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The Water Project: Shiyunzu Primary School -  Clean Water
The Water Project: Shiyunzu Primary School -  Clean Water
The Water Project: Shiyunzu Primary School -  Clean Water
The Water Project: Shiyunzu Primary School -  Clean Water
The Water Project: Shiyunzu Primary School -  Finished Tank
The Water Project: Shiyunzu Primary School -  Latrines
The Water Project: Shiyunzu Primary School -  Latrines
The Water Project: Shiyunzu Primary School -  Latrines
The Water Project: Shiyunzu Primary School -  Latrines
The Water Project: Shiyunzu Primary School -  Hand Washing Station
The Water Project: Shiyunzu Primary School -  Hand Washing Station
The Water Project: Shiyunzu Primary School -  Artisan Working On Soak Pit
The Water Project: Shiyunzu Primary School -  Cutting Wire For Tank Wall
The Water Project: Shiyunzu Primary School -  Latrine Construction
The Water Project: Shiyunzu Primary School -  Latrine Construction
The Water Project: Shiyunzu Primary School -  Containers Used To Bring Water To Construction Site
The Water Project: Shiyunzu Primary School -  Training
The Water Project: Shiyunzu Primary School -  Training
The Water Project: Shiyunzu Primary School -  Training
The Water Project: Shiyunzu Primary School -  Training
The Water Project: Shiyunzu Primary School -  Training
The Water Project: Shiyunzu Primary School -  Training
The Water Project: Shiyunzu Primary School -  Training
The Water Project: Shiyunzu Primary School -  Training
The Water Project: Shiyunzu Primary School -  Training
The Water Project: Shiyunzu Primary School -  Teacher Hand Washing Station
The Water Project: Shiyunzu Primary School -  Boy Seen Reading Next To School Dump
The Water Project: Shiyunzu Primary School -  Student Latrines
The Water Project: Shiyunzu Primary School -  Health Club Garden
The Water Project: Shiyunzu Primary School -  Girls Help The Cook Prepare Lunch
The Water Project: Shiyunzu Primary School -  Water Containers
The Water Project: Shiyunzu Primary School -  Eshiyunzu Spring Where Students Fetch Water
The Water Project: Shiyunzu Primary School -  Broken Plastic Tank
The Water Project: Shiyunzu Primary School -  Boys Relaxing On The Rocks Outside
The Water Project: Shiyunzu Primary School -  Mr Angaya John Headteacher
The Water Project: Shiyunzu Primary School -  Christine Is Excited For A Project
The Water Project: Shiyunzu Primary School -  Alice Is Excited For Water On Campus
The Water Project: Shiyunzu Primary School -  Students Pose With Their Teacher
The Water Project: Shiyunzu Primary School -  Students In Class
The Water Project: Shiyunzu Primary School -  Students Posing At School Gate

Project Status

Project Type:  Rainwater Catchment

Regional Program: Western Kenya WaSH Program

Impact: 500 Served

Project Phase:  Installed - Jan 2018

Functionality Status:  Functional

Last Checkup: 07/16/2018

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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

Shiyunzu Primary School is located in Shiyunzu Village of Kakamega, Kenya. It has a total enrollment of 712 students and employs 18 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.)

The school’s program starts very early in the morning at 6 am when pupils begin making their way to school. Reporting time is 6:30 am and any pupil who arrives past 7 am is punished by the teacher on duty. Cleaning of the school compound is done in the evening.

The livelihoods of the community members neighboring the school are quarrying, making bricks, and farming. There is a lot of potential for development if the community does everything they can to get and keep their kids in school.

Shiyunzu Primary is unique because it has a classroom and teacher dedicated to special needs children from the community. The teacher’s name is Madam Naomi Serenge, who is more of a mother, teacher, and friend than a social worker. This lady deals with these students just like they’re her own. What touches us most is that she takes care of a lot of other children by making visits to their homes. There are four boys who cannot walk to school, so this madam makes the effort to visit them at their respective homes and teach them life skills. It is encouraging to see how she loves her work and is committed to it.

Water Situation

There is no water source on school grounds, so administration has asked students to carry their own containers to school every day. Most students get their water from a protected spring, but that has been flowing very slowly. Because of this low water quantity, students have had to draw water from open sources like streams and puddles on the way to school. Since many of these students are still very young, they can’t carry more than 10 liters of water at a time.

The school doesn’t have much for storage, but they’ve been blessed to have recently received 50-liter Life Straw filters. Once delivered to school, students pour their water in these.

Students still do not understand the importance of drinking filtered water, especially when they fetch it from the open stream. Waterborne disease is still a common reason for students to be absent from school.

Sanitation Situation

There are nine usable pit latrines on school grounds. These are in pathetic condition, with large holes that put small students at risk. Many of these don’t even have doors, so students are forced to use the latrine in pairs; one stands in the doorway for privacy. Because of these bad conditions, open defecation is an issue as students look for any other private places to relieve themselves.

There are no hand-washing stations for students to use, but staff has one in their office. Headteacher John Angaya told us, “There is no day I have ever had 100% total attendance of the pupils since I came to this school. Many are absent because of stomachaches and this can be said due to poor hygiene.”

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 (students have already started helping). 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!

Project Updates

01/24/2018: Shiyunzu Primary School Project Complete

Shiyunzu Primary School in Kenya now has a 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 young students!

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

Student leaders from each grade were selected by their teachers to attend hygiene and sanitation training for two days. We met 21 of these students outside on school grounds. Students weren’t shy of asking questions or participating in every activity and demonstration.

Each participant is now a member of the newly formed CTC (child to child) club on campus, which is responsible for recruiting new members to be advocates of good hygiene and sanitation. Each member has promised to be a good role model as they demonstrate the new things they’ve learned on a daily basis. They will also be responsible for managing hand-washing stations, cleaning latrines, and keeping the school environment tidy.

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.

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. We also 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.

A water user committee has also been formed by parents and school administration, which will be responsible for overseeing and maintaining the new facilities. And since the tank was almost 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.

13-year-old Rael Nafula said, “I am very glad and grateful for the training, for it has really enlightened me about the importance of safe water, hand-washing techniques and my rights as a child. I will be able to share and also teach the other pupils and my neighbors at home about this.”

Project Result: VIP Latrines

This project funded the installation of six new VIP (ventilated improved pit) 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!

Project Result: Hand-Washing Stations

The two hand-washing stations were delivered to school and handed over to the CTC club. These have been placed outside of 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.

Project Result: Rainwater Catchment Tank

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

The process officially began with our staff and school administration moving 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.

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. Some local men and women even helped our artisans with their manual labor.

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.

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. The catchment area was dug, plastered, and a staircase installed.

Men cutting a wire grid to support the tank wall.

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.

Drainage was set up, and then the tank was given three to four weeks to undergo complete curing before it was cleaned and handed over to Shiyunzu Primary School. It already has some water in it!

The artisan digging a soak pit for water to drain from the catchment area.

Teacher Jackline Kayesi said, “You are indeed a great blessing to this school. You have really helped us, especially the special unit and nursery pupils who most of the time feel sick due to unclean water. We could record absentees of a high number from these two groups and when you find out the reason was diarrhea and this was a result of unsafe water for drinking. We therefore say thank you so much for the facilities!”

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11/15/2017: Shiyunzu Primary School Project Underway

Shiyunzu 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. But for now, please enjoy the new stories, pictures, and maps of this school.

Thank You for partnering with us to unlock the potential of these young students!

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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.


Project Sponsor - Sean, Renee, Sutton and Collins