Kakamega Primary School

Kenya 408 beneficiaries Kakamega County, Weste...

Project Complete!

It was a chilly and drizzly day just as we were to set out for Kakamega Primary School. We had to wait a bit for the rain to subside because we’d need to tour the school and get good pictures. We were able to visit later that day when the sun came out.

The school started in the 1960s with the objective of educating children who had to travel two kilometers to the nearest school. They started the school with the name Ndani Primary School and changed the name to Kakamega Muslim Primary School in 1998. It’s a public primary school that admits learners of different religious backgrounds from within and without Kakamega County.

The nine classrooms on school grounds are not enough for the 408 students, so some of them have to meet outside. They study English, Kiswahili, social studies, mathematics, science, and religion.
This primary school used to share a compound with the secondary section, but since the partition was done, the protected well fell on the side of the secondary school. The water is entirely owned and managed by the secondary school and the primary students have to operate on their terms. That means that at times, the secondary school restricts access and is not willing to pump the water up to the primary school’s small plastic tank.

When the students don’t have water, they have to go out into the community to find it. They carry their containers to a surface water source where community members also draw water. This water is filthy and unsafe for drinking.

The headteacher reported that there are many cases of students getting skin diseases, and they miss school to receive treatment. When there is limited access to the water from the well the students go to the spring which poses even greater health risks. “I personally have to carry a bottle of drinking water from home since there is no assurance that we will get water from the well. The students mostly depend on the water from the tank or the spring, but for those who can manage, they carry water from home. This basically does not last them the whole day. This kind of situation in one way or another affects our health, work, and performance,” said Headteacher Oyuga.
What we can do:
The area around the school is bushy and overgrown, creating a conducive environment for mosquitoes. Some of the boys’ toilets have no doors installed so they provide no privacy. The toilets also have a strong smell and get dirty quickly because they are only cleaned in the morning. The pupils also share the toilets with outsiders who pass through the fence, which has subjected them to overuse. We also noted that there is no water kept nearby the latrines due to scarcity.

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.

Hand-washing Stations
We will deliver two hand-washing stations 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.

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.

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 for mixing cement. Once finished, this tank can begin catching rainfall that will be used by the school’s students and staff.

We and the school strongly believe that with this assistance, standards will significantly improve. These higher standards will translate to better academic performance!
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Project Sponsors

H2O for Life

White Bear Lake, MN

Nancy Watkins

White Bear Lake, MN
October 15, 2020

Kakamega project complete

Kakamega Muslim Primary School in Kenya now has access to a new source of safe, clean water thanks to the completion of their rain tank, which has the ability to...

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