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The Water Project: Joyland Special Secondary School -  Inside A Latrine
The Water Project: Joyland Special Secondary School -  Latrines
The Water Project: Joyland Special Secondary School -  Students
The Water Project: Joyland Special Secondary School -  Students Studying
The Water Project: Joyland Special Secondary School -  Students In Class
The Water Project: Joyland Special Secondary School -  Spring Students Have To Walk To
The Water Project: Joyland Special Secondary School -  Student Studying By The Plastic Tank
The Water Project: Joyland Special Secondary School -  School Grounds
The Water Project: Joyland Special Secondary School -  Principal Raphael Aura
The Water Project: Joyland Special Secondary School -  School Gate
The Water Project: Joyland Special Secondary School -  School Gate
The Water Project: Joyland Special Secondary School -  School Gate

Project Status

Project Type:  Rainwater Catchment

Regional Program: Western Kenya WaSH Program

Impact: 267 Served

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

Project Features

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Community Profile

Joyland Special Secondary School hosts refugee students from Somali and Sudan in addition to the Kenyan students from the community.

“We are indeed blessed to offer education to all members of the community, regardless of who you are, how you are, and where you come from. We do not discriminate because it is God who created us, and he has a reason for one being the way he or she is,” shared Headmaster Raphael Aura.

A normal school day begins by 8am when students and staff gather outside for morning announcements. Normal lessons go from 8:30am to 4pm, with short breaks after each.

There are 229 students enrolled who are taught by 18 teachers. The school has also hired support staff to help things run smoothly and assist the students as needed.


There is only a 4,000-liter plastic tank on school grounds, which collects rainwater in a gutter running along the classrooms. It is not nearly big enough for the whole school. We found the roof to be dirty and were disappointed to hear that water isn’t being treated once it’s in the tank. This water doesn’t last long, forcing students to look elsewhere for the water they need. Everyone who is physically able is expected to go out and fetch water to make up for the shortage.


There are eight useable pit latrines, but quite a few of them are unusable for students with physical disabilities. These are in filthy conditions since the little water the school has is used first for drinking and cooking. There are no hand-washing stations.

“As you can see, we have a shortage of water and toilets in this institution, which is a risk to us. We do have special students in our school who really need sufficient water, but we are denying them of this special commodity. We are requesting your assistance so that we can be able to curb the situation,” Headteacher Aura said.

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.

Handwashing Stations

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

Project Updates

08/07/2018: Artisans Working at Joyland Special School

We are excited to share that our artisans have arrived and begun actual construction on the rainwater catchment tank and latrines at Joyland Special School. Teachers also arranged their class schedules so that our trainers could hold hygiene and sanitation training. We heard training went very well, and we look forward to reaching out with the final project details and pictures soon!

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06/18/2018: Joyland Special Secondary School Update

Students and teachers are excited to have important water and sanitation facilities at Joyland Special Secondary School. We are in constant communication with our field officers and the school administration throughout the process of construction and after its completion in order to ensure that the school has reliable access to safe water. A part of this process is determining when is the best time to start construction. Based on their feedback, we’ve adjusted our planning a bit to allow construction to continue over the following months.

We believe communication is important at The Water Project. That means constant conversation with our teams and supporters, like you. 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.

If you have any questions, give us a call. We’re happy to answer your questions.

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05/11/2018: Joyland Special Secondary School Project Underway

A severe clean water shortage at Joyland Special 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!

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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.