Water & Sanitation ensure 2000 Kenyan girls learn

Jul 28, 2011

Project Output realized

Health and Water Foundation through this program has been able to meet the specific objectives that were envisioned to help 2000 girls learn since the inception of this project in 2007 and all thanks to your provisions.

The specific benefits realized are;

So far, pupils especially girls are now spending more time in school doing class works. This has been realized because:

  • Marginalized girls have received school uniforms and are able to attend school confidently and concentrate
  • Fewer pupils absent themselves from school due diarrhea and other diseases. These cases have reduced so far.
  • School girls are now more comfortable and they are no longer tempted to skip school when they have their periods. The wash rooms provided and the training given have improved their morale and confidence in handling their menstruations
  • The risk of molestation and rape cases of schoolgirls has been reduced due to enhanced privacy of sanitary facilities. Girls are no longer spied on nor teased by boys when they visit the toilets/wash rooms

The following outcomes are expected to be realized in the long run.

  • Higher levels of education amongst girls.
  • Increased empowerment for women
  • Reduced disease incidents due to availability of safe water and improved sanitation to children including 40 disabled ones, teachers and staff

Sexual Maturation, FGM and use of Sanitary Towels/Pads.

This training has been conducted to girls and provision of sanitary towels to them, We are making sure that affected girls do not miss school due to lack of sanitary towels and we have developed a mechanism of distributing sanitary towels to 5 schools in Manga District, Kenya.

The outputs were

  • Sanitary towels provided for girls.
  • Training on general hygiene provided to the teachers.
  • Training on alternative initiation rites other than FGM.


The program continues to receive urgent requests for assistance with your help and we aim to reduce sanitation risks in schools in Manga District by constructing toilets in schools as some schools are having a desperate situation; the toilets have collapsed and schools face the prospect of being closed down on health grounds. In order to solve the toilet sanitation issues on toilets we require approximately USD 25,000 in order to construct toilets in five schools.We know your assistance would really help.Thank you.

May 4, 2011

Progress report as to date

Hello dear ones, As to date since the year 2010,Water & Sanitation ensure 2000 Kenyans girl learn project, 5 schools in Manga District,Nyamira County have benefited directly thanks to your generous contributions.The project has benefited approximately 474 pupils in respective schools in Manga District.Your contributions has ensured that up to 320 girls pupils in primary school have adequate sanitary pads and equipped with necessary hygiene trainings. 7 pupils are now happy to attend school after provision of full school uniforms, 80 pupils have benefited from PHAST ( Participation Hygiene and Sanitation Transformation) trainings which has equipped them with training necessary to enhance their personal hygiene. The project is continuing at a good pace with a large number of beneficiaries being reached every Quarter of year.We HWF thank you for your continued support through your generous contributions. Thank you all.

Feb 14, 2011

Girls in 3 schools trained on handwashing

Health and Water Foundation (HWF) once again takes this opportunity to thank you for your endless support to ensure that the girl child education in Kenya and Kisii County  is successful.

During the month of December 2010 (in which schools in Kenya go for Christmas holiday) we were able to call the girls back to school through request from their respective school Heads in order to facilitate the girls training on the importance of sanitation and hygiene that was scheduled for 1 day event per school. The focus was placed in maintenance of hygiene through handwashing the reason behind this handwashing training was because of the noted  alarming increase in waterborne diseases (especially typhoid and a few cases of cholera) in the area .A feasibility study carried out by the Ministry of Public Health in Kisii District revealed  that most school going children affected by typhoid were as a result of lack of  proper hygiene practice at home and at schools.

The hygiene training  with focus on handwashing training and awareness was conducted by Health and Water Foundation personnell in 3 primary schools;Kerongo Primary school,Tombe Primary school and Nyakongo Primary school which had a high number of affected pupils as a result of typhoid.The monthly disbursement of $174.50 you sent to us which is equivalent to 14,134.50 Kenya Shilings was able to cater for; 3 medium water tanks,3 basins,3 boxes ( full set of bar soap) for handwahing which was distributed to the 3 schools respectively.

