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The Water Project: El'longo Secondary School -  Clean Water
The Water Project: El'longo Secondary School -  Clean Water
The Water Project: El'longo Secondary School -  Clean Water
The Water Project: El'longo Secondary School -  Clean Water
The Water Project: El'longo Secondary School -  Finished Latrines
The Water Project: El'longo Secondary School -  Finished Latrines
The Water Project: El'longo Secondary School -  Hand Washing Station
The Water Project: El'longo Secondary School -  Tank Construction
The Water Project: El'longo Secondary School -  Tank Construction
The Water Project: El'longo Secondary School -  Tank Construction
The Water Project: El'longo Secondary School -  Tank Construction
The Water Project: El'longo Secondary School -  Tank Construction
The Water Project: El'longo Secondary School -  Tank Construction
The Water Project: El'longo Secondary School -  Latrine Construction
The Water Project: El'longo Secondary School -  Latrine Construction
The Water Project: El'longo Secondary School -  Latrine Construction
The Water Project: El'longo Secondary School -  Transporting Materials
The Water Project: El'longo Secondary School -  Water Collected For Construction
The Water Project: El'longo Secondary School -  Bricks Collected For Construction
The Water Project: El'longo Secondary School -  Hand Washing Training
The Water Project: El'longo Secondary School -  Hand Washing Training
The Water Project: El'longo Secondary School -  Hand Washing Training
The Water Project: El'longo Secondary School -  Hand Washing Training
The Water Project: El'longo Secondary School -  Hand Washing Training
The Water Project: El'longo Secondary School -  Hand Washing Training
The Water Project: El'longo Secondary School -  Hand Washing Training
The Water Project: El'longo Secondary School -  Training
The Water Project: El'longo Secondary School -  Training
The Water Project: El'longo Secondary School -  Training
The Water Project: El'longo Secondary School -  Training
The Water Project: El'longo Secondary School -  Training
The Water Project: El'longo Secondary School -  Training
The Water Project: El'longo Secondary School -  Training
The Water Project: El'longo Secondary School -  Training
The Water Project: El'longo Secondary School -  Students Helping Prepare Lunch
The Water Project: El'longo Secondary School -  Students Helping Prepare Lunch
The Water Project: El'longo Secondary School -  School Kitchen
The Water Project: El'longo Secondary School -  Hand Washing Station
The Water Project: El'longo Secondary School -  Latrines
The Water Project: El'longo Secondary School -  Latrines
The Water Project: El'longo Secondary School -  Students Carrying Water
The Water Project: El'longo Secondary School -  Students Carrying Water
The Water Project: El'longo Secondary School -  School Farm
The Water Project: El'longo Secondary School -  School Compound
The Water Project: El'longo Secondary School -  Principal

Project Status



Project Type:  Rainwater Catchment

Regional Program: Western Kenya WaSH Program

Impact: 200 Served

Project Phase:  Installed - Mar 2018

Functionality Status:  Functional

Last Checkup: 10/26/2018

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Community Profile

El’longo Secondary School is located in El’longo Village of Vihiga County, Kenya. It is a place of study for 188 students. The school also employs nine teachers and three support staff.

A normal day for students attending El’longo Secondary School begins at 6:30am. It all starts with the long walk to school: They grab their books and an empty water container. This is because students are expected to arrive with their own water which will be used for cleaning classrooms, cooking school lunch, and drinking.

The search for water on the way to school often makes students late for their morning study hall.

Water

Not every student can bear the weight a 20-liter jerrycan full of water, some only manage 10 liters. The school doesn’t have any storage, so water is kept in these jerrycans until it’s used up. Many students drain their containers of water and declare a need to go back into the community in search of more; all as an excuse to get out of class.

While teachers find it impossible to deny a student more water, they are afraid that the search for water is a serious reason for the high rate of teen pregnancies at their school.

Not only does the search for water cause students to miss class, but it also gets them sick. Teachers recommend that students walk to a protected spring to fill their containers, but many opt for more convenient dirty water source on their way to school. The protected spring is both too far and too busy for these students.

Safe water scarcity is a daily issue that causes students and staff to suffer from diarrhea and stomachaches.

Sanitation

The school does not have enough sanitation facilities of its own. There are a few latrines for girls, but the boys have to walk to the neighboring primary school to share with their younger peers. Teachers even need to cross over to the primary school to share latrines.

The deputy principal said, “It is an embarrassing situation to share sanitation facilities. The situation is worse when the boys of both secondary and primary sections are lined up for latrines. And keeping these facilities clean is impossible because they’re being used way too much. Sharing the facilities makes it hard to know who is really responsible.”

There is only one hand-washing station shared among teachers and students.

