Education  Kenya Project #42559

New toilets at a primary school in rural Kenya.

by African Promise
New toilets at a primary school in rural Kenya.
New toilets at a primary school in rural Kenya.
New toilets at a primary school in rural Kenya.
New toilets at a primary school in rural Kenya.
New toilets at a primary school in rural Kenya.
New toilets at a primary school in rural Kenya.
New toilets at a primary school in rural Kenya.
New toilets at a primary school in rural Kenya.

In our most recent project report we told you about some of the challenges we had been facing on this project, including the damage caused by the unusually heavy seasonal rains and the critical need for the new girls' toilets following the collapse of an existing block.

Since then, we've been able to resume work on the boys' toilet block, having repaired the damage to the foundations caused by the rains, and in the last couple of weeks have commenced work on the girls'.

Given that we were only able to excavate the waste pits to just over half of the targeted depth of 20ft, we took the decision to excavate a secondary overflow waste pit parellel to both toilets, connected by underground waste pipes. This has increased the overall cost of the project by around 20% but should ensure a much longer lifespan for the toilets.

We have completed groundworks on both the main and secondary pits for the boys' toilets and work has now started on the main superstructure, including the concrete slab 'cap' for the overflow pit, whilst we continue to build the foundations and excavate the pits for the girls' toilets.

We believe we have now secured the necessary funding to complete the toilets (although these are now likely to be completed closer to the end of next term than the start) however we continue to raise funds for the hand-wash facilities and landscaping works which form a critical part of this project. 

Front of boys' toilet block
Front of boys' toilet block
Boys' toilets with adjacent secondary waste pit
Boys' toilets with adjacent secondary waste pit
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The site of the new boys' toilets
The site of the new boys' toilets

Thanks in part to your support we were able to start work on the new boys’ pit latrine toilets at Kisimenyi Primary School last month. Unfortunately though the early stages of the project have been beset by a number of setbacks.

Firstly, the ground proved to be harder than expected and we were unable to excavate the pit to the targeted depth of 20 ft and then, whilst we were working on a solution (which we have now identified), heavy rainfall and subsequent flooding damaged some of the foundations we had built. Whilst repairable, these works combined with the need to dig a secondary pit to compensate for the shallow depth of the original pit have increased the cost of the project by around 15-20%.

The same rains also badly undermined the foundations of one of the existing girls’ toilet blocks (not built by us) and these have subsequently collapsed almost completely, leaving the school critically short of adequate toilet facilities for the girls; the new girls’ latrines which we had planned to build later are now required immediately.

We will be resuming work on the boys’ toilet and commencing work on the girls’ toilet once schools close at the end of next week and hope to have most of the work completed by the time they reopen in January, as long as it doesn’t rain too much more between now and then!

Damage to the foundations of the new toilets
Damage to the foundations of the new toilets
Flood defences to prevent further damage.
Flood defences to prevent further damage.
Collapsed girls' toilet block
Collapsed girls' toilet block
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African Promise

Location: London - United Kingdom
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Project Leader:
Charles Coldman
London, London United Kingdom
$1,791 raised of $6,161 goal
 
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