Project Status

Project Type:  Rainwater Catchment

Regional Program: Southeastern Kenya WaSH Program

Impact: 235 Served

Project Phase:  In Service - Nov 2018

Functionality Status:  Functional

Last Checkup: 02/21/2024

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The water supply from the unprotected spring near Ndoo Secondary School is not enough for the school's needs. There is not enough water for cleaning latrines, watering the flower beds or sustaining other agricultural projects intended for learning purposes. The rainwater tank on the school property is leaking with large holes in it, exposing it to all sorts of contaminants.

The water quality is not trusted for direct human consumption due to the faulty water systems. The students have high chances of contracting diseases such as typhoid, amoeba, bilharzia, and ringworms due to drinking untreated water. In instances where there is no water at all, the school is forced to purchase water which is also costly for them. All these have some economic implications in the sense that treatment costs divert substantial family income whereas the time lost on one activity alone could potentially be used for their studies.

"The state of our latrines, bathrooms and the conditions at the dormitories are faulty. This is because we are short of water sources to sustain our activities. We look forward to having a tank that will help us improve our conditions," Principal Francis Mutua said.

This intervention will provide the school with a permanent solution as well as a protected water source. The risks of contracting waterborne diseases will be minimized.

Ndoo Secondary School is located in Musoa Community, 5 KM away from Tawa town. This school was established in 1983 by the local community members in a bid to educate the less fortunate children from the community. The school stands on a 15-acre piece of land. It has enough classrooms to accommodate two registered streams of students. The school possesses an expansive playing ground, four dormitories, two science laboratories and a kitchen.

The school rests in a peaceful rural area surrounded by hills. The area is green with many trees growing around. Most of the school buildings are archaic and are characterized by outdated designs and appearances. There are unfinished buildings where the construction process has been stalled.

What we can do:


Students and staff will be trained for one day. 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 of the steps to proper handwashing, 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 handwashing 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. This water will benefit the students, teachers, and supplementary staff. Parents will mobilize the materials needed for construction, such as sand and stone. They will also lend some strong arms to help with the actual construction.

The huge capacity of this tank makes the others look tiny in comparison; 104,000 liters should be enough water to carry students and staff through the entire dry season. As soon as the tank has time to cure, it can begin to collect rainwater for drinking, cooking, and cleaning!

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 clarity) thanks to the hard work of our friends in Kenya.

Project Updates

October, 2019: Giving Update: Ndoo Secondary School

A year ago, your generous donation helped Ndoo Secondary School in Kenya access clean water.

There’s an incredible community of monthly donors who have come alongside you in supporting clean water at the school. Month after month, their giving supports ongoing sustainability programs that help this school maintain access to safe, reliable water. Read more…

March, 2019: Great News from Ndoo Secondary School!

We are extremely excited to share that the rainwater tank at Ndoo Secondary School has water. Students are using the water for drinking, cleaning, and activities like handwashing. Please enjoy the new pictures added to the project page, and celebrate with these students!

November, 2018: Ndoo Secondary School Construction Complete

A new rainwater catchment system was built! Ndoo Secondary School in Kenya now has the potential to collect 104,000 liters of water thanks to your support. Handwashing stations were installed, and students and staff have received training in sanitation and hygiene. All of these components work together to unlock the opportunity for these students to live better, healthier lives.

We look forward to reaching out again once the tank has collected water.

New Knowledge

The plans for hygiene and sanitation training were made by the area field officer, Paulson Mukonzi, who contacted the principal and informed him and worked with him on a schedule. We met 71 students outside on the school grounds, since that was the only spot with enough room. The entire student body wasn't available to meet because some of them were preparing for final examinations.

We taught:

– Personal hygiene
– Food and water hygiene, along with water treatment
– Latrine hygiene
– How germs spread and how to build barriers
– Handwashing
– How to make soap

Students were wowed by the handwashing demonstration, when they learned how thorough you need to be to get rid of germs. You need to use running water and soap to rub your palms, wash between fingers, thumbs, nails, back of the hands, and wrists.

Elections were held to establish a student health club that will oversee cleaning activities and health campaigns at school. The leadership already has the recipe to make soap and will continue making enough for the handwashing stations, cleaning, and for the kitchens.

