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The Water Project: Bumbo Primary School -  Boys Lined Up At Their Latrines
The Water Project: Bumbo Primary School -  Available Latrines
The Water Project: Bumbo Primary School -  School Kitchen
The Water Project: Bumbo Primary School -  School Cook Storing Water In Kitchen
The Water Project: Bumbo Primary School -  Students With Their Jerrycans
The Water Project: Bumbo Primary School -  Returning To School From Lunch
The Water Project: Bumbo Primary School -  Students Rushing Back To School With Water
The Water Project: Bumbo Primary School -  Students Returning From Lunch
The Water Project: Bumbo Primary School -  Some Students Heading Out To Lunch Break
The Water Project: Bumbo Primary School -  School Administration
The Water Project: Bumbo Primary School -  Students In Class
The Water Project: Bumbo Primary School -  Students Outside Classroom
The Water Project: Bumbo Primary School -  Students
The Water Project: Bumbo Primary School -  Assembly Grounds

Project Status

Project Type:  Rainwater Catchment

Regional Program: Western Kenya WaSH Program

Impact: 500 Served

Project Phase:  Under Construction
Estimated Install Date (?):  03/06/2020

Project Features

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There is no water at Bumbo Primary School. Students are forced to think ahead and pack enough water to get through each school day. These 580 students come to school each morning balancing books and a container of water.

This water isn’t enough to get through the afternoon, so students are reminded to bring back more water as they return from lunch break at home. In fact, it was raining when we first arrived at the school, and pupils were being rained on as they ran back to school with their jerrycans full of water.

The school started way back in 1953 but it has grown extremely slowly because of the poor conditions. There are currently 520 students enrolled.

Students feel tired in class because of their long walk to school with water, and they’re no strangers to waterborne diseases. They fetch water from various sources, some of which are dirty and dangerous for drinking.

“Water is life and since we don’t have clean, safe drinking water pupils are affected with waterborne diseases every now and then,” said Teacher Mmbone.

The sanitation conditions are very poor. Since the school has no water, cleaning cannot take place the way it should. There are no handwashing facilities nearby which mean the pupils do not wash their hands after visiting the latrines, either.

The school lunch program is for high school candidates who are in class eight. The parents provide rice, beans, and firewood. The feeding program has a big challenge because there is not sufficient water for cooking because it is often used first for drinking and cleaning.

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

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

There are only 12 latrines on school grounds, which means there are 48 students to one latrine.

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.

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

01/13/2020: Bumbo Primary School Project Underway!

A severe clean water shortage at Bumbo Primary 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 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 more good news!

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Project Photos

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.


Harold J Belkin Foundation
Bounce Treatment Services, LLC
Network for Good
Faith Chapel
40 individual donor(s)