Handwashing. You Made It All Possible.

Handwashing. 

It's all because of you!

Recently, Cait Fallone decided to join the Humans for Education team. With extensive training and knowledge in Medical Anthropology, she dedicated herself to figuring out how to build cheap, sustainable handwashing stations. 

The handwashing stations were built from wood that was already on the school grounds, then the only extra pieces to buy were five jugs, rope, and soap. Humans for Education is committed to paying for soap for the entire school for the next six months until the school makes income from their Revenue Generating Program (cow program). 


Building the Handwashing Stations

We wanted the handwashing stations to be simple to build so that the students could re-build or fix them easily after the Humans for Education staff were gone. 

In fact, the handwashing stations were so simple to make that many of the students wanted to build them for their parents and communities.

These 8 students volunteered their recess, lunch, and after school hours to help us build handwashing stations which means easy access to cleanliness and the decrease of disease for them and their peers. They worked under the intense Kenyan sun because they are so incredibly dedicated to providing their classmates and themselves a sustainable healthy environment. 

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Even though it was over 100 degrees outside, the students made building the stations lots of fun. With some dancing and lots of jokes told the students were able to have a great time.They began the day with cutting down trees that were within the school grounds. Luckily, the school has so many trees, bushes, and weeds that we had more material than we needed.

We cut down about ten trees the first day. Amazingly, these trees are more like weeds and will regrow after being planted back into the ground even without their roots. Thus, these handwashing stations will eventually become living structures. 

These amazing students were able to build five handwashing stations all around the school so that students can have access to handwashing whenever they need it. 


Teaching the Ambassadors

To ensure that the students knew how to properly wash their hands and the long-term success of this program we gathered a group of dedicated students.

These 10 students were taught our handwashing curriculum built by Cait Fallone. The curriculum teaches why handwashing is important, what germs are, and how to teach the lesson to other students. 

These students were selected because of their deep commitment to their school and because most of them want to work in the health industry.

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At each handwashing station, we have put in a laminated handwashing protocol for all of the students to read. As well, there is a bar of soap and a counting clicker at each station. 

Two students are responsible for each station. Each day the students refill the jugs with water and put in a new soap bar, if needed. Plus, they keep track of how many girl and boy students use the station by reading a counting clicker we have at each station. 

The ambassadors learned how to teach our germs and handwashing lessons and then two of the ambassadors taught the lesson to three classes while the Humans for Education staff was there. 

The ambassadors will teach these lessons twice a semester, once at the beginning and once in the middle of the semester. At the end of each semester, new ambassadors will be chosen so many students will have the opportunity to work as an ambassador. 

As a token of our appreciation, each ambassador student will receive one semester's worth of supplies:

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The supplies include:

  • 1 bottle of Colgate
  • 200mL of Body Lotion
  • 40mL of Shoe Polish and Brush
  • Toilet Paper
  • Pens
  • Personal Bar Soap
  • Plastic Container for Food
  • Laundry Soap
  • Notebook

Reaction to Handwashing Stations

The very first day the handwashing stations were put up, they were used so many times that within 30 minutes we had to replace the bars of soap at each station.

The stations were built within the first few days that we arrived at school and each day we returned to school there was always a line of students at the stations. 

Even though the Humans for Education team left on March 7th, the students at Mpopongi Primary School fill out Google Forms each Sunday to let the team know when they need more soap and how many students are using each station. 

Stay Tuned!!

Clean Water: It's all Because of You!

In the fall of 2015 a group of people brought together by Angela Austin, helped to raise money to buy a water filter for the Mpopongi Primary School. This water filter cost the team only $260 and will last for 20 years!

The water filter worked incredibly well, until a severe drought hit Kenya in 2017. By this time another team led by Mery Donald had installed pipes to bring water from a nearby well to the school. Unfortunately, there were still many days that these children had to go without water because the pipes and nearby creek had run dry. 

