A Year Later: Gidagadi Primary School

December, 2018

Students used to waste time fetching unsafe water during the school day. Now they have plenty of clean water right on school grounds!

A Year Later: Gidagadi Primary School

A year ago, your generous donation enabled us to construct a rainwater tank for Gidagadi 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 Samuel Simdi with you.


The school is appreciative of the project as it has brought new hope to them. The school can now source water from within the school’s compound, compared to years back when they used to get water outside the school’s compound. This wasted a lot of study time since the students were constantly out looking for enough water.

“With this trend, one could not tell whether the water collected from outside was clean or not,” remembered Deputy Headteacher Teddy Liabeha.

“We thank God for we can now access clean safe water in the school compound.”

There is reliable, clean, safe water from the tank constructed a year ago. The water is used for cooking and also for cleaning the classrooms. Before implementation of the project, classrooms used to be cleaned only twice a week, but now they are cleaned on a daily basis.

Before, many parents feared to enroll their children in the school due to lack of water. Now, they all want their kids to go here. The number of pupils has greatly increased, and this can be attributed to the available water supply at the school compound.

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 project at Gidagadi Primary School is changing many lives.

Emmanuel Mbali

“As you can see, my clothes are clean. I am able to observe personal hygiene because of what I learned at the hygiene and sanitation training last year,” said 12-year-old student Immanuel Mbali.

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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