"This has proven to be a very important training for us because we have learned a lot. The risks of attaining diseases will reduce because we now possess new knowledge," said student Anthony Nzomo.

"Personally, I intend to practice what I have learned such as; developing a handwashing culture, bathing regularly, cleaning the latrines at school on a daily basis and practicing the soap-making process which can be used as an income-generating activity at home."

Anthony Nzomo

Handwashing Stations

Two large handwashing stations were delivered to the school in time for training. Each of these has three taps so that six students can wash their hands at the same time.

Rainwater Catchment Tank

Ndoo Secondary School is affiliated with the Kyangundi Self-Help Group, since most of its members’ children attend here. These parents and school administration approached the self-help group committee and requested their help in alleviating the water shortage at the school.

A meeting with all of the parents and the headteacher was then held to plan out the project. Parents agreed to collect construction materials like sand, rocks, and water. They also worked hard alongside our artisans.

Separating stones from sand

This tank is a whopping 104,000 liters not because of a large student population, but because of how rarely it rains in Southeastern Kenya. The more water we can store during the seasonal rains, the more water available through the dry months.

Construction for this rainwater catchment tank is much like the construction of a concrete house. First, the ground is leveled for foundation excavation. Alternating layers of impermeable rocks are laid upon mortar up to seven feet high, with internal and external diameters of 25 and 28 feet respectively.

A reinforced concrete column is built right up to the center of the tank, which holds up the roof and prevents it from caving in. The walls are then plastered both internally and externally with waterproof cement. After that, several feet of guttering is installed and channeled into the tank.

Once the tank has dried sufficiently, it begins to collect rainwater, and we look forward to sharing another update once that happens. School leadership is armed with the technical skills to ensure that the water tank remains functional, and gaps that exist can be identified through our ongoing monitoring visits.

Curing the concrete to prevent cracking as it dries

"We are very grateful for this project. The challenges that were initially experienced by the school in pursuit of clean water has reduced," said Principal Nzau Mutua.

"We intend to maintain this tank adequately and also ensure the hygiene and sanitation levels of our school elevate a notch higher."

July, 2018: Ndoo Secondary School Project Underway

A severe clean water shortage at Ndoo Secondary 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: Ndoo Secondary School

October, 2019

A year ago, your generous donation helped Ndoo Secondary School in Kenya access clean water – creating a life-changing moment for Lucy Wanza. Thank you!

Keeping The Water Promise

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Ndoo Secondary School students have experienced massive changes in their day to day school lifestyle thanks to the school water tank that was constructed in their school a year ago.

Upon arrival at the school, the beautifully maintained compound and the clean corridors are signs of the availability of water in the school. Hygiene and sanitation have improved.

The school environment and compound have improved a lot since our last visit. There are flowers in the school compound which are watered daily. The latrines are cleaner and the handwashing facilities had water and soap for cleaning hands before and after every meal. The latrines at the gate no longer have the foul odor they had before because they are cleaned on a regular basis.

The water from the school water tank is fresh and clean for drinking. Students looked happier and at ease in the school. Our teams say that the students are very happy about the project.

"Despite the failed rains this year, our school has not been affected in the second term like in the past years when we would go for days without water," said Lucy Wanza, a 17-year-old student at the school.

Lucy Wanza

"We have had water throughout the term and this gives us a lot of peace because we are able to concentrate on our studies and perform better with fewer worries and distractions."

The tank has been instrumental in providing clean drinking water for the students which were a huge challenge in the past.

"The financial pressures that were experienced by the school have reduced because we no longer spend a lot of money to purchase water for use," explained Deputy Headteacher Musyoki Kaleli.

"Money which was used for purchasing water has been utilized to advance our laboratories and increase the needed equipment for learning. We are very thankful for the support granted to our school."

Tank on the school grounds

The students were prone to contracting diseases such as typhoid and dysentery because of drinking water from unsafe sources. The handwashing facilities have established a handwashing culture among the students which have helped in reducing risks of contracting fecal-oral diseases.

The health club that was formed during the hygiene and sanitation training our teams conducted has been active in preparing soap and conducting hygiene training to their fellow students on a regular basis.

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 Ndoo Secondary School maintain access to safe, reliable water.

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