Project Status

Project Type:  Rainwater Catchment

Regional Program: Southeastern Kenya WaSH Program

Impact: 255 Served

Project Phase:  In Service - Sep 2019

Functionality Status:  Functional

Last Checkup: 06/03/2024

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AIC Kyome Girls' Secondary School was established in 1988 as a community school with funds from the parents and Africa Inland Church. The government absorbed the school through the District Education Board and is currently a primary contributor to the school growth. The school has experienced moderate growth in terms of school population, with 218 girls in attendance today, many of whom board overnight at the school.

Unfortunately, access to water has not grown at an acceptable rate. The tanks installed over the years are not nearly enough to sustain the school and its staff throughout the year. In fact, water only lasts for a few months a year. This forces the school to purchase water from vendors based more than 70 kilometers away from the school. They must pay for the water itself and the transport, a cost that is not sustainable for the long term.

"Sometimes, it is difficult to bear the thirst a whole day due to water insufficiency," said Julius Joseph, a 14- year-old student at the school.

Water is delivered only twice a year in order to save money. As a result, there is strict rationing of the supply, especially as it gets closer to the next delivery and the water is close to running out. Agnes Muthangye said that there are stretches when the girls cannot bathe nor wash their clothes due to the water shortage.

"It gets very uncomfortable," she said.

The school is doing their best to manage a clean and conducive environment for studying. However, there needs to be an improvement in handwashing and cleaning of the latrines, but that is not possible until they get a reliable supply of water.

Here’s what we’re going to do about it:

Rainwater Catchment Tank

We will build a 104,000-liter rainwater catchment tank for this school. This water will benefit the students, teachers, and supplementary staff. Parents will mobilize the materials needed for construction, such as sand and stone. They will also lend some strong arms to help with the actual construction.

The huge capacity of this tank makes the others look tiny in comparison; 104,000 liters should be enough water to alleviate the strict rationing and need to purchase water. As soon as the tank has time to cure, it can begin to collect rainwater for drinking, cooking, and cleaning!


Students and staff will be trained for one day. Those in attendance will form a school health club that will promote good hygiene and sanitation practices both at school and home. They will learn all of the steps to proper handwashing, how to treat water, and how to keep their environment clean. The school will also be taught how to best oversee and maintain their new rainwater catchment tank and handwashing stations.

Handwashing Stations

Three handwashing stations will be delivered at the project’s completion. These are 1,000-liter plastic tanks fitted with four taps. The health club and school management will be responsible for making sure tanks are filled with water and that a cleaning agent such as soap or ash is available.

Project Updates

September, 2019: AIC Kyome Girls' Secondary School Project Complete!

AIC Kyome 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 104,000 liters of water. We installed 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.

"The school community will no longer struggle in the search for water and our levels of cleanliness are bound to improve since we will now have enough water to clean school facilities," said Principal Mwikali Muthembwa.

Rain Tank

AIC Kyome Girls' Secondary School is affiliated with the Nziu Munyu Self-Help Group since most of its members’ children attend here. These parents and school administrators approached the self-help group committee and requested their help in alleviating the water shortage at the school.

The Process

A meeting with all of the parents and the Head Teacher was held next to plan out the project. Parents agreed to collect construction materials like sand, rocks, and water. We would complement their materials by delivering the expertise, tools, lumber, metal, cement, and gutter system.

This tank is a whopping 104,000 liters not because of a large student population, but because of how rarely it rains in Southeastern Kenya. The more water we can store during the seasonal rains, the more water available through the dry months.

Construction for this large rain tank is much like the construction of a concrete house. First, the ground is leveled for foundation excavation.

Alternating layers of impermeable rocks are laid upon mortar up to 7 feet high, with internal and external diameters of 25 and 28 feet respectively.

A reinforced concrete column is built right up to the center of the tank, which holds up the roof and prevents it from caving in. The walls are then plastered both internally and externally with waterproof cement. After that, several feet of guttering is installed and channeled into the tank. The roofing is made of iron sheets and timber. There are vents to allow rainwater into the tank from the gutters.

School leadership is armed with the technical skills to ensure that the water tank remains functional, and gaps that exist can be identified through our ongoing monitoring visits.

Handwashing Stations

The new handwashing stations were delivered in time for training so that they could be used for handwashing demonstrations. Each of these has 3 taps so that 6 students can wash their hands at the same time.

New Knowledge

Field officer Bernadette Makau contacted the school principal to find the best date for the hygiene and sanitation training and mobilized teachers and students to get ready.


When we arrived, more than 200 students were present and ready for the training. The venue of the training was in the dining hall. Being adjacent to the kitchen, it was very warm but provided us with enough shade. The environment was quiet enough and conducive for learning.

We went over topics including student health club activities; disease transmission and its prevention; personal hygiene; handwashing; water hygiene; food hygiene; latrine hygiene; and soapmaking.

Handwashing demonstration

The participation of these students was good as well as that of their teachers. They all showed interest and appreciated every bit of the session. They even requested more sessions in the future because they enjoyed it so much. To improve participation, students requested that the training hours increase, to allow them enough time to ask questions and keep learning.

The students found the topic of personal hygiene interesting and memorable because they said they understood themselves better. They said that they faced a great challenge because of a lack of confidence when menstruating. They said that they had never before had the opportunity to learn what they learned at the training.

"The training will really bring about a tremendous change in our lives," said Felisters Mwatha, a 16-year-old student.

"These lessons will bring a big change to the face of our school. Through this, we will have created an environment where our studies will be successful because of the confidence that comes from our clean and comfortable environment."

These students' perceptions about life as well as their hygiene status will change, reported our teams after the training. This is because of the interest that they showed during the training, and the many questions they asked. It is clear that even at home, the students will aim to make soap and help their guardians learn about it and sell it in local markets, thanks to the lessons on soapmaking.

Thank you for making all of this possible!

August, 2019: AIC Kyome Girls' Secondary School Project Underway!

A severe clean water shortage at AIC Kyome 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!

Giving Update: AIC Kyome Girls' Secondary School

February, 2021

A year ago, your generous donation helped AIC Kyome Girls’ Secondary School in Kenya access clean water – creating a life-changing moment for Ruth. Thank you!

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"We never had enough water in school. Each student was only allocated 10 liters of water per day to cater to their personal cleaning and bathing needs. We would queue at the water points every evening after classes for water to be distributed to us. It was not easy and also took up a lot of time meant for academic activities," said Ruth M, a 16-year-old student at the school.

"We now have unlimited access to the water project all the time. Students can draw water for their drinking, cleaning, and washing without any limitations because water is now available in plenty and from within the school compound. This has improved on the levels of cleanliness among students while also improving hygiene and sanitation standards through regular cleaning of school facilities and latrines."

"This project is helping us achieve the main goal of being in school. It is saving us much time to participate in academic-related activities such as personal reading to improve our grades. It is also making life in school more fun and enjoyable as there is enough water for all activities."

Navigating through intense dry spells, performing preventative maintenance, conducting quality repairs when needed and continuing to assist community leaders to manage water points are all normal parts of keeping projects sustainable. The Water Promise community supports ongoing sustainability programs that help AIC Kyome Girls' Secondary School maintain access to safe, reliable water.

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