Project Status

Project Type:  Rainwater Catchment

Regional Program: Western Kenya WaSH Program

Impact: 324 Served

Project Phase:  In Service - May 2019

Functionality Status:  Functional

Last Checkup: 04/09/2024

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Koitabut Secondary School was started in the year 1999 by the community members who came together with ideas of having their own secondary school to accommodate the pupils graduating from their primary school. Looking back on how this school started, it seemed impossible; but gradually as years went by, the image of the school changed with modern buildings raised and more and more students enrolled. Now there are 324 students, 12 teachers, and 10 support staff.

Students, especially the day scholars who have to walk to school, get up very early in the morning. The lessons start at 8:30am and end at 5pm. As for the the boarders who are all girls, the day starts with waking up early in the morning and going to the nearby stream to fetch water for bathing and washing their clothes. After finishing cleanliness, the girls then eat their breakfast and join the rest of the students for the day's activities.

Upon arrival at the school, we were really sad to see the state of water accessibility.

The school only has two plastic tanks that are in bad condition and cannot hold water for long because they leak from the bottom.

"For us to be where we are now, it is only by the grace of God. There has been a water problem for a very long period of time," said Principal Kurgat.

"The two plastic tanks of capacities 5,000 liters each that we bought have not solved our distress of accessing safe water. It is saddening to see students every day going to the stream to fetch unsafe water for their general cleanliness. My heart is burdened with grief for fear of outbreak of waterborne diseases which may be life-threatening to the school at large - especially our students."

When the plastic tanks have some water, it's convenient to retrieve it because they're just a stone's throw from the classrooms. The stream, however, is a bit far and downhill, making it easier to get to but coming back it is very steep - students struggle with their heavy water containers.

"Cases of typhoid have been reported very many times in this area due to drinking contaminated water from unsafe sources available around us," said school cook Philip Kipchumba.

What we can do:


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.

The training topics will be general hygiene, proper hygiene practices like handwashing with soap, and disposal of garbage. On sanitation, more focus will be on proper human waste disposal, regular cleaning of latrines, and correct use of sanitation facilities.

Handwashing Stations

The school does not have handwashing stations for the students, but only one that belongs to the teachers placed on the ground near the office.

We will deliver two handwashing stations 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

The available latrines for the girls are not enough because they have to wait a long time for each other so as to access the facilities. Comparing the population of the girls and the number of latrines available, which are almost full, there is need for decent ones to enable the girl child to stay in school and pursue her education.

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 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

May, 2019: Koitabut Secondary School Project Complete

There is a new rainwater catchment system at Koitabut Secondary School! Students have a source of safe, clean water thanks to your support. Handwashing stations were installed so that students can clean up after using their new latrines, and students and staff received training in sanitation and hygiene.

Rainwater Catchment Tank

Construction of this new rainwater catchment tank was a big success.

"The students used to waste much of their time fetching water from the stream, and this had reduced their class time attendance hence performance was low. I believe that with this big tank within the compound, the students will have enough time to concentrate in their studies and improve their academic performance," said David Ng'etich, parent of a Koitabut Secondary School student.

For a long time, the students regularly walked to the nearby streams to get water for their daily use, especially the girls who board at the school. To this school, the saying that "patience pays," has now become a reality with this project. They have something to smile about every time they look around and see glimpses of the new water, sanitation, and hygiene facilities surrounding them.

The school will now be able to gather rainwater and channel it into the tank, ready for use after being treated for safety assurance. Time taken by the students going to the stream will now be converted into academic hours. Thus, academic performance is expected to improve.

The Process:

Our staff and the school administration started by looking around the school to determine the best location for their new rainwater catchment tank. This needed to be the best site with good, clean roofing to catch the rainwater.

Upon the decision of the construction site, the top earth layer is excavated and cleared. Stones are then carefully packed onto the excavated area to create a strong foundation.

