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. Elizabeth Lureko Girls Secondary School is part day school, part boarding school. The school begins its day at 5am when the boarders wake up to wash both themselves and their dormitories. At around 6am, they are served porridge and hot water. General cleaning of the compound, classrooms and latrines follow as the day scholars join them. Class lessons begin at 8am.
Most people in this area plant sugarcane, which is sold to local factories to pay school fees.
The school is connected to a tap system, but this tap water often falls subject to rationing by the county government. During the driest times of the year, the tap system will be turned off completely. When it's on, it's only on for a few days of the week. The school seizes these opportunities and fills as many buckets as possible. They also tap water into one 5,000 and one 10,000 liter tank, both which can also catch rainwater. This rainwater helps a little bit when there's no tap water.
Teacher Josephine Omamo said, "The dormitories are still under construction. The construction needs a lot of water, but especially the girls living there. Cases of candidiasis is on the high rise for the girls who use latrines without water." Amoeba, typhoid, and cholera are all part of reality for girls here as they struggle to get enough water for their daily needs.
There are 10 pit latrines, all of which are in good condition. However, there are no hand-washing stations for the girls - There's just one located in the staff office.
The school seems to have a fairly positive outlook on hygiene and sanitation, because it has facilities like dish racks, dustbins, latrines, and a compost pit.
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. 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. These girls will no longer have to sacrifice their hygiene and sanitation to have enough water to drink.
We and the school strongly believe that with this assistance, standards will significantly improve. These higher standards will translate to better academic performance!