Here’s what we’re going to do about it:

Training

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.

Hand-Washing Stations

The 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 CTC club will fill them with water on a daily basis and make sure there is always a cleaning agent such as soap or ash.

VIP Latrines

Two triple-door latrines will be constructed with local materials that the school will help gather. Three doors will serve the girls while the other three serve the boys. And with a new source of water on school grounds, students and staff should have enough to keep these new latrines clean.

Rainwater Catchment Tank

A 50,000-liter rainwater catchment tank will help alleviate the water crisis at this school. The school will also help gather the needed materials such as sand, rocks, and water from the spring for mixing cement. Once finished, this tank can begin catching rainfall that will be used by the school’s students and staff. Students will no longer be responsible to find enough water to carry to school every day.

We and the school strongly believe that with this assistance, standards will significantly improve. These higher standards will translate to better academic performance!


This project is a part of our shared program with Western Water And Sanitation Forum (WEWASAFO). Our team is pleased to provide the reports for this project (formatted and edited for readability) thanks to the hard work of our friends in Kenya.

Project Updates


04/21/2018: El'longo Secondary School Project Complete

El’longo Secondary 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.

New Knowledge

As we began construction of the rainwater catchment tank, we spoke with the headteacher about the importance of hygiene and sanitation training. She helped us arrange for the best time and venue, deciding to hold it at the local church since it had enough room for 83 students. Students seemed very happy to have this opportunity to learn.

We taught that hygiene entails personal hygiene, water hygiene, and environmental hygiene. Attention needs to be given to each facet of hygiene to enjoy a healthy life.

We covered topics including but not limited to:

– Water pollution and water treatment

– Cleaning self and clean environment

– Group dynamics, leadership, and governance

– Forming an effective CTC (child to child) club

– Hand-washing

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.

The CTC club 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 is also formed by parents and school administration, which is responsible for overseeing and maintaining the new facilities. An entire lesson was 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. And since the tank was finished by the time we held training, we could take everyone to see exactly what we were talking about when it comes to caring for their new water source.

Students gathered in front of their new water tank to learn about proper use and maintenance

VIP Latrines

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

Hand-Washing Stations

The two hand-washing stations were delivered to school and handed over to the CTC club. These were placed outside of the boys’ and girls’ latrines to encourage hand-washing after latrine use. CTC club members 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.

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. All the while, women cooked meals for the artisans, and the school provided accommodations for the artisans during their work. Local men and women helped our artisans with their manual labor, too.

The construction process officially began with our staff and school administration looking around the school compound to try and determine the best location for a new rainwater catchment tank. This needed to be the best site with good, clean roofing to catch the rainwater.

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.

The beginnings of the tank foundation

Both the drawing pipe as well as the washout pipe were affixed as the foundation was lain. Then 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. Finally, the catchment area was dug, plastered, and a staircase installed.

Checking that the ongoing tank meets quality standards

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 standard.

The tank was given three to four weeks to complete curing before it was cleaned and taken over by El’longo Secondary School. Students gathered around to celebrate as we handed the facilities over for them to use. Smiles were all around as we witnessed clean water coming from the tap!

They no longer have to leave school to find water.


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03/01/2018: El'longo Secondary School Project Underway

El’longo 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. For now, please enjoy the new stories, pictures, and maps of this school.


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02/09/2018: Project at Eshiakhulo Primary School Suspended Indefinitely

This project was previously slated to be done at Eshiakhulo Primary School.

The need for clean water and sanitation at Eshiakhulo Primary School is is obvious to us, and is why we pursued training, latrines, and a rainwater catchment tank in the first place. Unfortunately, the school does not see eye to eye on this matter and has prioritized other things for the time being. Until administration and local parents are willing to unite with us and sacrifice some time and effort, we cannot move forward with our plans.

El’longo Secondary School  has been selected as a great replacement that is more than willing to join hands with us to improve life for students and staff.


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11/22/2017: Slow and Steady Progress at Eshiakhulo Primary School

We’ve received an update from the field that the brunt of tank and latrine construction work will be done in December. The school asked for some extra time to prepare for our artisans’ arrival; to gather the manpower needed to help our artisans sink latrine pits and gather the water needed for mixing cement. Thank You for standing with us as we wait for the best time to complete this water project at Eshiakhulo Primary School. We look forward to reaching out again with good news!


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08/08/2017: Eshiakhulo Primary School Project Underway

Eshiakhulo Primary School will soon have a source of water on school grounds thanks to your 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! For now, check out the report with narrative, pictures, and maps to learn more about this project. Thank you for noticing the need here, and we’ll keep you posted as the work continues.


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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.



Contributors

Project Sponsor - Erick's Hope Inc