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The Water Project: Khayega Primary School -  Trash Behind Classrooms
The Water Project: Khayega Primary School -  School Kitchen
The Water Project: Khayega Primary School -  Latrines
The Water Project: Khayega Primary School -  Latrines
The Water Project: Khayega Primary School -  Fetching Water From The Plastic Tank
The Water Project: Khayega Primary School -  Students In Class
The Water Project: Khayega Primary School -  Students In Class
The Water Project: Khayega Primary School -  Students In Class
The Water Project: Khayega Primary School -  School Grounds
The Water Project: Khayega Primary School -  School Grounds
The Water Project: Khayega Primary School -  School Principal
The Water Project: Khayega Primary School -  Students And The Sanitation Teacher

Project Status

Project Type:  Rainwater Catchment

Regional Program: Western Kenya WaSH Program

Project Phase:  Donate to this Project
Estimated Install Date (?):  01/12/2019

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Khayega Primary School is located in Khayega Village of Kakamega County, Kenya. It currently has a huge student enrollment of 1200. The school employs 18 teachers and three 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.)

A normal day at Khayega Primary School starts at 6:30am, with several students arriving from long walks on the outskirts of the village. The ones who arrive early begin their days by cleaning until 7am when everyone is required to be there for raising the Kenyan flag and listening to daily announcements.

Regular lessons start at 8am and run till the evening hours. Pupils are then required to stay for games, while others opt to use this time to clean their classrooms in order to avoid wasting time in the morning. School is always over by 5:30pm when all the pupils and teachers leave and the night watchman takes over.


The school has a plastic water tank connected to a gutter system that collects rainwater, and a pipeline with intermittent service. We found out the school has never cleaned out the tank, and rainwater just mixed with the piped water.

With only 3,000 liters of water storage, the school has to strictly ration their supply in the hopes that they’ll get more rain or piped water in time. With such water scarcity, the students often go without drinking water, and the school goes without being cleaned.


There are several pit latrines, but they’re in bad shape. Most of them have no doors, and all of them are smelly as flies come and go. There’s nowhere for students to wash up before going back to class either.

Since there’s limited water access, the school has little interest in maintaining proper standards of cleanliness.

“This school has a huge population with limited, strained facilities. Most of these pupils miss some school days due to illnesses. We also have the special unit with children that require assistance while using these facilities, and the teachers responsible have a hard time doing this. The cleanliness of these facilities is not guaranteed,” Headteacher Erick Adriano said.

“With the water shortage, priority has been given to areas like the kitchen and classes, then the toilets. This is so difficult.”

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!

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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.