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The Water Project: Migwani DEB Primary School Rain Tank -  Students Carrying
The Water Project: Migwani DEB Primary School Rain Tank -  Students
The Water Project: Migwani DEB Primary School Rain Tank -  Classroom
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The Water Project: Migwani DEB Primary School Rain Tank -  Students At Small Water Tank
The Water Project: Migwani DEB Primary School Rain Tank -  Girls Carrying Water
The Water Project: Migwani DEB Primary School Rain Tank -  Duncan Masau
The Water Project: Migwani DEB Primary School Rain Tank -  Garbage Pit
The Water Project: Migwani DEB Primary School Rain Tank -  Mawia M
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The Water Project: Migwani DEB Primary School Rain Tank -  School Compound
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The Water Project: Migwani DEB Primary School Rain Tank -  School Kitchen
The Water Project: Migwani DEB Primary School Rain Tank -  Wood Burning Stove
The Water Project: Migwani DEB Primary School Rain Tank -  Kitchen Building
The Water Project: Migwani DEB Primary School Rain Tank -  Girls Latrines
The Water Project: Migwani DEB Primary School Rain Tank -  Improved Girls Latrines
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Project Status



Project Type:  Rainwater Catchment

Regional Program: Southeastern Kenya WaSH Program

Project Phase:  Donate to this Project
Estimated Install Date (?):  01/07/2022

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Migwani DEB Primary School

Migwani DEB primary school is found in the rural village of Bazaar in Kitui County, Kenya. The area is fairly hilly, with a few slopes and significant amounts of indigenous trees. Roads leading to the school are all dirt and can be challenging in times of heavy rainfall.

The Kitui District Education Board started the school in 1927 to serve children of the region. It has grown through the support of the government, Mwingi West Constituency Development Fund, and local parents.

The Current Situation

The school community depends on roof harvesting of water into small plastic tanks for their water needs.  There is never enough to meet the water demand, even with rationing, so the tanks run dry at certain times of the year. The alternative source is students carrying water to school.

“Our school does not have adequate water sources to cater for all our water needs without rationing. This has affected our growth as a school while also limiting our extent of planting trees and flowers to beautify our school. A new water source would be welcome and can go a long way towards the growth of this school,” commented teacher Duncan Masau.

Pupils in this school must report to school by 6:30 AM carrying water when the main water source depletes. This has been burdening and demoralizing to students and has been a major cause of absenteeism. During the morning assembly, the teacher on duty inspects water carried by the students, with those who have failed to carry water being punished.

“I rarely get enough water in school for drinking. When the water in school runs out, we are always required to carry water to school in 5-liter containers, which are burdening and tedious, leading to poor concentration in class,” said Mawia, an 11-year-old female student.

How To Make a Difference…

Build a Rain Tank

We will build a 104,000-liter rain tank for this school, making the other tank at the school that only holds 5,000 liters 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 and provide 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.

Provide 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 keep their environment clean. The school will also be taught how to oversee and maintain their new rain tank and handwashing stations.

Develop Handwashing Stations

A total of 3 handwashing stations will be installed upon the project’s completion and before training. These are 1,000-liter plastic tanks fitted with 3 taps each, allowing 9 students to wash their hands at once. The student health club and school management will be responsible for ensuring the tanks are filled with water and that a cleaning agent such as soap or ash is always available.

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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.


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