The subjects taught here are English, mathematics, Kiswahili, social studies, religious studies, science, environmental activities, hygiene and nutrition, and literature.
Children who attend Demesi Primary report to school by 7 am with water in their small yellow containers. They spend 30 minutes to sweep and clean up litter before morning announcements. Normal lessons begin at 8 am and last up to lunch time. Lunch is eaten at the school, an idea that birthed by the headteacher after he realized that some students don’t get fed when they’re sent home for lunch. Afternoon lessons go from 2 pm until 4 pm when they take 30 minutes for recess.
But this normal schedule is often interrupted because students are removed from class and sent to fetch water from a community spring anytime the water they carried in the morning runs out.
“We just survive by sheer luck, the hygiene standards in this environment are very poor and dangerous for human lives. A lot has to be done to ensure our student’s safety,” Teacher Otwere.
Training on good hygiene habits 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.
There are currently no handwashing stations.
Two handwashing stations will be delivered to the school, and the CTC club will fill them with water on a daily basis and make sure there is always a cleaning agent such as soap or ash.
The latrine situation here is pathetic. There are too few latrines and half of them are almost full. The squat holes are too wide for nursery school children.
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.
Rainwater Catchment Tank
A 50,000-liter rainwater catchment tank will help alleviate the water crisis at this school, and is a great solution because the high rainfall in the area. The school will help gather the needed materials such as sand, rocks, and water for mixing cement. We will deliver the hardware, lumber, guttering, cement, and expertise needed to get the job done.
Once finished, this tank can begin catching rainfall that will be used strictly by the school’s students. The administration has decided to keep on using the plastic tanks to make it easier for them to manage this precious resource.
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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