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The Water Project: Sipande Secondary School -  Hand Washing Point
The Water Project: Sipande Secondary School -  Latrines
The Water Project: Sipande Secondary School -  Latrines
The Water Project: Sipande Secondary School -  Latrines
The Water Project: Sipande Secondary School -  Carrying Water
The Water Project: Sipande Secondary School -  Carrying Water
The Water Project: Sipande Secondary School -  Fetching Water
The Water Project: Sipande Secondary School -  Fetching Water
The Water Project: Sipande Secondary School -  Walking To The Spring
The Water Project: Sipande Secondary School -  Students Posing With Their Water Containers
The Water Project: Sipande Secondary School -  Broken Plastic Tank
The Water Project: Sipande Secondary School -  School Principal
The Water Project: Sipande Secondary School -  Students In Class
The Water Project: Sipande Secondary School -  Group Pictures At The School Entrance

Project Status

Project Type:  Rainwater Catchment

Regional Program: Western Kenya WaSH Program

Impact: 234 Served

Project Phase:  Under Construction
Estimated Install Date (?):  12/08/2018

Project Features

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Land ownership has been an issue for decades in many African countries, Kenya included. Most ethnic and tribal clashes are attributed to disputes over land ownership. The second Kenyan president decided to move squatters to certain parts of the country.

Lugari Settlement is one of the major areas where squatters from different parts of the country were settled. The population kept on increasing as time went by, and there came the need to establish social amenities to cater for the fast-growing population. This led to the establishment of AIC Sipande Secondary School.

Students attending this school come from very humble families. Admission records show that up to 45% of the students are under the custody of their grandparents after losing their own parents to HIV/AIDS. The remaining students come from very poor families that cannot afford school fees for their children. This has led to a lot of difficulty managing the school due to hefty arrears on fees.


There used to be a small plastic tank that collected rainwater, but the school no longer has a water source. That tank leaks and can’t even function as storage. Thus, students are sent out into the community to find the water they need throughout the school day.

Students go out as a group with 20-liter jerrycans in hand. They most often end up at a spring, where they line up one after the other to wait their turn at the water discharge pipe. After getting this water back to the school and drinking it, students are suffering from waterborne illnesses like typhoid. Even if a student beats the odds and gets through an academic year without fighting a waterborne illness, so much time is still wasted going to and from the spring.

“Water has been a huge problem in our school and to some extent, we lost faith that one day we will have sufficient clean and safe water,”Principal Janet Kana told us.

“My students have greatly suffered by not only being infected by water-related diseases but also wasting a lot of time going to the spring to fetch water.”


There are only four pit latrines, all of which are in poor condition. The others either have crumbling walls or broken doors. These are sorely overused, and the poor students have to wait several minutes for their turn. There’s just one spot to wash hands, so hand-washing is only accessible to the few who get there first.

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!

Project Updates

11/08/2018: Sipande Secondary School Project Underway

A severe clean water shortage at Sipande Secondary School drains students’ time, energy, and health. Thanks to your generosity, we’re working to install a clean water point so they will no longer have to leave class in search of water.

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 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 - Gateway Academy
Cheney Middle School