St. Theresa's Musaa Primary School Rainwater Catchment Tank

Regional Program:
Western Kenya WaSH Program

Latitude 0.28
Longitude 34.73

500 Served

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Stories and Community Profile

Welcome to the School

St. Theresa’s Musaa Primary School is located in a slum area within the municipality of Kakamega town. The poverty index of the residents is very high thus resulting in minimal community financial support to the school. Most of the residents of Musaa village are small scale business people and casual labors at construction sites in Kakamega town and its environs. A normal day for the school involves learning with breaks including lunch and recess.

The school is a public mixed day primary school located in Musaa village, Shirere sub‑location, Bukhungu location, Shirere ward, Lurambi sub‑county, Kakamega County. It was founded in the year 1960 under the sponsorship of the Catholic Church. This helped in reducing the distance which the pupils had to travel to the nearby Ikonyero and Irumbi primary schools and also to minimize dangers of the pupils traveling long distances across the slum to and from school. The school has a total population of 893 pupils; 451 being boys while 442 are girls. The total number of teachers in the school is 29, 6 being male and 20 female. There are also 4 support staff under the school’s employ; 2 security guards, a secretary and a cook.

(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. This community would be a good candidate for a second project in the future so adequate water is available. To learn more, click here.)

The school had just received a statutory notice to abate nuisance from the ministry of health as a result of its poor WASH conditions. This led the head teacher (newly transferred to the school) to approach WEWASAFO with a letter of request for assistance. A baseline survey was conducted, need identified, and the school approved as a beneficiary for the project.

“We are very grateful that you took note of our request and came for a baseline survey, your support will be highly appreciated by the school as it is located within a slum with minimal community support due to the high poverty index in the community.” said Mr. Bakari, the school’s head teacher.

Water Situation

The school is in dire need as it has no water source or storage in the grounds, forcing the pupils to daily carry water from home to school, the water source remaining unknown. As a result the quality of the water brought by the pupils is questionable and open to contamination due to poor water handling practices along the way.

The students typically carry water in 5-10 liter jerrycans, and sometimes uncovered buckets. Once at the school, the water is stored in plastic drums in the school kitchen. The containers are not cleaned, only rinsed with water occasionally. Teachers at the school relate that the contaminated water often causes diseases like Typhoid, cholera, stomachaches, and diarrhea among the students.

Plans: Second Rainwater Catchment Tank

Plans are to build a second 30,000-liter rainwater catchment tank within the school compound. This tank will collect water during the rainy seasons to be used by the students and staff for the school day throughout the year. Once this tank is complete, the school will have the ability to harvest up to 60,000 liters of rainwater.

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Recent Project Updates

09/14/2016: Second Tank at St. Theresa's Musaa Primary School Complete!

We are excited to bring you the good news that students and staff at St. Theresa’s Musaa Primary School now have a second 30,000-liter rainwater catchment tank which will compliment the first 30,000-liter tank built earlier this year (click here to view that project, which also included new latrines and hygiene and sanitation training). With a 60,000-liter potential, this large school of 900 students and growing can now have enough safe water to last the year! We have added pictures to the “See Photos & Video” tab so you can see the finished project. Enjoy!

You made this possible. This is all thanks to your dedication to accessible and sustainable clean water!

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Project Data

Project Type:  Rainwater Catchment
Location:  Musaa village, Shirere sub‑location, Bukhungu location, Lurambi sub‑county, Kakamega County, Kenya
ProjectID: 4635
Install Date:  09/14/2016

Country Details


Population: 39.8 Million
Lacking clean water: 43%
Below poverty line: 50%

Partner Profile

Western Water and Sanitation Forum (WEWASAFO) works together with less privileged and marginalized members of communities in Western Kenya to reduce poverty through harnessing and utilization of local resources for sustainable development.