This project is a part of our shared program with Africa Sand Dam Foundation. Our team is pleased to directly share the below report (edited for clarity, as needed).
Welcome to the School
Lung'u Secondary School is a mix of day students and boarding students located in Lung'u village, Kisau Division of Makueni County. Out of the student population of 288, only 18 girls are boarders but more are requesting to board. During the week, boarders only get 5 liters of water for bathing and cleaning, but that increases to 20 liters on Saturdays and Sundays when a more thorough cleaning is carried out. All of the day scholars have to report to school at 6:30 each morning. There are nine 40-minute lessons each day. Teaching starts at 8AM and ends at 4PM with tea and lunch breaks in between.
Lung'u has a few small plastic tanks for rainwater on campus. However, this rainwater doesn't meet students' needs for many days. Thus, the administration pays for water to be trucked into school from a borehole that is 8 kilometers away. Other water vendors load up their donkeys with plastic barrels of water to sell to the school at 25 shillings per 20 liters.
Not only is this a daily expenditure for the school, but it also becomes a cost for the student. After drinking water from these sources, students suffer from waterborne diseases and often miss school for treatment and recovery.
There are 15 pit latrines shared by both the boarders and day students. These are in fairly good condition. Some are made of iron sheets, while others are made of caked mud or cement.
There are three bathing rooms for the boarders, but only one hand-washing station intended for the staff's use.
Plans: Hygiene and Sanitation Training
Students and staff will be trained for one day. Those in attendance will form a hygiene club that will promote good hygiene and sanitation practices both at school and home. They will learn all of the steps to proper hand-washing, 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 rainwater catchment tank and hand-washing stations.
Plans: Hand-Washing Stations
Three hand-washing stations will be delivered at the project’s completion. These are 1,000-liter plastic tanks fitted with taps. The hygiene club and school management will be responsible for making sure tanks are filled with water and that a cleaning agent such as soap or ash is available.
Plans: Rainwater Catchment Tank
We will build a 104,000-liter rainwater catchment tank for Ndwaani Primary School. This water will benefit the students, teachers, and supplementary staff. Parents will mobilize the materials needed for construction, such as sand and stone. They will also lend some strong arms to help with the actual construction.
The huge capacity of this tank makes the others look tiny in comparison; 104,000 liters should collect enough water to carry students through the entire dry season. As soon as the tank has time to cure, it can begin to collect rainwater for drinking, cooking and cleaning!