A Year Later: Esibuye Primary School

November, 2018

Thanks to water from the rainwater catchment tank, Agnes is “able to arrive early at school and also concentrate in class.”

A Year Later: Esibuye Primary School

A year ago, your generous donation enabled us to construct a rainwater catchment tank for Esibuye Primary School in Kenya. The contributions of incredible monthly donors and others giving directly to The Water Promise allow our local teams to visit project sites throughout the year, strengthening relationships with communities and evaluating the water project over time. These consistent visits allow us to learn vital lessons and hear amazing stories – and we’re excited to share this one from local team member Lillian Achieng with you.

The environment at Esibuye Primary School is clean and welcoming. The tank, VIP latrines, and handwashing facilities are visible right away upon entering the school grounds. This is indeed a happy group of students.

The facilities have given the school a facelift. The green school field blends so well with the girls’ green school dresses the boys’ green vests and, amazingly, with the green handwashing containers that stand at the edge of the field.

The pupils actively participate in cleaning their environment. This is attributed to the new knowledge they learned during hygiene and sanitation training last year.

Construction of the tank is only one step along the journey toward sustainable access to clean water. The Water Project is committed to consistent monitoring of each water source. Our monitoring and evaluation program, made possible by donors like you, allows us to maintain our relationships with communities by visiting up to 4 times each year to ensure that the water points are safe and reliable.

This is just one of the many ways that we monitor projects and communicate with you. Additionally, you can always check the functionality status and our project map to see how all of our water points are performing, based on our consistent monitoring data.

One project is just a drop in the bucket towards ending the global water crisis, but the ripple effects of this project are truly astounding. This tank in Esibuye Primary School is changing many lives.

Agnes Mbooni

We spoke with Headmistress Esther Asitiba and 11-year-old student Agnes Mbooni about how the school has improved in the past year. Both noted the fact that students no longer have to waste time fetching water each day.

“Carrying water to school used to drag me behind a lot. Now, I am able to arrive early at school and also concentrate in class,” Agnes said.

Students also spend less time waiting to use the bathroom, Ms. Asitiba added. The new latrines have reduced lines and are well-maintained thanks to the provision of water on the school grounds. She also noted that students are less sick than they were before.

“Performance has also improved since the students can now concentrate in class,” she said.

Headmistress Esther Asitiba

This is only possible because of the web of support and trust built between The Water Project, our local teams, the community, and you. We are excited to stay in touch with this community and support their journey with safe water.

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