Project Status

Project Type:  Rainwater Catchment

Program: IcFEM Water Projects

Impact: 500 Served

Project Phase: 
Community Managed
Implementing Partner Monitoring Data Unavailable
Initial Installation: Oct 2013

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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 situated in Lusokho village, Karima sub-location, Mbakalo location in Bungoma County. The locals are mainly subsistence farmers growing crops like maize, beans, tomatoes, vegetables and keeping of livestock to sustain their families.

The area is endowed with sufficient amounts of rainfall (between 750mm and 1,500mm per annum). However, availability of water for domestic use is a major challenge to the residents who rely on wells and seasonal rivers to get water.

Lusokho Primary school is a new school with about 1,250 pupils; a large number considering that the school has no water within its compound. The pupils get water from a spring 3 kilometres away from the school. Sanitation and hygiene are therefore a long shot for the locals and the school community. (Editor's Note: While this many people may have access on any given day, realistically a single water source can only support a population of 350-500 people.  To learn more, click here.)

The LTU benefited from the WASH training in the first Phase but the integration of the lessons learnt is dependent on availability of water. The residents have received the news of the possibility of doing a water harvesting project in the school with great joy and relief.

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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.