16 new schools will receive the following:
Rain Water Harvesting Units
Biosand Filters, Hand washing Stations, Safe water storage containers and Health and Hygiene clubs
16 new Biosand filer businesses will be launched and training held for CDE's and C

Narrative

With the transfer of administrative staff, ACI decided to launch the program early to ensure that the deliverables would be met. In February, Phase I was initiated as 14 schools in Kisii and 2 schools in Eldoret requested to be a part of the ACI Program. With the hopes of additional funding, all 16 schools were accepted. In March, ACI then visited the schools and village leaders and subsequently reviewed the ACI Program and School responsibilities These meetings with both village and school leaders gave ACI more credibility and support and all parties agreed to the terms.

In April, Phase II was launched with a 6 day training conducted with 27 participants. 14 CDE's and 7 CHP's from Kisii, 2 CDE' and 2 CHP's from Eldoret. CHP's and CDE's received H&H Training Materails, packets, and instructional booklets. 2 additional CHPs were trained from a visiting NGO as well to be placed near Kisumu. Training was provided by ACI Kenyan staff at the BPN supported Training Center in Kisii. Thank you BPN

In order to keep the momentum and enthusiasm up, ACI immediately purchased the necessary materials for he CDE's businesses and delivered them to their respective schools to allow the CDE's to begin working immediately.

May and June brought on the immediate initiation of Phase III. 14 schools in Kisii and 2 schools in Eldoret were successfully launched. All students, faculty, and community participated during the presentation and installation of the following: 2 Biosand filters, 6 handwashing stations, 8 safe water storage containers. During one of the first launches, it became clear that access to water in some schools was a problem...thus ACI only placed 2 BSF filters due to lack of water. The 3rd BSF will be placed along with the RHW units which will allow the students to draw water from nearby, rather than leave class to bring water from a nearby source.
Phase IV, the Introduction of Monthly School Clubs, was put on hold due to Teacher Strikes. All schools should be opened by October.

Rain Water Harvesting units will be purchased before the end of the year and will be installed during the the first 6 months of 2013.

    John Nyagwencha ( Aqua Clara International ) 12 Days after completion 13 Aug, 2013

    2013 Update

    Status: In-progress

    Operating Status:

    2013 has been a very busy year working with the CDEs and CHPs in Kisii and Eldoret. Building on the progress made in 2013, the CDEs and CHPs set out at the beginning of the year to better the results of 2013. Some of the activities done so far include:
    o Launch of Rain-Water Harvesting Sales by CDEs
    o Launch of 2013 Water and Hygiene Clubs in all partner schools
    o Launch of Aqua Clara Kenya Newsletter
    o Exhibition at the Kisii ASK Show
    o Training of CHPs on Soap Making
    o
    However, CDE sales of Biosand filters, Safe Water Storage Containers and Hand-Washing Containers have dipped in 2013. This mainly is as a result of two factors:
    o General elections held in March- Many people were uncertain about the outcome of the elections and hence were less inclined to invest in filters
    o Teacher’s strike in June/July- The ACI model is a school-based model that relies on partner schools to make sales. The prolonged teachers strike affected the marketing model and some of our potential customers who were schools and teachers were not in a position to buy.

    Many of the CDEs felt that the two factors mentioned above played a big part in affecting sales. For instance Joash Momanyi from Enkinda Primary School who recorded one of the highest sales in 2012 has not recorded as many sales in 2013.
    "The teachers strike has really made our work difficult. Most of our clients are either schools, teachers or parents and we are not able to reach them when schools are closed"

    The teachers strike ended in late July and hopefully the CDEs will be able to record better sales of the WASH products in the remaining months of 2013.

