Project Status

Project Type:  Rainwater Catchment

Regional Program: Southeastern Kenya WaSH Program

Impact: 367 Served

Project Phase:  In Service - Jun 2019

Functionality Status:  Functional

Last Checkup: 11/22/2022

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Water collected in AIC Kyome Boys' Secondary School's tanks last for just 3 weeks out of the year for the 345 students that attend. Once the water storage runs out, the school purchases water from delivery companies, which is often very costly for the school.

The water tanks that harvest the rainwater usually run out very fast due to the large school population. The rock water catchment, on the other hand, is leaking.

"Mostly, we go for about a week without bathing. Sometimes all one can think about is water during class time because of the thirst felt," said Robert Kimanzi, a 14-year-old student at the school.

The school is left to purchase water from delivery companies that is not safe for direct consumption because it is often water collected from open sources. It is also a financial strain for the school to purchase water on a daily basis. At times, these deliveries are delayed and force the school to go multiple days without water.

The sanitation conditions are very poor all because of the water problem. The school latrines are rarely cleaned and there is no water kept nearby.

"The current state of hygiene and sanitation is very low; below average due to low supply of water in the school," said Headteacher David Mwikya.

"Hygiene and sanitation is a problem here. Lack of water is a huge setback for the school."

Kyome Boys' Secondary School was established in 1966 by the Africa Inland Church and was later absorbed by the government in 2001 and declared a public school. It has grown over time. The school has the aim of expanding, but the water challenges inhibit their progress.

The school is based in rural Kyome Village. The area is fairly vegetated with trees sparsely planted in the school. The buildings are well-maintained and painted in blue and white. The classes and dormitories have concrete floors, windows, and doors which are also well-kept.

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


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.

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 storage to alleviate the strains felt during the dry months. As soon as the tank has time to cure, it can begin to collect rainwater for drinking, cooking, and cleaning!

Project Updates

06/30/2019: AIC Kyome Boys' School Project Complete

A new rainwater catchment system was built! AIC Kyome Boys School in Kenya now has the ability to collect 104,000 liters of water – thanks to your generous support. Handwashing stations were installed, and students and staff have received training in sanitation and hygiene. All of these components work together to unlock the opportunity for these students to live better, healthier lives.

Rainwater Catchment Tank

AIC Kyome Boys School is affiliated with the Yangondi Self-Help Group, since most of its members’ children attend here. These parents and school administration 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 headteacher was then held to plan out the project. Parents agreed to collect construction materials like sand, rocks, and water. On the other hand, we delivered 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 rainwater catchment 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 seven 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, and has 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.

New Knowledge

The training was planned by our hygiene officer Veronica Matolo who contacted the area field officer Benedetta Makau who coordinated with the school administration on the set date and to ensure student mobilization is managed appropriately.

The students' attendance was brilliant with a total of 263 students, six male teachers, and five female teachers. Normally, the school has a population of 266 students but three students were absent due to not paying their school fees. The training preparation was done efficiently and effectively despite the absence of the principal. All the logistics were handled well.

The training was conducted in a school dining hall which was spacious and large enough to accommodate all the students in the school. The venue was very conducive for the training as it sheltered the students from the scorching sun that radiated in the area.

We went over topics including:

– student health club activities
– disease transmission
– preventing the spread of disease
– personal hygiene
– handwashing
– water hygiene
– food hygiene
– latrine hygiene
– soapmaking

The students' level of participation was very high as they portrayed immense interest in the topics of discussion. There were lots of questions asked, agendas raised, and jokes made by the students which contributed to the atmosphere of the training. We had demonstration walks around the school and this made them the students so lively and attentive throughout the session.

Together with the students and the present staff members, we walked around the school compound identifying the pros and cons that demeaned the school's environment. Our first stop was the rubbish pit. We discovered that despite the school compound being neat and clean, there’s a lot of litter lying around the rubbish pit that needed to be burned as well as a lot of solid plastic waste. We agreed that the solid plastic waste like the jerrycans could be reused.

Students learn about proper waste disposal

The pupils were taken through various ways of maintaining personal hygiene. This included; body washing, toothbrushing, and face washing among many others. There was a ‘question and answer session’ on this topic wherein the trainer asked the pupils questions and the pupils brainstormed answers.

Diarrhea is one of the leading causes of death among children in Kenya, so students require knowledge of the causes of diarrhea and how to prevent it. Through a demonstration, the pupils were taken through the different transmission routes of diarrheal diseases and ways of preventing them.

Diagrams were used to show these transmission routes. Different posters were displayed and the pupils explained what was going on in each.

Handwashing demonstration

Student health club members were the ones taught about soap. Pupils took turns stirring the soap and were very excited about the final product. Local ingredients like ungarol, ufacid, industrial salt, and caustic soda are among the ingredients used to mix this soap.

This activity was special because students said that since the materials are locally available and easy to make they would practice it more often. It also created space for more interaction between the students and the training facilitator.

Handwashing Stations

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

Thank You for making all of this possible!

04/30/2019: AIC Kyome Boys' Secondary School Project Underway

A severe clean water shortage at AIC Kyome Boys' Secondary School drains students’ time, energy, and health. Thanks to your generosity, we’re working to solve this issue by building 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 news of success!

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.

Giving Update: AIC Kyome Boys Secondary School

February, 2021

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

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This giving community supports ongoing sustainability programs that help AIC Kyome Boys' Secondary School maintain access to safe, reliable water. Together, they keep The Water Promise.

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"As students, we used to queue at the available water points within the school every evening after games. Water would be given to us with everyone getting 10 liters only for all daily water needs. It was chaos all over since the water is not enough for bathing and washing, it created numerous conflicts amongst students and the," said 16-year-old student Enock.

"Water is now more available to all of us without any form of rationing. We can walk to the water project any time and get access to clean water for drinking and bathing. Life is now more fun in school without the water struggles. We live in harmony as students without conflicts as one of the main sources of conflicts was the struggle for water."

"We can now maintain high standards of cleanliness since water is available. This water project has brought enough water to our school, which has created a strong handwashing culture. Our school has mango trees within the compound, and since the project was implemented, many students wash their mangoes before eating, unlike before. This is helping improve our health and prevention of diseases associated with dirt."

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 Boys' Secondary School maintain access to safe, reliable water.

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