Education  Kenya Project #51150

Keep 300 schools in rural Kenya safe from COVID-19

by Brighter Communities Worldwide
Keep 300 schools in rural Kenya safe from COVID-19
Keep 300 schools in rural Kenya safe from COVID-19
Keep 300 schools in rural Kenya safe from COVID-19
Keep 300 schools in rural Kenya safe from COVID-19
Keep 300 schools in rural Kenya safe from COVID-19
Keep 300 schools in rural Kenya safe from COVID-19
Keep 300 schools in rural Kenya safe from COVID-19
Keep 300 schools in rural Kenya safe from COVID-19
Keep 300 schools in rural Kenya safe from COVID-19
Keep 300 schools in rural Kenya safe from COVID-19
Keep 300 schools in rural Kenya safe from COVID-19
Keep 300 schools in rural Kenya safe from COVID-19
Keep 300 schools in rural Kenya safe from COVID-19
Keep 300 schools in rural Kenya safe from COVID-19
Keep 300 schools in rural Kenya safe from COVID-19
Keep 300 schools in rural Kenya safe from COVID-19
Keep 300 schools in rural Kenya safe from COVID-19
Keep 300 schools in rural Kenya safe from COVID-19
Keep 300 schools in rural Kenya safe from COVID-19
Keep 300 schools in rural Kenya safe from COVID-19
Marking World Environment Day
Marking World Environment Day

Thank you so much for your support of this vital project to help protect the lives of students and teachers at school from COVID-19.  Right now, the news in Kenya is that case numbers of COVID-19 are on the rise and mandatory use of facemasks indoors has returned.  The need to keep protecting schools making sure they have enough soap and access to water is vital and your support in making it happen is greatly appreciated.

The Kenyan school year runs from January through to December so children are still at school and working harder than ever to make up for the time lost last year during school closures.  Our healthy schools programme is now running in 339 schools and handwashing facilities are set up at strategic points of the school compound such as toilets and classrooms encouraging regular handwashing and helping prevent the spread of COVID-19.

The healthy schools programme is about providing the soap, water tanks, better toilets that will create a safe and healthy school environment.  It’s also about educating children who are becoming advocates for disease prevention and control at home and in their community by talking to others about how to prevent the spread of viruses. 

This month marked World Environment Day and the schools were involved in tree planting at their schools to improve the environment.  Trees were distributed for planting across the schools and some of the schools took part in clean ups of their local markets even on a Saturday.  These students are very committed to a clean and healthy environment!

Thank you for your part in making all of this a reality.  Please feel welcome to share among your friends and family and help reach more schools and keep more students and teachers safe and well.

Taking delivery of soap & water container
Taking delivery of soap & water container
Tree planting improving the environment
Tree planting improving the environment
Trees planted are indigenous to the area
Trees planted are indigenous to the area
Tree planting on World Environment Day
Tree planting on World Environment Day
Health school club clean up local market area
Health school club clean up local market area
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February distribution of hand washing resources
February distribution of hand washing resources

Thank you for supporting school children to stay safe from COVID-19.

February has been all about distribution of soap, water containers, posters and banners to all the schools in the project.  This takes time as many schools are in hard to reach places and sometimes roads can be impassable but so far 260 schools have been covered.  We belive that the health and safety of children in school is crucial as the pandemic is far from over in Kenya, 24.7% of the population in Kericho county are fully vaccinated at this time and so the virus continues to spread in the community.

Along with resources, the teachers and the children are trained about COVID-19 prevention and treatment covering topics like correct handwashing procedures, social distancing, temperature checking and mask wearing.  During 2021, across 312 schools, 6,240 students were trained and these in turn trained their school population reaching 110,917 students and teachers in total. That's one very positive, good news transmission rate!

Handwashing facilities at strategic points of the school compound such as toilets and classrooms encourages regular handwashing which prevents the spread of COVID-19 and is also reducing illnesses related to hygiene so children miss less days of school and stay healthy.   Posters, banners and training encourages students to become advocates for disease prevention and control at home and in the community by talking to others about how to prevent the spread of viruses.

If you would like to donate again to this project - the next match funding campaign with GlobalGiving is on April 4th to 8th when all donations up to $50 will be match at 50% - and did you know that all new monthly donations will have their first donation matched at 100% after four total payments?

 Thank you so much for your support keeping children safe at school. 