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    John Nyagwencha ( Aqua Clara International ) 12 Days after completion 13 Aug, 2013

    2013 Update

    Status: In-progress

    Operating Status:

    2013 has been a very busy year working with the CDEs and CHPs in Kisii and Eldoret. Building on the progress made in 2013, the CDEs and CHPs set out at the beginning of the year to better the results of 2013. Some of the activities done so far include:
    o Launch of Rain-Water Harvesting Sales by CDEs
    o Launch of 2013 Water and Hygiene Clubs in all partner schools
    o Launch of Aqua Clara Kenya Newsletter
    o Exhibition at the Kisii ASK Show
    o Training of CHPs on Soap Making
    o
    However, CDE sales of Biosand filters, Safe Water Storage Containers and Hand-Washing Containers have dipped in 2013. This mainly is as a result of two factors:
    o General elections held in March- Many people were uncertain about the outcome of the elections and hence were less inclined to invest in filters
    o Teacher’s strike in June/July- The ACI model is a school-based model that relies on partner schools to make sales. The prolonged teachers strike affected the marketing model and some of our potential customers who were schools and teachers were not in a position to buy.

    John Nyagwencha ( Aqua Clara International ) 12 Days after completion 13 Aug, 2013

    2013 Update

    Status: In-progress

    Operating Status:

    2013 has been a very busy year working with the CDEs and CHPs in Kisii and Eldoret. Building on the progress made in 2013, the CDEs and CHPs set out at the beginning of the year to better the results of 2013. Some of the activities done so far include:
    o Launch of Rain-Water Harvesting Sales by CDEs
    o Launch of 2013 Water and Hygiene Clubs in all partner schools
    o Launch of Aqua Clara Kenya Newsletter
    o Exhibition at the Kisii ASK Show
    o Training of CHPs on Soap Making
    o
    However, CDE sales of Biosand filters, Safe Water Storage Containers and Hand-Washing Containers have dipped in 2013. This mainly is as a result of two factors:
    o General elections held in March- Many people were uncertain about the outcome of the elections and hence were less inclined to invest in filters
    o Teacher’s strike in June/July- The ACI model is a school-based model that relies on partner schools to make sales. The prolonged teachers strike affected the marketing model and some of our potential customers who were schools and teachers were not in a position to buy.

  • Impact Assessment (M&E) Phase Project completed on 1 Aug, 2013 Implementation Phase
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    Paul Kaufman ( Aqua Clara International ) 8 Months after start 28 Nov, 2012

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    John Nyagwencha ( Aqua Clara International ) 5 Months after start 12 Sep, 2012

    Aqua Clara holds 2nd Annual Field Day

    Status: In-progress

    Operating Status:

    The 2nd annual Field Day was held on 12th September 2012 at the ACI training and demonstration center in Rigoma. The initial Filed Day in 2011 had proved very successful and ACI considered doing a similar event in 2012. The CDEs from the new partner school together with the CHPs and school reps participated in training the attendants on various WASH aspects including water treatment, safe water storage and hand-washing.

    Aims of the Field Day

     Showcasing all ACI products and services to the community
     Marketing and sales of Biosand filters, hand-washing containers, safe water storage containers etc.
     To provide a platform for local entrepreneurs (companies, NGOs, CBOs, etc.) to market themselves and their products
     To increase ACI’s visibility in the region
     To exhibit new products and services

    Achievements of Field Day

     0ver 1,000 recorded attendants (it’s always difficult to register even half of total attendants)
     Total of 28 exhibitors from big companies like Equity Bank and Syngenta to Ministries e.g Min of Agric and KMFRI
     80 BSF orders, 38 SWS orders, and 18 HWC orders
     Extensive Media coverage from local media e.g. Citizen’s Egesa FM, The Star and The People Newspapers

    John Nyagwencha ( Aqua Clara International ) 5 Months after start 28 Aug, 2012

    School Representatives' Seminar

    Status: In-progress

    Operating Status:

    ACI held the first training and planning seminar for representatives for the new schools on August 28, 2012. One of the requirements for partnership with the new schools had been that the school selects one person from amongst its staff who would act the primary contact person and person responsible for the successful implementation of the programme in the school. The school representative position is a voluntary position and ACI does not effect any payment for this role. School reps do however receive tokens of appreciation such as hand-washing containers and safe water storage containers for their work.

