Project Status

Project Type:  Rainwater Catchment

Regional Program: Western Kenya WaSH Program

Impact: 500 Served

Project Phase:  In Service - Aug 2018

Functionality Status:  Functional

Last Checkup: 02/24/2024

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Community Profile

For a normal day at St. Peter's Musabale Primary School, students report to school at 7am. They are responsible for carrying out the cleaning chores on the roster by the time normal classes start. The school day goes until 4:30pm dismissal, interrupted only by an hour's lunch.

The school was established in 1975. It currently has 750 students who are taught by 15 teachers. The school also employs two support staff.

(Editor's Note: While this many people may have access on any given day, realistically a single water source can only support a population of 350-500 people. To learn more about how we determine the number of people served, click here.)


There is a medium-sized plastic tank that collects rainwater off the classroom roof. This doesn't serve hundreds of students for long, so the administration forces students to carry a container of water to school every day. They carry what they can manage, normally from three to five liters of water. Most of this is used for personal drinking, but some of it is pooled for the morning's cleaning chores.

Since students are coming from many different places, the quality of water cannot be ascertained. Lots of this must be dirty, for students often complain of waterborne diseases like typhoid. Clean water on school grounds is important because not only are students getting sick, but they're left drained after balancing the burden of school books and water containers.

As we work to address the water situation at school, we will also look into protecting springs in their communities.


There are eight usable pit latrines, but some of them are in terrible condition. Others have broken doors, denying privacy to these students. Latrine pits are almost full, posing a danger to their users.

They've hung containers full of water to be used for hand-washing, but there's no soap.

Here's what we're going to do about it:


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.

Hand-Washing Stations

This CTC club will oversee the new facilities, such as hand-washing stations, and make sure they are kept clean and in working condition. The two hand-washing 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. 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.

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 (formatted and edited for readability) thanks to the hard work of our friends in Kenya.

Project Updates

September, 2019: Giving Update: Musabale Primary School

A year ago, your generous donation helped Musabale Primary School in Kenya access clean water.

There’s an incredible community of monthly donors who have come alongside you in supporting clean water at Musabale Primary School. Month after month, their giving supports ongoing sustainability programs that help this school maintain access to safe, reliable water. Read more…

July, 2018: St. Peter's Musabale Primary School Project Complete

A new rainwater catchment system was built! St. Peter's Musabale Primary School in Kenya now has a new source of safe, clean water thanks to your support. Handwashing stations were installed so that students can clean up after using their new latrines, and students and staff have received training in sanitation and hygiene.

New Knowledge

The Chairman of the Board of Management and Deputy Headteacher at the school helped us plan for hygiene and sanitation training by selecting student leaders from each grade. The number of attendees was higher than expected, but the number of boys significantly outnumbered girls.

Due to the prevailing rainy season, the weather was cold. In that particular morning, there was rainfall. This caused us to arrive a little late because of the poor road network. The training was held in one of the school classes.

We covered several topics, including bathing, oral hygiene, and handwashing with soap as a barrier from germs; operation and maintenance of the new facilities, with each person understanding their role for long-lasting clean water and good health.

Trainer teaching the eager students

The children in attendance will kickstart a child to child club at their school. The new child to child (CTC) health club will be greatly involved in project management and will be responsible for encouraging good health and hygiene practices amongst their peers, teachers, and the larger community.

"The facilities will help improve the hygiene and sanitation standards at our school. Initially, the school had few latrines and this led to congestion when used", Ibrahim Chengole, a Standard 7 Pupil at the school, explained.

Learning about the importance of handwashing

The passion and active participation during the training was an indicator that the students will apply the skills and knowledge they gained both at school and at home to improve personal hygiene and sanitation.

Handwashing Stations

Pupils can now enjoy washing their hands with soap thanks to the two handwashing stations that were delivered to their school. Before, there was nowhere to wash hands. These new handwashing opportunities will help reduce cases of hygiene-related illness. The training on hygiene has motivated these students to share what they’ve learned both with their peers at school and families at home.

VIP Latrines

This project funded the installation of six new ventilated improved pit (VIP) latrines. All of these new latrines have cement floors that are easy to use and clean. And with a rainwater catchment tank, there should be enough water to keep them clean all the time.

Rainwater Catchment Tank

Construction for this 50,000-liter rainwater catchment tank was successful!

