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Location: Kenya

Regional Program: Western Kenya WaSH Program

Impact: 339 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

Rosterman Secondary School is one of the neediest schools in the area. Apart from insufficient water supply and too few latrines, the school also has inadequate infrastructure; they lack a school laboratory, library, dining hall, offices, and classrooms.

Rosterman Secondary School was started in year 2012 by its sponsor, the Catholic Church, with the aim of formalizing education for community members and ensuring that girls have access to proper education. Without an education opportunity, girls were being forced into early marriage.

The school now has a total of 320 students; 140 boys and 180 girls. The school employs 15 teachers and four support staff.

Students begin arriving at 6:30AM for their daily cleaning routine. Normal lessons run from 8AM to 4PM with two breaks and a lunch hour. Students participate in sports and games from 4PM until 5PM, when they are dismissed to return home. Once home, they help their parents do chores and complete their homework.

While their children are in school, mothers undertake household chores, help their husbands on the farm, or go to the market to sell or buy home goods. Men spend the entire day working the field and caring for livestock.

Rosterman Primary just received help with water and sanitation, and the secondary section witnessed the huge improvements. The principal thus wrote a letter explaining their need and asking for that same assistance.

Water Situation

The school is connected to a piped water system, but it comes twice a week if they’re lucky. Turning the tap on is the only way to check if there will be water on any given day.

Beyond those two days, students are forced to walk to the nearby stream to fetch water. This has been a major hurdle, since many students skip school to avoid having to fetch heavy container of water.

The school has been applying for rainwater catchment support from the county government, but they are continuously denied. Officials say the school doesn’t have enough funds to support a project.

The school confirms that poor academic performance is a direct result of their water shortage. Not only is time wasted as students leave to fetch water, but a high spread of sickness is reported after students drink this water. A massive amount of resources are used to treat sicknesses like diarrhea and typhoid.

Sanitation Situation

The water shortage also detracts from the school’s ability to keep their facilities clean.

The school has three latrines for boys, three for girls, and two for teachers. These latrines are in fair condition but are far too few to cater to 320 students, most of who are teenage girls.

They don’t have hand-washing stations or the knowhow to find a temporary solution.

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: VIP Latrines

Two triple-door latrines will be constructed with local materials that the school will help gather. Three doors will serve the girls while the other three serve the boys. And with a new source of water on school grounds, students and staff should have enough to keep these new latrines clean.

Plans: Rainwater Catchment Tank

A 50,000-liter rainwater catchment tank will help alleviate the water crisis at this school. The school will also help gather the needed materials such as sand, rocks, and water from the spring for mixing cement. Once finished, this tank can begin catching rainfall that will be used by the school’s students and staff. Students will no longer have to leave their school in search of water!

We and the school strongly believe that with this assistance, standards will significantly improve. These higher standards will translate to better academic performance!

Recent Project Updates

06/27/2017: Clean Hands at Rosterman Secondary School!

We just received new pictures of students using the hand-washing stations that you provided for them. And because of the training students and staff received, they know that hand-washing isn’t complete without soap and the ten steps. The student health club at school will take responsibility for supplying soap, filling the tanks with water, and safely storing them overnight. Thank you!

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05/08/2017: Rosterman Secondary School Project Complete

Rosterman Secondary 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.

Project Result: New Knowledge

Some of the school classrooms were under construction when we held training, so we decided to hold training out under the shade of a tree. Once we were out there, the school couldn’t find a flat surface to set up for our display, so we had to move back into the dusty, half-built classroom. It didn’t turn out to be that bad!

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The principal helped us find two students from every grade, and they invited one PTA member and five other teachers. We ended up with a total of 19 participants, all who were eager to learn and asked a lot of questions.

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.

After training, we witnessed students’ eagerness to implement what they learned. Though we delivered two hand-washing stations, the school wanted more of them and constructed extras of their own with our support.

Student Kelvin Andove was one of the young men who attended training. “Am so grateful for such a noble project since through it I have acquired alot of information to transform my life positively. Indeed I have been one of the culprits who never give priority to proper sanitation and hygiene. I promise to be the ambassador of change in the entire school and my community,” he said.

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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! The CTC students even want to make their own hand-washing stations to give every student the opportunity to wash their hands.

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!

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Project Result: Rainwater Catchment Tank

As we started engaging more with administration, we realized that they were really being overstretched in terms of projects. At the time we wanted to start construction of the tank, they school was also building a new laboratory and dining hall. They struggled to find enough construction materials for the tank, but eventually the principal took up this added responsibility and got what was needed to begin.

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Once our artisan arrived, the location for the tank was decided on with the input 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. The school now has the opportunity to collect 50,000 liters of water!

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Teacher Mary Mushira said, “Water shortage in this school has been a great menace and it has been a prayer item. Seeing my students going to fetch water from the stream instead of being in class and some getting sick because of consuming the same! It burdens my heart and there is nothing I can do but just hope that one day God will remember us. Indeed God has remembered us and we say thank you!” Students no longer have to be sent to the stream for water, and thus have more time for studies. Performance is expected to improve significantly, which is indicative of the more important health improvements taking place. The school principal reports that waterborne disease has already significantly decreased!

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02/09/2017: Rosterman Secondary School Project Underway

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

Click on the tabs above to learn more, and Thank You for your generosity that unlocks potential at Rosterman Secondary School!

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Monitoring Data

Project Type:  Rainwater Catchment
Location:  Kenya, Kakamega
ProjectID: 4637
Install Date:  04/19/2017

Monitoring Data
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Last Visit: 07/06/2017

Visit History:
05/10/2017 — Functional
07/06/2017 — Functional


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.