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The Water Project: Ebulonga Mixed Secondary School -  Garbage Point
The Water Project: Ebulonga Mixed Secondary School -  Latrines
The Water Project: Ebulonga Mixed Secondary School -  Carrying Water To Class
The Water Project: Ebulonga Mixed Secondary School -  The Plastic Tank That Often Runs Dry
The Water Project: Ebulonga Mixed Secondary School -  Fetching Water From The Plastic Tank
The Water Project: Ebulonga Mixed Secondary School -  Students Rushing Back To Class
The Water Project: Ebulonga Mixed Secondary School -  Students
The Water Project: Ebulonga Mixed Secondary School -  Students In Class
The Water Project: Ebulonga Mixed Secondary School -  Teacher John Kagehi
The Water Project: Ebulonga Mixed Secondary School -  Teaching Staff
The Water Project: Ebulonga Mixed Secondary School -  Principal Rose Anindo
The Water Project: Ebulonga Mixed Secondary School -  School Gate

Project Status

Project Type:  Rainwater Catchment

Regional Program: Western Kenya WaSH Program

Project Phase:  Donate to this Project
Estimated Install Date (?):  11/15/2019

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Ebulonga Secondary School was started in the year 2007. The community saw the need for a secondary school for their children so they wouldn’t have to walk to a different community. There are currently 389 students enrolled who with the help of 26 teachers and staff study mathematics, English, Kiswahili, literature, biology, chemistry, physics, agriculture, commerce, history, geography, and religion.

A student attending Ebulonga Mixed Secondary School has to wake up early. He or she has to walk to school and ensure that the school gate that closes at 6:30 am doesn’t shut them out. There is a morning study hall that goes until they do some cleaning of the school compound and facilities. There’s a morning break for students to buy snacks from women who set up stands nearby. Later, a lunch of maize and beans is served. Extracurricular activities like journalism, science club, and math club are offered after afternoon classes.

The school has a small plastic tank that collects water delivered by tap via the ministry of water. However, water services in the area are extremely unreliable. From the beginning of 2019 to the start of March, the school had already gone through 30 days without running water.

The people of Ebulonga Secondary School are experiencing a hard time due to the scarcity of water. They are forced to go thirsty when water is not pumped by the supplier, and the school has to look for other means to ensure that the school kitchen operates. This has forced them to pay local people to look for and bring water back to the school. With this kind of water delivered from unknown sources, the students here have had health challenges.

“The water is so unreliable and this causes students to go thirsty, especially after meals since there is no water in school to drink. Doing our cleaning also becomes a problem simply because we don’t have a reliable source of water,” said Deputy Principal Anindo.

What we can do:

“We really are trying hard to ensure that our state of sanitation and hygiene is good, but the challenge we are having is water scarcity. We encourage our students to work on their personal and environmental hygiene. I can say we are not doing badly off but with enough water, we would do more,” said Teacher Kagehi.


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.

This new water source will bridge the access gaps when the ministry of water does not pump water to the school.

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.