    The school reps’ seminar was meant to train on:
    • the ACI programme: how ACI works, what ACI does, the role of the CDE and CHP etc.
    • how the Biosand filter works, how it should be used and the responsibility of the school in taking care of all BSF in the school
    • the Water and Hygiene Clubs: the goals of the Water and Hygiene Club, how to form a W&H club, the responsibility of the school rep in running a W&H club with the CHP etc.
    • Community Demonstration and Social Marketing: The seminar also sensitized the school reps about their role in ensuring that the surrounding community is aware of the ACI products at the school and how they can work with the CDE to ensure that people are installing BSF and hand-washing facilities in their homes.

    The school reps were excited about the opportunity to help their schools get safe water and promised to liase with ACI to ensure successful implementation of the programme. One school rep from Masisi Primary Kefa Obonyo remarked after the seminar
    “We have had a very good session and are clearer now about our role in making this programme successful. When we go back we are going to sensitize our fellow teachers and the parents to work with us to ensure every one is drinking safe water.”

    John Nyagwencha ( Aqua Clara International ) 3 Months after start 29 Jun, 2012

    LAUNCH OF WATER AND HYGIENE CLUBS

    Status: In-progress

    Operating Status:

    After the School launches, the Community Health Promoters launched the Water and Hygiene Clubs at the school. The CHPs had been trained on how to start and run these clubs and with the help of the school administration 30 students from each partner school were recruited to join this club.

    At the Water and Hygiene Clubs students receive training on:
    - Different water treatment options
    - Hand-Washing and Hygiene
    - Disease transmission
    - Safe Water Storage
    -Sanitation
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    John Nyagwencha ( Aqua Clara International ) About 1 Month after start 31 May, 2012

    LAUNCH OF ACI PROGRAMME IN SCHOOLS

    Status: In-progress

    Operating Status:

    In May, ACI launched our programme in the 16 selected schools. During the Launch Day, the school invites members of the community ranging from the local leaders, school parents and students to witness the official opening of the programme at the school. The ACI programme is explained to the community, the CHP and CDE are introduced and the initial Biosand filter, safe water storage and hand washing facilities are put at the school.

    The launches in May went really well with very many community members attending and making orders for Biosand filters and other products. For instance a very high turn out was recorded in Chebongi where over 200 people attended. In Chebongi, community members were very excited about what the programme was going to offer. Philip Lang’at- the CDE selected for this school was able to get 20 orders for Biosand Filters.

    “ The launch will help popularize the ACI programme in this area” he said “it will also make it easier for me to do my social marketing because people are now aware that I work for ACI”

    During the launch, ACI staff members together with the local CDE installed the first Biosand filter at the school in the presence of all the community members who had attended the launch. The CDE was to follow this up with construction of two more filters after the launch.

    Activities done during the launch:
    ➢ Community sensitization on the need for water treatment and the advantages of Biosand filtration
    ➢ Training on how the Biosand Filter works, how ACI works and the role of the CDE and CHP
    ➢ Construction of Biosand filter for the school in the presence of the community while carrying out training
    ➢ Supplying of the tools, materials for use by the CDE
    ➢ Carrying out marketing for ACI products and taking the first orders from the community

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    CDE AND CHP SELECTION AND TRAINING

    Status: In-progress

    Operating Status:

    After the 16 schools had been selected for partnership, ACI provided them with the criteria for selecting candidates for the Community Development Entrepreneurs (CDE) and Community Health Promoter (CHP) positions. While both are based at the school, the CDE is tasked with carrying out social marketing and making a profit from selling Biosand filters, hand-washing containers and rain tanks in the community while the CHP carries out monitoring of all filters constructed by the CDE as well as training the students in the Water and Hygiene Clubs.

    Once the schools had shortlisted 3 candidates for each position, ACI conducted interviews and one suitable candidate was found for each position. The candidates selected for training from each school were:
    tal, 16 CDEs and 9 CHPs were selected for training. Some CHPs were put to oversee 2 or 3 schools that were in close proximity.

