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The Water Project: Shivanga Primary School -  Lined Up For Latrines
The Water Project: Shivanga Primary School -  Latrines
The Water Project: Shivanga Primary School -  Inside Kitchen
The Water Project: Shivanga Primary School -  School Cook Preparing Lunch
The Water Project: Shivanga Primary School -  Carrying Water To School
The Water Project: Shivanga Primary School -  Fetching Water From The Community
The Water Project: Shivanga Primary School -  Students
The Water Project: Shivanga Primary School -  Staff Office
The Water Project: Shivanga Primary School -  Students In Class
The Water Project: Shivanga Primary School -  Dry Well
The Water Project: Shivanga Primary School -  School Grounds
The Water Project: Shivanga Primary School -  School Grounds
The Water Project: Shivanga Primary School -  School Grounds
The Water Project: Shivanga Primary School -  School Gate

Project Status

Project Type:  Rainwater Catchment

Regional Program: Western Kenya WaSH Program

Impact: 500 Served

Project Phase:  Under Construction
Estimated Install Date (?):  02/28/2019

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We were excited when we first arrived at Shivanga Primary School because we noticed a well with a pump right in the center of the school grounds. This visit to evaluate the need for water and sanitation facilities might be much shorter than planned! But upon talking to Headteacher Mirriam Nenet, we learned that this well and pump signified an unfulfilled need for Shivanga Primary.

The community, school, and local government partnered together to dig a well at Shivanga. However, the contractors didn’t get too deep before they hit a large, unmovable rock. At that, they ceased their efforts and installed the pump that had already been purchased.

Now, students are asked to carry containers of water with them from home each morning. They aren’t able to carry enough for cleaning, cooking for the lunch program, and drinking. This forces the staff to send their students back out in search of more water.

“I am a student of Shivanga Primary School. Here in our school, we have a big problem of not enough clean water. This has been resulting in poor performance, a lot of absences because of diseases like typhoid,” shared 13-year-old Elizabeth.

“It has really affected us.”

Shivanga Primary School was started by the government of Kenya in 1960. It had a low population of 22 students compared the 816 students enrolled today. The school has 15 classes with only 13 classrooms.

It is surrounded by a sugarcane community. Sugarcane is grown, harvested, and processed nearby.

A normal day for a student starts at 6:30am. The teacher on duty stands at the gate and gives instructions to the students for cleaning chores. When finished, they sit in study hall until morning announcements. Normal classes are broken up by short breaks and an hour’s lunch.

What we can do:


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

There are currently 22 latrines for 816 students, but a large handful of them are missing doors.

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 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

01/10/2019: Shivanga Primary School Project Underway

A severe clean water shortage at Shivanga Primary School drains students’ time, energy, and health. Thanks to your generosity, we’re working to build a clean water point and much more.

Get to know this 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.


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