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The Water Project: St. Marygoret Girls Secondary School -  Fetching Water
The Water Project: St. Marygoret Girls Secondary School -  Field Staff Betty Muhongo With Mary And Leah At The Tank
The Water Project: St. Marygoret Girls Secondary School -  Mary Salano
The Water Project: St. Marygoret Girls Secondary School -  Posing At The Tank
The Water Project: St. Marygoret Girls Secondary School -  Reliable Water
The Water Project: St. Marygoret Girls Secondary School -  Smiles For Safe Water
The Water Project: St. Marygoret Girls Secondary School -  One Of The Students Poses Next To The Improved Latrines
The Water Project: St. Marygoret Girls Secondary School -  Finished Tank
The Water Project: St. Marygoret Girls Secondary School -  Finished Latrines
The Water Project: St. Marygoret Girls Secondary School -  Finished Tank
The Water Project: St. Marygoret Girls Secondary School -  Finished Tank
The Water Project: St. Marygoret Girls Secondary School -  Finished Tank
The Water Project: St. Marygoret Girls Secondary School -  Finished Tank
The Water Project: St. Marygoret Girls Secondary School -  Finished Tank
The Water Project: St. Marygoret Girls Secondary School -  Finished Latrines
The Water Project: St. Marygoret Girls Secondary School -  Finished Latrines
The Water Project: St. Marygoret Girls Secondary School -  Finished Tank
The Water Project: St. Marygoret Girls Secondary School -  Finished Tank
The Water Project: St. Marygoret Girls Secondary School -  Construction
The Water Project: St. Marygoret Girls Secondary School -  Construction
The Water Project: St. Marygoret Girls Secondary School -  Construction
The Water Project: St. Marygoret Girls Secondary School -  Construction
The Water Project: St. Marygoret Girls Secondary School -  Construction
The Water Project: St. Marygoret Girls Secondary School -  Construction
The Water Project: St. Marygoret Girls Secondary School -  Construction
The Water Project: St. Marygoret Girls Secondary School -  Construction
The Water Project: St. Marygoret Girls Secondary School -  Construction
The Water Project: St. Marygoret Girls Secondary School -  Latrine Pit
The Water Project: St. Marygoret Girls Secondary School -  Latrine Slab
The Water Project: St. Marygoret Girls Secondary School -  Construction
The Water Project: St. Marygoret Girls Secondary School -  Construction
The Water Project: St. Marygoret Girls Secondary School -  Construction
The Water Project: St. Marygoret Girls Secondary School -  Training
The Water Project: St. Marygoret Girls Secondary School -  Training
The Water Project: St. Marygoret Girls Secondary School -  Training
The Water Project: St. Marygoret Girls Secondary School -  Training
The Water Project: St. Marygoret Girls Secondary School -  Training
The Water Project: St. Marygoret Girls Secondary School -  Training
The Water Project: St. Marygoret Girls Secondary School -  Training
The Water Project: St. Marygoret Girls Secondary School -  Training
The Water Project: St. Marygoret Girls Secondary School -  Training
The Water Project: St. Marygoret Girls Secondary School -  Training
The Water Project: St. Marygoret Girls Secondary School -  Training
The Water Project: St. Marygoret Girls Secondary School -  Gathered Materials
The Water Project: St. Marygoret Girls Secondary School -  Hand Washing Station
The Water Project: St. Marygoret Girls Secondary School -  School Cook
The Water Project: St. Marygoret Girls Secondary School -  Water Storage
The Water Project: St. Marygoret Girls Secondary School -  Inside Kitchen
The Water Project: St. Marygoret Girls Secondary School -  School Kitchen
The Water Project: St. Marygoret Girls Secondary School -  Waiting In Line
The Water Project: St. Marygoret Girls Secondary School -  Girls Pose In Front Of Their Only Latrines
The Water Project: St. Marygoret Girls Secondary School -  Girls Waiting In Front Of Their Latrines
The Water Project: St. Marygoret Girls Secondary School -  Walk For Water
The Water Project: St. Marygoret Girls Secondary School -  Walk For Water
The Water Project: St. Marygoret Girls Secondary School -  Nearby Landmark
The Water Project: St. Marygoret Girls Secondary School -  Classrooms
The Water Project: St. Marygoret Girls Secondary School -  Headmaster And Students
The Water Project: St. Marygoret Girls Secondary School -  School Entrance

Project Status



Project Type:  Rainwater Catchment

Regional Program: Western Kenya WaSH Program

Impact: 476 Served

Project Phase:  In Service - May 2017

Functionality Status:  Functional

Last Checkup: 09/05/2019

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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

St. Marygoret Girls Secondary School-Kalenda was started in the year 2009 by the Catholic Church. The school is located in Kalenda Village, Samitsi sub-location, Shirugu location Kakamega North sub-County within Kakamega County. The school has a total population of 137 young ladies. In addition, there are 323 girls from the primary section who also use the same facilities, increasing the school population to 460 students. With regard to staff, there are 10 teachers and six support staff.

