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The Water Project: Kavumbu Secondary School -
The Water Project: Kavumbu Secondary School -
The Water Project: Kavumbu Secondary School -
The Water Project: Kavumbu Secondary School -
The Water Project: Kavumbu Secondary School -
The Water Project: Kavumbu Secondary School -
The Water Project: Kavumbu Secondary School -
The Water Project: Kavumbu Secondary School -
The Water Project: Kavumbu Secondary School -
The Water Project: Kavumbu Secondary School -
The Water Project: Kavumbu Secondary School -
The Water Project: Kavumbu Secondary School -
The Water Project: Kavumbu Secondary School -
The Water Project: Kavumbu Secondary School -
The Water Project: Kavumbu Secondary School -
The Water Project: Kavumbu Secondary School -
The Water Project: Kavumbu Secondary School -
The Water Project: Kavumbu Secondary School -
The Water Project: Kavumbu Secondary School -
The Water Project: Kavumbu Secondary School -
The Water Project: Kavumbu Secondary School -
The Water Project: Kavumbu Secondary School -
The Water Project: Kavumbu Secondary School -
The Water Project: Kavumbu Secondary School -
The Water Project: Kavumbu Secondary School -
The Water Project: Kavumbu Secondary School -
The Water Project: Kavumbu Secondary School -
The Water Project: Kavumbu Secondary School -
The Water Project: Kavumbu Secondary School -
The Water Project: Kavumbu Secondary School -
The Water Project: Kavumbu Secondary School -
The Water Project: Kavumbu Secondary School -
The Water Project: Kavumbu Secondary School -
The Water Project: Kavumbu Secondary School -
The Water Project: Kavumbu Secondary School -
The Water Project: Kavumbu Secondary School -
The Water Project: Kavumbu Secondary School -
The Water Project: Kavumbu Secondary School -
The Water Project: Kavumbu Secondary School -
The Water Project: Kavumbu Secondary School -
The Water Project: Kavumbu Secondary School -
The Water Project: Kavumbu Secondary School -

Project Status



Project Type:  Rainwater Catchment

Regional Program: Southeastern Kenya WaSH Program

Impact: 237 Served

Project Phase:  In Service - Sep 2016

Functionality Status:  Functional

Last Checkup: 07/02/2019

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Community Profile

This project is a part of our shared program with Africa Sand Dam Foundation. Our team is pleased to directly share the below report (edited for clarity, as needed).

Welcome to the School

Kavumbu Secondary School is located in a area where water shortage is persistently an issue. Lack of water has affected school enrollment as students reportedly drop out of school due to the lack of sanitation and basic facilities. The girl child is affected the most, as basic sanitation issues greatly affect her personal hygiene. Various organizations have tried to implement hygiene programs in the community, and the government has contributed finances to channel water from the area’s main river sources. However, frequent breakdowns make these systems unreliable.

The school was selected by parents and self-help group members who are doing other projects with ASDF. Consultations with the school management committee resulted in our decision to build the school a rainwater catchment tank. With the tank, the school hopes to boost academic performance and student enrollment.

Water Situation

Since Kavumbu Secondary doesn’t have a reliable water source on school grounds, they are forced to seek other solutions. The school has boarding facilities for 176 students; 92 girls and 84 boys. The school must buy water from a borehole which is 14 kilometers away from the school! The school incurs a bill of 5000 Kenyan shillings per water-fetching trip. Such a large water bill results in raised tuition fees.

The school is also connected to a water pipeline that sources from one of the area’s main rivers. Even though the pipeline is unreliable, the school is still charged 10,000 shillings. Alternatively, the school can hire donkeys to go fetch water directly from the river. All of these options incur extra costs that have pushed school fees to an all-time high. Households that scrape together funds to pay for their children’s education are suffering.

The school has a 10,000-liter plastic reservoir tank used to store water meant for cooking and drinking. In a day, the school needs an average of 2000 liters of water. Due to these strains, the school has challenges in maintaining a clean environment.

Children report cases of stomachache and diarrhea during the dry periods when the school has to rely on various different water sources. Since there is only a limited amount of water, the school has to ration the amount of water each student consumes per day. The low water rations have affected personal hygiene, especially the hygiene of boarders. With these conditions, the health and academic performance of all students are poor.

