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Location: Kenya

Regional Program: Western Kenya WaSH Program

Impact: 347 Served

Project Phase:  Installed

Functionality Status:  Functional

Community Profile & Stories

This project is a part of our shared program with Western Water And Sanitation Forum (WEWASAFO). Our team is pleased to directly share the below report (edited for clarity, as needed).

Welcome to the School

St. Peter’s Compassion Primary School was established by the Anglican Church of Kenya Diocese of Maseno North in 2007. It began with 208 pupils, and has grown to its current 328 pupils. The school employs 15 teachers and four support staff.

The school is open from Monday to Saturday, with students normally arriving by 7AM when they begin a cleaning routine before assembly. Normal classes go until lunch at 12:30PM and then resume at 1:30PM. They have game time from 3:30PM until 4:30PM when they are sent home.

This school is full of children who are orphans, impoverished, and vulnerable. If a student isn’t infected with HIV/AIDS, it’s likely they are at least affected by it. Those infected are supported through the provision of nutritional supplements.

Mr. William Osaka is the chairman of the school board, and he is the one who applied for help on behalf of his school. He visited Isabella Spring and learnt of how the people living around there had been given clean water, and immediately wrote a letter to our office.

Water Situation

There is a well on school grounds which entirely dries up from December to March. There is a 1,000-liter plastic storage tank that fills with rainwater, but it is nowhere large enough to serve hundreds of students. Because of this, students are often sent to fetch water from a spring located 200 meters away from school.

To help alleviate the search for water that continues throughout the day, students are required to bring their own containers of water from home. There is no way to verify where this water comes from. What we do know is that this water is contaminated; after drinking it students complain of stomachaches and diarrhea, which are most likely signs of typhoid.

Sanitation Situation

The school has four latrines, allowing for two each gender. The 15 teachers must walk over to the neighboring church to borrow those latrines. The four latrines on school grounds are not enough for the hundreds of students, which results in long lines and wasted time. These latrines are almost full, too.

There are two hand-washing stations, but no soap or ash. There were also helpful tools like dish racks for students to dry their utensils on after lunch. Both students and staff feel positive about hygiene and sanitation, and look forward to the opportunity to learn more.

Plans: Hygiene and Sanitation Training

Parents, teachers, and students will be trained for two days of sessions on hygiene and sanitation.

This training is meant to equip participants with the skills needed to practice good hygiene, and to promote these practices among peers and the greater community. The end goal is to eliminate water and hygiene-related diseases!

The facilitator plans to use PHAST (Participatory Hygiene and Sanitation Training), CTC (child to child), discussions, lectures, and demonstrations to teach topics including but not limited to disease transmission, hand-washing, and water treatment. After our initial assessment of conditions, our facilitator also plans to strongly emphasize the importance of having and using both latrine and hand-washing facilities. The CTC method will prepare students to lead other students into healthy habits, as well as kickstart a CTC club for the school.

Plans: Rainwater Catchment Tank

A 50,000-liter rainwater catchment tank will be constructed on school grounds. Teachers, students, and parents will gather the local materials needed for this project, including sand, ballast, bricks, and hardcore (Which they’ve already started doing!). This contribution will fuel a sense of responsibility for the school and community to take care of their new facilities. Once materials are mobilized, the WEWASAFO team will arrive to lead the construction effort. Once construction wraps up, the tank will begin collecting valuable rainwater that we will disinfect with chlorine; water that is safe for drinking, cooking, cleaning, and everything else that students need! Students will no longer waste class time searching for water that often ends up being too dirty for drinking.

Plans: VIP Latrines

Two triple-door latrines will be constructed, providing three new latrines for each gender. Latrine materials will be mobilized the same way as the tank, ensuring the school feels these facilities are truly theirs. And with a rainwater catchment tank nearby, there will be enough water to keep them clean.

Plans: Hand-Washing Stations

Two hand-washing stations will be delivered to the school before training. These new stations come in the form of two 60-liter containers fitted with a tap. The training facilitator will demonstrate how to properly wash hands, and then students will have a chance to practice in groups. The CTC club will be responsible for filling the hand-washing containers on a daily basis and seeing that there’s enough cleaning agent. They will be able to follow through with this thanks to the water tank on school grounds.

The actions described above will give students an environment that is conducive to learning. It’ll free up so much time that was used going to and from the spring. This is an opportunity they deserve!

Mr. Olaka said, “I thank the Almighty God for you identifying this school among many school in the area and entire county for the construction of a water tank and VIP toilets.”

Recent Project Updates

06/27/2017: Clean Hands at Compassion Primary School

We just received new pictures of students using the hand-washing stations that you provided for them. And because of the training students and staff received, they know that hand-washing isn’t complete without soap and the ten steps. The student health club at school will take responsibility for supplying soap, filling the tanks with water, and safely storing them overnight. Thank you!