The normal day for a student here begins at 6AM when they start their journey to school. Form ones and twos will immediately start their day by cleaning the compound and the latrines in the school from 7AM to 7:40AM. On Mondays and Fridays there is parade during which they raise the Kenyan national flag. The master on duty will then address the students, and invite the other teachers to add their own announcements. On Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, lessons begin at 8AM and go until 4:30PM, with short breaks in between and an hour luch break from 1PM to 2PM. After lessons, students play sports and games until 5PM when they return home. At home, their parents assign them other duties like cooking or fetching water for household chores.

Water Situation

There is no source of water on school grounds, so girls are sent to fetch water from an unreliable well. When that well doesn’t work during the dry months, girls must walk to a spring located three kilometers away! The school doesn’t even have large storage containers for fetched water. Instead, the girls have to keep water in their own small, plastic containers.

Many unfortunate cases have been reported as a result of the walk for water. As girls walk, young men, most who own motorbikes, attract girls with the temptation of a free ride to the spring. These girls take advantage of this hospitality only to find out sexual favors were required at the end of the trip. Two girls have already been reported as pregnant this year, while last year ended with a total of five pregnancies.

Furthermore, typhoid ravaged the student body during the most unfortunate time last year. The headteacher reports that a huge portion of her girls had to miss the national examinations for college entrance.

Sanitation Situation

After having to close off a set of full latrines, these hundreds of girls only have four pit latrines left on school grounds. These latrines are made of brick, and the pits inside are almost entirely full of waste. They are smelly, with cracks in the floor and walls. There is one hand-washing station set up, but not enough water to fill it.

Garbage is disposed of in a pile at the back of the school. When it’s windy, it’s blown all around. Despite these difficult conditions, the teachers and students are excited about the opportunity to learn more about how they can keep themselves and their environment cleaner.

Principal Joyce Luvanda told us that they have “acute water shortages in the school, which have made practicing hygiene very hard because water is part and parcel of such activities like hand-washing and mopping of the  classes and offices. Having a reliable water source will better the welfare of the students and therefore positive academic performance will be realize.”

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 50,000-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, and hand-washing.

Plans: VIP Latrines

Two triple-door latrines will be constructed with local materials that the school will help gather. Normally, we designate three doors for each gender at a school, but since St. Marygoret is a girls school, all six doors will go to them. 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 St. Marygoret Girls Secondary School!

Project Updates


10/16/2018: A Year Later: St. Marygoret Girls Secondary School

A year ago, your generous donation enabled us to build a rainwater catchment tank for St. Marygoret Girls Secondary School in Kenya. The contributions of incredible monthly donors and others giving directly to The Water Promise allow our local teams to visit project sites throughout the year, strengthening relationships with communities and evaluating the water project over time. These consistent visits allow us to learn vital lessons and hear amazing stories. Read more…


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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: St. Marygoret Girls Secondary School

October, 2018

Students no longer have to travel to the community borehole and wait in long lines to collect water.

Keeping The Water Promise

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

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

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A year ago, your generous donation enabled us to build a rainwater catchment tank for St. Marygoret Girls Secondary School in Kenya. The contributions of incredible monthly donors and others giving directly to The Water Promise allow our local teams to visit project sites throughout the year, strengthening relationships with communities and evaluating the water project over time. These consistent visits allow us to learn vital lessons and hear amazing stories – and we’re excited to share this one from Betty Muhongo Majani with you.


The academic performance of students attending St. Marygoret Girls Secondary School has improved since the project completed last year.

Before construction of the tank, students wasted their precious time fetching water from a borehole out in the community. Since this borehole was also the main source for the community members, students would have to wait a long time before drawing water  But with water now in the school compound, they no longer waste their time since water is readily available.

Mary Salano

“The school used to have to hire some women to help them get water from a nearby spring during the dry season because even the borehole would run dry during that time,” 16-year-old student Mary Salano.

It is also safer for the girls since they no longer have to travel alone to fetch water, Teacher Leah Shisia added. The school had to send multiple students at a time to fetch water, as well as utilize other staff resources to ensure that the girls were OK when traveling to the borehole. Now, they do not have to worry since the tank is on the school grounds. But the real impact here is on learning. The girls stay in class, rather than leaving their lessons to get water. And staff can also focus on teaching rather than fetching water.

Construction of the tank is only one step along the journey toward sustainable access to clean water. The Water Project is committed to consistent monitoring of each water source. Our monitoring and evaluation program, made possible by donors like you, allows us to maintain our relationships with communities by visiting up to 4 times each year to ensure that the water points are safe and reliable.

This is just one of the many ways that we monitor projects and communicate with you. Additionally, you can always check the functionality status and our project map to see how all of our water points are performing, based on our consistent monitoring data.

One project is just a drop in the bucket towards ending the global water crisis, but the ripple effects of this project are truly astounding. This tank at St. Marygoret Girls Secondary School is changing many lives.

From left to right: Betty Muhongo Majani, Mary Salano, and Leah Shisia

This is only possible because of the web of support and trust built between The Water Project, our local teams, the community, and you. We are excited to stay in touch with this community and support their journey with safe water.

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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 St. Marygoret Girls 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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