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Location: Kenya

Regional Program: Western Kenya WaSH Program

Impact: 500 Served

Project Phase:  Under Construction
Estimated Install Date:   (Explain This?)  06/30/2018

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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

Eshiakhulo Primary School is located in Eshiakhulo Village, Kenya. It began in 1977 as an Early Childhood Education (ECDE ) learning center. It opened its first primary school class in 1978. The community decided to start this educational center since there was no other primary school in the area.

In the beginning, there were only 65 young children, but it has now grown to a total of 758 pupils! The school employs 18 teachers and three support staff.

Pupils arrive by 7 AM to mop all the classrooms and offices, wash the pit latrines, and collect litter all over the school compound. They then settle into morning study hall at 7:20. Normal lessons kick off at 8 AM, except for Mondays and Fridays when morning assemblies are held for short announcements.

Lunch lasts for an hour when all children go back home to eat while teachers are served by the cook in their staffroom. After the afternoon lessons, various game activities are enjoyed by the children until they are dismissed at 5 PM.

People in this community grow sugarcane on a large scale and sell it to the famous Mumias Sugar Company. A few others mine ballast from the many rocks in this area, and some women sell groceries to make ends meet.

Water Situation

Pupils fetch water from a nearby unprotected spring, which is 200 meters away, in small jerrycans. That water is used for cleaning, cooking and drinking. Time students spend lined up to fetch water sacrifices time that would otherwise be used profitably for academics.

Pupils have to step in the mucky, stagnant water at the spring, predisposing them to infections. Teachers don’t control how the water is drawn and handled at the spring or on the road, because children go there alone. “Some of our children bring to school soiled water and I tend to believe that they just draw it from the ground when the queues get longer,” said Headteacher Stephen Mayabi.

The school purchased a small water tank, but guttering is not yet installed, and it is not nearly large enough to meet their needs.

Water is stored in classrooms until used, while other students are sent just for water that will be poured into a large saucepan at the kitchen.

Sanitation Situation

The boys’ latrines are poorly ventilated, while some of the girls’ latrines have collapsed. The school is also charged a fee because the latrines for each gender are too close to the other.

This is a time when long queues are seen near the latrines since the facilities are few yet every child must relieve themselves.

There is only one hand-washing station, and most students don’t even wash their hands. There is no compost pit, so garbage is just thrown behind the kitchen.

Headteacher Stephen Mayabi said, “We need sanitation facilities in this institution, as you can we see we have a shortage of latrines and there is no source of water within the school compound. Please do not deny us that chance, we desperately need facilities.” Headteacher Mayabi is concerned that the institution will receive a closure notice if they’re visited by the governmental health department.

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: 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.

Plans: 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 have to haul water to school, for they will soon have safe water at their doorstep.

We and the school strongly believe that with this assistance, standards will significantly improve. These higher standards will translate to better health, better academic performance, and a better quality of life.

Recent Project Updates

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 Data

Project Type:  Rainwater Catchment
Location:  Kakamega, Eshiakhulo
ProjectID: 4670


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.