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05/05/2017: Compassion Primary School Project Complete

Compassion Primary School in Kenya now has a new source of safe, clean water thanks to your generous donation. A new rainwater catchment system has been built, and there are now six new latrines being used. Two hand-washing stations have been installed, and the entire student body has received training in sanitation and hygiene. Just imagine the difference these resources will make in the lives of these students!

You made it happen, now help keep the water flowing! Join our team of monthly donors and help us maintain this rainwater catchment tank and many other projects.

The report below from our partner gives the latest details of the project. We also just updated the project page with new pictures.

Project Result: New Knowledge

Hygiene and sanitation training was held at the ACK Church, which is close to the school compound. This venue was picked because it was large enough for pupils, teachers and two representatives of the PTA to meet together, and it was central for all of these participants.

The teacher in charge of organizing the training as directed by our training officer was Mark Okinyi. He was asked to select pupils from standard four, five and six, as well as two teachers to attend the training. These participants are intended to be ambassadors of good healthy, hygiene and sanitation to the rest of the school and community.

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The training was attended by 26 participants, out of which 15 were male and 11 were female. All the participants were present throughout the training, asking questions on how to maintain their facilities and keep the environment clean. They were particularly interested in the 10 steps of proper hand-washing, admitting that they previously thought it was just water, soap, and then done!

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We taught an entire lesson on management and maintenance of the new tank and latrine facilities. Regular checking and cleaning of the gutter system is a must! It’s also important to treat the water while it is still in the tank. We also covered topics including but not limited to:

– Water pollution and water treatment

– Personal and environmental hygiene

– Group dynamics, leadership, and governance

– Forming an effective CTC (child to child) club

– Hand-washing

Teacher Jane Kandie mentioned that “the ten steps of hand washing were an eye opener to the pupils. I expect that they will be able to apply the techniques learnt both at school and when they go to their respective homes after school time.”

We used a number of different ways to teach the above topics, while demonstrations were used for hand-washing and tooth-brushing. We facilitated group discussions and presentations. The girls and boys also received handouts which will help them teach hygiene and sanitation to their peers.

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The child to child club will include both students and teachers who want to take responsibility for spreading the message of good health and hygiene among their peers. They will also be responsible for taking care of the new hand-washing stations, making sure they are always filled with water and that a cleaning agent like soap or ash is available. A water user committee has also been formed by parents and school administration, which will be responsible for overseeing and maintaining the new facilities.

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Project Result: Hand-Washing Stations

The two hand-washing stations were delivered to school and handed over to the CTC club. They will teach other students how to properly wash their hands at these stations, and will make sure there is always soap or ash available. Now the school has the stations they need, and they have the water to fill them! The CTC students even want to make their own hand-washing stations to give every student the opportunity to wash their hands.

Project Result: VIP Latrines

This project funded the installation of six new VIP (ventilated improved pit) latrines. These latrines are easy to use and easy to clean. And with a rainwater catchment tank, there should be enough water to keep them clean all the time!

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Project Result: Rainwater Catchment Tank

Construction on this 50,0000-liter tank began in January.

Parents, staff, and students first helped our artisans gather everything needed for construction. All the while, women cooked meals for the artisans who traveled to the construction site. The PTA sent a different member each day to supervise the work.

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First, the location for the tank was decided on with the input of school leadership. We had to find a place that provided enough roof for a gutter system. We then cleared the ground, set and cast the foundational slab, built the five-inch-thick wall, built roofing, and installed the fittings such as delivery pipes, vent pipes, and screens. Finally, good drainage was ensured. Before the tank could begin collecting rainwater, we had it cure for three weeks. Once dry, we could remove the supportive beams and then install the gutter system. The school now has the opportunity to collect 50,000 liters of water!

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Master Griffin, a standard seven student, said “It is such a blessing to be a beneficiary of a project of such magnitude whose aim is to assist pupils to readily access drinking water and save on time wasted going to fetch water from afar!”

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02/16/2017: Compassion Primary School

We are excited to report that, thanks to your willingness to help, Compassion Primary School in Kenya is building a new source of safe, clean water. A rainwater catchment tank and new latrines are being constructed, hand-washing stations provided, and the school is being trained on proper sanitation and hygiene practices. Imagine the impact this will have on these students! We’ll keep you posted as the work continues.

Check out the tabs above to learn more, and Thank You for caring for the thirsty!

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Monitoring Data

Project Type:  Rainwater Catchment
Location:  Kakamega, Lurambi, Sheywe, Maraba
ProjectID: 4646
Install Date:  05/05/2017

Monitoring Data
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Last Visit: 08/17/2017

Visit History:
07/03/2017 — Functional
08/17/2017 — Functional


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Country Details


Population: 39.8 Million
Lacking clean water: 43%
Below poverty line: 50%

Partner Profile

Western Water and Sanitation Forum (WEWASAFO) works together with less privileged and marginalized members of communities in Western Kenya to reduce poverty through harnessing and utilization of local resources for sustainable development.