Project Status

Project Type:  Rainwater Catchment

Regional Program: Western Kenya WaSH Program

Impact: 280 Served

Project Phase:  In Service - Aug 2019

Functionality Status:  Functional

Last Checkup: 02/03/2024

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It was a bright Wednesday morning when I visited Kimangeti Girls' Secondary. First, I signed the book at the security office close to the gate and was then taken to the school administration block. There, I found the headteacher at her office and she welcomed me warmly. I introduced myself and then she took me around the school so that I could see the need for myself.

The school officially opened in 2013 with 21 girls. By the end of 2013, enrollment had grown to 79 girls. The girls study English, Kiswahili, mathematics, chemistry, biology, physics, history, geography, religion, business studies, and agriculture.

The 170 girls who stay in the dormitories wake up very early in the morning - as early as 4 am. They are asked to attend a morning study hall from 4:40 am to 6 am, then go for breakfast at 6 am as the 110 day students arrive to help do cleaning chores. Classes go until 4 pm. Day students return home while the boarders get cleaned up for dinner.

Early on, the school board recognized the need to have water, especially for the girls who live on campus. They hired workers to come to dig a well which they covered with a hatch. The girls open the hatch to lower a bucket and rope to pull up water. All this work for water that isn't even safe from contamination. Students drink this water and complain of stomachaches; they wash with it and suffer from rashes. The well isn't even reliable because when it hasn't rained for several days, the girls need to find an alternative. The school board also purchased a 2,300-liter plastic tank to help cut back on the arduous task of lowering and raising a bucket for water, but the rainwater in this tank does not last long.

They walk to the nearby boys' school to access water from a well that does not go dry. The boys' well is overcrowded and the girls spend a lot of extra time between walking there, waiting in line, and fetching the water.

What we can do:

"The school really needs the facilities. As you can see and testify, the school has minimal sanitation facilities to be used by the students of which they really get a hard time to get water for using in school, especially the boarders," said Teacher Sham.

VIP Latrines

We will construct two triple-door latrines 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. Students will no longer spend their time on the arduous task of lifting a heavy container out of the open well, nor will they have to walk to use water from the neighboring school's well. They will have both a source of water and a place to store and treat it.

We and the school strongly believe that with this assistance, standards will significantly improve. These higher standards will translate to better academic performance!


We will hold training on good hygiene habits 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

There is currently only a handwashing station for teachers.

We will deliver two new handwashing students to be used by the students. The CTC club will oversee the new facilities, such as handwashing stations, and make sure they are kept clean and in working condition. 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.

Project Updates

August, 2019: Kimangeti Girls' Secondary School Project Complete!

Kimangeti Girls' Secondary School in Kenya now has access to a new source of safe, clean water thanks to the completion of their rain tank, which has the ability to collect 50,000 liters of water. We installed new latrines for students, handwashing stations, and we trained students and staff on improved sanitation and hygiene practices. All of these components work together to unlock the opportunity for these students to live better, healthier lives.

Rain Tank

Construction for this 50,000-liter rain tank was successful!

Parents, staff, and students helped our artisans gather everything needed for construction. All the while, women cooked meals for the artisans, and the school provided accommodations for the artisans during their work. Local men and women helped our artisans with their manual labor, too.

The process officially began with our staff and school administration looking around the school compound to try and determine the best location for a new rain tank. This needed to be the best site with good, clean roofing to catch the rainwater.

Students lend a hand

Then, we cleared the site: excavating the soil within the required measurements to make level ground for the tank foundation. The foundation was cast by laying hardcore on level ground and then reinforcing it using steel, concrete and waterproof cement.

Tank foundation begins

Artisan cements the tank walls

Both the drawing pipe as well as the washout pipe were affixed as the foundation was laid. The wall was built with ferro-cement techniques through 6 layers. The inner wall was plastered while rough casting was done on the outer part. Finally, the catchment area was dug, plastered, and a staircase installed.

Inside the tank, cement work continues

Dome construction could begin after the superstructure had been given enough time to settle. The manhole cover was fitted, inlet pipes were connected to the roof gutters, inlet screens, ventilation pipes (breathers) and overflow pipes were all done to standard.

Once finished, the tank was given 3 to 4 weeks to undergo complete curing before it was cleaned and handed over to Kimangeti Girls' Secondary School, though we will continue to offer them unmatchable support as a part of our monitoring and maintenance program.

The celebration was a great chance for us to acknowledge the school administration and students as the primary parties entrusted with the tools we’ve given, as well as remind them of our continued support as they develop.

"This project is a new dawn in our lives. God is so great, he has brought us [your] team and this will really change our lives," said teacher Mrs. Respah Musa.

"On behalf of the entire school community, we thank the organization for the support of the sanitation facilities in our school and construction of the water tank. May God bless you abundantly so that you may continue to give a hand elsewhere."

VIP Latrines

Latrine construction

This project funded the installation of 6 new ventilated improved pit (VIP) latrines. All of these new latrines have cement floors that are designed to be easy to use and clean. And with a rain tank right on school property, there should be enough water to keep them clean.

Girls in front of their new latrines and handwashing station

Handwashing Stations

The 2 handwashing stations were delivered to the school and handed over to the Child to Child health club. These were placed outside of the girls’ and boys’ latrines to encourage handwashing after latrine use.

Health club members teach other students how to properly wash their hands at the stations, make sure the stations are filled with water and work to ensure that there is always soap or ash available.

Thumbs up for handwashing!

New Knowledge

Hygiene and sanitation training was scheduled with the help of the school principal and teacher Mr. Ernest Opati, who together ensured that the training date would be convenient for students, staff, and parent representatives. Individual teachers helped by selecting students from each class to represent the others.

A total of 20 students and staff attended training, which was held inside a classroom at the school. This setting lent itself to a conducive day of training with no interruptions from the weather or outside distractions. The room was specifically a science lab that another group had recently installed, complete with sink faucets, though there is no running water available to the lab.

The pupils showed a high level of intellect by asking many questions and even interacting with each other throughout the day. This was one vibrant class of students that were ready to learn, as evidenced by their cooperation and willingness to listen to the facilitators.

Handwashing training

A number of topics were covered, including personal hygiene such as bathing, oral hygiene, and handwashing with soap as a barrier from germs; and operation and maintenance of the new facilities, with each person understanding their role for long-lasting clean water and good health.

The new student health club will be greatly involved in project management and will be responsible for encouraging good health and hygiene practices amongst their peers, teachers, and the larger community.

During the Leadership and Governance session, the facilitator defined leadership and governance gave examples of the qualities of a good leader and assisted the pupils in electing their health club leaders. Democracy was tested after the facilitator had explained all about leadership. The pupils elected a young girl who was very intelligent to lead others and this surprised other pupils and even teachers that such a young girl had managed to win the votes compared to her colleagues.

In our discussion on operation and maintenance of the tank, some pupils were interested in knowing every detail of the construction process that they may have missed, further exemplifying their interest in the project and willingness to learn about its successful upkeep.

Training complete!

"We are happy as a school for the knowledge that you have impacted on us. This [will] serve the entire Kimangeti School and even the community, for we shall share the knowledge with others," said teacher Mrs. Judith Wafula.

"Thanks a lot."

Thank you for making all of this possible!

July, 2019: Kimangeti Girls' Secondary School Rain Tank Underway!

A severe clean water shortage at Kimangeti Girls' 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

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!


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