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The Water Project: Kwirenyi Secondary School -  Girls Lined Up To Use The Latrines
The Water Project: Kwirenyi Secondary School -  Donkeys Carrying The Water
The Water Project: Kwirenyi Secondary School -  Donkeys Carrying The Water
The Water Project: Kwirenyi Secondary School -  Donkeys Carrying The Water
The Water Project: Kwirenyi Secondary School -  Donkeys Carrying The Water
The Water Project: Kwirenyi Secondary School -  Boarding Students Fetching Water On The Weekend
The Water Project: Kwirenyi Secondary School -  Students Fetching River Water
The Water Project: Kwirenyi Secondary School -  Students Fetching River Water
The Water Project: Kwirenyi Secondary School -  Walking To The River
The Water Project: Kwirenyi Secondary School -  Carrying Water Up The Hill From The Stream
The Water Project: Kwirenyi Secondary School -  The Stream
The Water Project: Kwirenyi Secondary School -  The River
The Water Project: Kwirenyi Secondary School -  Principal Amalemba
The Water Project: Kwirenyi Secondary School -  School Staff
The Water Project: Kwirenyi Secondary School -  Students In Class
The Water Project: Kwirenyi Secondary School -  Students
The Water Project: Kwirenyi Secondary School -  Students Lined Up For Lunch At School
The Water Project: Kwirenyi Secondary School -  School Gate

Project Status

Project Type:  Rainwater Catchment

Regional Program: Western Kenya WaSH Program

Impact: 460 Served

Project Phase:  Under Construction
Estimated Install Date (?):  11/30/2018

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“Lack of enough clean and safe water has been a thorn in the flesh. It has resulted in many problems that I am helpless about, and there’s been nobody to salvage the situation. To some extent, I have felt lost and directionless as the school headteacher,” said Headteacher John Amalemba on the water scarcity issue at Kwirenyi Secondary School.

The parents banded together to address water scarcity at Kwirenyi Secondary School, using their money to buy a plastic tank that collects rainwater. According to the parents, the school is still in dire need clean and safe water. This plastic tank is far too small to meet the needs of their boarding students, so students have to leave school to find water.

There is a large river that students most often walk to get their water. There is another small stream, but both of these sources are at least a kilometer away. The stream goes dry at certain times too, so the river is the only reliable water source.

This river has a lot of pollution coming from upstream. The current is also strong and poses a huge risk to students who cannot swim. These sources are so far away that the school has purchased donkeys to help ferry the large containers of water filled by the students.

Many students have reported waterborne diseases like typhoid. These students miss class and must return home to seek treatment. Because of several missed classes, overall academic performance at the school is very poor. The final consequence is parents pulling their children from Kwirenyi Secondary School.

Kwirenyi Secondary School was established in the year 2009 to ensure that children get access to education, have a bright future, and invest in developing Kwirenyi Community. The school has grown from only a handful of students to 437. All the while, Kwirenyi has done what it can to get by with too little water and too few facilities.

The school has both day students and students who live in the dormitories on school grounds.

The school grounds are quite unique since the area is full of rocks. These rocks are used for construction causing the foundation laid strong. There is a playing field for the kids, but that’s full of rocks too.

What we can do:


“People perish due to lack of information. I want to categorically say that hygiene and sanitation standards in my school are wanting. Lack of enough water and information scarcity has attributed to poor hygiene and sanitation in my school,” said Teacher Duncan Lisamula.

We will hold training for two days. Our 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.

Handwashing Stations

The 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

There are only four latrine doors for each gender. That means there are over 50 students per latrine door. The lines during class breaks are massive, and many of these students have to not only wait uncomfortably but arrive late to their next class.

We will construct two triple-door latrines. 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 our 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 to find enough water to carry to school every day, nor leave class again to find more.

We and the school strongly believe that with this assistance, standards will significantly improve. With clean water and high standards of cleanliness, students’ good health will give them the chance to earn better grades and live a better life.

Project Updates

10/22/2018: Leadership Changes at Shihumbu Girls' Secondary School

There have been a lot of unforeseen changes at Shihumbu Girls’ Secondary School over the past year, including administrative turnover. The new school principal has asked us to take Shihumbu off the schedule for this year so that they can focus on other things. They are planning to submit a new project application in the future.

We visited Kwirenyi Secondary School and found them ready to devote time and energy to seeing a rainwater catchment tank constructed and training carried out for their students. Work at Kwirenyi is already underway, so please take a moment to enjoy the new pictures and report posted on your project page!

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06/19/2018: News from Shihumbu Girls Secondary School

Everyone at Shihumbu Girls Secondary School is excited about their new rainwater catchment tank. Timing is very important as we ensure that everyone is ready for these big changes at their school. The field officers and school administration have agreed that the right time for construction and training will be over the next few months. We had previously scheduled this project for September, but have modified that date to reflect the planning change made by the team. Thank you for standing with us as we continue work in Shihumbu.

We’re always open to conversation about our process and are happy to answer your questions. And, if you get a notice like this – it’s actually further proof your gifts are being carefully used towards a water project that lasts.

05/21/2018: Shihumbu Girls Secondary School Project Underway

A severe clean water shortage at Shihumbu Girls Secondary School drains students’ time, energy, and health. Thanks to your generosity, we’re working to install a clean water point and much more.

Get to know your school through the introduction 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

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 - Todd And Vicki Kacalek
Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah School District
First Presbyterian Church
Tim Cole - Sutter Middle School - Mrs. Zarate
Pranav's Campaign for Water
Monroe Township's Talented and Gifted Students' Campaign for Water
Taylor and Morgan's Project
Sophie's Campaign for Clean Water in Africa
Minhoshineeina's Campaign for Water
10 individual donor(s)