Bible Baptist Preschool Handwashing Station Project – Kenya

Kabarnet, Baringo Central County, North Rift, Kenya

Community Description
Kabarnet is a small community that overlooks the Kerio Valley and houses the District Hospital. It is the largest town in the Baringo District with a population of nearly 7,000 people.

In Kabarnet town, there is access to all basic necessities but even a couple kilometers outside of the community center, the standard of living decreases significantly.

Bible Baptist Preschool is located 2 kilometers from Kabarnet Town, and has about 25 students.

Problem Addressed
Each day, preschoolers go from playing on the front gate to digging in the dirt, to class, to going to the toilets, and then back to playing. By the time lunch rolls around their hands are anything but clean. Regularly they eat ugali, which is eaten with your hands.

There are no handwashing facilities for the students anywhere on the compound.

Frequently, students are found to be missing school because of minor health issues that can be prevented by providing them with a way and the knowledge to properly clean their hands.

Project Description
This project is to build a mobile handwashing station for the preschool.

The station will be placed outside during the school day and taken back inside the school at night by the teachers. The materials needed are simple – a ten-liter jerry can, a nozzle attached to the bottom of the can, and a stand to hold these off of the ground.

The Pastor of the Bible Baptist Church (who is also the Headmaster of the school) and the teachers have identified a fundi (craftsman) who will make a stand and attach the nozzle.

Water Charity funds will pay for the materials.

The Pastor will provide water to fill the can and soap for the students to utilize. Upon completion of the station, a handwashing day will be held for the students so that they can learn how to properly wash their hands, when they should wash their hands, and how to use the new station.

Project Impact
25 preschoolers and their teachers will benefit from the project.

Peace Corps Volunteer Directing Project
Andrea Aibner

This is a very small, very simple project that requires a very small amount of money to implement, but can make a difference in the lives of many.

Dollar Amount of Project

This project has become infeasible and has been terminated without an expenditure of funds.