St. Clement Secondary School Handwashing Station Project – Kenya
Ndalat is a small village primarily composed of the Kalenjin tribe, where Kinandi and Kiswahili are the main forms of communication. The vast majority of the villagers are sustenance farmers, who focus on growing maize or corn.
The two biggest health issues that affect the community are HIV/AIDS and diarrhea, the latter due to poor water sanitation and general health practices.
The students at St. Clement Secondary School and the neighboring Nyigoon Primary School lack the means to practice proper water sanitation through hand-washing and keeping latrines clean.
This project is to construct 5 fully-functional handwashing stations for the regular use of students during mealtimes and after the use of a latrine.
Additionally, basic cleaning equipment will be purchased to assist in the cleaning of the latrines on the school compound, and a workshop will be held to show students how to properly wash their hands and keep their school space clean.
The community has set the groundwork for this project by constructing a basic cement structure with a draining hole.
Local community members with experience in handling cement will add an additional 15 centimeters of cement and wire mesh to the rear of the structure in order to support the water tanks. There will also be indentations made in the cement to hold bars of soap, and general repairs will be made where there has been minor damage.
A small trench will be dug for the installation of a drain pipe leading away from the station to a covered pit about 10 meters deep, 5 meters from the handwashing stations. This pit has also already been dug by the school.
A basic wooden stepping bench will be constructed by another experienced community member and dug into the ground behind the handwashing stations in order to allow students to easily pour water from the nearby well into the tanks.
The community will assist in the gathering of timber for the stepping bench, the school will provide most of the sand needed, as well as absorb part of the labor and transportation costs.
Water Charity funds will be used for the purchase of materials, including 3 bags of cement, 1 bag of sand, iron wire-mesh, five 20-liter water tanks, 5 Pekler taps, 1 meter of ½- inch metal pipe, 3 meters of ¾- inch PVC pipe, as well as 3 push-broom scrubbers, detergent and hand washing soap. The brooms and detergent will be used in regular cleaning of the latrines of the two schools, to supplement the effort made in proper sanitation through hand washing.
While the majority of the construction will be completed by experienced workers from the community, the secondary school students will also participate by holding a workshop with the neighboring primary school to teach the younger students the importance of washing hands and the basics of safe and healthy practices at school.
A total of 483 people will benefit from this project, including 80 students from St. Clement Secondary School, about 380 students from the neighboring Nyigoon Primary School, and 23 teachers.
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This is a simple but important project that will greatly improve the health and wellbeing of the students and faculty of the schools.
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