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The Water Project: Friends School Chegulo Rainwater Catchment Project -
The Water Project: Friends School Chegulo Rainwater Catchment Project -
The Water Project: Friends School Chegulo Rainwater Catchment Project -
The Water Project: Friends School Chegulo Rainwater Catchment Project -
The Water Project: Friends School Chegulo Rainwater Catchment Project -
The Water Project: Friends School Chegulo Rainwater Catchment Project -
The Water Project: Friends School Chegulo Rainwater Catchment Project -
The Water Project: Friends School Chegulo Rainwater Catchment Project -
The Water Project: Friends School Chegulo Rainwater Catchment Project -
The Water Project: Friends School Chegulo Rainwater Catchment Project -
The Water Project: Friends School Chegulo Rainwater Catchment Project -
The Water Project: Friends School Chegulo Rainwater Catchment Project -
The Water Project: Friends School Chegulo Rainwater Catchment Project -
The Water Project: Friends School Chegulo Rainwater Catchment Project -
The Water Project: Friends School Chegulo Rainwater Catchment Project -
The Water Project: Friends School Chegulo Rainwater Catchment Project -
The Water Project: Friends School Chegulo Rainwater Catchment Project -
The Water Project: Friends School Chegulo Rainwater Catchment Project -
The Water Project: Friends School Chegulo Rainwater Catchment Project -
The Water Project: Friends School Chegulo Rainwater Catchment Project -
The Water Project: Friends School Chegulo Rainwater Catchment Project -
The Water Project: Friends School Chegulo Rainwater Catchment Project -
The Water Project: Friends School Chegulo Rainwater Catchment Project -
The Water Project: Friends School Chegulo Rainwater Catchment Project -
The Water Project: Friends School Chegulo Rainwater Catchment Project -
The Water Project: Friends School Chegulo Rainwater Catchment Project -
The Water Project: Friends School Chegulo Rainwater Catchment Project -
The Water Project: Friends School Chegulo Rainwater Catchment Project -
The Water Project: Friends School Chegulo Rainwater Catchment Project -
The Water Project: Friends School Chegulo Rainwater Catchment Project -
The Water Project: Friends School Chegulo Rainwater Catchment Project -
The Water Project: Friends School Chegulo Rainwater Catchment Project -
The Water Project: Friends School Chegulo Rainwater Catchment Project -
The Water Project: Friends School Chegulo Rainwater Catchment Project -
The Water Project: Friends School Chegulo Rainwater Catchment Project -
The Water Project: Friends School Chegulo Rainwater Catchment Project -
The Water Project: Friends School Chegulo Rainwater Catchment Project -
The Water Project: Friends School Chegulo Rainwater Catchment Project -

Project Status



Project Type:  Rainwater Catchment

Regional Program: Western Kenya WaSH Program

Impact: 500 Served

Project Phase:  In Service - Aug 2016

Functionality Status:  Functional

Last Checkup: 09/19/2019

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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

Friends School Chegulo Primary was established in the year 1936 by the Friends Church, its sponsor. It is located in Chegulo Village, Mahusi sub-location, Chegulo location, Butali Chegulo Ward, Malava Sub-County, Kakamega County.

The school has both day and boarding sections that were established in the year 2010, which have a total population of 586 pupils. 315 of these are boys, 271 are girls. There is a special needs department which serves 33 boys and 23 girls, and an early childhood development department (ECD). The ECD has a total population of 70 pupils, 39 of which are boys and 31 girls. All departments combined, this puts the total student population at 792 students. The school employs 15 teachers, out of which 11 are employed by the Teachers Service Commission (TSC), while four are PTA employees. There are six support staff: two watchmen, two cooks, one bursar and one matron who cater for the boarding students.

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

Being an agricultural region, most community members engage in sugarcane farming while the students are in school. The numerous plantations make for good scenery when viewed from the hilltops. Men tend to focus on their farms, and women focus on domestic chores such as fetching water from springs, washing, and cooking.

Water Situation

Students waste approximately an hour each school day to get water. The school has an electric borehole which is expensive for the school to maintain. They have to keep up on paying the electricity bill, which makes it unreliable. Even when the pump is working, it can barely serve the growing population of boarding students. Most of the time, pupils have to wait for a long time in line to fetch water. When the wait is too long, students sometimes return home and fetch water from there. Sometimes they get water from dirty, contaminated sources which affect students with waterborne complications like typhoid, diarrhea, and stomachaches. Thus, the rate of absenteeism is high.

