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The Water Project: Bukhulunya Primary School -  Administration Meeting
The Water Project: Bukhulunya Primary School -  Administration Meeting
The Water Project: Bukhulunya Primary School -  Garbage
The Water Project: Bukhulunya Primary School -  School Garden
The Water Project: Bukhulunya Primary School -  Manure
The Water Project: Bukhulunya Primary School -  Fireplace
The Water Project: Bukhulunya Primary School -  Kitchen
The Water Project: Bukhulunya Primary School -  Kitchen
The Water Project: Bukhulunya Primary School -  Kitchen
The Water Project: Bukhulunya Primary School -  Hand Washing Station
The Water Project: Bukhulunya Primary School -  Inside Latrine
The Water Project: Bukhulunya Primary School -  Latrines
The Water Project: Bukhulunya Primary School -  Small Water Tank
The Water Project: Bukhulunya Primary School -  Students In Class
The Water Project: Bukhulunya Primary School -  Students In Class
The Water Project: Bukhulunya Primary School -  Classrooms
The Water Project: Bukhulunya Primary School -  School Compound
The Water Project: Bukhulunya Primary School -  School Entrance
The Water Project: Bukhulunya Primary School -  School Entrance

Project Status

Project Type:  Rainwater Catchment

Regional Program: Western Kenya WaSH Program

Impact: 500 Served

Project Phase:  Canceled/Re-Allocated
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Community Profile

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

Fetching water at 6AM is part of the daily routine for the students of Bukhulunya Primary School. They gather this water to clean classrooms before class begins every morning. Lacking a water facility at school, they are expected to bring this water from home. Throughout the day, they are sent out to collect water, since what was brought is quickly used. Students spend their time in between classes fetching water, too. It takes them, on average, 45 minutes to do so. The collected water is stored in two small plastic water storage tanks. Bukhulunya Primary School’s priority on education despite their resource challenges makes it more reputable than many other schools in the community.

Student enrollment is at 978, and the school employs 30 teachers and three support staff. (Editor’s Note: While this many people may have access on any given day, realistically a single water source can only support a population of 350-500 people.  This community would be a good candidate for a second project in the future so adequate water is available. To learn more, click here.)

Water Situation

Students in the school do not have access to sanitary water. Their current water source is an unprotected spring. Students are sent out to fetch this spring water with their lidless jerrycans brought from home. The containers are cleaned at home only if the student has access to soap and water.

The school has access to a borehole; however, it is contaminated by seepage from a nearby sewage. That is why students are compelled to fetch water from the unprotected spring. Despite that, students occasionally drink the ill-treated, contaminated water from the borehole.

The effect of drinking water from these sources is prominent among children who have routinely been infected with pathogens, resulting in Diarrhea, Typhoid, and Malaria. Constant sickness due to consumption of contaminated water forces students to miss school routinely, severely hampering their educational growth.  The need for a clean water source in this school is imperative.

Sanitation and Hygiene Situation

Aside from water, there is an additional need for latrines in the school. The school doesn’t have enough latrines for both boys and girls, resulting in open defecation as a continual problem. (Editors Note: Open defecation — the practice of disposing human feces in the fields, forests, bushes, and open bodies of water — is an issue the community could potentially be facing). High instances of open defecation result in students facing unsanitary conditions, which over time degrade their health.

The school has provided the students with two hand-washing stations but they lack cleaning agents such as soap. Hand-washing with soap at critical moments during the day prevents the spread of diseases like diarrhea and cholera, which are transmitted via fecal-oral routes. (Editors Note: Fecal-oral route — a route of transmission of a disease, when pathogens in fecal particles passing from one host are introduced into the oral cavity of another host. It is common and one of the main ways infectious diseases are spread globally).

Overall, the school has a positive attitude towards hygiene and sanitation because they are excited about the opportunity to learn and adapt their behavior. It’s crucial to educate and advocate on the importance of sanitation.

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. Students will no longer waste valuable time walking to the spring.

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.

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!

Project Updates

05/27/2017: Bukhulunya Primary School Project Postponed

Our partner in Kenya has notified us that school administration recently reassessed their ability to host a project at this time. They received local government funding to build new classrooms, and realized additional construction would be too much of a strain on students, staff, and their community. They have asked if we would give them time to finish their current development projects, instead considering them for a water project next year.

Since we are not able nor wish to control others’ priorities, we have agreed to reassess Bukhulunya Primary School for a project in 2018. Thank you for your understanding!

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03/28/2017: Bukhulunya Secondary School Project Underway

Bukhulunya Secondary School in Kenya has begun building a new source of safe, clean water because of your generous donation. 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 Bukhulunya Secondary School!

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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.