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Location: Kenya

Regional Program: Western Kenya WaSH Program

Impact: 409 Served

Project Phase:  Installed

Functionality Status:  Functional

Community Profile & Stories

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

Mulundu Primary School is located in the center of Mulundu Village. Grandparents take care of children in Mulundu Village, since most parents have moved to the city in search of higher income.

Life here begins very early in the morning, with grandparents preparing their grandkids for school, which is conveniently located in the center of the village. Most pupils arrive at school by 7:30AM for classes that begin at 8AM. While kids are in school, grandparents head to their farms.

Classes end at 4:15PM for students to participate in 30 minutes of sports and games until 4:50PM when they are dismissed to return home and prepare for the next day.

Any help the school has received comes from the individual efforts of old students or employees. As he shared how grateful he is for a water project, he recounted some other acts of generosity in the past. “Sometimes we tend to think that our school is forgotten, and we have had to turn to those we feel can help us. I sincerely give credit to one principal of Chavakali High School who was born in this village and has been of great help to us. Anytime we want our children to participate in school games away in other schools, he provides the bus to us for free. He has given us computers and donated textbooks for our children. I am glad such organizations are now coming our way,” said Headteacher Mudavadi.

Water Situation

Students wake up early to prepare for their 8AM classes. They bring small five-liter jerrycans from home, full of water to drink. There is a hand-dug well at school, but this well is seasonal and yields brown water, which many students fear drinking.  Sometimes there are even bugs and small animals found floating dead in the water. Water from the well is fetched for domestic use only, so students must make their five liters of water from home last the entire school day. Furthermore, there’s no way to even ensure that water students bring from home is safe and clean for drinking.

The immune systems of these children are still so weak, making clean water even more crucial for their health. The school has had to send children back home throughout the day, especially the girl child who is seriously affected by both poor environmental hygiene and personal hygiene.

Sanitation Situation

There are 11 pit latrines at Mulundu Primary School. However, four of these are almost full, others have broken and old doors that don’t lock, with worn out, hole-filled walls. The boys’ urinal was full of stagnant urine, a breeding ground for germs.

There is one hand-washing station on school grounds, and a dish rack outside the kitchen. There is a small pit where all garbage is thrown. School board chairman Keiza Mutange shared, “I was born and raised from this community. As an elected chairperson of the school, for sure we are struggling with sanitation and hygiene practices. The health of our children while in school is therefore compromised because they frequently fall sick. As parents, we have to keep wasting time with them at home once they fall sick because we can’t even afford proper medication because of our poverty.”

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! Students will no longer have to fear drinking water.

Plans: VIP Latrines

These six new VIP (ventilation improved pit latrine) latrines will be split into 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 Mulundu Primary School!

Recent Project Updates

12/19/2017: A Year Later: Mulundu Primary School

A year ago, generous donors helped build a rainwater catchment system and latrines for Mulundu Primary 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, Samuel Simidi, with you.

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03/30/2017: Mulundu Primary School Project Complete

Mulundu Primary School in Kenya now has a new source of safe, clean water thanks to your generous donation. 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 on the school field under the shade of a tree. Students brought their desks and chairs outside. This proved to be a great location for demonstrations and getting around the school compound easily. There were 19 people in attendance, all who actively listened and participated in activities.

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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, while demonstrations were used for hand-washing and tooth-brushing. 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.

“We have a responsibility to ensuring prevention of diseases occurrence in the community or institutions is done. Community participation in health activities and use of appropriate available technology to practice good hygiene is the way to go. The training has greatly enlightened us to take initiative,” said Teacher Ephraim Indiazi.

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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 have replaced the latrines without doors and the older ones that were falling apart.

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Project Result: Rainwater Catchment Tank

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. Now, the school has the opportunity to collect up to 30,000 liters of water!

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School Board Chairman Mutange, shown below by a banana tree growing on school grounds, witnessed each step of the project and rejoiced at its completion.

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“Oh, we can now rejoice greatly because the water situation is now fully addressed. The mere thought that our children will be able to drink water from a clean source is actually blowing off my mind! In the past, the water budget has weighed so much on our shoulder for so long such that it was actually a threat in attaining good results for our children. The water tank has put us a notch higher as an institution and it will help in solving many of the cases of diarrhea witnessed in the past,” he concluded.

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02/22/2017: Mulundu Primary School Project Underway

We are excited to report that, thanks to your willingness to help, Mulundu 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 your care and generosity that unlocks potential at Mulundu Primary School!

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Monitoring Data

Project Type:  Rainwater Catchment
Location:  Kenya, Vihiga, Mulundu
ProjectID: 4632
Install Date:  03/30/2017

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Last Visit: 01/31/2018

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A Year Later: Mulundu Primary School

November, 2017

As a pupil of this school, since the installation of the project in our school, I have been able to maintain personal hygiene.

A year ago, generous donors helped build a rainwater catchment system and latrines for Mulundu Primary 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, Samuel Simidi, with you.

Life at the institution has greatly improved since the commissioning of the water project. There has been an improvement in performance of the school in the national examination from 201 in 2015 to 235 mean score in 2016. The health of the students in the school has greatly improved as the students are able to observe proper hygiene. The school environment as seen was neat and students themselves were clean.

Deputy head teacher Jacob Chugunzira shared how life at the school has changed since the rain tank was constructed last year. “The school has realized positive improvement and we are glad to our donors for initiating the project in our school. There has been a general improvement in the health of the students – students wash their hands after visiting the toilets, they wash their uniforms and even clean their classrooms on regular basis. The school has been able to attract more students from other schools who would wish to join the school due to the available facilities.”

“As a pupil of this school, since the installation of the project in our school, I have been able to maintain personal hygiene,” shares 12-year-old Mary Adisa. “My performance has greatly improved as I have had much time to study compared to the past when I used to spend much time going to fetch water at the spring.”

Refresher trainings need to be carried out yearly. This will help new and old students observe proper sanitation in the school as it is vital for the school’s progress.

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.