Completion date: 9/15/2016
Number served: 930
St. Theresa Musaa is a public primary school located in the "slums" of Kakamega, Kenya. The school had received a closure notice from the ministry of health due to its poor sanitary conditions. St. Theresa had no water source whatsoever, insufficient number of latrines, and no hand washing stations. Students carried their own water to school, which often caused illnesses such as typhoid, cholera, diarrhea, and stomach aches.
Two 30,000-liter rainwater catchment tanks have been installed at the school. In addition, new latrines and hand washing stations have been constructed.
The teachers and students are overjoyed to have clean water and sanitation facilities. The video above shows them singing in celebration. This traditional song is sung by people who have gone into competition or battle and brought victory back home. The victory, in this case, is victory over a lack of water and sanitation facilities at the school. (Note: Maji means water in Swahili.)