Kamathiitu Secondary School -  Phase Ii
The Water Project: Kamathiitu Secondary School -  Phase Ii
The Water Project: Kamathiitu Secondary School -  Phase Ii
The Water Project: Kamathiitu Secondary School -  Phase Ii
The Water Project: Kamathiitu Secondary School -  Phase Ii
The Water Project: Kamathiitu Secondary School -  Complete
The Water Project: Kamathiitu Secondary School -  Complete
The Water Project: Kamathiitu Secondary School -  Complete
The Water Project: Kamathiitu Secondary School -  Complete
The Water Project: Kamathiitu Secondary School -  Complete
The Water Project: Kamathiitu Secondary School -  Water Storage Containers
The Water Project: Kamathiitu Secondary School -  Water Storage Containers
The Water Project: Kamathiitu Secondary School -  Water Sources
The Water Project: Kamathiitu Secondary School -  Water Sources
The Water Project: Kamathiitu Secondary School -  Student Fetching Water
The Water Project: Kamathiitu Secondary School -  Student Fetching Water
The Water Project: Kamathiitu Secondary School -  Student Fetching Water
The Water Project: Kamathiitu Secondary School -  Student Carrying Water
The Water Project: Kamathiitu Secondary School -  Student Carrying Water
The Water Project: Kamathiitu Secondary School -  Staff Latrines
The Water Project: Kamathiitu Secondary School -  Staff Latrines
The Water Project: Kamathiitu Secondary School -  Signs And Gate
The Water Project: Kamathiitu Secondary School -  Signs And Gate
The Water Project: Kamathiitu Secondary School -  Signs And Gate
The Water Project: Kamathiitu Secondary School -  Signs And Gate
The Water Project: Kamathiitu Secondary School -  Science Laboratory
The Water Project: Kamathiitu Secondary School -  Landscape
The Water Project: Kamathiitu Secondary School -  Landscape
The Water Project: Kamathiitu Secondary School -  Landscape
The Water Project: Kamathiitu Secondary School -  Kitchen
The Water Project: Kamathiitu Secondary School -  Kitchen
The Water Project: Kamathiitu Secondary School -  Handwashing Point
The Water Project: Kamathiitu Secondary School -  Girls Latrines
The Water Project: Kamathiitu Secondary School -  Girls Latrines
The Water Project: Kamathiitu Secondary School -  Girls Dormitory
The Water Project: Kamathiitu Secondary School -  Garbage Pit
The Water Project: Kamathiitu Secondary School -  Esther M
The Water Project: Kamathiitu Secondary School -  Esther M
The Water Project: Kamathiitu Secondary School -  Clothesline
The Water Project: Kamathiitu Secondary School -  Clothesline
The Water Project: Kamathiitu Secondary School -  Classroom With Students
The Water Project: Kamathiitu Secondary School -  Classroom With Students
The Water Project: Kamathiitu Secondary School -  Classroom With Students
The Water Project: Kamathiitu Secondary School -  Boys Latrines
The Water Project: Kamathiitu Secondary School -  Bathing Point
The Water Project: Kamathiitu Secondary School -  Bathing Point
The Water Project: Kamathiitu Secondary School -  Peter Musembi
The Water Project: Kamathiitu Secondary School -  Peter Musembi

Project Status



Project Type:  Rainwater Catchment

Regional Program: Southeastern Kenya WaSH Program

Impact: 171 Served

Project Phase:  In Service - Jun 2022

Functionality Status:  Functional

Last Checkup: 11/22/2022

Project Features


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Kamathiitu Secondary School, a boarding school, experiences various water scarcity issues that negatively affect the school’s 157 students and 14 staff. Students are thirsty, and classrooms and latrines’ hygiene and sanitation are lacking because they are rarely cleaned due to water rationing.

During the week, the students’ parents collect water from the Kasee River, which is almost two kilometers away, and bring it to the school on donkeys. They get the water from scoopholes in the river, which are surrounded by footpaths for people and animals. Excrement is scattered about, and dust blows contaminants into the water.

Although water is necessary, this water comes with a high cost. It exposes students to water-related infections such as typhoid, amoebas, stomachache, and dysentery, all of which lead to absenteeism.

There are two small rainwater tanks (with a total capacity of 20,000 liters) on the school campus, but they don’t hold enough water to sustain the school through the entire dry season.