Students carry their own jerrycans for water, and once they arrive at school, it is poured into larger plastic containers. These larger containers are not covered, and often have dry leaves and garbage floating in them.

Sanitation Situation

The school has a total of 15 VIP (ventilation improved pit) latrines and one urinal, out of which two are reserved for teachers, six for boys, and seven for girls. Some of these lack doors, giving students no privacy! The latrines are not enough for the school population and results in pupils wasting a lot of time queuing during break. Four other doors were condemned because they are in such poor condition.

There is one improvised hand-washing facility intended for teachers’ use, but nothing for students to use. This has heightened the transmission risk of diarrhea diseases. The pupils who live on school grounds are most affected because of the poor sanitation facilities. This includes bathing rooms, which are made of poles and iron sheets with no doors or roofs.

There isn’t enough water to keep facilities clean, and there’s no structure in place for maintenance. Students and teachers lack hygiene and sanitation knowledge in general! Caroline, a teacher at the school, says, “We have a big problem with water and sanitation facilities in our school, especially with the increasing number of enrollment within our boarding section who require water to wash, bathe and clean their dormitories. We have a big problem with the way we handle hygiene issues in our institution, and we need to be enlightened on issues to do with sanitation and hygiene.”

Plans: Hygiene and Sanitation Training

Training will be held for two days. 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. This CTC club will oversee the new facilities and make sure they are kept clean and in working condition.

Plans: Rainwater Catchment Tank and VIP Latrines

The school community is willing to contribute the local materials to be used in the construction of a 30,000-liter water catchment tank and additional VIP latrines. These new facilities will go a long way in reducing the rate of waterborne diseases among pupils and teachers. In the meantime, the school has agreed to start treating drinking water in order to immediately reduce waterborne disease.

Project Updates


12/20/2017: A Year Later: Friends School Chegulo

A year ago, generous donors helped build a rainwater harvesting tank and latrines for the Chegulo Friends 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, Faith Muthama, 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: Friends School Chegulo

December, 2017

The population of Chegulo Friends Primary School has increased by around 150 pupils since the facilities were installed in the school. This is a blessing in disguise for the facilities attracted more pupils.

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A year ago, generous donors helped build a rainwater harvesting tank and latrines for the Chegulo Friends 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, Faith Muthama, with you.

The ongoing survival of many schools in Kenya is 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.


Faith Muthama, shares the impact that she has witnessed as a WEWASAFO employee who has seen the growth at Chegulo since the project began: “The life of the project beneficiaries has really changed. Initially the school had no clean classrooms but now they have clean classrooms and a good environment for the pupils to learn. The children both the boarders and the day scholars had no safe drinking water now they have and also the boarders had to go to the river to fetch water for bathing but now they get it from the tank. The cooks now have sufficient water for the kitchen.”

Faith Muthama standing between Mrs. Norah Mulongo and 12-year-old Oscar Omar at the tank.

Perhaps the biggest impact on the health of the students at the school occurs through hygiene and sanitation behavior changes, such as handwashing. Oscar Omar, a twelve year old student at Chegulo Friends School proclaims, “This project has changed our life totally. We have developed a habit of washing our hands after visiting the toilet, a practice that has reduced waterborne diseases among us.”

Access to clean water and new latrines provides students with improved health and more time for both school and family life. We are excited to stay in touch with the students and community connected to the Chegulo Primary School and to report the impact as they continue on their journey with clean water.

A teacher supervising her students as they fetch drinking water from the tank.

One issue that both Oscar Omar and Norah Mulongo, one of the support staff reported was that there are low water levels during the dry months. One of the exciting effects of water and sanitation access for schools is the ability to draw more students to enroll. This presents both an opportunity and a challenge with water access. The WEWASAFO staff is working with the school to manage the tank’s water supply to ensure that it can last through weeks without rains in Western Kenya, and they are also exploring options to build larger tanks in future schools.


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 Friends School Chegulo Rainwater Catchment Project maintain access to safe, reliable water.

We’d love for you to join this world-changing group committed to sustainability.

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Contributors

Project Underwriter - St. Andrew Faith Formation
Lauren, Leah and Anna's Campaign for Water

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