The training was made successful by the help of female teachers, who helped us to train the pupils on how they are supposed to maintain their overall hygiene, always wash their hands after visiting latrines, maintaining a habit of washing hands before and after taking food, the girls also were training on maintenance of  proper hygiene   during  their monthly periods and other areas  and to pass the message “Umuhimu wa usafi na kuelimisha mtoto msichana”- “the importance of cleanliness and the girl  education”. This is due to the fact that mainly many girls fail to go to school on normally because they cant afford to buy sanitary towels.

Teachers and parents alike have reported continued intrest in their girl children to education since the inception of this project “Water & Sanitation ensure 2000 Kenyans girls learn”. They attribute that nowadays most of their daughters yearn to be in school and do not abscond classes as used to happen before. Though not all the girls in the region have been reached, Health and Water Foundation is always getting requests from different schools to come and implement such projects so to encourage the girl-child education. We are really grateful for the support you donors are giving to our girls in our society to ensure their continued education.

The teachers also suggested that we should also think of training the women in the areas to ensure sanitation is at hand and to improve the status of a woman in the society.Thank you all

Nov 29, 2010

Training on improved hygiene practices

Hello, once again we would like to thank you all for your continued support on our project that is really building up the girls in our community and the community as a whole.The past month (September and October, 2010) we were able to conduct training on improved hygiene practices especially to girls in primary schools, the beneficiaries were 80 adolescent girls from Nyambaso and Kiangoso Primary schools.This was made possible by the disbursement that we received on September towards this project. " baada ya kupata mafundisho haya nitaweza kuwa msafi kama vile wanawake wanapaswa kuwa na pia nitaweza kuwafundisha familia yangu usafi huo," (after getting this training i am now able to keep better hygiene practices as women should and i am also able to help my family to keep the same hygiene conditions) " Stella Nyakongi a pupil at Nyambaso Primary school. The training was carried out well with our staffs with the help of the teachers (female teachers).It was a success and many pupils recommended we do the training also to the women in the community so that the overall hygiene condition of the Nyambaso and Kiangoso community can be improved. We thank you all for the support given toward this project.Merry Christmas all "Give and it will be given unto you" Bible

Sep 10, 2010

Sanitary towels and uniforms distribution

Distributing sanitary towels
Distributing sanitary towels

The distribution of sanitary towels and uniforms to the disadvantaged girl students of Bitundugusu primary school in Manga District was done on 6th September, 2010 which was on the opening school day of the term.The school committee through the Headteacher welcomed the initiative.The Health and Water Foundation staffs with The Project Officer Ms. Grace Wacharo capacity build and sensitized the girls on the importance of cleanliness and the proper use of the sanitary towels.This was done in collaboration with the female teachers of Bitundugusu primary school.

We provided new school uniforms to 5 girls and 2 boys who lacked the school uniforms and used to wear casually to school. The 7 students who received the uniforms were very grateful

The beneficiary of sanitary towels were 67 girls of age between 10 to 14 who are adolescence.The students were happy to receive the sanitary towels and they thanked the donors for their contribution and the Health and Water Foundation for their good work.

" Asante sana kwa kutupa pads hizi ambazo ni muhimu kwetu kwa kuwa zitaimarisha usafi wetu na kutufanya tuzingatie masomo" (Thank you so much for the provision of pads for our cleanliness which will ensure our comfortability and continuity of our education) - Mary Kemunto a std 7 pupil in Bitundugusu primary school.

"We thank you for your continuous contribution toward this girls in Bitundugusu primary school in Manga District,Nyanza Province, Kenya."

Health and Water Foundation through your contributions and donations is set to improve water and sanitation to enure girls learn in Manga District for the current period.

Thank you
Thank you
New school uniforms.
New school uniforms.

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Allan Mwembe

Nairobi, Kenya

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