Deputy Head Teacher Peter Musembi (in the above picture), 42, commented, “My students spend time to [go] fetch water from the river, which reduces their learning time and ultimately [their] academic performance. The available water is also inadequate and cannot meet the needs of the students, which leads to learning discomfort and poor concentration in class. Issues such as absenteeism due to sickness from water-related infections also dismally affect students’ academic performance.”

On Sundays, students must walk to the river themselves to collect and bring back enough water for their bathing and laundry needs throughout the week. But their Sunday evening study time suffers because they are too exhausted to concentrate by the time they return.

“Walking to the river on Sunday to fetch water is tedious and consumes a lot of time that I would rather spend on studies. The water we fetch is also not enough to conduct personal hygiene and general hygiene and sanitation of the school. I have also contracted stomach upsets in the past after consuming water from the current sources,” said Esther M., 15 (pictured below).

Another cost to the school, and ultimately the students’ education, is the price of transporting the water by donkey. Administrators spend up to KES 60,000 ($530 USD) per term, yet it is still not enough to fully satisfy the entire school population. They could better use the money spent on collecting water to provide further educational opportunities for students.

The proposed rainwater tank solution will collect enough clean water during the rainy season to sustain it through the dry season, improve the school’s hygiene and sanitation, and reduce its current water expenses. Having the additional funds available will allow the school to invest in more productive projects.

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 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 in addition to providing 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 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 how to keep their environment clean. The school will also be taught how to best oversee 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 3 taps each, allowing 9 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.

Project Updates


06/28/2022: Kamathiitu Secondary School Rain Tank Complete!

Kamathiitu Secondary School in Kenya now has access to a new safe, clean water source thanks to the completion of their 104,000-liter rain tank! In addition, we installed 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.

Students celebrating.

"The school administration incurred a lot of water expenses in the past and the set up of this water point will mean those resources will be spent on improving the student's performance," said twenty-six-year-old teacher Peter Ngui. "My students will also be no longer exposed to water-related infections because they will have access to clean water thus reduce absenteeism and improved concentration during studies."

The completed tank.

Student Maurice M., 19, said, "Exposure to water-related infections like typhoid, amoeba, and dysentery will now be a thing of the past because this water point offers clean water for use. I will also no longer go to class thirsty or hungry because I can easily fetch water to drink and meals will be prepared on time."

Rain Tank Construction Process

First, we held a meeting with all parents and the school headteacher to plan the project. The parents agreed to collect construction materials like sand, rocks, and water. We complemented their materials by delivering the expertise, tools, lumber, metal, cement, and gutter system.

This tank is a whopping 104,000 liters because of 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.

The foundation.

Construction for this large rain tank is much like constructing a concrete house. First, we leveled the ground for foundation excavation. Next, we laid alternating layers of impermeable rocks and mortar up to seven feet high for the tank's outer walls. With such sturdy construction (the walls have internal and external diameters of 25 and 28 feet, respectively!), the tank will stand a long time.

Finishing the roof and wall plaster.

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 inside and out with waterproof cement. After that, we installed guttering and channeled it 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 tank before paint.

Handwashing Stations

We delivered three new handwashing stations in time for training. 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.

Handwashing session.

Students and their teachers were taught proper handwashing procedures, emphasizing the importance of using running water and soap.

The soapmaking session started as students approached their lunch hour so understandably most of them wanted to leave to eat. The trainer informed them of the importance of stirring the soap without stopping to achieve the proper quality. Students decided to leave in turns for lunch so they could be a part of the process.  After the session students promised to share the knowledge with their family members at home.

"This training will be important and very useful in our lives because we will employ the skills and knowledge gained. We will maintain good personal hygiene thus staying away from diseases for we have learned that dirt causes diseases," said student Joseph M., 19.

Joseph.

Conclusion

This project required a substantial collaboration between our staff, our partners, 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 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. We have an ongoing commitment to walk with each community, cooperatively problem-solving when they face challenges of any kind: with functionality, seasonality, or water quality issues. With all these components together, we strive to ensure 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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05/11/2022: Kamathiitu Secondary School Rain Catchment Underway!

A severe clean water shortage at Kamathiitu Secondary 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!


The Water Project : kenya22575-student-carrying-water-1


Project Photos


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

TGB Caring with Crypto
2 individual donor(s)