Project Status

Project Type:  Rainwater Catchment

Regional Program: Western Kenya WaSH Program

Impact: 245 Served

Project Phase:  In Service - Jul 2017

Functionality Status:  Functional

Last Checkup: 04/09/2024

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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

Kapchemoywo Girls Secondary School was founded in 1976 by community members who donated the land on which the school is built. The school is located in Kapchemoywo Village, Kapchemoywo sub-location, Kaplamai location, Arwos Ward, Emgwen Sub-County of Nandi County. The school has a population of 220 girls and 10 teachers. The school also employs two cooks, four security guards, one secretary, one accounts clerk, one driver and one matron.

A normal day starts with students getting up very early in the morning, eating breakfast and getting ready for classes. The lessons begin at 7 AM for morning study hall, then there is a break for assembly time at 8 AM when teachers announce the schedule for the day. After, class goes from 8:15 AM to 4:15 PM with short breaks for tea and an hour for lunch. Finally, the day ends with games from 4:15 PM to 5 PM after which each student returns to her dormitories.

Bathrooms are located in the dorms, where many of the girls choose to have a bath after a sweaty hour playing in the field. Most of this institution is made up of students who depend on their parents for their daily bread. The subordinate staff relies on the school management to get their salaries, and the teachers depend on the government.

Since this is a boarding school, many activities take place both during the day and evening hours. Various subjects undertaken by the students range from sciences, humanities, maths and languages. Students attend lessons, play in the field, help clean the outside compound as well as the classrooms. This school is situated in a very quiet environment conducive to the girls' learning.

Water Situation

The school was connected to a piped water system, but those pipes rarely flow with water. There is also a hand-dug well in the area, but it only produces water for about 30 seconds before it becomes non-functional.

"We lose a lot of water, especially during rainy season, as we do not have a big storage tank that can help us to capture every drop of water. The available plastic tanks cannot accommodate much water for us. I am very much pleased to hear the good news about the plans that you people have for our school. For a long time, we as the school have been thinking of ways on how we can solve the issue of water and sanitation but have not achieved anything. This is a God-given opportunity for us and we are not going to make any mistake of letting it go away but instead, we are embracing it tightly and promise to give everything required for it to succeed," said Principal Salome.

The school sometimes has to go an extra mile to buy from vendors who ferry water using their trucks. These vendors charge between 3,000 shillings and 5,000 shillings for 10,000 liters to deliver water from a nearby town called Kapsabet. This water is used for drinking, bathing, cleaning clothes, classrooms and other school equipment; as well as watering dairy cattle and flowers.

A lack of safe water here causes the school to incur huge expenses each month. Not only that, but water from the vendors can also lead to outbreaks of waterborne diseases like typhoid and cholera.

Sanitation Situation

There are seven VIP (ventilated improved pit) latrines on school grounds. These are made of brick, cement, iron sheets and wooden doors. However, most of these have pits that are almost full.

There are 20 bathing rooms for the residents to practice personal hygiene. There are also a lot of helpful tools like clotheslines and dish racks. However, there are no hand-washing stations for the girls to wash their hands.

Principal Salome says that they've never had a chance to learn more about hygiene and sanitation, and is excited about the upcoming training opportunity.

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. The school will no longer have to spend large sums of money buying water from local vendors.

Plans: VIP Latrines

Two triple-door latrines will be constructed, providing six new latrines for the girls. Latrine materials will be mobilized the same way as the tank, ensuring the school feels these facilities are truly theirs. And with a rainwater catchment tank nearby, there will be enough water to keep them clean.

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!

Mr. Emmanuel the accounts clerk said, "This project will be good for us given that the cost of putting up such by our own could really be hard. But with your help, we shall all achieve the target with the help of God. I have been here for quite some time and have witnessed the agony of missing water, especially a school like this made up of girls. And to make the matter worse, a full boarding school where water is needed in every corner of the school!"

Project Updates

October, 2018: A Year Later: Kapchemoywo Girls Secondary School

A year ago, generous donors helped build a rainwater catchment tank for Kapchemoywo Girls Secondary School in Kenya. The contributions of incredible monthly donors and others giving directly to The Water Promise allow 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...

July, 2017: Kapchemoywo Girls Secondary School Project Complete

Kapchemoywo Girls 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 girls!

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

Hygiene and sanitation training was held in the dining hall that is still under construction, since all of the classrooms were fully occupied. Principal Salome Biwott recruited teachers, parents, and the students themselves to attend.

Training started on a drizzly morning, but the girls still showed up and actively participated.

