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The Water Project: Wee Primary School -  Wee Primary School Sign
The Water Project: Wee Primary School -  Students Pose In School Grounds
The Water Project: Wee Primary School -  Students In Class
The Water Project: Wee Primary School -  Staff Latrines
The Water Project: Wee Primary School -  Smaller Plastic Rainwater Tank
The Water Project: Wee Primary School -  School Grounds
The Water Project: Wee Primary School -  Piped Water Faucet
The Water Project: Wee Primary School -  Kitchen
The Water Project: Wee Primary School -  Handwashing Station
The Water Project: Wee Primary School -  Girls Latrines
The Water Project: Wee Primary School -  Decomissioned Concrete Water Tank
The Water Project: Wee Primary School -  Carrying Buckets To Collect Water
The Water Project: Wee Primary School -  Boys Latrines

Project Status

Project Type:  Rainwater Catchment

Regional Program: Southeastern Kenya WaSH Program

Impact: 356 Served

Project Phase:  Under Construction
Estimated Install Date (?):  09/30/2018

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Community Profile

Inconsistent water access at Wee Primary School comes with a cost – 200 shillings ($2) spent each day to have water brought by motorbike to the school. The school has piped water, but that does not usually work. The concrete tank constructed year ago for rainwater no longer works, and the two small plastic tanks cannot store enough water for the students and staff.

Due to the scarcity of water in the school, the latrines are rarely washed.

“The school is trying its best based on the washing and cleaning conditions. The pupils had functional taps for handwashing but they keep destroying them so they are usually encouraged to carry water for washing their hands,” Deputy Headteacher Mrs. Lidia Kitui explained.

Access to clean water is vital to the school. Students bring water collected from contaminated sources in plastic containers to help alleviate the problem. But that unsafe water contributes to the proliferation of waterborne diseases among the student population.

“The standards of cleanliness and sanitation can be improved with the availability of more water in the school,” Mrs. Kitui said.

“A quarter of the pupils come to school barefoot and going to the latrine barefoot is not very healthy especially with the conditions of some of our latrines.”

The school was started by the Makueni District Education Board in collaboration with the local members in 1974. It has progressed over the years first grade to eighth grade.

On a normal school day, the students are expected to arrive at 6:30am. Morning studies run until 7:30 then perform followed by cleaning duties up to 8:00. Their lessons which usually last for 35 minute periods running until 3:10pm followed by games and other activities until 4pm. The students remain for another hour to study and head for home by 5pm.

Here’s what we’re going to do about it:


Students and staff will be trained on hygiene and sanitation. Those in attendance will form a school health club that will promote good hygiene and sanitation practices both at school and at home. They will learn all the steps of proper hand-washing, how to treat water, and how to keep their environment clean. The school will also be taught how to best oversee and maintain their new rainwater catchment tank and hand-washing stations.

Handwashing Stations

Three handwashing stations will be delivered at the project’s completion. These are 1,000-liter plastic tanks fitted with four taps. The health club and school management will be responsible for making sure tanks are filled with water and that a cleaning agent such as soap or ash is available.

Rainwater Catchment Tank

We will build a 104,000-liter rainwater catchment tank for this school. Its clean water will benefit the students, teachers, and supplementary staff. Parents will mobilize the materials needed for construction, such as sand and stone and also lend some strong arms to help with the actual construction.

As soon as the tank has time to cure, it can begin to collect rainwater for drinking, cooking, and cleaning! 104,000 liters of water will keep students and staff in class and focused on learning.

This project is a part of our shared program with Africa Sand Dam Foundation. 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

05/22/2018: Wee Primary School Project Underway

A clean water shortage at Wee 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 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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