Pupils are expected to be in school by 6:45 am especially class seven and eight pupils. They embark on morning preps until 7:30 am and the pupils are given twenty minutes for cleaning. Sometimes it takes more time because they have to run to the river to fetch water to clean the toilets . Normal classes start at 8:00am to 9:45, then they take 20 minutes break. The next lesson starts at 10:05 am to 10:50am and then the pupils break for 10 minutes. Classes resume at 11:00 am to 12:30 when they break for lunch.
Teachers, class eight and seven pupils take their lunch at school while the rest go home for lunch. They have three lessons in the afternoon which start at 2:00pm to 3:45 pm - then they then break for games where pupils do different activities according to the clubs within the school. After games pupils go back back to class for evening prep which takes about 30 minutes then they are released to go home and assist their parents.
The school has a well-trained football (soccer) team which has won many trophies in the zonal competitions.
Every day, students arrive at 6:45 am and are sent to the river to fetch water. Without any source of water on campus, this muddy river is the sole source for the entire school’s daily drinking, cooking, and cleaning needs. Whenever there is a need for water in the school, the students are sent back out to the river along with the rotating Teacher on Duty. There, students carefully pick their way across slippery rocks in the riverbed to perch at the water’s edge while they fill their containers. The water is filled with pollutants from human activity, animal waste, and farming chemicals. When it rains, the river surges and even more contaminants are washed into the water.
A 75,000-liter rainwater catchment tank will help alleviate the water crisis at this school. 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, this tank will begin catching rainfall that will be used by the school’s students and staff for drinking, handwashing, cooking, cleaning, and much more.
We and the school 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 will help to unlock the potential for these students to live better, healthier lives.
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.
The student health club will oversee the 2 new handwashing stations we will provide, and make sure 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.
2 triple-door latrine blocks will be constructed with local materials that the school will help gather. 3 doors will serve the girls while the other 3 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 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 1-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 rain tank, latrines, and handwashing stations. There will be a special emphasis on handwashing.
Our team of facilitators will use a variety of methods to train, including participatory hygiene and sanitation transformation, and asset-based community development. We will initiate a student health club, which will prepare students to lead other pupils into healthy habits at school and at home. We 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. We 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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