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The Water Project: Mulwakhi Secondary School -  Garbage Site
The Water Project: Mulwakhi Secondary School -  Latrines
The Water Project: Mulwakhi Secondary School -  Latrines
The Water Project: Mulwakhi Secondary School -  Fetching Water In The Community
The Water Project: Mulwakhi Secondary School -  Fetching Water In The Community
The Water Project: Mulwakhi Secondary School -  Fetching Water In The Community
The Water Project: Mulwakhi Secondary School -  Fetching Water In The Community
The Water Project: Mulwakhi Secondary School -  Cups For Drinking
The Water Project: Mulwakhi Secondary School -  Backpacks
The Water Project: Mulwakhi Secondary School -  In Class
The Water Project: Mulwakhi Secondary School -  In Class
The Water Project: Mulwakhi Secondary School -  In Class
The Water Project: Mulwakhi Secondary School -  Mr Ainea Gongo
The Water Project: Mulwakhi Secondary School -

Project Status

Project Type:  Rainwater Catchment

Regional Program: Western Kenya WaSH Program

Impact: 140 Served

Project Phase:  Under Construction
Estimated Install Date (?):  08/31/2018

Project Features

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Community Profile

Mulwakhi Secondary School is situated on Luanda Emusire Road. The students normally report for school at exactly 6:30am and leave at 6pm each evening. A normal day starts with morning assembly when teachers make announcements, then normal classes, at 8am. The school started in 2014, meaning that this is the first year they’ll have students taking college entry exams. The school has a total of 130 students, not a big number, but is growing each year.

There are seven teachers, two security officers, and one school cook.

We connected with the school through quite a chain of people. A student at this school received clean water through a spring protection project in his community. He shared more information about us with his classmate, whose father is one of the security guards, Mr. Ainea Gongo. He then shared our contact information with the headteacher, who contacted us directly to ask for help.

Water Situation

Mulwakhi Secondary School has no water. To keep running, they must send students out into the community to find water to use for drinking, cooking, and cleaning. Students report that they always walk to Mulwakhi Spring to get their water because it’s protected from contamination. However, students have open containers that they lug all the way back to school, and these containers are dirty and uncovered. The administration is concerned that water is contaminated by the time it’s consumed.

Students are often out sick with diarrhea, whether it’s the dirty water they’re drinking or the poor hygiene and sanitation at the school. Either way, students are missing class just to fetch this dirty water and bring it back.

Sanitation Situation

The school has three latrines, one of them for boys and the other two for girls. There is no latrine set aside for staff. Students have to line up for a long time until it’s their turn, and some can’t bear the wait and have to seek privacy elsewhere. The pits are almost full, and the doors are coming off their hinges.

There is nowhere for students to wash their hands after. Ainea Gongo is not only a security guard at the school, but is a concerned parent who told us, “The students have always had a bad tendency of going to the toilets and not washing their hands. After that, this has led to frequent cases of stomach pains and diarrhea. This can be avoided by having a hand-washing tank in place such that students wash their hands immediately after visiting the toilet. There is also a belief that soap is not used while washing hands; this can be taught to the entire community, the advantages of washing hands with soap.”

What we can do:

Training and Handwashing

Training will be held for two days. The facilitator will use PHAST (participatory hygiene and sanitation transformation), ABCD (asset-based community development), CTC (child to child), lectures, group discussions, and handouts to teach health topics and ways to promote good practices within the school. The CTC method will prepare students to lead other students into healthy habits, as well as kickstart a CTC club for the school. This CTC club will oversee the new facilities, such as handwashing stations, and make sure they are kept clean and in working condition. The two handwashing stations will be delivered to the school, and the club will fill them with water on a daily basis and make sure there is always a cleaning agent such as soap or ash.

VIP Latrines

Two triple-door latrines will be constructed with local materials that the school will help gather. Three doors will serve the girls while the other three serve the boys. And with a new source of water on school grounds, students and staff should have enough to keep these new latrines clean.

Rainwater Catchment Tank

A 50,000-liter rainwater catchment tank will help alleviate the water crisis at this school. The school will also help gather the needed materials such as sand, rocks, and water from the spring for mixing cement. Once finished, this tank can begin catching rainfall that will be used by the school’s students and staff. Students will no longer be responsible for going out into the community to find water.

We and the school strongly believe that with this assistance, standards will significantly improve. These higher standards will translate to better academic performance!

This project is a part of our shared program with Western Water And Sanitation Forum (WEWASAFO). Our team is pleased to provide the reports for this project (edited for clarity) thanks to the hard work of our friends in Kenya.

Project Updates

06/05/2018: Mulwakhi Secondary School Project Underway

We’re excited to share that artisans have arrived at Mulwakhi Secondary School to build a rainwater catchment tank and latrines. As construction progresses, students, teachers, and parent representatives will attend an important training about their health at school, home, and the greater community. Thank you for your patience, and we look forward to reaching out again with news of clean water!

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04/20/2018: News from Mulwakhi Secondary School

Dear Friends, we just received word from the field that the tank and latrine construction are delayed. We’re moving the completion date back by three months. We continue to work with this school as they prepare for our artisans.

Thank you for standing with us to provide clean water for these students!

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01/29/2018: Mulwakhi Secondary School Project Underway

Mulwakhi Secondary School in Kenya has begun building a new source of safe, clean water because of your generous donation. A rainwater catchment tank and new latrines are being constructed, hand-washing stations provided, and the school is being trained on proper sanitation and hygiene practices. Imagine the impact this will have on these students! Thank you for noticing the need here, and we’ll keep you posted as the work continues.

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Project Photos

Project Type

Rainwater Catchment

Rainwater is collected off strategic areas of a roof, enters a custom guttering system (which filters out debris) and leads to a storage tank. Tanks can vary in sizes and are determined by population and average rainfall patterns. Water can be stored for months, is easily treated in the tank, and is accessible through taps. These projects are implemented at schools with proper roof lines and gutter systems to make them successful.


Project Underwriter - Jacki Lammert & Rob Dickinson
1 individual donor(s)