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The Water Project: Lwangele Primary School -  Mr John Ovita
The Water Project: Lwangele Primary School -  Lee Liyengwa
The Water Project: Lwangele Primary School -  Finished Latrines
The Water Project: Lwangele Primary School -  Finished Latrines
The Water Project: Lwangele Primary School -  Finished Latrines
The Water Project: Lwangele Primary School -  Hand Washing Stations
The Water Project: Lwangele Primary School -  Hand Washing Stations
The Water Project: Lwangele Primary School -  Clean Water
The Water Project: Lwangele Primary School -  Clean Water
The Water Project: Lwangele Primary School -  Clean Water
The Water Project: Lwangele Primary School -  Clean Water
The Water Project: Lwangele Primary School -  Clean Water
The Water Project: Lwangele Primary School -  Clean Water
The Water Project: Lwangele Primary School -  Latrine Construction
The Water Project: Lwangele Primary School -  Latrine Construction
The Water Project: Lwangele Primary School -  Latrine Construction
The Water Project: Lwangele Primary School -  Tank Construction
The Water Project: Lwangele Primary School -  Building The Tank Foundation
The Water Project: Lwangele Primary School -  Students Carrying Stones To The Artisans
The Water Project: Lwangele Primary School -  Students Trying The Hand Washing Station During Training
The Water Project: Lwangele Primary School -  Training
The Water Project: Lwangele Primary School -  Training
The Water Project: Lwangele Primary School -  Field Officer Jacky Khalemesi
The Water Project: Lwangele Primary School -  Clothes Drying On The Ground
The Water Project: Lwangele Primary School -  Latrines
The Water Project: Lwangele Primary School -  Latrines
The Water Project: Lwangele Primary School -  Girls Fill The Broken Filter With Stream Water
The Water Project: Lwangele Primary School -  Students
The Water Project: Lwangele Primary School -  Mr Edward Ogudah Deputy Headteacher
The Water Project: Lwangele Primary School -  Mr Laurence Obege Headteacher
The Water Project: Lwangele Primary School -  Mrs Beatrice Lumadi With Her Grandchildren
The Water Project: Lwangele Primary School -  Students In Class
The Water Project: Lwangele Primary School -  Students In Class

Project Status

Project Type:  Rainwater Catchment

Regional Program: Western Kenya WaSH Program

Impact: 325 Served

Project Phase:  Installed - Sep 2017

Functionality Status:  Functional

Last Checkup: 08/30/2018

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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

The normal day differs depending on who you are. For example, Mr. Lawrence Obege, the headteacher of Lwangele Primary spends much of his day enduring the noise coming from class one kids whose classroom is home to his office. He says that each day he looks forward to attending to the needs of visitors, parents and pupils. He also likes to teach at least one lesson a day.

The pupils spend time in class, play during break times, and fetch water from the stream in Lwangele. Most parents are peasant farmers, planting maize which barely provides the twenty Kenyan shillings to pay education fees.

Water Situation

There is no water source on school grounds. These small students are sent out to fetch water from a stream in Lwangele. This stream’s water is open to contamination from many different sources. Community members even bathe in this water!

Students bring their small plastic containers back to school and pour them in the LifeStraw dispensers they have. Some of these are filled with water intended for drinking, while others are used as hand-washing stations. The health teacher in charge of the LifeStraw gadgets says that most children have reported stomachaches time and again after they drink water from these.  The teacher says that the filters are obviously failing, and her students are just drinking raw contaminated water from the stream.

Sanitation Situation

The community is experiencing sanitation issues because of a shortages of facilities. Open defecation is a reality here. Only 40% of the households surrounding Lwangele Primary School have latrines! The rest must seek the privacy found behind bushes and buildings.

There are latrines at the school, but they are in a terrible state. The pits are so full that one can barely squat to use them.

These conditions only describe a small portion of the poverty ravaging this community, which is also plagued with serious cases of jiggers. These painful parasites are spread among school students because of poor sanitation and hygiene standards.

Deputy Headteacher Ogudah Edward told us the “majority of the pupils are infested with jiggers, but due to low self esteem and fear of being stigmatized, they are ready to open up and share their story. A neighbor to the school, Mrs. Beatrice Lumadi, is handling a case of her grandchild, Ian, who has been rendered immobile because of jiggers infestation and associated opportunistic diseases such as malnutrition. A majority of the villagers also fall victim of water shortages, they draw their drinking water from Lwangele stream and use it, sometimes without any form of treatment nor boiling it.”

