The school is located within the interior part of Malava sub-county. The communication networks in the area are good because roads leading to the school are made of marrum - which undergoes maintenance from time to time by the county government of Kakamega. The community is made of farmers who grow small scale crops.
First, the school installed a hand-dug shallow well in 1989 when the school was built. But the well dries out more and more with each passing dry season. So then they got one small rain tank. And another. And yet, children are still sent out to collect water from a nearby stream every day. The well and tanks all run dry.
“We have been learning in dirty classrooms, said 12-year-old Felix M.
“We continue with our lessons when there is no water at the tank. It leaves classrooms dusty, hence [they are not] conducive for learning to take place.”
“[The] rope used for pulling water [goes] rotten [after] long use,” Felix explained. “Likewise, the sanitation facilities will be full of [a] stinking smell because of lack of water to be used for cleaning them.”
“Students waste a lot of their precious time going for water rather than concentrating on their academics,” said senior teacher, Violet Kwoma.
The Water Project (TWP), our implementing partner, conducted a hydrogeological survey at this school and the results indicated the water table beneath it is an ideal candidate for a borehole well. Due to a borehole well’s unique ability to tap into a safe, year-round water column, it will be poised to serve all of the water needs for this school’s large population, even through the dry months.
There is currently nowhere for students to wash their hands after using the latrines or before eating lunch, let alone the water to do so.
TWP will construct two triple-door latrine blocks using local materials that the school will help gather. Three doors will serve the girls and three doors will serve the boys. All of these new latrines will have cement floors that are designed to be easy to use and to clean. And with a borehole right on school property, there should be enough water to keep them clean.
TWP 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, and prevention; personal and environmental hygiene; and the operation and maintenance of the borehole, latrines, and handwashing stations. There will be a special emphasis on handwashing.
The TWP team of facilitators will use a variety of methods to train, including participatory hygiene and sanitation transformation, and asset-based community development. TWP will initiate a student health club, which will prepare students to lead other pupils into healthy habits at school and at home. They will also lead lectures, group discussions, and provide illustrative handouts to teach health topics and ways to promote good hygiene practices within the school including handwashing and water treatment. TWP will then conduct a series of follow-up trainings before transitioning to our regularly scheduled support visits throughout the year.
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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