Project Status

Project Type:  Rainwater Catchment

Regional Program: Western Kenya WaSH Program

Impact: 500 Served

Project Phase:  In Service - Nov 2018

Functionality Status:  Functional

Last Checkup: 07/17/2024

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Lusiola Primary School was started in 1943. The school has a total of 579 pupils of which 292 are boys and 283 are girls. There's also an early education department that hosts 120 students, 75 boys and 45 girls. The school employs 18 teachers and 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.)


The school doesn't have a source of water. Instead, students have to go out into the surrounding community to find what they need. Most often, students go to a protected spring that is not too far from the school. They're required to have a full container of water each morning when they enter the school gate.

Not all students are stopping by the protected spring to get safe water, though; many fill their containers at the most convenient but dirtiest spots along the walk to school. The school reports that there are always cases of waterborne illnesses such as typhoid.


The school has a total of 12 latrines split between the genders. The 12 latrines are in poor condition, not to mention they're just not enough for the large number of students relying on them. The headteacher commented that there are very long lines during class breaks, with wait times that actually cut into the next class.

Some of the doors don't even lock, so peers have to guard each other while the latrine is in use. Because of these poor conditions, it's not unheard of for a student to seek privacy elsewhere. There's nowhere to clean up before returning to class, either.

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

October, 2019: Giving Update: Lusiola Primary School

A year ago, your generous donation helped Lusiola 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 Lusiola Primary School. Month after month, their giving supports ongoing sustainability programs that help this school maintain access to safe, reliable water. Read more…

November, 2018: Lusiola Primary School Project Complete

A new rainwater catchment system was built! Lusiola 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

Hygiene and sanitation training was planned before the school got out for three weeks. The field officer collaborated with the headteacher to ensure a good student attendance. The 22 participants were easy to teach and the students were very attentive. Since it was school break, classrooms were closed and desks were locked in one room. So, the students got benches and chairs from the adjacent church and brought them out under the shade of trees in the school's meeting grounds.

The school needed to be equipped with knowledge on how to improve standards of hygiene and to also ensure that the sanitation facilities given to them are maintained to serve the school for years to come. Some of the topics covered include water pollution, personal and environmental hygiene, operations and maintenance of the facilities, group dynamics, leadership, and governance. The group activities equipped the new student-led health club to promote hygiene and sanitation awareness at their school.

The topic that was special for the learners was dental hygiene. The learners were shocked to hear that they should visit a dentist twice a year for a cleaning.

Kelly Bruce, one of the students, wanted to know why we should visit twice a year even though we had just taught them the correct way to brush teeth. The facilitator explained that it is advisable because we don't always do the best job cleaning our teeth and it is good to check for early signs of decay or other issues.

Prevention is better than cure!

Kelly was very much overwhelmed with the training.

"I have been taught life skills that are very important. I wish you could have reached us the first days we knew how to read, write, and understand," said Kelly.

He said that he would be sure to share these health messages with at least five of his friends.

Handwashing Stations

Pupils can now enjoy washing their hands with soap thanks to the two handwashing stations that were delivered to their school.  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 with their peers at school and families at home.

VIP Latrines

This project funded the installation of six new ventilated improved pit 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!

The PTA chairman was available to help at all times and set an amazing example for everyone involved. He did not look at the position he holds in the school as something to flaunt but instead worked humbly beside the artisans. He said he has seen many people do work in different areas but has never come across people who work with so much passion and discipline.

Delivering jerrycans of water so the artisans can mix cement.

"We are very grateful for your show of mercy and love towards our school. I personally had been worrying about our pupils who needed to go to the spring to fetch water for use in school. Our academics had been going down because of the time wasted to get enough water in the school by the pupils," remembered Deputy Headteacher Ruth Aswani.

"Indeed we are very happy and determined that we are now going to have the best results both academically and hygienically. Our classrooms will also be clean for we will have enough water to be used. That means the pupils will no longer get infested with jiggers!"

Field Officer Jemmimah Khasoha, left, and the school administration stand proudly in front of their new water tank.

The Process:

Our staff and the school administration started by looking around the school to determine the best location for their new rainwater catchment tank. This needed to be the best site with good, clean roofing to catch the rainwater. 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.

The catchment area was dug, plastered, and a staircase installed so students can easily get water from the tap.

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 Lusiola Primary School, though we will continue to offer them unmatchable support as a part of our monitoring and maintenance program.

October, 2018: Lusiola Primary School Project Underway

A severe clean water shortage at Lusiola Primary 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

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: Lusiola Primary School

October, 2019

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

Keeping The Water Promise

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

This giving community supports ongoing sustainability programs that help Lusiola 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!

Lusiola Primary School has greatly benefited from its rainwater tank that was installed last year.

On a recent visit, we heard from staff and students how they are very grateful to no longer be going to the stream for water and wasting time standing in line there when collecting water.

Today, there is plenty of water for drinking, domestic uses such as cleaning and cooking, and agricultural purposes for students. The water project has also facilitated gardening at the school. The availability of clean and safe water in the tank has ensured that meals are taken on time and the pupils report back to class on time for personal studies.

The students and staff at Lusiola Primary have really done a great job in taking care of all of their WaSH facilities. The project has uplifted the community at large, and it has also reduced the prevalence of disease cases and deaths from waterborne diseases.

"Hygiene levels have improved due to handwashing after visiting the washrooms. This has greatly helped to reduce vulnerable diseases. Cleanliness in the school has also improved due to enough water that facilitates cleaning the classrooms and maintaining personal hygiene among our students," explained Senior Teacher Mr. Evans Chisikwa.

Student Armstrong Valentine at the rain tank

Choso Brian Jalega is a 10-year-old student at Lusiola Primary and reflected on how these projects have impacted his experience as a learner since last year.

"Enough water supply has really improved personal hygiene among my fellow students. It has also helped [with] watering our vegetables in the garden."

Field Officer Victor Musemi with students at 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 Lusiola 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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Your monthly giving will help provide clean water, every month... keeping The Water Promise.


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