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The Water Project: Kimuuni Secondary School -  Wall Construction
The Water Project: Kimuuni Secondary School -  Tap On New Tank
The Water Project: Kimuuni Secondary School -  Tank Walls Cure
The Water Project: Kimuuni Secondary School -  Tank Wall Construction
The Water Project: Kimuuni Secondary School -  Tank Drainage
The Water Project: Kimuuni Secondary School -  Roof Construction
The Water Project: Kimuuni Secondary School -  Rocks For Construction
The Water Project: Kimuuni Secondary School -  Guttering Materials
The Water Project: Kimuuni Secondary School -  Guttering
The Water Project: Kimuuni Secondary School -  Flatening Foundation
The Water Project: Kimuuni Secondary School -  Construction
The Water Project: Kimuuni Secondary School -  Concrete
The Water Project: Kimuuni Secondary School -  Completed Tank
The Water Project: Kimuuni Secondary School -  Completed Tank
The Water Project: Kimuuni Secondary School -  Complete Tank Walls
The Water Project: Kimuuni Secondary School -  Building Tank Walls
The Water Project: Kimuuni Secondary School -  Applying Concrete To The Outside Walls
The Water Project: Kimuuni Secondary School -  Boys Latrines
The Water Project: Kimuuni Secondary School -  Classroom
The Water Project: Kimuuni Secondary School -  Dining Hall
The Water Project: Kimuuni Secondary School -  Handwashing Station
The Water Project: Kimuuni Secondary School -  Inside Kitchen
The Water Project: Kimuuni Secondary School -  Inside Kitchen
The Water Project: Kimuuni Secondary School -  Kitchen Building
The Water Project: Kimuuni Secondary School -  Student Musyoka
The Water Project: Kimuuni Secondary School -  Nahashon Kimwaki Principal
The Water Project: Kimuuni Secondary School -  School Grounds
The Water Project: Kimuuni Secondary School -  School Grounds
The Water Project: Kimuuni Secondary School -  School Playground
The Water Project: Kimuuni Secondary School -  School Sign
The Water Project: Kimuuni Secondary School -  Small Rainwater Tanks
The Water Project: Kimuuni Secondary School -  Staff Latrines
The Water Project: Kimuuni Secondary School -  Student And Small Rainwater Tanks
The Water Project: Kimuuni Secondary School -  Student Carrying Water
The Water Project: Kimuuni Secondary School -  Students In School

Project Status



Project Type:  Rainwater Catchment

Regional Program: Southeastern Kenya WaSH Program

Impact: 230 Served

Project Phase:  Under Construction
Estimated Install Date (?):  01/29/2021

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The 214 students at Kimuuni Secondary School rely on 2 10,000-liter plastic tanks that harvest rainwater to meet their daily needs. Since the school is located in a semi-arid region of Kenya, it is prone to receiving little to no rainfall for months at a time – leaving the tanks dry for most of the year.

“The water in the tanks run out very fast and by the time the second month of the term clocks in, there is no water in the tank,” said Boniface, a student at the school.

The school is situated in a peaceful and calm rural area that provides a conducive learning environment. It is surrounded by community homesteads and farms. The environment within the school grounds is well maintained as they have planted several trees and grass within the compound.

The school was started in 2008 by the community members. It was later closed due to insufficient funds to run it. In 2010, it was revived thanks to the government registering it as a public school. To date, the school’s growth is attributed to the support of both the parents and the government.

The school has had to borrow a tank from a neighboring school in an attempt to store sufficient water for the students, but their efforts have been futile due to the increasing population of the school. It also pays water vendors to deliver water when necessary, but money spent on these deliveries prevents the school from investing in its infrastructure and other programs as much as it would like.

“The school is in dire need of water,” said Principal Nahashon Kimwaki.

“Its development has stagnated for a long time due to water scarcity. Currently, the computer lab and dining hall construction have stalled because the school has no more funds since most of the finances are channeled to purchasing water for use in the school.”

Rain Tank

We will build a 104,000-liter rain tank for this school, making the others look tiny in comparison. Because of how rarely it rains in Southeastern Kenya, this tank’s large volume is designed to store as much water as possible during the seasonal rains, making more water available through the dry months. This water will benefit the students, teachers, and supplementary staff.

Parents will mobilize the materials needed for construction, including sand, stones, and water. They will also lend their strength and time to help with the construction. We will complement their materials with a skilled artisan to lead the project in addition to providing the tools, lumber, metal, cement, and gutter system.

As soon as the tank has time to cure, it can begin collecting rainwater for the school’s use.

Training

We will train students and staff on sanitation, hygiene, and other topics for 1 day. Those in attendance will form a school health club that will promote good hygiene and sanitation practices both at school and at 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 rain tank and handwashing stations.

Handwashing Stations

3 handwashing stations will be installed upon the project’s completion and before training. These are 1,000-liter plastic tanks fitted with 4 taps each. The student health club and school management will be responsible for making sure the tanks are filled with water and that a cleaning agent such as soap or ash is always available.

Project Updates


10/19/2020: Kimuuni Secondary School construction complete

Please note, all photos in this report were taken before social distancing recommendations went into effect.

Kimuuni 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. While Kenyan schools remain closed until further notice due to the COVID-19 pandemic, these new water and sanitation facilities will be ready and waiting for the students’ return.

As soon as the students return, we will schedule a hygiene and sanitation training. Our teams are preparing right now for the return of school and to support schools in their efforts to prevent the spread of COVID-19. We will update you once that is complete with photos from the training, the painted tank, and with the students using their new water source.

Rain Tank

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. We would complement their materials by delivering the expertise, tools, lumber, metal, cement, and gutter system.

Rocks for the tank

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.

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.


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09/10/2020: Kimuuni Secondary School project underway!

A severe clean water shortage at Kimuuni 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 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.


Contributors

Project Sponsor - Lifeplus Foundation