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The Water Project: Dr. Gimose Secondary School -  Crowds At Latrines
The Water Project: Dr. Gimose Secondary School -  Crowds At Latrines
The Water Project: Dr. Gimose Secondary School -  Rush To Latrines During Break
The Water Project: Dr. Gimose Secondary School -  Rush To Latrines During Break
The Water Project: Dr. Gimose Secondary School -  School Cook Using Water
The Water Project: Dr. Gimose Secondary School -  Students In Class
The Water Project: Dr. Gimose Secondary School -  Deputy Headteacher Philip Kome
The Water Project: Dr. Gimose Secondary School -  Principal Sarah Esitika
The Water Project: Dr. Gimose Secondary School -  Carrying Water Back
The Water Project: Dr. Gimose Secondary School -  Carrying Water Back To School
The Water Project: Dr. Gimose Secondary School -  Fetching Water
The Water Project: Dr. Gimose Secondary School -  Fetching Water
The Water Project: Dr. Gimose Secondary School -  Community River
The Water Project: Dr. Gimose Secondary School -  Filling A Container To The Small Tank
The Water Project: Dr. Gimose Secondary School -  Small Plastic Tank Attached To Lab
The Water Project: Dr. Gimose Secondary School -  Science Laboratory
The Water Project: Dr. Gimose Secondary School -  Road Leading Into School

Project Status



Project Type:  Rainwater Catchment

Regional Program: Western Kenya WaSH Program

Impact: 317 Served

Project Phase:  Under Construction
Estimated Install Date (?):  08/29/2019

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Dr. Gimose Secondary School started in an empty classroom on the primary school grounds in 2014. Its first full year, 2015, brought in 78 students. The school has grown tremendously to have 317 students this year!

These 317 students don’t have the water they need on school grounds. Nearer to the school’s beginning, a science laboratory was built for the school by the school’s namesake, parliament member Dr. Gimose. The laboratory came equipped with a 10,000-liter water tank that pipes water to taps at the lab counters.

But since 10,000 liters isn’t enough water for all of the school activities, most importantly for school drinking, students have to go out during the day to find more water.

They pick up empty 20-liter yellow jerrycans and walk to a river that flows through the surrounding village. This river is about one kilometer away from the school, with the walk being toughest on the way back because of the heavy water containers.

“For a long time, our school has been facing a challenge of supply of safe drinking water. As you know, water is life and a lack of it would create discomfort in school, thus affecting our performance. We welcome any donations from our partners to help install a water point in our school,” said Principal Esitika.

A continuous shortage of clean and safe water leads to widespread cholera, typhoid, and other waterborne diseases. Students and their teachers must sometimes miss school to seek medical attention, and this affects their academic performance.

What we can do:

Training

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

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

“Currently, our school has no sufficient toilets considering the ever-rising in the number of students each day,” said Deputy Headteacher Kome.

“Students, especially during the short breaks, waste much time at the toilets and this at times eat into their class lessons. As an institution, we welcome any assistance to help us come up with extra doors.”

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


07/18/2019: Dr. Gimose Secondary School Project Underway!

A severe clean water shortage at Dr. Gimose 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!


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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.