This project is a part of our shared program with Africa Sand Dam Foundation. Our team is pleased to directly share the below report (edited for clarity, as needed).
Welcome to the School
Kwa Kaleli Primary School has enjoyed a long, close relationship with Twone mbee Muselele Self-Help Group, which has been working with ASDF since 2014. Members of Twone mbee Muselele SHG are parents of many students at the school, and are well aware of the dire water situation and the needs at the learning facility. It is for this reason that they proposed the construction of a water tank to help alleviate the suffering that their children go through. The school's affiliation with this group and the alarming water scarcity that pupils face are the prime reasons why Kwa Kaleli Primary School was approved for a water project.
The school has five plastic water tanks with capacities of 10,000 liters each, and one 5,000-liter tank. This gives them the ability to catch a total of 55,000 liters of rainwater, which can last a little over a month if strictly rationed. However, they're lucky to receive two rains a year!
Thus, parents are required to deliver water to the school in order to help meet the students' needs. They must bring at least 200 liters per term to meet cooking, cleaning, and drinking needs.
The school also relies on grants from politicians to get enough water; they received a truckload of water recently to fill their plastic tanks.
There is an earth dam some 200 meters away, where students are often sent to fetch extra water for mopping classrooms, cleaning latrines, and watering trees on school grounds.
14-year-old student Shadrack Kioko told us, "Sometimes there has been student complaints of waterborne diseases because of drinking water from untrusted sources, as we are not provided with drinking water in school. After meals, we are also not provided with water for washing utensils which has resulted in some students using water from the earth dam."
The school has eleven pit latrines that are in fairly new condition for the most part. There are three for female students and four for teachers, of which all are in good shape. The boys' latrines are beginning to run down, but they are still better than what we see in most other places. Since all of these latrines are usable, open defecation isn't an issue on school grounds.
There are no hand-washing stations for either students or teachers.
Since there is a feeding program at this school, the conditions in the kitchen are also very important. Unfortunately, we found the kitchen in very poor shape; its walls are collapsing and it's actually dangerous for the cook to be in there!
Plans: Hygiene and Sanitation Training
Students and staff will be trained for one day. Those in attendance will form a school health club that will promote good hygiene and sanitation practices both at school and home. They will learn all of the steps to proper hand-washing, how to treat water, and how to keep their environment clean. The school will also be taught how to best oversee and maintain their new rainwater catchment tank and hand-washing stations.
Plans: Hand-Washing Stations
Three hand-washing stations will be delivered at the project’s completion. These are 1,000-liter plastic tanks fitted with four taps. The health club and school management will be responsible for making sure tanks are filled with water and that a cleaning agent such as soap or ash is available.
Plans: Rainwater Catchment Tank
We will build a 104,000-liter rainwater catchment tank for this school. This water will benefit the students, teachers, and supplementary staff. Parents will mobilize the materials needed for construction, such as sand and stone. They will also lend some strong arms to help with the actual construction.
The huge capacity of this tank makes the others look tiny in comparison; 104,000 liters should be enough water to carry students through the entire dry season. As soon as the tank has time to cure, it can begin collecting rainwater for drinking, cooking and cleaning!