    After the selection was complete, a 5 day residential training was carried out at the Aqua Clara Training Centre in Rigoma, Kisii by ACI staff.

    The 5 day training covered such topics as:
    ➢ Local water and sanitation issues
    ➢ Multi barrier approach to water treatment
    ➢ Different household water treatment options
    ➢ Biosand water filter
    ➢ Safe water storage
    ➢ Hand-washing etc.

    After training, the CDEs and CHPs were given certificates and sent back to their various communities to await for the programme launch before commencing their work.

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    John Nyagwencha ( Aqua Clara International ) 3 Days before start 30 Mar, 2012

    SELECTION OF SCHOOLS FOR PARTNERSHIP

    Status: In-progress

    Operating Status:

    March began with the selection of 14 schools in Kisii and 2 in Eldoret. The primary schools selected were:

    1. Enkinda
    2. Nyamauro
    3. Kenyoro
    4. Penta
    5. Masisi
    6. Gionsaria
    7. Riamaoncha
    8. Moi Kisii Primary
    9. Ichuni
    10. Nyanko
    11. Chebongi
    12. Kapangoror
    13. Yaganek
    14. Kimai
    15. Baraton
    16. Chepngoror

    The school selection was done from a number of schools that had applied to ACI and a criteria was used which took into consideration the need of the school for the ACI products, the cooperation of the administration and the suitability of the school to be used as a demonstration site for different ACI technologies to the rest of the community.

    One particular school, Kenyoro Primary in the Kisii region has had a number of diarrheal cases in the past and were very excited upon being selected as an ACI partner school.

    “Currently the students are drinking untreated water because they are too many and boiling enough water for everybody is not practical” Mr. Zachariah Mesa the school head-teacher said. The school, like many in this area, has a high population of students, in this case 640. Their main source of water is a spring, about 1.5 km from the school. Each day the students have to walk to the spring to get water for drinking and for use in cleaning the classrooms.

    “The ACI programme will help us a lot by providing safe drinking water and hopefully we can reduce the cases of diarrhea and students missing school because they are sick. We will also save time once we get the tanks because students will not have to walk to the spring anymore.” Mr. Mesa concluded.

    A high need for safe water was similarly established in the other schools that were selected.

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16 new schools will receive the following:
Rain Water Harvesting Units
Biosand Filters, Hand washing Stations, Safe water storage containers and Health and Hygiene clubs
16 new Biosand filer businesses will be launched and training held for CDE's and C

Narrative

With the transfer of administrative staff, ACI decided to launch the program early to ensure that the deliverables would be met. In February, Phase I was initiated as 14 schools in Kisii and 2 schools in Eldoret requested to be a part of the ACI Program. With the hopes of additional funding, all 16 schools were accepted. In March, ACI then visited the schools and village leaders and subsequently reviewed the ACI Program and School responsibilities These meetings with both village and school leaders gave ACI more credibility and support and all parties agreed to the terms.

In April, Phase II was launched with a 6 day training conducted with 27 participants. 14 CDE's and 7 CHP's from Kisii, 2 CDE' and 2 CHP's from Eldoret. CHP's and CDE's received H&H Training Materails, packets, and instructional booklets. 2 additional CHPs were trained from a visiting NGO as well to be placed near Kisumu. Training was provided by ACI Kenyan staff at the BPN supported Training Center in Kisii. Thank you BPN

In order to keep the momentum and enthusiasm up, ACI immediately purchased the necessary materials for he CDE's businesses and delivered them to their respective schools to allow the CDE's to begin working immediately.

May and June brought on the immediate initiation of Phase III. 14 schools in Kisii and 2 schools in Eldoret were successfully launched. All students, faculty, and community participated during the presentation and installation of the following: 2 Biosand filters, 6 handwashing stations, 8 safe water storage containers. During one of the first launches, it became clear that access to water in some schools was a problem...thus ACI only placed 2 BSF filters due to lack of water. The 3rd BSF will be placed along with the RHW units which will allow the students to draw water from nearby, rather than leave class to bring water from a nearby source.
Phase IV, the Introduction of Monthly School Clubs, was put on hold due to Teacher Strikes. All schools should be opened by October.

