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The Water Project: Irovo Orphanage Academy -  Latrines
The Water Project: Irovo Orphanage Academy -  Headteacher Arnold Khanyatsi
The Water Project: Irovo Orphanage Academy -  Water Storage
The Water Project: Irovo Orphanage Academy -  Carrying Water Back To School
The Water Project: Irovo Orphanage Academy -  Fetching Water
The Water Project: Irovo Orphanage Academy -  Going To Fetch Water
The Water Project: Irovo Orphanage Academy -  Students With Water Containers
The Water Project: Irovo Orphanage Academy -  Students Leaving To Get More Water
The Water Project: Irovo Orphanage Academy -  Dorm Room
The Water Project: Irovo Orphanage Academy -  School Farm
The Water Project: Irovo Orphanage Academy -  Students In Class

Project Status

Project Type:  Rainwater Catchment

Regional Program: Western Kenya WaSH Program

Project Phase:  Donate to this Project
Estimated Install Date (?):  08/31/2019

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Irovo Orphanage Academy was started in 2005 as an initiative of Mr. Alfred Liuva. The name Liuva means ‘sun’ in the Tiriki language, and indeed the sun rose on the orphans of the area as Mr. Liuva caught the vision of providing food, accommodations, and education for these children. At first, Mr. Liuva sent the children out to other schools each morning until he realized that students were getting tired from walking to school each morning, walking back for lunch, and then again in the evenings. That is when Mr. Liuva added classrooms and started the school. The orphanage has registered its first class eight candidates this year. Irovo Orphanage Academy currently has an enrollment of 206 children, some of which board at the orphanage.

The school has very few buildings. The four classrooms are divided into two using plywood so that they can accommodate all the students. There is one mud-walled kitchen, a mud-walled dormitory for girls and the boys sleep in the adjacent rooms in the staff building.

The orphans do not pay any school fees. The school owns a farm which is cultivated by the pupils so that they can harvest their own food. Some of the guardians of the orphans bring farm produce to sustain the orphans, too.

The subjects taught in Irovo Orphanage Academy include: Mathematics, Social Studies, Religious Education, English, and Kiswahili. The subjects are few because the orphanage depends on volunteer teachers who are mostly college students. The pupils are allowed to play football during game time. Recently the orphanage management discovered great talent in one of the orphans who hails from Uganda. The girl has made it to nationals and will be encouraged to pursue her talent.

But the day to day activities are much more difficult because there’s no water at the orphanage. Each day in this school begins with pupils waking up early to go to the stream and fetch water. All of the effort to walk to the stream, fill containers, and carry them back to school is for dirty water that exposes these children to waterborne illnesses. The water fetched early in the morning does not meet the needs of the boarding students, so they have to make multiple trips for bathing, cleaning, and drinking.

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.

Handwashing Stations

The two handwashing stations will be delivered to the school, and the CTC 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 hygiene and sanitation standard at the school is not very good. The number of facilities is less compared to the student population. We are requesting [you] to kindly assist us so that we can uplift the sanitation situation in our school,” said Headteacher Khanyasti. There are currently only 3 latrines per gender.

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!

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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.