Eburenga Primary School

Regional Program:
Western Kenya WaSH Program

Latitude 0.33
Longitude 34.69

500 Served

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Eburenga Primary School has no water source on school grounds. Students carry water from home in three or five-liter jerrycans. Once water is delivered to the school by the students, it is consolidated in larger 100-liter containers. Since all of this water is from different sources, many of which are unsafe, students and staff suffer. Cases of diarrhea, stomachaches, and typhoid are the norm. As if school isn’t enough challenge for a child without waterborne disease!

When students use up the three to five liters they brought, they are sent out to search for more water.

The school also lacks enough latrines; there are seven useable latrines for 729 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 community would be a good candidate for a second project in the future so adequate water is available. To learn more, click here.)

This school is now funded to receive a rainwater catchment tank, new latrines, and hand-washing stations. Students and staff will also have the opportunity to attend hygiene and sanitation training to learn about ways they can improve their health. Imagine the impact!

Welcome to the School

Eburenga Primary School was established by Friends Church in 1983 with the motto “Move an Extra Mile.” It is located in Eburenga Village, Esumeiyia, Butsotso, Shikomari, Navakholo, Kakamega Country of Kenya. When the school first opened, it had only 35 students! Now, it has an enrollment of 776 and employs 18 teachers.

A normal day at Eburenga Primary School begins at six in the morning. The water that students carry from home is immediately put to use for cleaning the school compound and classrooms. After cleaning, students gather outside for morning exercises until announcements and flag-raising at 8AM. After that, it’s time for normal classes. These last until 10AM, when students have a short break to get a drink or use the latrines. Another class goes until lunch, when students break for one hour to either have lunch on school grounds or return home if it is nearby. Afternoon class gets out at 3:45PM. Students normally play games in the field until it’s time to return home and prepare for the next day.

Water Situation

Beyond the water students bring, the school also relies on a hand-dug well which dries up for part of the year. Even when the pump yields water, the long wait in line cuts into class time. There is a spring about one kilometer away from school. Sometimes, students have no other option but to abandon class to get the water they need.

The school has some 100-liter plastic barrels that they use for water storage. Water that students fetch is poured into these containers. After drinking this water, students complain of diarrhea and stomachaches, and often miss school because of typhoid.

Sanitation Situation

There used to be 16 latrines on school grounds. Now, only seven are usable. Some of the others are full, missing doors, or infested with termites! This is not enough for the large student population, and long lines form during class breaks. Due to the water shortage, none of the latrines can be cleaned on a  regular basis.

There are two hand-washing stations, and a compost pit where students throw their garbage. When garbage piles too high, it is burned to make room for more.

Students and teachers were very excited to hear about a water, sanitation and hygiene project at their school. They have agreed to meet for training about new ways to improve health both at school and home.

Headmaster Henry Naman gave us a tour of Eburenga Primary School. He shared about their struggles of not having enough clean water or sanitation facilities. He also told us that “the school has been issued an Order for Closure by the Publich Health Department. Any kind of assistance to avert the order will be highly appreciated!”

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.

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.

School administration and parents are positive that with these new facilities and training, their students’ academic performance will improve. And most importantly, when this project is complete, there will no longer be a need to close the school. Students will be healthy and empowered to focus on what’s important!

Thank You for unlocking potential at Eburenga Primary School!

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Recent Project Updates

12/20/2017: A Year Later: Eburenga Primary School

A year ago, generous donors helped build a rainwater catchment system and latrines for Eburenga Primary School in 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, Mray Afandi, with you.


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12/29/2016: Eburenga Primary School Project Complete

We are very excited to report that, thanks to your willingness to help, the students and staff of Eburenga Primary School in Kenya have a new source of safe, clean water: A new rainwater catchment system has been built, and there are now six new latrines being used. Two hand-washing stations have been installed, and the entire student body has received training in sanitation and hygiene. Just imagine the difference these resources will make in the lives of these students!

You made it happen, now help keep the water flowing! Join our team of monthly donors and help us maintain this rainwater catchment tank and many other projects.

The report below from our partner gives the latest details of the project. We also just updated the project page with new pictures. Make sure to click on the “See Photos & Video” tab to check them out!

Project Result: New Knowledge

Hygiene and sanitation training was held in grade four’s classroom. Mr. Henry Indakwa, the school headteacher, was in charge of organizing training place, time, and participants. Unfortunately, Mr. Indakwa had to leave on emergency business when we first agreed to hold training, so sessions were delayed until he could return.

Mr. Indakwa selected pupils from grades four, five, and six, along with teachers who could both learn for themselves android their students in learning. These two teachers will also be in charge of a health club at school. There was a total of 20 participants all eager to learn about hygiene and sanitation and how it can be used at both school and home. Students were on time and asked questions about all topics, particularly about hand-washing.

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We taught an entire lesson on management and maintenance of the new tank and latrine facilities. Regular checking and cleaning of the gutter system is a must! It’s also important to treat the water while it is still in the tank. We also covered topics including but not limited to:

– Water pollution and water treatment

– Personal and environmental hygiene

– Group dynamics, leadership, and governance

– Forming an effective CTC (child to child) club

– Hand-washing

We used a number of different ways to teach the above topics. Demonstrations were used for hand-washing. We facilitated group discussions and presentations. The girls and boys also received handouts which will help them teach hygiene and sanitation to their peers.