Parents, staff, and students helped our artisans gather everything needed for construction. All the while, women cooked meals for the artisans, and the school provided accommodations for the artisans during their work. Local men and women helped our artisans with their manual labor, too.

The process officially began with our staff and school administration looking around the school compound to try and determine the best location for a new rainwater catchment tank. This needed to be the best site with good, clean roofing to catch the rainwater.

New latrines under construction

Then, we cleared the site: excavating the soil within the required measurements to make level ground for the tank foundation. The foundation was cast by laying stones on a level ground and then reinforcing it using steel, concrete and waterproof cement.

Both the drawing pipe as well as the washout pipe were affixed as the foundation was lain. The wall was built with ferro-cement techniques through six layers. The inner wall was plastered while rough casting was done on the outer part.

Cement for new tank dries

Finally, the catchment area was dug, plastered, and a staircase installed.

Dome construction could begin after the superstructure had been given enough time to settle. The manhole cover was fitted, inlet pipes were connected to the roof gutters, inlet screens, ventilation pipes (breathers) and overflow pipes were all done to standard.

Once finished, the tank was given three weeks to undergo complete curing before it was cleaned and handed over to St. Peter's Musabale Primary School, though we will continue to offer them unmatchable support as a part of our monitoring and maintenance program.

The school board chairman, the chairman of the Parents Teachers Association, the deputy headteacher, staff, and pupils gathered together at the finished tank and acknowledged this enormous contribution that will allow everyone to be healthier as they save time and energy to devote to academics and careers.

April, 2018: Musabale Primary School Project Underway

Students carry dirty water to school everyday, and it's making them sick. Thanks to your generosity, we’re working to install a clean water point and much more.

Get to know your school through the narrative and pictures we’ve posted, and read about this water, sanitation and hygiene project. We look forward to reaching out with more good news!

Project Photos

Project Type

For a rainwater collection system, we build gutters around a building with good, clean roofing to channel rain where we want it. From there, the water falls through a filtered inlet pipe into a high-capacity storage tank, the size of which is based on population and average rainfall patterns. In the tank, water can be stored for months, where it is easily treated and accessed. Learn more here!

Giving Update: Musabale Primary School

September, 2019

A year ago, your generous donation helped Musabale Primary School in Kenya access clean water – creating a life-changing moment for Kevin Wechuli. Thank you!

Keeping The Water Promise

There's an incredible community of monthly donors who have come alongside you in supporting clean water in Musabale Primary School.

This giving community supports ongoing sustainability programs that help Musabale Primary School maintain access to safe, reliable water. Together, they keep The Water Promise.

We’re confident you'll love joining this world-changing group committed to sustainability!

Initially, Musabale Primary School did not have enough clean water or latrines. The latrines they did have were in very poor condition. The pupils used to carry contaminated water from their respective homes, which was risky to their health and drained their energy in carrying it.

After the completion of the WaSH projects here, Musabale Primary now has access to safe and quality water. This saves the pupils' valuable time and enables them to concentrate on their studies. The handwashing facilities make it possible for the pupils to wash their hands after visiting the toilets. There is regular cleaning of the toilets by the pupils and maintenance of the rain tank and handwashing facilities so that they remain functional.

These facilities have changed the school's outlook and boosted morale. There has been a great improvement in personal hygiene and sanitation at the school, especially now that pupils can wash their hands after visiting the toilets.

"Construction of water tank has greatly contributed to [the accessibility of] clean and safe water for the pupils at the school," said Head Teacher Elphas Wakhungu.

"The classes are clean because there is enough water in the tank. The toilets have reduced congestion [in line] when the pupils want to use them. The handwashing facilities have assisted the pupils [in] washing their hands after visiting the toilets."

One of those pupils, 13-year-old Kevin Wechuli, echoed the simple yet great impacts these projects have made on his experience at Musabale Primary School.

"We have brought clean and safe water [to] our school...we have latrines, [and]...pupils can wash their hands after visiting the toilets."

Posing with the rain tank

Navigating through intense dry spells, performing preventative maintenance, conducting quality repairs when needed and continuing to assist community leaders to manage water points are all normal parts of keeping projects sustainable. The Water Promise community supports ongoing sustainability programs that help Musabale Primary School maintain access to safe, reliable water.

We’d love for you to join this world-changing group committed to sustainability.

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