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The girls were given notebooks and pens so they can remember what they learned!

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

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The girls being led through the ten steps of hand-washing using the new stations they were given.

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 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.

By the end of the few days' training, the school compound was already looking much cleaner and the CTC club had started recruiting new members.

15-year-old Daphine Jepkorir said, "I have learned the ten simple steps of hand-washing with soap which I did not know. Thank you for taking us through various topics like hygiene and common local diseases and their control - I will always teach my friends and siblings back at home the same message."

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Daphine is the young lady standing up to address her peers and the trainer.

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.

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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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Privacy walls are built just in case there is an issue with the doors in the future.

Project Result: Rainwater Catchment Tank

Construction on this 50,0000-liter tank began in April.

Parents, staff, and students first helped our artisans gather everything needed for construction. All the while, women cooked meals for the artisans, and the school provided accommodations for the artisans during their work.

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Mesh is used in both the foundation and walls to reinforce the cement.

The construction of the rainwater tank began with clearance of the site: excavating the soil within the required measurements to make level ground for the tank foundation. The casting of the foundation was done by laying hardcore on a level ground and then reinforcing it using steel, concrete and waterproof cement.

As the foundation was being lain, both the drawing pipe as well as the washout pipe were affixed. The wall was built with ferro-cement techniques through six layers. The inner wall was plastered while rough casting was done on the outer part.

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After the superstructure had been given enough time to settle, the dome construction followed. The manhole cover was fitted, inlet pipes were connected to the roof gutters, inlet screens, ventilation pipes (breathers) and overflow pipes were all done to standards.

Finally, the catchment area was done by building a staircase. Drainage was set up there, and then the tank was allowed 14 days to undergo complete curing before it was cleaned and handed over to Kapchemoywo Girls Secondary School.

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Walling in the catchment area.

The biggest challenge was the distance of the school from our offices; it is about 90 kilometers away, making it a three hour journey by motorbike. All the while, there were heavy downpours that could start as early as 6 am. The artisans persevered through this and brought clean water to these girls and their teachers. Mrs. Kemboi witnessed this, saying "I have never seen such a big tank; it is really going to save us a lot in terms of the quantity of water that it will hold. Thank you for blessing us with this timely gift from God."

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Project Type

For a rainwater collection system, we build gutters around a building with good, clean roofing to channel rain where we want it. From there, the water falls through a filtered inlet pipe into a high-capacity storage tank, the size of which is based on population and average rainfall patterns. In the tank, water can be stored for months, where it is easily treated and accessed. Learn more here!

A Year Later: Kapchemoywo Girls Secondary School

September, 2018

The academic performance of the students at Kapchemoywo Girls Secondary School has improved remarkably since the completion of this project.

Keeping The Water Promise

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

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

We’re confident you'll love joining this world-changing group committed to sustainability!

A year ago, generous donors helped build a rainwater catchment tank for Kapchemoywo Girls Secondary School in Kenya. The contributions of incredible monthly donors and others giving directly to The Water Promise allow 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 Wilson Kipchoge with you.

As you enter Kapchemoywo Girls Secondary School's compound, the whole area looks very clean and green due to the blooming flowers and the green handwashing stations that were provided by The Water Project. The students know to practice better hygiene by washing their hands after visiting the latrines. And they now access safe, clean water from the tank that was built last year.

Besides the school having water along with hygiene and sanitation facilities, their environment looks as green as their school uniforms.

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"Our performance in terms of academics has also improved," Head Dean of Students Irene Sangutei said.

"The students now access safe water from the tank and wash their hands using the hand washing facilities which has improved their hygiene."

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 in Kapchemoywo Girls Secondary School is changing many lives.

The student population at the school is growing because of the project. There were 220 students at Kapchemoywo Girls Secondary School last year. Today that population is 310 students, all who can better concentrate on learning because they no longer have to worry about accessing water each day.

"Previously, students used to suffer a lot for lack of enough water in the school. Since this project last year, I now drink safe, clean water from this beautiful tank," 17-year-old Janet Chepchirchir said.

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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.

Read more about The Water Promise 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 Kapchemoywo Girls Secondary School maintain access to safe, reliable water.

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

The most impactful way to continue your support of Kapchemoywo Girls Secondary School – and hundreds of other places just like this – is by joining our community of monthly givers.

Your monthly giving will help provide clean water, every month... keeping The Water Promise.


Project Underwriter - John G. Hall family
Imago Dei Community
Middle School at Parkside
4 individual donor(s)