Placing stones on the foundation

The foundation is cast with sand, cement, ballast, and waterproof cement. As this is being done, the wall’s skeleton of wire mesh and rebar is erected and secured into the foundation. Upon completion of the foundation, the walls are cemented and plastered to completion both inside and outside.

The catchment area is dug, plastered, and a staircase installed so students can easily get water from the tap. A metal cover with a lock is placed over the catchment area to avoid water wastage.

A concrete reinforcement pillar is built up to support the dome, which is also made of a strong wire mesh and concrete. A hatch is installed in the dome to allow the tank to be cleaned out before heavy rain, and the gutter system is also installed at this time.

Once finished, the tank was given three weeks to undergo complete curing before it was cleaned and handed over to Koitabut Secondary School, though we will continue to offer them great support as a part of our monitoring and maintenance program.

Handwashing Stations

Pupils can now enjoy washing their hands with soap thanks to the two handwashing stations that were delivered to their school. These new handwashing opportunities will help reduce cases of hygiene-related illness. The training on hygiene has motivated these students to share what they’ve learned with their peers at school and families at home.

VIP Latrines

The girls attending and boarding here were suffering for lack of enough latrines within the school for a long time, which forced many of them to wait a long time before finding relief.

This project funded the installation of six new ventilated improved pit latrines, and the decision was made to give them all to the girls who needed them most. All of these new latrines have cement floors that are easy to use and clean. And with a rainwater catchment tank, there should be enough water to keep them clean all the time.

New Knowledge

After notifying the school principal about the hygiene training to be carried out at the school, he immediately mobilized the teachers, management, and the students urging them to be ready for the training which was to take place in a week's time. The several students in attendance formed a child to child (CTC) health club that will share what they learned with their peers and families at home. There were actually more students there than we had anticipated because so many of them were eager to learn and be a part of the CTC club.

The students needed to learn about how to improve standards of hygiene at school and ensure that the sanitation facilities given to them are well-maintained for years to come. Some of the topics we covered included:

– water pollution and ways to treat water for drinking

Participants embraced the idea of ensuring that water is always treated before consumption to avoid waterborne diseases like typhoid and cholera.

– handwashing

– dental hygiene

Students learned that they shouldn’t opt out of toothbrushing just because they can’t get their hands on toothpaste or a toothbrush. Local materials can be used, too! For example, a stick can be washed and then chewed on the end to replace a toothbrush. Charcoal can be crushed in place of toothpaste.

– group dynamics along with leadership and governance for the newly formed CTC health club
– operations and maintenance of the facilities

We took students through each facility provided for them and their school. This session pointed out that since we've delivered the facilities, it's now the students' and teachers' responsibility to take good care of them in the day-to-day. Students and staff were fully trained and equipped with knowledge and skills on how to take care of the tank, latrines, and the handwashing stations.

"Truly, every topic has touched on all areas of our lives as a school fraternity," said Teacher Phibian.

"The content of the training has been very rich with information, which to me is good and encouraging. If we all implement what we have been taught today, then I believe that our lives will be transformed and we will be doing the right thing at the right time."

Thank You for making all of this possible!

March, 2019: Koitabut Secondary School Project Underway

Students have to leave school to find water - and that water isn't even clean. The daily process of finding water is wasting students' valuable class time and draining their energy and health. Thanks to your generosity, we're working to build a clean water point and much more.

Get to know the students at 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 news of success!

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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: Koitabut Secondary School

February, 2021

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

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"Wastage of time was very rampant because we used to go for a long distance to access water to be used in school for general purposes."

"Our school is on a very busy, rough road which was so dangerous to cross while trying to get to the stream searching for water."

"Life is now good here in school as we just take a cup and rush to the tank to get drinking water within a few minutes."

"My whole body is strong and healthy because I drink safe water from the tank which makes me very confident in class."

"My plan is to score high marks due to concentration in class given that all is well with water issues."

"Also, staying in school throughout the day, and learning without interruption to go out to fetch water, are clear indications that the water point is leading me to my accomplishments."

Faith (right) and another student at the rain tank.

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