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The Water Project: Chalicha Primary School -
The Water Project: Chalicha Primary School -
The Water Project: Chalicha Primary School -
The Water Project: Chalicha Primary School -
The Water Project: Chalicha Primary School -
The Water Project: Chalicha Primary School -
The Water Project: Chalicha Primary School -
The Water Project: Chalicha Primary School -
The Water Project: Chalicha Primary School -
The Water Project: Chalicha Primary School -
The Water Project: Chalicha Primary School -
The Water Project: Chalicha Primary School -
The Water Project: Chalicha Primary School -
The Water Project: Chalicha Primary School -
The Water Project: Chalicha Primary School -
The Water Project: Chalicha Primary School -
The Water Project: Chalicha Primary School -
The Water Project: Chalicha Primary School -
The Water Project: Chalicha Primary School -
The Water Project: Chalicha Primary School -
The Water Project: Chalicha Primary School -
The Water Project: Chalicha Primary School -
The Water Project: Chalicha Primary School -
The Water Project: Chalicha Primary School -
The Water Project: Chalicha Primary School -
The Water Project: Chalicha Primary School -
The Water Project: Chalicha Primary School -

Project Status



Project Type:  Rainwater Catchment

Program: IcFEM Water Projects

Impact: 500 Served

Project Phase:  Installed - Sep 2013

Functionality Status:  Partner Monitoring Unavailable

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Community Profile

This project is part of IcFEM’s WaSH program, which includes multiple water source schemes as well as substantial community level hygiene promotion, and training on project operation and maintenance. 

What follows is a brief project outline direct from our partner: 

Brief Background: The school is found in Chalicha village, Weonia location of Trans-nzoia County. The area is a settlement scheme with a high population consisting of small scale and large scale farmers who grow maize, bananas, beans and sunflower.

Despite the huge agricultural potential and the high amounts of rainfall (between 1,300mm to 1,800mm per annum) water is a major problem in the area.

Chalicha Primary school has a population of about 692 pupils drawn from the surrounding 3 villages. The school has a few toilet facilities that are not sufficient for the huge number of pupils. The area has no water and the closest source is a river 5 kilometres away. The school has a shallow borehole but has to share this with the surrounding villagers. This puts a strain on the scarce resource but the community has little choice. Sanitation is also a matter of concern particularly because majority of the pupils walk barefoot.

The water harvesting site will therefore be a major relief to the locals. The school is eager to share it with the community as it has done before with the borehole.

Project Updates


11/04/2013: Quick Update From Chalicha

Just a quick note to pass on the latest status of the Chalicha rainwater Harvesting project in Kenya.  The update below is from our partner in the field (edited for clarity).  Thank you again for your help in bringing clean water to these students!

The project was identified by the community and the setting up of the rainwater harvesting scheme began in July 2013 and the base was completed in the same month. A water tank was then installed after the base was cured for a week.  The site was ready by the end of July but the residents had to wait until August when the rains came and the community began to use the water.

The work moved quickly due to high cooperation by the school and the community in making their contribution. 

Although the site has not been officially handed over to the community with an official ceremony, it is already in use by all community members. The community is now relieved of the struggle they used to go through as they searched for the precious commodity of water.


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10/03/2013: Chalicha Rain Water Harvesting Project Complete!

We are excited to report that the project to construct a rainwater harvesting system in Chalicha, Kenya is complete, and the community is now using the clean water collected.  We just posted some pictures showing the finished system.  Take a look, and Thank You for your help!


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08/19/2013: Water Coming To Chalicha Primary School

We are excited to announce that work has begun to bring a new source of safe, clean water to Chalicha Primary School in Kenya.  The rainwater harvesting system will be a dependable source of this critical resource.  We just posted a report from our partner in the field including information about the community, GPS coordinates, and pictures of the project.  


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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.