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The Water Project: Bukhaywa Secondary School -
The Water Project: Bukhaywa Secondary School -
The Water Project: Bukhaywa Secondary School -
The Water Project: Bukhaywa Secondary School -
The Water Project: Bukhaywa Secondary School -
The Water Project: Bukhaywa Secondary School -
The Water Project: Bukhaywa Secondary School -
The Water Project: Bukhaywa Secondary School -
The Water Project: Bukhaywa Secondary School -
The Water Project: Bukhaywa Secondary School -
The Water Project: Bukhaywa Secondary School -
The Water Project: Bukhaywa Secondary School -
The Water Project: Bukhaywa Secondary School -
The Water Project: Bukhaywa Secondary School -
The Water Project: Bukhaywa Secondary School -
The Water Project: Bukhaywa Secondary School -
The Water Project: Bukhaywa Secondary School -
The Water Project: Bukhaywa Secondary School -
The Water Project: Bukhaywa Secondary School -
The Water Project: Bukhaywa Secondary School -
The Water Project: Bukhaywa Secondary School -
The Water Project: Bukhaywa Secondary School -
The Water Project: Bukhaywa Secondary School -
The Water Project: Bukhaywa Secondary School -
The Water Project: Bukhaywa Secondary School -
The Water Project: Bukhaywa Secondary School -
The Water Project: Bukhaywa Secondary School -
The Water Project: Bukhaywa Secondary School -
The Water Project: Bukhaywa Secondary School -
The Water Project: Bukhaywa Secondary School -
The Water Project: Bukhaywa Secondary School -
The Water Project: Bukhaywa Secondary School -
The Water Project: Bukhaywa Secondary School -
The Water Project: Bukhaywa Secondary School -
The Water Project: Bukhaywa Secondary School -
The Water Project: Bukhaywa Secondary School -
The Water Project: Bukhaywa Secondary School -
The Water Project: Bukhaywa Secondary School -
The Water Project: Bukhaywa Secondary School -
The Water Project: Bukhaywa Secondary School -
The Water Project: Bukhaywa Secondary School -

Project Status



Project Type:  Rainwater Catchment

Regional Program: Western Kenya WaSH Program

Impact: 500 Served

Project Phase:  In Service - Feb 2017

Functionality Status:  Functional

Last Checkup: 08/07/2019

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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

Bukhwaya Secondary School is located in Bukhaywa Village, Buyangu, Kambiri, Ileho, Kakamega East of Kakamega County, Kenya. The school was started by the Friends Church in 1989. It now has a total student population of 469, of which 256 are boys and 213 are girls. The school employs 25 teachers and 11 support staff. (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.)

A normal day at the school begins at six in the morning. Students come from all over, as far as six kilometers away. The students who come from neighboring villages have bicycles, which can be seen lined up in a picture under the “See Photos & Video” tab. These were donated by an organization that has a heart to help these students, too!

Form one and two are responsible for cleaning the school compound for 7AM to 7:25AM. After cleaning, all students gather together to parade and raise the flag. The teacher on duty addresses the students and makes announcements. Lessons then begin at 8AM and stretch until 4:30PM.

During classes, most parents are busy tending to livestock. Others specialize in buying and selling these animals in the nearby Lubao Market. Dogs, cows, goats, sheep, and pigs are in and out of the community on a daily basis.

Water Situation

The main water source is a hand-dug well that goes dry during part of the year. This well doesn’t have a pump, so fetching its water must be done manually with a rope and bucket. When there’s no water in this well, students must walk one kilometer away to an unprotected spring (we plan to protect this spring in 2017). A lot of time is wasted, whether fetching water with the bucket or walking long distances back and forth.

There are four small plastic water tanks on school grounds. Two of these have a capacity of 5,000 liters, and the others are 1,000 liters. Once it stops raining, the water in these tanks is used up within a week.

Sanitation Situation

The school has 18 useable pit latrines. Four of these are set aside for teachers, leaving 14 for students. Many of these latrines left for students have broken doors, leaving students with no privacy. Due to inadequate water in the school, latrines are very dirty and expose students to infections and other complications. Students also waste a lot of time during breaks waiting their turn for the latrine.

The situation is dire, however, because the Ministry of Roads has ordered all student latrines to be demolished for impending construction.

Classrooms are dirty, so students worry about jiggers. There is only one hand-washing station that is set aside for teachers. The students admit there’s no way to wash their hands after using the latrine or before eating. Plus, the little amount of water available is used up for drinking and cooking. No water is every left for washing or cleaning.

The school has taken initiative to improve their environment, but they can only do so much without water. They have dug a compost pit, but litter has not been separated properly. They are in serious need of training and a new water supply.

Plans: Hygiene and Sanitation Training and Hand-Washing Stations

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, such as hand-washing stations, and make sure they are kept clean and in working condition. The two hand-washing stations will be delivered to the school, and the club will fill them with water on a daily basis and make sure there is always a cleaning agent such as soap or ash.

Plans: Rainwater Catchment Tank

A 30,000-liter rainwater catchment tank will be constructed on school grounds. Teachers, students, and parents will gather the 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.

With adequate clean water, the school will have water for drinking, cooking, cleaning, hand-washing, and irrigation! The school’s food program wants to maintain a garden that will help provide food for hungry students.

Plans: VIP Latrines

These six new latrines are coming at the best time for this school. While the old latrines are being torn down for the new road, the VIP (ventilated improved pit) latrines will be built as their replacements. There will be three doors for each gender. Latrine materials will be mobilized the same way as the tank, ensuring the school feels these facilities are truly theirs.

School administration and parents are positive that with these new facilities and training, their students’ academic performance will improve. Students will be healthy and empowered to focus on what’s important!

Thank You for unlocking potential at Bukhaywa Secondary School!

Project Updates


12/19/2017: A Year Later: Bukhaywa Secondary School

A year ago, generous donors helped build a rainwater catchment system and latrines for Bukhaywa Secondary School in Western Kenya. Because of these gifts and contributions from our monthly donors, partners can 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 partner, Rose Serete, 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: Bukhaywa Secondary School

November, 2017

Life has really changed because we have enough water, we are not queuing for a long time so we save time for studying.

Keeping The Water Promise

There's an incredible community of monthly donors who have come alongside you in supporting clean water in Bukhaywa Secondary School.

This giving community supports ongoing sustainability programs that help Bukhaywa Secondary School maintain access to safe, reliable water. Together, they keep The Water Promise.

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A year ago, generous donors helped build a rainwater catchment system and latrines for Bukhaywa Secondary School in Western Kenya. Because of these gifts and contributions from our monthly donors, partners can 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 partner, Rose Serete, with you.

The environment of Bukhaywa Secondary School is looking good. You can tell life has really improved because now they have enough clean and sufficient drinking water at school.

“The water project has really boosted the school and now the school has good health, and few cases of diseases reported,” says Deputy principal Linet Imali Andege. “The students are now observing and practicing good hygiene as well.”

18-year-old student Diana Mwanika shares her experience since the water tank was constructed. “Life has really changed because we have enough water, we are not queuing for a long time so we save time for studying. And our performance has improved, we thank Lord for this project and we are grateful for the sanitation facilities too.”

The staff will continue to do monitoring, evaluation and dosing of the water tank and will encourage the school and students to practice proper hygiene and sanitation.

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 Bukhaywa Secondary School maintain access to safe, reliable water.

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

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