February distribution of hand washing resources
February distribution of hand washing resources
February distribution of hand washing resources
February distribution of hand washing resources
February distribution of hand washing resources
February distribution of hand washing resources
February distribution of hand washing resources
February distribution of hand washing resources
February distribution of hand washing resources
February distribution of hand washing resources

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Londiani Boys Primary School
Londiani Boys Primary School

Thank you so much for supporting this project keeping 300 schools in Kenya safe from Covid-19. Keeping schools safe is more important than ever so that children can stay healthy and stay in school. Having missed out on almost a full year of school last year, their futures depend on this and a clean environment to learn and play in is what they need.

Celebrating Global Handwashing Day on October 15th this year was all the more welcome because the schools were closed for last year’s celebrations. 30 schools planned events bringing the children together to mark the day demonstrating to their peers how to wash their hands properly, learning about tippy tappys and promoting the theme of the day “Our future is at Hand – let’s move forward together”.

A tippy tappy is the solution when you don’t have access to running water. It’s any kind of can or container that can somehow pour water for handwashing. Often the tap is a hole with a stick or a pen in it to stop the water pouring until you pull it out so you can wash your hands. The children learn how to make them at school and then replicate them at home for their families to use. They are a sustainable, effective, hygienic solution. The significance of Global Handwashing Day this year is all the more poignant considering that the pandemic is far from over in Kenya where vaccines are slow to arrive, so far just 4% of the population are fully vaccinated, and the most basic defence against Covid-19 is handwashing.

On November 30th, GlobalGiving is giving away one million dollars to non-profits around the world as part of their #MoveAMillion campaign for #GivingTuesday. Your generosity can help us unlock a greater share of those funds! If you would like to donate to this project again, November 30th is the day to do it so please mark your calendar today!

Think of how much more can be achieved together to ensure that all children have safe and healthy schools environments to grow and learn.

Thank you for your support.

Koru Farm Primary School
Koru Farm Primary School
Nyairobi Primary School
Nyairobi Primary School
Benditai Primary School
Benditai Primary School
Tippy Tappy at Nyairobi Primary School
Tippy Tappy at Nyairobi Primary School
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32,000 litre rain water harvesting tank
32,000 litre rain water harvesting tank

As promised, we are delighted to send you an update on the project to keep 300 schools in Kericho county, Kenya safe from COVID-19.

Schools reopened in January for a new academic year having been closed for 10 months of last year.  The challenge of access to clean water and adequate sanitation is all the more critical to support with handwashing being the most basic form of defence in the schools against the spread of the virus.

We’re working with 312 schools in total and this project has focused on keeping the schools equipped with soap and water containers so that children and teachers have handwashing facilities available to them. 

At the end of May construction of a 32,000 litre water tank was completed at Kedowa River Farm Primary school.  Head teacher Mr. Koech humbly extends great gratitude to Brighter Communities Worldwide.  He says “School pupils and teachers are now using clean safe water.  The challenge we used to face on water supply has been reduced.  There is now enough harvested water for hand washing, cooking, drinking, cleaning classrooms and washing utensils among others.  Thanks and God bless you from head teachers of Kedowa river farm primary school.”

At Ndubusat Girls Secondary school, construction continues on a 40,000 litre water tank.  The tank is made from concrete and as work progresses principal Mrs Lagat sends her thanks.

At the start of June, Ewat Primary school celebrated  as their new boys toilet block was commissioned.   The toilet block has 8 separate cubicles and the roof is guttered to collect rain water which the boys can harvest from a tank beside the toilet block.  The handwashing stations can be topped up with water from there.

At the special ceremony to officially open the toilets, the board of management announced they are ready to help with distribution of soap to vulnerable household in the communities attached to the school. 

This comes at a critical time because Kericho county has been put on a 30 day lockdown.  Levels of COVID-19 are soaring and 90% of positive cases have the Delta variant.  So far schools remain open but we are ensuring that schools and local communities have soap and that the message is reinforced around handwashing and social distancing to prevent transmission.

We will be participating in the GlobalGiving July Bonus Day Match Fund on Wednesday July 14th.  Donations over €80 will be matched from 2pm (Irish time) on that day and the higher the amount donated, the higher the match while funds last.

Thank you for your support.

School children at Kedowa River Farm water tank
School children at Kedowa River Farm water tank
New toilet block is opened at Ewat Primary school
New toilet block is opened at Ewat Primary school
Taking delivery of water containers for schools
Taking delivery of water containers for schools
Taking delivery of 1000 boxes of soap
Taking delivery of 1000 boxes of soap
Construction of 40,000 litre water tank continues
Construction of 40,000 litre water tank continues
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Rose Hennessy
Midleton, Cork Ireland
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