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The child to child club will include both students and teachers who want to take responsibility for spreading the message of good health and hygiene among their peers. They will also be responsible for taking care of the new hand-washing stations, making sure they are always filled with water and that a cleaning agent like soap or ash is available. A water user committee has also been formed by parents and school administration, which will be responsible for overseeing and maintaining the new facilities.

Fiona Abuko from grade five was one of about a dozen other young ladies who attend hygiene and sanitation training. “As a school, we are grateful because we have now been taught how to wash our hands correctly. I will go and demonstrate the same to my parents, brothers and sisters. We have also been taught how to keep our environment clean both at school and at home,” she said.

The results of training were remarkable. We’ve already visited the school since these sessions and have noticed great improvements. There was no visible litter, classrooms were swept, and latrines were much cleaner.

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Project Result: Hand-Washing Stations

The two hand-washing stations were delivered to school and handed over to the CTC club. They will teach other students how to properly wash their hands at these stations, and will make sure there is always soap or ash available. Now the school has the stations they need, and they have the water to fill them!

Project Result: VIP Latrines

This project funded the installation of six new VIP (ventilated improved pit) latrines. These latrines are easy to use and easy to clean. And with a rainwater catchment tank, there should be enough water to keep them clean all the time! These new latrines will replace unusable, dangerous latrines the school had before.

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Project Results: Rainwater Catchment Tank

Construction for this 30,000-liter rainwater catchment tank began on October 1st.

First, the location was chosen with the collaboration of school leadership. We had to find a place that provided enough roof for a gutter system. We then cleared the ground, set and cast the foundational slab, built the five-inch-thick wall, built roofing, and installed the fittings such as delivery pipes, vent pipes, and screens. Finally, good drainage was ensured. Before the tank could begin collecting rainwater, we had it cure for two weeks. Once dry, we could remove the supportive beams and then install the gutter system.

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Students, parents, and neighbors helped throughout the process. They provided accommodations for the tank artisans, and volunteered to help the artisans. They also collected all of the local materials like sand and ballast and delivered them to the site.

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Mr. Daniel Tari, chairman of the parent teacher association, was there to celebrate the tank’s completion. “We thank God for the 30,000-liter tank, VIP latrines, and hand-washing facilities. We have only been seeing it in other schools, and it is a great miracle that we now have these facilities at our school. It will greatly assist our pupils and will go a long way in increasing access to safe water and sound sanitation facilities. We appreciate you for remembering us,” he said with a smile on his face. “This has lifted a great responsibility off our shoulders.” Mr. Tari joined a number of others who celebrated the tank’s completion. The headteacher invited students who sung songs and recited poems, most which had to do with what they learned in training!

“It is such a blessing to be a beneficiary of a project of such magnitude, with the aim of helping pupils readily access drinking water and save on time wasted going to fetch water from afar,” said Susan Nafula, a mother of one of the primary students. Parents can now send their children to school without worrying about the water they drink, and now Eburenga Primary’s teachers and staff have a hopeful optimism for their students’ success. The school’s motto is “move an extra mile.” We’re glad to know that this extra mile will no longer be in search of clean water!

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11/29/2016: Eburenga Primary School Project Underway

We are excited to report that, thanks to your willingness to help, Eburenga Primary School in Kenya is building a new source of safe, clean water. A rainwater catchment tank and new latrines are being constructed, hand-washing stations provided, and the school is being trained on proper sanitation and hygiene practices. Imagine the impact this will have on these students! Thank you for noticing the need here, and we’ll keep you posted as the work continues.

Thank You for caring for the thirsty!

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Monitoring Data

Project Type:  Rainwater Catchment
Location:  Kakamega, Esumeiya, Eburenga
ProjectID: 4625
Install Date:  12/29/2016

Monitoring Data
Water Point:
Last Visit: 02/08/2018

Visit History:
03/09/2017 — Functional
06/07/2017 — Functional
08/17/2017 — Functional
02/08/2018 — Functional

A Year Later: Eburenga Primary School

December, 2017

The water supply is now reliable and sufficient. Pupils have enough time for academic work. The water tank and latrines are well maintained by the school community.

A year ago, generous donors helped build a rainwater catchment system and latrines for Eburenga Primary School in 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, Mray Afandi, with you.

Since the pupils have sufficient time within the school, I have noticed general cleanliness in the compound. The rubbish is put at the compost and classes are kept clean. It is indeed encouraging to be in this school due to highly improved hygiene.


“Upon construction of the 30,000 litres water tank and six latrines, the school community has access to clean, safe water & sanitation facilities,” explains headteacher Henry Indakwa Naman. “The water supply is now reliable and sufficient. Pupils have enough time for academic work. The water tank and latrines are well maintained by the school community.”

“The awareness and level of sanitation and hygiene has improved at the school,” shares 13-year-old Paul Kituyi. “We now have access to clean, safe water and sanitation facilities at our disposal. We now have enough time for our academic work. We also have sufficient time for co-curriculum activities.”

The school children are practicing proper hygiene after visiting the toilet. This can be evidenced when you walk in to the school compound, you see children queuing around hand washing stations. The changes are great. We will continue to work with this school through our regular monitoring visits.

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.


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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.