With a whole herd of cattle and the rainy season on the way the Humans for Education team decided to spring into action. 

Fix the gutters, give the school 16,000 liters of stored water...

Years previous to Angela Austin or Daphne Pariser's visit to Kenya another donor donated four large water tanks to the school. All together these tanks could hold 16,000 liters or 4,226 gallons of water.

The issue was that the school could not afford the installation of gutters and removal of broken piping on some of the tanks, which rendered the tanks inoperable. 

Thanks to the overwhelming success of our Giving Tuesday (Moo 4 Moola) fundraising campaign this past November, we decided to make all of the repairs. 

Even though 16,000 liters seems like a lot, one night of rain could completely fill these tanks if the gutters were installed. So that's what we set out to do.

Before Daphne had gone to Kenya, David (Kenyan Country Manager) had bought and put in gutters in four areas so that we could have water flowing to the tanks. All we needed was connector gutters to get the water from the gutter to the tanks. 

Luckily the government had just come by to build an extra classroom at the school (very exciting!) and they had left behind some supplies. Many of the pink gutters, they left behind as unnecessary materials and they worked perfectly as connectors to our water tanks... even if we had to make a few holes to get them to fit. 

Lastly, all we needed to make them functional was water taps so the children could get the water easily and then take it to the water filter. 

Luckily our old friend Rono helped us out. Rono had previously worked with us to build our solar powered electric fence. 

He set us up with the proper taps and gave us a discount because of our work in the community. Although he doesn't have children at our school, he has many friends and family who do. 


The Water Team

 

To ensure that the students and even the cattle always had water we gathered a team of 2 boys and 2 girls to help us out. The security guard and teachers take care of the cows and the water team takes care of the students. 

Each day these four students fill the water filter until it is full and keep track of how many students use the water filter throughout the day.

Each week they fill out a Google Form to let us know how many times they filled the water filter and how many students used the filter. 


These are the dedicated students who want to ensure the school has clean water:

The ambassadors will retrieve water each day and ensure that the water filter is full so other students can drink from it. They will also collect data about the usage of the water filter. 

As a token of our appreciation, each ambassador student will receive one semester's worth of supplies:

The supplies include:

  • 1 bottle of Colgate
  • 200mL of Body Lotion
  • 40mL of Shoe Polish and Brush
  • Toilet Paper
  • Pens
  • Personal Bar Soap
  • Plastic Container for Food
  • Laundry Soap
  • Notebook

Even though the Humans for Education team left on March 7th, the students at Mpopongi Primary School continue to fill out Google Forms each Sunday to let the team know when they need more soap and how many students are using each station. 


Up Next: School Supplies and Donated Gifts!

We have a few people last year decide to donate physical things, so next week we will share with you the responses from the school! 


Future Newsletters:

  • School Supplies

Stay Tuned!!

Because of you we now have cows

Over the past one year, Humans for Education has been fundraising for our Revenue Generating Program (RGP). This program was successfully installed last week at Mpopongi Primary School in Narok, Kenya. 

Our unique Revenue Generating Program funds a herd of cattle to be placed at the primary school. After six months the herd will be sold for twice what it was bought for, a new herd will be bought, and the remaining money will be income for the school. 

 

This program is expected to generate a net profit of $14,000/year for Mpopongi Primary School. 

 

Cattle Migration

To get the cattle from the market in Longorian, Kenya three Masai Men from our village offered to "drive" our cattle back to the school. 
The distance from Longorian to Narok is 200 km, which is 124 miles. These three men had to travel through the safari with the cattle to get them to school, which means they could encounter lions, buffalo, and elephants on the way. They walked the cattle the entire way and they were able to arrive in 3 and 1/2 days! The age of the men ranged from 29 to 87 years old!

After the intense 3 and 1/2 day walk, the cows and the Masai Men all made it to Mpopongi Primary School. Although, one of the cows decided it no longer wanted to walk on the last day. Thus, David (our Kenyan Country Manager) and I had to go pick up the cow with our car and transport him back to school. 

