This project is being implemented by our partner Western Water And Sanitation Forum, and includes the construction of a rainwater harvesting system and sanitation platforms.
Hondolo primary school is located in Ihondolo village, Kakamega County.
The PRA process
After carrying out a baseline of Hondolo Primary school, WEWASAFO engaged in Participatory Rural Appraisal (PRA) with an intention of mapping what resources the community already has that could potentially support the project. A PRA is also a postive exercise to conduct with the community as it focuses on what the community has to offer as opposed to focusing on only what it needs. This exercise is empowering and allows community members to feel realize that they also play a part in their development and have control over doing so, once they identify what they can contribute to the project. This allows the school and community to take part and own the project by contributing locally available materials.
The PRA process was conducted with representation of WASH staff, Ward representative, local adminstration, parents, school board of management and school administration.
Materials mobilization process
The community and the school management committee strugPSgled to mobilize the materials such as hard core, ballast, sand, gunny bags, poles and unskilled labour. WEWASAFO on the other hand through the support of TWP provid all the hardware materials as required by the project. The skilled artisan from WEWASAFO together with the WASH team accompanied the track carrying the materials to Hondolo Primary School.
Due to poor terrain and very bad state of the road to Hondolo Primary school, WEWASAFO had to use more than one means of transport. This involved using a lorry from Kakamega up to the road in Murhanda then they off loaded it to a tractor which could now manouver in the mud to school. Even still with the heavy rains the tractor got stuck several times in the mud causing work to be delayed.
Construction process begun after eventual success of delivery of all materials at Hondolo Primary School.
The implementation of the WASH trainings
The school health and hygiene training was conducted using the Children Hygiene and Saniation training (CHAST) methodologies. This methodology targets training using life skills on behavioural change to children direcly. The children due to their age of 5 -10 years could not grasp the CTC methodology that is a bit complex. We therefor adapted the CTC method to be appropriate for the age group.
The main objective of the school health trainings was to equip the participants with relevant skills on establishment of Child to Child health and hygiene clubs in schools. These clubs were charged with the responsibility of promoting good health and hygiene practices in the school and reaching out to the entire community.
The construction of the tank and VIP latrines
The tank construction is on course and at the moment, the artisans have already done the BRC mounting and plastering will be done within the next fourteen days allowing the process of setting and curring to take place.
2 double door VIP latrines area also under construction at the school. The community is fully surportive. When they are complete, these toilets will a serve a total number of 194 pupils of which 56 are boys, 80 are girls in upper primary with 28 boys and 30 are girls from E.C.D (Early Childhood Development) section.
The two hand washing facilities one for the boys and one for the girls have been installed in the school. These will ensure that good hygiene practices like hand washing with soap thus preventing the water borne diseases.
WEWASAFO completed this project at Hondolo Primary School in end of October 2014. We will continue monitoring the use of the latrines and water tanks and return for a refresher training at the end of the next 3 months.