Magunga Township Secondary School Handwashing Station Project – Kenya
Magunga Township Secondary School is a young school located in a rural village near Lake Victoria in the scenic Gwassi Hills. The community is small and agriculturally based and the area is semi-arid with long periods of dryness as well as the problems of soil erosion due to unsustainable farming practices and deforestation. Suba district is also among the communities most heavily affected by HIV in Kenya.
The Magunga Secondary School has little access to proper sanitation. The lack of handwashing stations makes the students susceptible to other illnesses particularly diarrhea.
This project is to install 3 handwashing stations on the school grounds.
One 1,000-liter tank will be installed near the students’ latrines. It will contain 2 sinks (one for girls one for boys). One 210-liter tank with one sink will be placed at the staff latrines.
For each station, a platform will be constructed on which the tank (with taps) will be placed. A tin roof will be built and gutters will be attached so that rainwater can be harvested during the rainy season.
The school will provide the labor of a local carpenter, and the stations will be maintained by the school staff and student prefects.
The stations will be made of bricks and cements for durability. The sinks will use push tap faucets to reduce the water wastage.
Trees will be planted along the drainage areas, and will utilize the water from the drains.
Water Charity funds will pay for the tanks, as well as materials used to construct the platforms, roofing, and gutters.
200 people will benefit from the project.
Peace Corps Volunteer Directing Project
Margaret Guin and Kyle Babbitt
This is an important project that will improve the health and wellbeing of students, teachers, and staff.
Margaret previously completed the Magunga Township Secondary School Rainwater Harvesting Project – Kenya.
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$0.00 – This project has been fully funded through the generosity of the Returned Peace Corps Volunteer Paula Schmid, of Findley, MN, USA, who served in Georgia and completed a project there with Water Charity.