In early 2016, our team voted to partner with The Water Project for our third #FXBuilds goal. By December of the same year, we reached our $24,000 FXBuilds donation goal, which will make an estimated impact of helping ~1200 people over 5 years.
Communities are all different and have diverse needs, and The Water Project meets them with new wells, well rehabilitations, protected springs, rainwater harvesting and sand dams. Our FXBuilds donation to The Water Project has assisted in the construction of three of these projects in communities throughout Kenya, providing safe water resources.
Our contribution helped create safe water solutions in three communities throughout Kenya.
The Water Project's work with Kavehere Spring benefited the local community in several ways.
1. Thanks to construction efforts from professional artisans, community members, and others willing to lend a hand, the spring is now protected from contamination.
2. Five sanitation platforms (safe concrete latrine floors) have been provided for the community. This simple design has made such an impact that it is now being adopted by other neighboring communities since it is easy to construct, install and use.
3. The project enabled community members to adopt safer hygienic practices, as well as improve general sanitation.
The community is excited about the improvements, committed to the care of their water source, and have taken steps to ensure that they are maintained. The access to clean and safe water will reduce cases of waterborne and water related diseases, and improve the overall health and safety of the community.
This project has allowed for several improvements in the access of safe water by the St. Michael Emakwale Secondary School.
1. A new rainwater catchment system has been built, including a 50,000 liter catchment tank! The community provided several materials used in the construction of the project, as well as assisting with the assembly of proper drainage.
2. Construction of two triple-door latrines, (5-6 new latrines in all) allowing for shorter bathroom lines during class breaks, and better overall cleanliness of the facility.
3. Training for the “Student Health Club” on proper hand-washing and sanitation practices. By empowering these students with the knowledge of safe practices, they will be able to be a great resource of sanitation for their fellow classmates.
Since the initiation of this water and sanitation project, student enrollment has increased from 501 to 535! With safe water and clean sanitation facilities, this growing student body can focus on their education.
In 2016, the mean GPA for the school was 3.41. In 2017, the mean GPA so far is 5.1 - a 50% improvement. Enrollment is also up 45 percent over the past year.
Similar to the endeavors at the St. Michael Emakwale Secondary School, The Water Project built a 30,000 liter rainwater catchment system and new latrines for the Cheptulu Primary School. They also educated students on the importance of sanitation, and installed several hand-washing stations, along with 6 new latrines. Students, teachers and community members are now able to draw safe water from a trusted resource, instead of relying on the unprotected spring that was previously their main source of water.
Because of the Water Project, Cheptulu Primary School is currently on track to being the number one school in the country, based on mean score enrollment, which is up 90 percent over the past year.
The head teacher at the school shared that “Completion of the projects in my school has put a smile on my face. I am certain that our school will be removed from the list of schools who failed to comply with water safety and quality standards from Vihiga County Public Health team records. Now, our school will be certified again as having complied with water safety and quality standards. Our school no longer face the threat of closure.”
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