Rain Water Harvesting units will be purchased before the end of the year and will be installed during the the first 6 months of 2013.

Sustainability

Creating and measuring long-term impact

Our sustainability plan is twofold, one part relating to the operations of the school systems and the other relating to the CDE businesses focused on selling and installing bio-sand filters and home-based rainwater harvesting systems.
Sustainability of the school rainwater harvesting systems will be predicated on their continued effective use in each school. Community Health Promoters will be visiting the schools at least twice per month to run the ACI Schools Water and Hygiene Clubs; during these visits they will also be tasked with checking that the school's system and all the products at the school are being properly used and maintained. The CDEs base their businesses from the school so they will also be there on a regular basis and able to identify any problems that might arise.
The sustainability of the CDE businesses focused on selling and installing home-based rainwater harvesting systems will be based upon keeping our costs low throughout our supply chain, and training more CDEs to respond to local demand in their areas and thus expand the reach and impact of the program. In doing so we will be increasing revenue that will not only support CDEs but also sustain the replenishment of the supply chain to continue their operations. At the same time, we continue to maintain a commitment to local oversight, which, when combined with local pride in Kenyan-constructed systems, will contribute to the sustainability of the effort.

Other Issues

Unusual and unexpected issues faced during project execution

Teachers went on strike delaying the start of Health and Hygiene clubs. However, as of October, all schools should be back in session.

Learnings

Knowledge of project and process for sharing

Installing the BSF's in schools added strain on the students as they were being required to fetch water to maintain the filters. This was causing some students to miss class time. In response, ACI decided to only wait on the full installation until the Rain Water Harvesting units were in place, thus alleviating the need for students to leave class to fetch water for the BSF's.

Impact

People Impacted: 8160

People Getting Safe Drinking Water: 160

Most of the schools have a minimum of 10 Teachers, Administrators, and Support staff. These personnel plus their immediate families will benefit from access to additional sources of water for the school.

School Children Getting Water: 8000

Within Kisii and Eldoret regions, the average school size is around 500 students per school. Each school will receive Rain Water Harvesting Units to provide an additional water source to the students. They will also receive bio sand filters to provide clean drinking water for the students.

People Getting Other Benefits: 25

As part of this program, new ACI Community Development Entrepreneurs (CDE) and Community Health Promoters (CHP) will be trained - 16 CDEs and 9 CHPs. They will gain education on water treatment, health and hygiene, the opportunity to earn a supplementary income, construction and water testing skills. As the CDE's construct and sell their filters and RWH tanks in the surrounding community, additional families will receive access to clean water as well.

Maintenance/Operating Costs Annual, in US$: $1200

Creating and measuring long-term impact

Our sustainability plan is twofold, one part relating to the operations of the school systems and the other relating to the CDE businesses focused on selling and installing bio-sand filters and home-based rainwater harvesting systems.
Sustainability of the school rainwater harvesting systems will be predicated on their continued effective use in each school. Community Health Promoters will be visiting the schools at least twice per month to run the ACI Schools Water and Hygiene Clubs; during these visits they will also be tasked with checking that the school's system and all the products at the school are being properly used and maintained. The CDEs base their businesses from the school so they will also be there on a regular basis and able to identify any problems that might arise.
The sustainability of the CDE businesses focused on selling and installing home-based rainwater harvesting systems will be based upon keeping our costs low throughout our supply chain, and training more CDEs to respond to local demand in their areas and thus expand the reach and impact of the program. In doing so we will be increasing revenue that will not only support CDEs but also sustain the replenishment of the supply chain to continue their operations. At the same time, we continue to maintain a commitment to local oversight, which, when combined with local pride in Kenyan-constructed systems, will contribute to the sustainability of the effort.

Funding

Funded:
$45,755
Community:
$250
Final Cost:
$117,945
$45,755:
Schools for Water

Plan/Proposal