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.

(Editor’s Note: We’re happy to share that government support will allow our partner to treat the cases of jiggers ravaging Lwangele Primary School, too!)

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.

This water will be treated with chlorine and rock alum as the tank fills during the rainy season. With adequate clean water, the school will have enough water for drinking, cooking, cleaning, and hand-washing. Most importantly, students will no longer be sent to the stream to fetch water throughout the day! This time will be devoted to studies.

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

10/02/2017: Lwangele Primary School Project Complete

Lwangele 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 students have received training in sanitation and hygiene. Just imagine the difference these resources will make in the lives of these children!

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

Our hygiene and sanitation officers worked with Headteacher Lawrence Obese to recruit students, teachers, and parents to attend two days of sessions. 22 of us met in the standard six classroom, and were grateful for the space because it was drizzling outside.

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Students participated well in all of our activities. 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

4 kenya4662 students trying the hand-washing station during training

Demonstrations were used for hand-washing, tooth-brushing, solar disinfection, and many other topics. We facilitated group discussions and presentations, and students took part in role-plays. The students also received handouts which will help them teach hygiene and sanitation to their peers.

1 kenya4662 Field Officer Jacky Khalemesi

The CTC 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 managing hand-washing stations, cleaning latrines, and keeping the school environment tidy. A water user committee has also been formed by parents and school administration, which will be responsible for overseeing and maintaining the new facilities.

Student Lee Liyengwa said, “Glory be to God for supporting Lwangele in fighting water and sanitation challenges through this workshop. We know that if we practice these aspects of personal and environmental hygiene, within no time, the jigger menace will be a thing of the past.”

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Lee Liyengwa

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. Members of the club also asked us how to improvise some more hand-washing stations of their own so that more students have the opportunity to wash their hands. Now the school has the stations they need, and they have the water to fill them!

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High-5s for hand-washing stations! Just make sure you wash your hands after…

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 for this 50,000-liter rainwater catchment tank was successful!

Parents, staff, and students helped our artisans gather everything needed for construction. Students were particularly helpful with transporting stones from where they were piled across campus to the construction site. All the while, women cooked meals for the artisans, and the school provided accommodations for the artisans during their work.

Rainwater tank construction began with clearance of the site: excavating the soil within the required measurements to make level ground for the tank foundation. The foundation was cast by laying hardcore on a level ground and then reinforcing it using steel, concrete and waterproof cement.

6 kenya4662 building the tank foundation

Laying stones that will be part of the tank foundation.

As the foundation was being lain, both the drawing pipe as well as the washout pipe were affixed. The wall was built with ferro-cement techniques through six layers. The inner wall was plastered while rough casting was done on the outer part.

After the superstructure had been given enough time to settle, the dome construction followed. The manhole cover was fitted, inlet pipes were connected to the roof gutters, inlet screens, ventilation pipes (breathers) and overflow pipes were all done to standards.

Finally, the catchment area was dug, plastered, and a staircase installed. Drainage was set up there, and then the tank was allowed three to four weeks to undergo complete curing before it was cleaned and handed over to Lwangele Primary School. It already has some water in it!

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The only challenge was a short delay; our artisan got a call asking him to return home for a few days to attend to a sick family member.

Students and staff gathered together to celebrate the tank and latrines’ completion. Mr. John Ovita, the chair of the school board said, “I am very happy with the tank, for it has provided a solution to the water shortages. May God bless you for making the process successful within a very short period of time!”

The Water Project : 12-kenya4662-clean-water

09/14/2017: Finishing Touches at Lwangele Primary School

Dear Friends, since we have an estimated completion date of Friday, September 15 for the work being done at Lwangele, we better give you a progress update: Things are a bit behind because of a long summer break in Kenya this year. Work at the school is just about done, and we anticipate a final report in less than two weeks. This is great news! We hope that it will rain as soon as this rainwater catchment tank is finished.

Thank You for bringing clean water and sanitation to these students.

The Water Project : 2-kenya4662-students-in-class

06/12/2017: Lwangele Primary School Project Underway

Lwangele Primary 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 Lwangele Primary School!

The Water Project : 3-kenya4662-mrs-beatrice-lumadi-with-her-grandchildren

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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.


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