Health and Water Foundation

HWF's mission is to promote and provide school sanitation, water and better health to the rural poor. The overreaching goal of the HWF's programs in health, education, water and sanitation is to promote gender equality and empower women through the elimination of gender disparity in primary education so that children, especially the girls can grow healthy, get educated and equally contribute to Kenya's development.
Jan 23, 2015

Games improved with new sports kits for children

New sports kits for children in Nyakongo pr schl
New sports kits for children in Nyakongo pr schl

Dear donors,

Receive Jambo (greetings) from all the orphans supported and from us Health and Water Foundation. We hope your year has began well and we all wish you a prosperous one. Your contribution has brought a wide smile to orhans kids together with their entire schools that you have been suporting . The beggining of this year alone from the three schools that we've been targeting their orphans i.e Kiangoso primary school, Nyambaso primary school and Nyakongo primary school their has been a great increase of orphans children enrolling for ECD in the schools. Their gudians have noted the support other orphans are receiving thanks to you contributions such as pens,textbooks,desks,uniforms,and porridge in the morning and have also decided to send the kids to attend school. We are happy for the turnout in both of the three schools as their schools opened for the new year.

I would like to update you on the progress we have been doing towards the end of last year November 2014.This period was towards the December holiday and as is custom here in kenya, all children go for the long December holiday to resume learning on January. We had received suggestions from ECD teachers who suggested that children lacked sporting/gaming items and were not able to play well and do their P.E ( physical education) so they required gaming items to enhance their learning experience and also make the orpharned children a day in school to look up to. We agreed to their suggestions and went ahead and bought recreational kits that comprised of footballs,skipping ropes,dancing rings,footbal nets,netball nets and kites.

We distributed the each gaming kits comprising of the above items to each school. The orphans and the entire school were very happy to receive the recreational kits and could not wait for games time before they starting testing the new sports kits. The children had this to say,

" Christmas has come early for us, i will always come to school so that i can play with this balls" Kennedy an ECD pupil.

The orphans could not wait to thank the donors for the support ' I was only seeing some of this dancing rings on tv, now we can play with them for real, thank you donors for giving us this.' Sharon a Standard 3 orphan.

This year we have planned to improve the appearance of the orphans we are supporting in the three schools by providing them with a pair of shoes to last them a year, this will be ontop of the monthly provisions we have been giving them in terms of porridge for the ECD pupils. Thank you very much supporters for making this a reality. Please see photos.

Girls skipping their new ropes in Nyambaso pr sch
Girls skipping their new ropes in Nyambaso pr sch
Orphaned boy dancing on new ring in kiangoso pr
Orphaned boy dancing on new ring in kiangoso pr
Jan 23, 2015

Recieve thanks from Kisii girls

girls receiving sanitary towels
girls receiving sanitary towels

Dear Donors,

First on behalf of Health and Water Foundation and all the girls from Nyamira County, i would like to wish you a happy and prosperous year. You have been an inspiration, motivation and a helping hand for more than 2000 girls in Kisii County through your generous contributions to make sure that adolescent girls don't lack sanitary towels, clean toilets, hygiene and water in their schools.

Throughout the year (2014) every month with your help we've managed to provide sanitary towels to approx. 460 adolescent girls from Kiangoso primary school, Kebobora Primary school, Nyangorora primary school. The girls were able to receive 4 packets of sanitary towels enough to last them each for four months. By the month of August, we noted an increase in number of girls attending school by 40% simply through the provision of sanitary towels alone to these girls. The entire schools are very happy with this increase and have urged us through you to continue the support.

On every November of each year primary schools in Kenya participate in the national examinations to determine those who proceed to Secondary schools. In the three schools ever since its introduction there has never been a high number of girls more than boys taking part in the national examination. All the three schools had more girls than boys taking part in the examination, not only were they taking part but they were also taking lead as well in the examinations. The head teacher of Kebobora Mr. Chiseli had this to say,

“In my school i usually register around 25 girls and around 40 boys to take part in the national examination. This is because by the time the examination nears most girls have already dropped school and in some cases married off, but this year i am happy to announce that i have registered 46 girls and 41 boys to take part in the examination. This is far more girls that i have ever registered in school and i am confident the best performer this time round will be a girl. All this i can majorly credit to the provision of sanitary towels these girls are receiving every month from Global Giving. I thank all the individual donors for making these important donations."

Concurrently with provision of sanitary towels to the girls, we've also been providing sexual maturity education trainings to these girls who statistically were getting pregnant early and being forced to drop school or get married as underage. In our other projects where we are dealing directly with the community, we've been able to stress the need to parents of not allowing marrying off of their underage daughters and allowing the daughters to continue with school after getting pregnant as opposed to dropping them off from school when they get pregnant. Our trainings has also yielding results in the three schools and we are able to report that underage pregnancy has dropped by 23% for last year alone. Our hope is that we are able to drop the underage pregnancy in these schools by 80% in the next two years.

Am hereby happy report to you that on the month of September we distributed sanitary towels (4 packets per girl) to last the girls for months up to December as follows: in Kebobora pr school we distributed sanitary towels/pads to 136 girls, in Kiangoso pr school we distributed to 189 girls and in Nyangorora pr school we distributed to 136 girls. This year (2015) we are planning on extending the services by giving them undergarments as most of the girls have worn-out undergarments which make it difficult to use the sanitary towels well. We are planning to provide them with shoes on top of the sanitary towels and undergarments. We would like to hear your comments on what you think about the project and also how we best we can improve it for the girls. I've attached photos for you to view.Thank you.

staff teaching girls on sexual maturity
staff teaching girls on sexual maturity
girls receiving sanitary towels
girls receiving sanitary towels
Jun 4, 2014

A step to Standard 1


Dear Partners,


The end of March (a time when schools close for the holiday) was a great day for 25 ECD children at Kiangoso primary school who had the opportunity to receive awards for their Education performances and also to usher them to start the primary school system. The children who were accompanied by their parents attended the graduation ceremony at the school.


The ECD learning is designed for children who are about the ages of 4 years to 6 years and once there are through they start the formal primary education at the ages of 7 years. The ECD learning is important for the children education growth and without proper foundation, children often find it hard coping with their peers in primary education. Our project tries to lay this solid foundation to orphans within this age bracket so that they can excel later in their learning.
The children, parents, teachers and our staff attended this graduation ceremony. Children were given nutritional porridge, biscuits and bread during this event. The children were all joyful, interacting with each other as always and showing their prowess in solving mathematical toys and alphabetical quiz. We organized a challenge for the children in numbers and the child who was able to recite numbers more numbers was given a prize, we were very surprised that quite a number were able to recite numbers i.e 1 to 100. These we awarded them with number toys, others who were able to recite the alphabet correctly and as fast as possible, we gave them alphabet toys. All the children got their ECD certificates and are now able to proceed to primary school where they will begin with standard 1.


The ECD teacher at the school had this to say “ Last year and the previous year, we had almost half of the ECD children not qualifying to join standard 1, but this year all the children have qualified. The porridge and the ECD text books have really helped us”


“My child sings (a e i o u) when he comes from school and is so pleased as he thinks I don’t know the alphabets, he has learnt so much. Thank you Health and Water Foundation” , a parent of one of the ECD children.

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