Project Status

Project Type:  Rainwater Catchment

Regional Program: Western Kenya WaSH Program

Impact: 634 Served

Project Phase:  In Service - Apr 2022

Functionality Status:  Functional

Last Checkup: 11/19/2023

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The 634 students and staff of Kisasi Primary School have many problems as a result of its lack of clean and safe water. Currently, the primary water source for the school is a spring (that has not been properly protected) located far away and at the bottom of a very steep hill that is especially dangerous and hard to access during the rainy season.

Poor academic performance by pupils can be attributed to wasted time fetching water from the spring during school hours and absences due to illnesses.

Dennis Kadukha commented, "As a teacher and parent of this school, water has really been a major problem to us. Academically, my pupils are affected much due to time-wasting looking for water, especially during morning lessons. Health issues are many in this school, which also contributes to [the] high rate of absenteeism among pupils."

Because the spring is surrounded by forest and not properly protected, it is open to all types of contamination including fungus and mold. The contamination contributes to students suffering from various water-related diseases such as cholera, typhoid, fever, and diarrhea.

"As a pupil of this school, I have been affected with the current situation in which [the] majority of us waste much time looking for clean, safe water, hence academically we cannot engage in book-reading much. Cleaning the entire school is not up to standard, especially during [the] dry season when there are water shortages and also [the] absenteeism rate among pupils is high," said Shalline J. (pictured above), a female student.

The new rainwater tanks will ensure that the school can achieve progress in school projects and students achieve better academic performance.

What We Can Do:

Two Rain Tanks

Two 75,000-liter rainwater catchment tanks will help alleviate the water crisis at this school. The school will help collect the needed construction materials such as sand, bricks, rocks, and water for mixing cement. We will complement their materials by providing an expert team of artisans, tools, hardware, and the guttering system. Once finished, these tanks will begin catching rainfall that will be used by the school's students and staff for drinking, handwashing, cooking, cleaning, and much more.

We and the school strongly believe that all of these components will work together to improve standards at this school, which will lead to better student academic performance and help to unlock the potential for these students to live better, healthier lives.

Handwashing Stations

The student health club will oversee the two new handwashing stations we will provide, and make sure they are kept clean and in working condition. The club leaders will fill the handwashing stations with water daily and make sure they are always supplied with a cleaning agent such as soap or ash.

VIP Latrines

Two triple-door latrine blocks will be constructed with local materials that the school will help gather—one block for girls and one for boys. All of these new latrines will have cement floors that are designed to be easy to use and clean. And with two rain tanks right on school property, there should be enough water to keep them clean.

Training on Health, Hygiene, COVID-19, and More

We will hold a one-day intensive training session with students and teachers. This training will cover a wide range of topics including: COVID-19 symptoms, transmission routes, and prevention; personal and environmental hygiene; and the operation and maintenance of the rain tanks, latrines, and handwashing stations. There will be a special emphasis on handwashing.

Our team of facilitators will use a variety of methods to train, including participatory hygiene and sanitation transformation, and asset-based community development. We will initiate a student health club, which will prepare students to lead other pupils into healthy habits at school and at home. We will also lead lectures, group discussions, and provide illustrative handouts to teach health topics and ways to promote good hygiene practices within the school, like handwashing and water treatment. We will then conduct a series of follow-up trainings before transitioning to our regularly scheduled support visits throughout the year.

Project Updates

April, 2022: Kisasi Primary School Rain Tanks Complete!

Kisasi School in Kenya now has access to safe, clean water thanks to the completion of their rain tanks! We also installed new latrines and handwashing stations and trained on improved sanitation and hygiene practices. Together, these components will unlock the opportunity for these students to live better, healthier lives.

"The hygiene and sanitation standards will greatly improve," said 10-year-old Michael A.


"Collecting water outside the school compound will cease completely. Cleaning classrooms will be conducted on a daily basis and the school administration will be in a position to prepare meals for [the] entire school population. I will work hard to improve on my academics, thus translating to [a] brighter future."

Teachers were just as excited as the students about the new rain tanks on campus.

"The school program will change for the better," said 38-year-old teacher Jane Mudeva.


"The pupils will have more time to study and better performance will be achieved. The syllabus coverage will be achieved on time and [the] revision process conducted timely. Academic performance will improve significantly."

How We Go From Ground to Rain Tanks

Construction for these 75,000-liter rain tanks was successful!

Parents, staff, and students helped our artisans gather everything needed for construction. The school community provided meals and accommodations for the tanks’ artisans. Locals helped our artisans with manual labor, too.

The process officially began with our staff and school administration scouting around the school compound for the best rain tank locations. The sites need enough land and nearby buildings with good, clean roofing to catch the rainwater.

Then, we cleared the sites by excavating the soil to make level ground for the tank foundations. We cast the foundations by laying big stones on the level ground and reinforcing them using steel wire, concrete, and waterproof cement. We affixed the drawing and drainage pipes as we spread the foundations.

The two foundations in progress.

