The school has been steadily growing and registering good performance since then, attracting a large population of students. Today, the school has a total enrollment of 1,332 students and 33 teachers and staff thanks to the joint efforts of the parents, teachers, and the students themselves.
When students come to school each morning, they must first show that they have carried water from home which is mainly used for cleaning chores at school. The students are then forced to go fetch water from a protected spring in the community which is some distance away from the school compound. Students must return to the spring at lunchtime and again at games time to fetch more water. Each trip to the spring takes away time students are meant to be in class, sitting down to eat, or enjoying a break from learning.
“Going to the spring, which is far from the school compound, makes me tired most times. We are forced, sometimes, to persevere with thirst while attending classes in the afternoon,” said pupil Zarina.
“Personally, I am affected negatively. It pains me seeing students loitering outside the school compound in search of water while other students are in classes reading. And my teachers also drinking the water that we are not sure of its source makes me feel bad,” said teacher Wilson Ijakaa.
Since the spring is owned by the community, the school is forced to pay for the water they collect from it. At one point there was a breakdown at the spring that needed repairs, and the school was forced to take charge of the repair work which cost it some good money. Sometimes students are chased away from the spring by community members frustrated by their presence, leaving the students to return to school with empty containers. During the dry season, the school has an even harder time as the community does not allow the students to fetch water since they claim it is their spring and the school should have nothing to do with it.
Two 75,000-liter rainwater catchment tanks will help alleviate the water crisis at this school by providing a much larger capacity than their small plastic tank to store water from the rainy season. The school will help collect the needed construction materials such as sand, bricks, rocks, and water for mixing cement. We will complement their materials by providing an expert team of artisans, tools, hardware, and the guttering system. Once finished, these tanks will begin catching rainfall used by the school’s students and staff for drinking, handwashing, cooking, cleaning, and much more.
The school and we strongly believe that all of these components will work together to improve standards at this school, which will help lead to better student academic performance and unlock the potential for these students to live better, healthier lives.
The student health club will oversee the two new handwashing stations we will provide and ensure they are kept clean and in working condition. The club leaders will fill the handwashing stations with water daily and make sure they are always supplied with a cleaning agent such as soap or ash.
We will construct two triple-door latrine blocks using local materials that the school will help gather. Three doors will serve the girls, while the other three will serve the boys. These new latrines will have cement floors designed to be easy to use and clean. And with a rain tank right on school property, there should be enough water to keep them clean.
Training on Health, Hygiene, COVID-19, and More
We will hold a one-day intensive training session with students, teachers, and parents. This training will cover a wide range of topics, including COVID-19 symptoms, transmission routes, prevention; personal and environmental hygiene; and the operation and maintenance of the rain tank, latrines, and handwashing stations. There will be a special emphasis on handwashing.
H2O for Life is not a WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene) project implementer. We have partnerships with non-governmental organizations (NGOs) implementing WASH in Schools projects around the world. Our NGO partners match funds needed for each school project. We also have a generous donor that provides us with an interest-free loan that, along with matching funds, allows for many projects to be started or possibly even completed before total funds have been raised. In rare situations we reserve the right to reallocate funds to alternate project(s).
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