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The Water Project: Makunga Primary School -  Favor Mbati
The Water Project: Makunga Primary School -  Latrines
The Water Project: Makunga Primary School -  Latrines
The Water Project: Makunga Primary School -  Fetching Water
The Water Project: Makunga Primary School -  Fetching Water
The Water Project: Makunga Primary School -  Ivy
The Water Project: Makunga Primary School -  Plastic Tank
The Water Project: Makunga Primary School -  Students On Class Break
The Water Project: Makunga Primary School -  Staff
The Water Project: Makunga Primary School -  Staff
The Water Project: Makunga Primary School -  School Sign
The Water Project: Makunga Primary School -  School Grounds
The Water Project: Makunga Primary School -  School Entrance

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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There are 1,255 students attending Makunga Primary School who do not have a reliable source of clean water each school day.

There is a plastic tank that catches rainwater off of the classroom roof, but it can only hold 3,000 liters. Students have to look for an alternative source of water because this tank’s water is used so quickly. To do their best to avoid disruptions, the school administration asks the students to go out and fill a container of water each morning before class.

Students start going out to get water as early as 6:30am.

Students walk one kilometer away to get water from a spring in Makunga Community. Pupils find this process so hectic because community members push the students to the back of the line each time.

Since students have to walk this long distance for water, they become physically exhausted due to movements back and forth, making it very hard to concentrate in class. They also suffer from waterborne diseases that force them to go to the clinic for treatment. The treatment costs are difficult for parents to manage since each day brings a new struggle to put food on the table.

“We collect water from a protected spring and it’s very far,” said 13-year-old Ivy.

“We do get very tired. Even concentrating in our lessons becomes hard because in the morning the first thing we do is to go and fetch water.”

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.

VIP Latrines

The 14 latrines are very dirty due to the large population using them. These conditions are more dangerous for early education students.

“The latrines are very dirty, especially the floor. This makes me uncomfortable to use them because they don’t clean them on daily basis due to lack of enough water in the school” said 11-year-old Favour Mbati.

We will build 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.

Handwashing Stations

We will deliver two handwashing stations 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.

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.


Catherine and Glenwood Landing School
1 individual donor(s)