Next, we formed the walls using skeletons of rebar and wire mesh with sugar sacks temporarily tied to the outside as backing. We attached the frames to the foundations’ edges to start the Ferro-cementing process. The sugar sacks are removed once the interiors receive their first two layers of cement. We layered the cement until six layers were in place, ensuring long-lasting construction.

Inside the tanks, we cast one central and four support pillars each to ensure the domes do not cave in once cemented. Meanwhile, we plastered the inner walls and roughcast the outer walls.

We dug and plastered the access areas to the taps outside the tanks, installing short staircases. We constructed soak pits in front of the access areas where spilled water will drain from the access areas through the ground. The pits help to keep the tap areas dry and tidy.

A pit under construction.

Dome construction began after the walls settled. We attached skeletons of rebar, wire mesh, and sugar sacks to the tanks’ walls before cementing and plastering, using similar techniques to the wall construction. We included small manhole covers to allow access for future cleanings, water treatments, and repairs. We propped long wooden poles (about 75 of them!) inside each tank to support the domes while they cured.

Then it was down to the finishing touches: fitting lockable covers over the tap areas, affixing the gutters to the roofs and tanks, and setting overflow pipes at the edge of the domes for when the tanks reach capacity.

Once finished, we gave the rain tanks three to four weeks to undergo complete curing. We removed the interior support poles and dome sugar sacks and cleaned the tanks.

Students sweep the construction site.

Finally, we handed over the rain tanks to the school. Students and staff celebrated the presence of clean water on campus.

VIP Latrines

This project funded six new ventilated improved pit (VIP) latrines, three for the girls and three for the boys. These new latrines have cement floors designed to be easy to use and clean, locking doors for safety and privacy, and vents to keep air flowing up and out through the roof. With two rain tanks right on school property, there should be enough water to keep them clean.

Handwashing Stations

We set up two handwashing stations and handed them over to the school’s newly formed student health club. These were placed outside the girls' and boys' latrines to encourage handwashing after latrine use. Health club members will teach other students how to wash their hands at the stations properly, fill the stations with water, and ensure that there is always a cleaning agent available.

New Knowledge

We coordinated with the school's staff to schedule our hygiene and sanitation training. When the training day arrived, facilitators Victor Musemi and Mary Afandi deployed to the site to lead the event. 21 students and teachers attended the training, which we held outside under a tree to combat the hot sun.

We focused on personal hygiene, oral hygiene, and the ten steps of handwashing; environmental hygiene; child rights; operation and maintenance of the rain tank, latrines, and handwashing stations; and leadership and governance. During the latter, the students elected their peers to lead their newly formed student health club.

The club will be significantly involved in the school’s water, sanitation, and hygiene project management. It will encourage good health and hygiene practices amongst their peers, teachers, and the larger community. By the end of the training, each pupil understood their role in sustaining clean water and good health within their school community.


"The training session was a success," said 14-year-old student, Princess M. "I acquired more knowledge and skills, which I will use to improve my life holistically."

Students at Kisasi were most excited to learn about the ongoing construction and tank maintenance. They asked many questions about how best to keep their tanks, gutters, and collection areas clean.

They also enjoyed learning about handwashing, and were surprised to hear that they should wash their hands before each meal. They also learned that soap is imperative for removing germs, not just water.

When an issue arises concerning the rain tanks, the students and teachers are equipped with the necessary skills to rectify the problem and ensure the water point works appropriately. However, if the issue is beyond their capabilities, they can contact our field officers to assist them. Also, we will continue to offer them unmatchable support as a part of our ongoing monitoring and maintenance program.

Thank you for making all of this possible!

March, 2022: Kisasi Primary School Rain Tank Underway!

A severe clean water shortage at Kisasi Primary 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 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!

A Year Later: Clean Water Making Way for a Bright Future!

July, 2023

A year ago, your generous donation helped Kisasi Primary School in Kenya access clean water – creating a life-changing moment for Gregory. Thank you!

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Gregory S., 14, recalled what life was like at Kisasi Primary School before his school’s rainwater catchment system was implemented last year.

"It was so hard because we had no reliable water point in the school. The unprotected spring which we used to fetch water [from] was also unreliable because during [the] dry spell, it [was] dry. We used to carry water in the morning, which was not sufficient; hence we were sent [for] more which was very tiresome. At times, you may find the water point was dried up, making you go further [to] a far away waterpoint," Gregory shared.

But life is much less burdensome for Gregory and the other students in Kisasi Primary School now.

"We are very happy having a reliable water point in our school. Now we don't waste a lot of time going for water, which has given me [more] time for my studies in a clean classroom. Cleaning is done on a daily basis, unlike before," he continued.

Having ready access to water from the rainwater catchment system has made a difference for Gregory, allowing him to prioritize his academics.

"Since [the] completion of the water point, I [have] barely missed school. Before, I used to miss school because of water-related diseases. The water point has made me concentrate on my studies [and] achieve my [goals]," Gregory concluded.

Thank you for helping Gregory access clean water, in turn, helping him work to achieve his goals for his future.

Right now, there are others just like him in neighboring communities that desperately need safe water access. Your support will immediately go to work to provide a clean water project - and we can’t wait to introduce you to the next person you’ll help.

Gregory collecting water.

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