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The Water Project: Ndwaani Primary School -
The Water Project: Ndwaani Primary School -
The Water Project: Ndwaani Primary School -
The Water Project: Ndwaani Primary School -
The Water Project: Ndwaani Primary School -
The Water Project: Ndwaani Primary School -
The Water Project: Ndwaani Primary School -
The Water Project: Ndwaani Primary School -
The Water Project: Ndwaani Primary School -
The Water Project: Ndwaani Primary School -
The Water Project: Ndwaani Primary School -
The Water Project: Ndwaani Primary School -
The Water Project: Ndwaani Primary School -
The Water Project: Ndwaani Primary School -
The Water Project: Ndwaani Primary School -
The Water Project: Ndwaani Primary School -
The Water Project: Ndwaani Primary School -
The Water Project: Ndwaani Primary School -
The Water Project: Ndwaani Primary School -
The Water Project: Ndwaani Primary School -
The Water Project: Ndwaani Primary School -
The Water Project: Ndwaani Primary School -
The Water Project: Ndwaani Primary School -
The Water Project: Ndwaani Primary School -
The Water Project: Ndwaani Primary School -
The Water Project: Ndwaani Primary School -
The Water Project: Ndwaani Primary School -
The Water Project: Ndwaani Primary School -
The Water Project: Ndwaani Primary School -
The Water Project: Ndwaani Primary School -
The Water Project: Ndwaani Primary School -
The Water Project: Ndwaani Primary School -
The Water Project: Ndwaani Primary School -
The Water Project: Ndwaani Primary School -
The Water Project: Ndwaani Primary School -
The Water Project: Ndwaani Primary School -

Project Status



Project Type:  Rainwater Catchment

Regional Program: Southeastern Kenya WaSH Program

Impact: 259 Served

Project Phase:  In Service - Dec 2016

Functionality Status:  Low/No Water or Mechanical Breakdown

Last Checkup: 09/23/2019

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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

Ndwaani Primary School is located in Kambuu, Makueni County. The school was formed in the year 1954. It is a public school that has a population of 259 total, including teachers. The school has been challenged with water scarcity over the last several years.

Ndwaani Primary School is where most of the Twone Mbee Muselele Group sends their children. They applied for a project so that their children wouldn’t have to suffer the bad situation at school any longer.

Water Situation

The school has two plastic water tanks that collect water when it rains. One has a capacity of 10,000 liters and the other is 5,000. The school needs 300 liters of water per day. Because of this requirement, these tanks only last three months after the rainy season. They will not collect water again until the next year’s rainy season, forcing students to look elsewhere for water.

The closest water point is River Yandia, which is three kilometers away. To meet the school’s water demands, pupils are required to carry water from home every day. If a student is allowed to attend class, they must have at least five liters of water with them. The school uses this water for cooking, hygiene and sanitation uses e.g. washing of hands, offices, and classrooms. Since the neighborhoods these students come from don’t have a permanent safe water source, it is likely that the water brought to school is not safe for consumption. The lack of water has affected performance of the school due to frequent truancy of students who want to avoid this stress, especially girls.

The water from River Yandia is not protected from contamination. Holes are dug in the ground at the riverbed to fetch water. Alternatively, there is a borehole that is also three kilometers away from which the school buys water from time to time. There are also some local vendors who are paid to fetch water and deliver it to the school.

There have been constant reports of waterborne disease after drinking water at school. This in turn leads to constant absences and poor academic performance. To try and help the dire situation, the school purchases water, but this is a huge expenditure for them.

Sanitation Situation

The water scarcity issue here has also led to poor hygiene practices and a dirty school environment. Classrooms and latrines aren’t cleaned when there isn’t enough water for cooking and drinking.

There are 16 pit latrines on school grounds, but they are filthy and smelly. There are no hand-washing stations for students to wash their hands after the latrine and before eating. There is a little awareness on good hygiene and sanitation here, but students and staff don’t have the water needed to maintain high standards.

The students have tremendously poor hygiene. They complain of stomachaches, skin rashes, and lice.

We met the school head teacher, Onesmus Waema. He told us “To combat the current situation and cater for a growing population in the school, an alternative water source is necessary.”

Plans: Hygiene and Sanitation Training

Students and staff will be trained for one day. Those in attendance will form a hygiene club that will promote good hygiene and sanitation practices both at school and home. They will learn all of the steps to proper hand-washing, 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 hand-washing stations.

Plans: Hand-Washing Stations

Three hand-washing stations will be delivered at the project’s completion. These are plastic tank fitted with taps. The hygiene 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.

Plans: Rainwater Catchment Tank

We will build a 105,000-liter rainwater catchment tank for Ndwaani Primary 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; 105,000 liters should collect enough water to carry students through the entire dry season. As soon as the tank has time to cure, it can begin to collect rainwater for drinking, cooking and cleaning!

Project Updates


12/20/2017: A Year Later: Ndwaani Primary School

A year ago, generous donors helped build a rainwater catchment tank and latrines for the Ndwaani Primary 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 partner Titus Mbithi with you.


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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.


A Year Later: Ndwaani Primary School

December, 2017

We have stopped carrying water to school, we clean our hands after visiting the latrines, and we now have enough clean drinking water!

Keeping The Water Promise

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

This giving community supports ongoing sustainability programs that help Ndwaani Primary 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 Ndwaani Primary 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 partner Titus Mbithi with you.


Students attending Ndwaani Primary School no longer have to carry water with them to school every day. Even if from a clean source, this water would be unsafe for drinking after the dusty journey to school. And after carrying both textbooks and water, students would be worn out before they even began class.

Field Officer Mbithi, students, and their headteacher give a thumbs up for clean water.

We met Headteacher Onesmus Waema at the rainwater catchment tank. Though the paint is wearing away, the tank itself is in excellent condition, and students are keeping the area clean. He said there is “enough water for drinking, and levels of hygiene and sanitation have improved.”

Catherine Sila

Classrooms are clean, latrines are clean, and students are still washing their hands at the hand-washing stations.

14-year-old student Sila Catherine affirmed that this is the case, saying “we have stopped carrying water to school, we clean our hands after visiting the latrines, and we now have enough clean drinking water!”

The student health club is still active with 30 members and is led by three teachers. The committee is effectively managing the tank, ensuring that there’s always enough clean water to serve Ndwaani Primary School and its students.


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 Ndwaani Primary 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 Ndwaani Primary School – and hundreds of other places just like this – is by joining our community of monthly givers.

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