Location: Kenya

Regional Program:
Western Kenya WaSH Program

Impact: 476 Served

Project Phase:
Installed

Functionality Status:

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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. Marygoret Girls Secondary School-Kalenda was started in the year 2009 by the Catholic Church. The school is located in Kalenda Village, Samitsi sub-location, Shirugu location Kakamega North sub-County within Kakamega County. The school has a total population of 137 young ladies. In addition, there are 323 girls from the primary section who also use the same facilities, increasing the school population to 460 students. With regard to staff, there are 10 teachers and six support staff.

The normal day for a student here begins at 6AM when they start their journey to school. Form ones and twos will immediately start their day by cleaning the compound and the latrines in the school from 7AM to 7:40AM. On Mondays and Fridays there is parade during which they raise the Kenyan national flag. The master on duty will then address the students, and invite the other teachers to add their own announcements. On Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, lessons begin at 8AM and go until 4:30PM, with short breaks in between and an hour luch break from 1PM to 2PM. After lessons, students play sports and games until 5PM when they return home. At home, their parents assign them other duties like cooking or fetching water for household chores.

Water Situation

There is no source of water on school grounds, so girls are sent to fetch water from an unreliable well. When that well doesn’t work during the dry months, girls must walk to a spring located three kilometers away! The school doesn’t even have large storage containers for fetched water. Instead, the girls have to keep water in their own small, plastic containers.

Many unfortunate cases have been reported as a result of the walk for water. As girls walk, young men, most who own motorbikes, attract girls with the temptation of a free ride to the spring. These girls take advantage of this hospitality only to find out sexual favors were required at the end of the trip. Two girls have already been reported as pregnant this year, while last year ended with a total of five pregnancies.

Furthermore, typhoid ravaged the student body during the most unfortunate time last year. The headteacher reports that a huge portion of her girls had to miss the national examinations for college entrance.

Sanitation Situation

After having to close off a set of full latrines, these hundreds of girls only have four pit latrines left on school grounds. These latrines are made of brick, and the pits inside are almost entirely full of waste. They are smelly, with cracks in the floor and walls. There is one hand-washing station set up, but not enough water to fill it.

Garbage is disposed of in a pile at the back of the school. When it’s windy, it’s blown all around. Despite these difficult conditions, the teachers and students are excited about the opportunity to learn more about how they can keep themselves and their environment cleaner.

Principal Joyce Luvanda told us that they have “acute water shortages in the school, which have made practicing hygiene very hard because water is part and parcel of such activities like hand-washing and mopping of the  classes and offices. Having a reliable water source will better the welfare of the students and therefore positive academic performance will be realize.”

Plans: Hygiene and Sanitation Training and Hand-Washing Stations

Training will be held for two days. The facilitator will use PHAST (participatory hygiene and sanitation transformation), ABCD (asset-based community development), CTC (child to child), lectures, group discussions, and handouts to teach health topics and ways to promote good practices within the school. The CTC method will prepare students to lead other students into healthy habits, as well as kickstart a CTC club for the school. This CTC club will oversee the new facilities, such as hand-washing stations, and make sure they are kept clean and in working condition. The two hand-washing stations will be delivered to the school, and the club will fill them with water on a daily basis and make sure there is always a cleaning agent such as soap or ash.

Plans: Rainwater Catchment Tank

A 50,000-liter rainwater catchment tank will be constructed on school grounds. Teachers, students, and parents will gather the materials needed for this project, including sand, ballast, bricks, and hardcore. 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.

With adequate clean water, the school will have water for drinking, cooking, cleaning, and hand-washing.

Plans: VIP Latrines

Two triple-door latrines will be constructed with local materials that the school will help gather. Normally, we designate three doors for each gender at a school, but since St. Marygoret is a girls school, all six doors will go to them. Latrine materials will be mobilized the same way as the tank, ensuring the school feels these facilities are truly theirs.

School administration and parents are positive that with these new facilities and training, their students’ academic performance will improve. Students will be healthy and empowered to focus on what’s important!

Thank You for unlocking potential at St. Marygoret Girls Secondary School!


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Recent Project Updates


05/05/2017: St. Marygoret Girls Secondary School Project Complete

St. Marygoret Girls Secondary School in Kalenda, 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 in the school dining hall, since all of the classrooms were in use.

We had the deputy principal select ten students from form one and ten students from form two. Since it’s an all-girl school, we didn’t have to consider equal invites to each gender. The CTC health and hygiene training reached a total number of 25 participants. This representation included one teacher, two board members, and 22 students.

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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

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 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.

Board Member Boniface Obwamu said, “Thank you for making time to take us through this training, thanks for considering Kalenda Girls Secondary School. We promise to take good care of the facilities and what we have learned will help us maintain this project for a long period of time.”

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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.

We expect that next time we visit, we will find these hand-washing stations in great condition and being used by students. Teacher Bernard Kachia told us “I promise to oversee the project that the club will implement; this will be the best club in the school. We hope you will continue visiting us in future and see our progress.”

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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It was a challenge finding an area where workers could dig deep enough for the latrine pits. The first spot, they dug fairly deep but hit a large rock. They couldn’t get around it and were forced to fill the pit back up and move to a different place.

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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.

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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!

The principal reminded us that before the water tank was put up, the school used to fetch water from a well outside the school compound in the community. This was also accompanied by indiscipline cases when the girls were sent to fetch water. Last year, five girls were reported pregnant, and this year two are pregnant because of the lack of supervision when fetching water. Instead, girls will remain in school where they’re safe, drinking clean water from the tank. The principal, teachers, parents, and students are all happy about that!


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03/09/2017: St. Marygoret Girls Secondary School Project Underway

The young ladies at St. Marygoret Girls Secondary School are excited that soon, they will no longer have to walk three kilometers away to fetch water! The school is partnering with us to build 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! Thank you for noticing the need here, and we’ll keep you posted as the work continues.

Thank You for your care and generosity that unlocks potential at St. Marygoret Girls Secondary School!


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Project Data


Project Type:  Rainwater Catchment
Location:  Kakamega, Shirugu, Samitsi, Kalenda
ProjectID: 4647
Install Date:  05/05/2017




Contributors

Data Abstract Solutions, Inc.
Rogers Family
Data Abstract Solutions, Inc.
Cultured Pearls of the James
Sommerfeld/Nesja Family
Third Grade South Royalton School
Antonowicz
Helen Sever
Regan Miller
Briggs
The Education Division of Caldwell University
Sophia D
Los Primos Gimenez
Christ Outreach Church
Medtronic
Bristol Lutheran Youth
73 individual donor(s)


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Country Details

Kenya

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.