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The Water Project: Kidinye Secondary School Rainwater Catchment Project -
The Water Project: Kidinye Secondary School Rainwater Catchment Project -
The Water Project: Kidinye Secondary School Rainwater Catchment Project -
The Water Project: Kidinye Secondary School Rainwater Catchment Project -
The Water Project: Kidinye Secondary School Rainwater Catchment Project -
The Water Project: Kidinye Secondary School Rainwater Catchment Project -
The Water Project: Kidinye Secondary School Rainwater Catchment Project -
The Water Project: Kidinye Secondary School Rainwater Catchment Project -
The Water Project: Kidinye Secondary School Rainwater Catchment Project -
The Water Project: Kidinye Secondary School Rainwater Catchment Project -
The Water Project: Kidinye Secondary School Rainwater Catchment Project -
The Water Project: Kidinye Secondary School Rainwater Catchment Project -
The Water Project: Kidinye Secondary School Rainwater Catchment Project -
The Water Project: Kidinye Secondary School Rainwater Catchment Project -
The Water Project: Kidinye Secondary School Rainwater Catchment Project -
The Water Project: Kidinye Secondary School Rainwater Catchment Project -
The Water Project: Kidinye Secondary School Rainwater Catchment Project -
The Water Project: Kidinye Secondary School Rainwater Catchment Project -
The Water Project: Kidinye Secondary School Rainwater Catchment Project -
The Water Project: Kidinye Secondary School Rainwater Catchment Project -
The Water Project: Kidinye Secondary School Rainwater Catchment Project -
The Water Project: Kidinye Secondary School Rainwater Catchment Project -
The Water Project: Kidinye Secondary School Rainwater Catchment Project -
The Water Project: Kidinye Secondary School Rainwater Catchment Project -
The Water Project: Kidinye Secondary School Rainwater Catchment Project -
The Water Project: Kidinye Secondary School Rainwater Catchment Project -
The Water Project: Kidinye Secondary School Rainwater Catchment Project -
The Water Project: Kidinye Secondary School Rainwater Catchment Project -
The Water Project: Kidinye Secondary School Rainwater Catchment Project -
The Water Project: Kidinye Secondary School Rainwater Catchment Project -
The Water Project: Kidinye Secondary School Rainwater Catchment Project -
The Water Project: Kidinye Secondary School Rainwater Catchment Project -
The Water Project: Kidinye Secondary School Rainwater Catchment Project -
The Water Project: Kidinye Secondary School Rainwater Catchment Project -

Project Status



Project Type:  Rainwater Catchment

Regional Program: Western Kenya WaSH Program

Impact: 281 Served

Project Phase:  In Service - Aug 2016

Functionality Status:  Functional

Last Checkup: 07/16/2019

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Community Profile

This project is a part of our shared program with Western Water And Sanitation Forum (WEWASAFO). Our team is pleased to directly share the below report (edited for clarity, as needed).

Welcome to the School

A normal day in this school is comprised of attending classes, taking occasional breaks for games, and then dismissal for home in the evening. While the kids are at school, parents are on their farms. The people from this area rely on agriculture to earn a living.

The school hosts many students with HIV/AIDS who persevere despite much contempt. There is a great struggle to learn, and it is hard to cope with the stigmas that come with HIV/AIDS. All students in this school depend on the Constituency Development Fund (CDF) for their fees, though this body does not pay the entire amount.

Kidinye Primary has an insufficient number of classrooms for its growing population, as well as only a few sanitation facilities constructed by CDF and the European Union. “Almost all our students stay with old, poor grandparents who, due to old age and poverty, cannot adequately provide their basic needs, let alone their school fees and other requirements for learning,” shares the deputy principal.

Water Situation

The school has a 500-liter water storage tank, courtesy of the European Union. In fact, almost all of the school facilities ranging from classrooms to sanitation facilities have been donated to the school by the European Union. There is also a seasonal hand-pump well that is being shared between both the primary and secondary sections. But during the dry seasons, students must carry water from home. Unfortunately our visit to the school proved that though there is a well on school property, it is not protected. The well is not sealed properly, and allows surface runoff and waste to enter. Students often suffer from diarrhea after drinking water fetched from this well. Since both the small tank and the well depend on the seasons, this school is in desperate need of another water source.

Sanitation Situation

The school has only one pit. There are three doors built over the top, but they are only for girls. Boys do not have latrines and must travel over to the primary section to share their facilities. Thus the primary school’s latrines often have long lines during class breaks! During our initial visit, it was also apparent that because of a lack of latrines, there is an open defecation issue on school grounds.

There is one hand-washing station, but it has no soap. Garbage is disposed of in a shallow pit behind the buildings.

