Clean water, basic toilets, and the implementation of good hygiene practices are essential to our survival, health, and well-being. In Kenya, diseases relating to poor water and sanitation is one of the leading causes of death in children under five years of age, with 50% of its total population receiving treatment in hospitals due to sanitation-related illnesses. This is because Kenya has the third-largest population of people whose only source of water comes from contaminated sources, and access to WASH facilities is unavailable – or insufficient – in many schools and communities. According to a recent report by The World Health Organisation and UNICEF (2019), only 59% of Kenyans have access to basic water services, approximately 50% of rural Kenyans do not have access to toilets, and only 14% have access to hand-washing facilities. Only 29% of Kenyans have access to safe and basic service sanitation.
This Sewerage Project proposes to build a sewerage system (septic tank, sewerage pipes and soak-away) to improve the sanitation at Tarnos School. There is already clean, fresh water available from a borehole with water pump, storage tanks and pipework, all powered by a generator, but the only toilets available are a basic toilet block that isn’t connected to sewerage alongside a row of long-drop toilets.
In 2021, Ecologia Youth Trust received a £30,171 grant from the Institute of Mechanical Engineers Support Network to fully fund the installation of a new toilet blocks and sewerage system at Tarnos school to improve the health and wellbeing of the children who attend the school.
A fresh water system was installed in 2018 and has proven to be reliable and of value to the school, supplying its kitchen and dormitories with clean, fresh water, and has been designed to accommodate additional use from the sewerage system. The installation of a new sewerage system will keep the water within the borehole clean and safe to use, as it is currently at risk of contamination from the existing unsanitary “long-drop” toilets (pits with a platform for squatting). The construction of a sewerage system is a top priority to enable full use of the new fresh water supply at Tarnos, to provide sanitation and to enhance health and wellbeing for all in the school community.
To date we have achieved:
- Building new toilet blocks to accommodate ceramic toilets and sinks with running water
- Laying all wastewater pipework for the toilets, dormitories, kitchen and dining hall.
- Beginning groundwork to build septic tank and water treatment area to recycle water.