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The Water Project: Musabale Primary School -  Garbage Site
The Water Project: Musabale Primary School -  School Cook
The Water Project: Musabale Primary School -  Containers For Hand Washing
The Water Project: Musabale Primary School -  Students
The Water Project: Musabale Primary School -  Latrines
The Water Project: Musabale Primary School -  Plastic Water Tank
The Water Project: Musabale Primary School -  Students Eating Lunch
The Water Project: Musabale Primary School -  Students Eating Lunch
The Water Project: Musabale Primary School -  Surrounding Environment
The Water Project: Musabale Primary School -  School Grounds
The Water Project: Musabale Primary School -  Students
The Water Project: Musabale Primary School -  Students At School Gate
The Water Project: Musabale Primary School -  Students And School Leadership

Project Status

Project Type:  Rainwater Catchment

Regional Program: Western Kenya WaSH Program

Impact: 500 Served

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

Project Features

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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

04/27/2018: 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!

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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.