Sanitation Situation

Kavumbu Secondary School has 14 pit latrines that teachers and students try their best to keep clean. However, this is difficult without enough water to do the job well. There are six bathing rooms for the boarders, but no hand-washing stations. There are a few clotheslines and dish racks for boarders to dry their belongings. The school has an open pit for disposing of garbage. School attendants burn the pit’s contents to keep it from overflowing.

All of the teaching and emphasis on hygiene happens in the classroom. There is minimal practice or enforcement of hygiene and sanitation outside the classroom. We believe this all results from a lack of water.

Plans: Hygiene and Sanitation Training

That’s why students and teachers will greatly benefit from hygiene and sanitation training. The facilitator will hold training for one day at the school compound. This will involve students, teachers, and parents. CHAST (Children’s Hygiene and Sanitation Training) will be used to teach personal hygiene and how to handle the new rainwater catchment tank. A highlight of the training session will be how to wash hands the right way!

The school will also be trained on how to form a school health club which will be responsible for in promoting hygiene and sanitation in the school. The school will also be expected to periodically clean the tank to prevent water contamination. The school management will ensure that water treatment is enforced.

Plans: Tank Construction

We are planning for a 105,000-liter rainwater catchment tank on school grounds. Parents have already begun gathering local materials that can be used in tank construction!

We also plan to deliver hand-washing stations before training so that they can be used for demonstrations and practice.

Project Updates


12/20/2017: A Year Later: Kavumbu Secondary School

A year ago, generous donors helped build a rainwater catchment tank and latrines for the Kavumbu Secondary School in Western Kenya. Because of these gifts and the contributions of our monthly donors, our partners are able to visit project sites throughout the year, strengthening relationships with communities and evaluating the actual water project. These consistent visits allow us learn vital lessons and hear amazing stories – we’re excited to share this one from our partners Titus Mbithi and Joe Kioko with you.


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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.


A Year Later: Kavumbu Secondary School

December, 2017

General hygiene levels have improved, and the water tank saves the school 40,000 shillings a month in water costs. This money is now used to restock textbooks that help students perform well academically.

Keeping The Water Promise

There's an incredible community of monthly donors who have come alongside you in supporting clean water in Kavumbu Secondary School.

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

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A year ago, generous donors helped build a rainwater harvesting tank and latrines for the Kavumbu Secondary School in Western Kenya. Because of these gifts and the contributions of our monthly donors, our partners are able to visit project sites throughout the year, strengthening relationships with communities and evaluating the actual water project. These consistent visits allow us learn vital lessons and hear amazing stories – we’re excited to share this one from our partners Titus Mbithi and Joe Kioko with you.


Students no longer have interrupted days due to the need to walk to Kwa Kalenga Earth Dam to fetch water, which is one kilometer away.

Students have enough water for drinking, while the boarding students can easily bathe and wash their clothes. Levels of hygiene at the school have improved.

Principal Kioko, Field Officer Mbithi, and Rebecca all give a thumbs up for clean water.

We met Principal Kioko at the water tank to talk about how it’s further impacted his school. He said that “students no longer leave the school during study hours. General hygiene levels have improved, and the water tank saves the school 40,000 shillings a month in water costs. This money is now used to restock textbooks that help students perform well academically.” He continued by saying that “as a result of higher enrollment of students because of water availability, sometimes the demand for water at the tank necessitates rationing for it to last through drought.”

Rebecca Mwikali filling a cup with clean water from the tank.

17-year-old Rebecca Mwikali is a boarding student echoed what her principal had to say: “We are getting enough water for drinking, showering, and washing. We no longer walk to the dam to fetch water, and we now have access to hand-washing facilities which have improved hygiene.”

Students and staff no longer have to stress about where their water is gong to come from, and can instead focus on what they’re there for.


The Water Project and our partners are committed to consistent monitoring of each water source. Our monitoring and evaluation program, made possible by monthly donors, allows us to visit communities up to 4 times a year. Read more about our program and how you can help.


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 Kavumbu Secondary School maintain access to safe, reliable water.

We’d love for you to join this world-changing group committed to sustainability.

The most impactful way to continue your support of Kavumbu Secondary School – and hundreds of other places just like this – is by joining our community of monthly givers.

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