A Year Later: Womulalu Primary School

May, 2019

“For me and my friends, it is a big win on our part that we are no longer required to carry water from home or to fetch water from outside the school compound.”

A Year Later: Womulalu Primary School

A year ago, your generous donation enabled us to construct a rainwater tank for Womulalu 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 Jacqueline Shigali with you.


There is an increased sense of order and calmness with how the school runs through its daily activities. Lessons are attended by teachers and students without disruptions! Before the rainwater tank was built, lesson interruptions were common and people could easily spot schoolchildren walking along the road in search of water. But with the tank, water is collected during class breaks when children are allowed to relax and wait for their next lessons.

Besides, the entire school compound looks neat and clean. This project has affected both the pupils and their environment because they have embraced the health messages taught during the sanitation and hygiene training, too.

“The shame on the faces of our pupils has been turned into self-esteem instead. And now we are peaceful and very confident that the joint effort put in by Womulalu School Community to fight ignorance, diseases, and poverty will ultimately bear fruits,” shared Eunice Kanaga, the teacher in charge of sanitation and the CTC student health club we established last year.

“The school has won increased support from parents who are happy that classes are no longer interrupted and learning takes place very well!”

Jacqualine Shigali with Eunice Kanga at the rainwater tank

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.

We also got to speak with 13-year-old Joan when she got a break from class.

“For me and my friends, it is a big win on our part that we are no longer required to carry water from home or to fetch water from outside the school compound. This has helped us save quality academic time,” Joan said.

“Drinking clean water is not the only privilege for us, but the same water has enabled us to keep our classroom environment a clean and good place to be.”

Joan runs water over her hands at the tank’s tap

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 Womulalu Primary School is changing many lives.

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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