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The Water Project: Musango Primary School -  Latrines
The Water Project: Musango Primary School -  School Cook At Dish Rack
The Water Project: Musango Primary School -  School Cook In Kitchen
The Water Project: Musango Primary School -  Carrying Water
The Water Project: Musango Primary School -  Carrying Water
The Water Project: Musango Primary School -  Carrying Water
The Water Project: Musango Primary School -  Fetching Water
The Water Project: Musango Primary School -  Fetching Water
The Water Project: Musango Primary School -  Going To Fetch Water
The Water Project: Musango Primary School -  Path To The Spring
The Water Project: Musango Primary School -  Classrooms
The Water Project: Musango Primary School -  Students On Class Break
The Water Project: Musango Primary School -  Students In Class
The Water Project: Musango Primary School -  School Compound
The Water Project: Musango Primary School -  Road Leading To School

Project Status

Project Type:  Rainwater Catchment

Regional Program: Western Kenya WaSH Program

Impact: 500 Served

Project Phase:  Under Construction
Estimated Install Date (?):  05/31/2019

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Musango Primary School was started in the year 1972 with just 62 pupils on a four acres of land donated by community member Andrea Okumu. The first headteacher was Mr. Williams Masini. The school grew gradually at first but now boasts of 603 pupils.

There is no water at school. The lack of water is severely cutting into students’ class schedule and learning opportunities. Since they need water for drinking, cleaning, washing up, and cooking school lunch, students must find water throughout the day.

The students have found water 800 meters away at a spring in the community. It is located at the edge of the farm, and the students must sidle through an overgrown path to get there. The spring is normally overcrowded, especially in the mornings and evenings when the villagers are also fetching water. It takes around two minutes to fill a 20-liter jerrycan, so the students spend a lot of time at the spring filling their containers.

The pupils of Musango Primary School experience frequent coughs and stomach complications due to drinking contaminated water, since the handling of water is so poor. Too much time previously meant for class and studies is wasted at the spring.

“Lack of clean water in school has caused us many problems, the major one being our children fall sick often. They are forced to miss classes when they fall sick,” said Deputy Headteacher Maloba.

“Also, they waste so much time outside when they are sent to fetch water. Some go playing and do not come back for their lessons. As teachers, we also suffer since we depend on this pupils to fetch our drinking water.”

Musango Primary School has a large population that is really in need of water. The availability of water in school would ease the pupils’ burdens of carrying water from the spring every morning and during the day. Some pupils do not find anything at home when they’re released for lunch and come back to school weak and hungry. When a teacher instructs them to fetch water from the spring when they come from lunch, many feel insulted and never come back for lessons.

What we can do:


“Hygiene in our school is not up to standards. Our pupils do not wash their hands after visiting the latrine. They even find it difficult to wash the latrines due to lack of water. The classrooms are not spared either,” admitted Teacher Ngosia Odder.

Training on good hygiene habits 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. Three doors will serve the girls while the other three serve the boys. 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

03/13/2019: Musango Primary School Project Underway

A severe clean water shortage at Musango 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!

The Water Project : 8-kenya19013-fetching-water

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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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