 

As the team got closer to school they found that they had gathered a following. Parents from all around the village had gathered to see the cattle. Overwhelmed with joy and excitement the parents joined as an entourage and followed the cattle back to school. When the cattle finally reached the school the parents stayed for almost an hour just to admire the cattle and extend many thanks to the Humans for Education team. 

The cattle arrived to Mpopongi Primary School on Friday March 3rd 2017, luckily just before a large rain storm hit. The cattle grazed in our paddocked area for the rest of the day. With ample water and food, the cows were "happy to be home." The school night security guard was so excited about the cows that instead of sleeping he stayed up all night to watch the cows graze. 

The next day two veterinarians drove two hours through the rain to give the cows ID tags, vaccines, and deworm them. Because they were so excited about our project they decided to give us a discount and free seeds for grass on out land. It ended up costing us only $8/cow for everything.  


Kevin and Peter are the veterinarians on the left. 

Below, we had some very enthusiastic students who decided to help out. 

Now that the cows are happy and healthy they will remain at the school for the next six months and the money generated by selling them will help these children get a quality education. 

 

Ever wanted your own cow? Support 11 children per year for the price of 1 cow!

Five Reasons to Give

A whopping 883 million people cannot read this simple sentence.

This means 1 in 10 children in the entire world is illiterate. This is TRIPLE the population of the United States. Illiteracy is a huge problem. Education is powerful in that is can facilitate students to rise out of poverty so they can live a healthier more knowledgeable life.

This is what drives the mission of Humans for Education! To do this we are dedicated:

  • To our students by giving 100% of our donations to educating then AS WELL AS creating a hygienic environment for them to live in.  We are incredibly passionate about our project. Only $25 will give a student a full year of school supplies. $50 provides two children with shoes for 5 years. $300 provides clean water for one school for 20 years.

 

  • To create, support, provide, and improve – Our mission is to create innovative solutions to school self-sustainability, such as our revenue generating programs; support and develop a school curriculum; provide health and sanitation educations, and to improve school infrastructure.

 

  • To have our projects led by locals - We want the staff at the schools to be native to the region so they have contacts within the communities. This assists the school in becoming self-sustainable and successful in the long run.

 

  • To assist in preventing disease- Many kids in underprivileged countries don’t have access to clean water and basic hygiene accessories/education needed to live well. We are looking to transform these student’s lives mentally as well as physically.

 

  • To help the schools become independent - our goal is to help build programs that will raise enough income to cover school expenses and last the lifetime of the school. We want these areas to thrive but they need OUR HELP to do so.

No matter how much you can donate, $5, $25, $100, $300 or even higher it matters and will help with the education crisis a HUGE chunk of the world is currently facing.

 

David's Story

This is David. Before he came to school he cared for other people’s cattle because his father was seventy years old and could not work. He yearned to go to school, but because they had no spending money there was no way to send him to school. 

One day, his friend came to him, while he was working. His friend was so excited to have just finished primary school. Listening to his friend, David was determined to make a difference for himself. 

The next morning David woke up early in the morning before work and ran all the way to Mpopongi Primary school, without telling his parents. At the school, he pleaded with the principal to allow him to stay and not tell his parents. Finally, the principal agreed and placed 13-year-old David into first grade.

He had much difficulty catching up with this classmates and was ridiculed for being so old in first grade, but this didn’t stop him he knew why he was there.

“Right now I am in 6th grade and am doing very well. I aspire to become a doctor and help others whose parents are poor and for those who languish in abject poverty so they may see the light at the end of the tunnel.”

David’s story has inspired us greatly and helped us to realize the solutions we wanted to provide to schools in developing countries. We decided to create self-sustainable programs that help generate income and lessen the financial burden for schools. This income is expected cover the necessities of running a school. Thus, also effectively lowering the cost of tuition for students in the outlying communities.