Plans: Hygiene and Sanitation Training

This community believes that good hygiene is impossible when impoverished. Hygiene and sanitation training will prove that hygiene can be a reality for anybody willing to try. Training will last for two days, and will teach students and staff how to:

  • Increase access to safe, clean and adequate water
  • Improve access to sound sanitation facilities
  • Empower the great community to practice good personal hygiene and maintain environmental health

The facilitator will use PHAST (participatory hygiene and sanitation transformation), ABCD (asset-based community development), CTC (child to child), lectures, group discussions, and handouts to teach health topics and ways to promote good practices within the school. The CTC method will prepare students to lead other students into healthy habits, as well as kickstart a CTC club for the school.

Secondary School Principal Nixon Sabwa admits, “Our community needs concerted effort to prevent the spread of communicable diseases. Any support in terms of trainings and water provision will go a long way in improving health.”

Plans: Rainwater Catchment Tank

A 30,000-liter rainwater catchment tank will be constructed on school grounds. Teachers, students, and parents will gather the local materials needed for this project, including sand, ballast, bricks, and hardcore. This contribution will fuel a sense of responsibility for the school and community to take care of their new facilities. Once materials are mobilized, the WEWASAFO team will arrive to lead the construction effort.

Plans: VIP Latrines

Two triple-door latrines will be constructed, providing three new latrines for each gender. Latrine materials will be mobilized the same way as the tank, ensuring the school feels these facilities are truly theirs.

Plans: Hand-Washing Stations

Two hand-washing stations will be delivered to the school before training. These come in the form of two 60-liter containers fitted with a tap. The training facilitator will demonstrate how to properly wash hands, and then students will have a chance to practice in groups. The CTC club will be responsible for filling the hand-washing containers on a daily basis.

Project Updates


12/15/2017: A Year Later: Kidinye Secondary School

A year ago, generous donors helped build a rainwater harvesting tank and latrines for the Kidinye Secondary School in Western Kenya. Because of these gifts and support from our monthly donors, 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 to learn vital lessons and hear amazing stories – we’re excited to share this one from our WEWASAFO partner, Erick Wagaka, 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: Kidinye Secondary School

November, 2017

“There has been tremendous improvement on time management among students. They no longer have to cross over to the primary section to share their sanitation facilities. Besides, they don’t have to carry water from home. The tank water is enough; they are served well through dry season till rainfall comes again.”

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A year ago, generous donors helped build a rainwater harvesting tank and latrines for the Kidinye School in Western Kenya. Because of these gifts and support from our monthly donors, 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 to learn vital lessons and hear amazing stories – we’re excited to share this one from our WEWASAFO partner, Erick Wagaka, with you.

Many secondary schools in Kenya are built adjacent to the primary school for the community.  This is the case with the Kidinye Secondary School, and prior to the implementation of the rainwater harvesting tank project at the secondary school, one water source was serving two schools.  According to Erick Wakanga, many students at Kidinye are orphaned and are staying with grandparents, which makes it difficult for the families of the student body to raise enough funds for clean water. The water tank has opened many opportunities for the students this year.  Wakanga also shared that the WEWASAFO hygiene and sanitation programs that train students to train other students have had a great impact on the health of the school.

The project at Kidinye has not only had impact on health, but has also unlocked much of the educational potential among the students.  James Wanjala, age 18, testifies, “We now have plenty of water to wash our plates after eating lunch and for mopping our classes. As a result, cases of students reporting stomachaches have reduced drastically. Besides, it feels so nice, quite encouraging and very conducive to be learning in a clean environment. The extra time created by having the water in school is also used for holding mathematics discussions. As a consequence, personally, I have registered positive results in mathematics since then.”

Benard Hoka is a director of studies and the sports master at the school.  He shares, “The project has helped to manage movement of students out of school in search of both water and latrine for use. Meals are also being prepared on time because water is ever available to the cooks. Apart from contributing to the increase in students’ population by 70 new students, the school mean grade also increased from B- {minus} in 2015 to B {plain} in 2016. On part of sanitation, cleaning is now being done thrice per week unlike before when it was done once. Moreover, we can now host sports without having the stress of buying water for players.”

The ongoing survival of many schools in Kenya are threatened if they are not able to provide water and sanitary facilities for the schools, yet it is difficult for parents to pay these expenses in addition to usual school fees.  The Water Project and WEWASAFO have targeted schools just like this because of the potential that can be unlocked for both students and staff when clean water and sanitation is available.

We know that the positive changes at Kidinye Secondary School from clean water access and healthy lifestyle changes will have ripples of impact throughout their school, their community, and in the surrounding areas.  We are excited to stay in touch with this school and to report the news as they continue on their journey with clean water.

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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 Kidinye Secondary School Rainwater Catchment Project maintain access to safe, reliable water.

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