Project Status

Project Type:  Rainwater Catchment

Regional Program: Western Kenya WaSH Program

Impact: 500 Served

Project Phase:  In Service - Oct 2017

Functionality Status:  Functional

Last Checkup: 04/11/2024

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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

Walodeya Primary School is a place of study for 670 students taught by 15 teachers. The school also employs three support staff. (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.)

Pupils wake up by 5:30AM to prepare for school. As part of their preparation, they fetch water to use at school.  After morning studies from 6AM to 7AM, students jump to cleaning their classrooms and latrines before normal classes start. They begin those classes at 8AM until a tea break, and then lunch at 12:45PM. They go back home to eat and are required back by 2PM. Coming back from lunch, all upper class students are asked to carry water with them. This water is to help them clean their classrooms again in the evening.

Water Situation

The school lacks adequate safe water to serve its huge population. The only form of water on school grounds is a 4,000-liter plastic rainwater tank can hardly meet the school's water demands for a day. As a result, the pupils are asked to carry drinking and cleaning water from home, part of which is also used for hand-washing and cooking purposes.

Pupils are also being sent to an unprotected spring that is about 1 km away from the school. As a result of using water from this contaminated source, the school has had rampant cases of waterborne diseases such as diarrhea, cholera and typhoid among students and staff. Students often miss school as they remain home recovering from these sicknesses. "If you come up with this project, it is really going to help us so much because the children when they are thirsty, they run and drink any water around them and don’t mind if it clean or not," said Deputy Headteacher Stephen Kadega.

The water shortage here has also wasted a huge amount of study time. "Discipline has deteriorated among our pupils because as they walk the long distance in search of water, they waste a lot of time on the way which leads to poor performance in school," added the deputy.

Sanitation Situation

This school has 16 doors of pit latrines within the compound, of which seven are for girls, seven are for boys, and two for teachers. Among these, five are almost full. With so few good latrines and so many students, lines get extraordinarily long during class break. This has caused many pupils, especially boys, to urinate behind the classrooms and bushes. The conditions of this school environment are very poor, and result in increased cases of diarrhea and skin complications among students.

There are no stations set aside for hand-washing, but sometimes the school fills a bowl with water for the students. Garbage is thrown near the latrines, and is burnt when there's too much.

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. Students will no longer waste valuable time walking to the spring.

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. And with a rainwater catchment tank nearby, there will be enough water to keep them clean.

Deputy Headteacher Kadega parted with us by saying, "Water has been a challenge for quite some time. This will really help us so much." 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!

Project Updates

October, 2018: A Year Later: Walodeya Primary School

A year ago, your generous donation enabled us to construct a rainwater catchment tank for Walodeya Primary 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...

October, 2017: Walodeya Primary School Project Complete

Walodeya 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 students have received training in sanitation and hygiene. Just imagine the difference these resources will make in the lives of these children!

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

We worked with the headteacher to organize hygiene and sanitation training. He was responsible for inviting student leaders and teachers to learn not only about specific hygiene and sanitation topics and facilities management, but to learn about how to promote these things to others, too. These same training participants now form the school CTC (child to child) club, which will hold events to teach their peers about these important ways they can improve their health.

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Training participants pose for a group picture.

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

Demonstrations were used for hand-washing, tooth-brushing, solar disinfection, and many other topics. We facilitated group discussions and presentations, and students took part in role-plays. The students also received handouts which will help them teach hygiene and sanitation to their peers.

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The hand-washing stations were delivered in time for training.

The CTC 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 managing hand-washing stations, cleaning latrines, and keeping the school environment tidy. 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're excited about how these students and their teacher have already taken up the gauntlet since training; they've spoken at morning assemblies and demonstrated the 10 steps of hand-washing to their peers.

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This CTC club looks excited to get out there and share hope!

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: Hand-Washing Stations

The two hand-washing stations were delivered to school and handed over to the CTC club. These have been placed outside of the boys’ and girls’ latrines to encourage hand-washing after latrine use. CTC club members 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!

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Now that training is done, hand-washing stations have been moved to the latrines - one for girls and one for boys.

Project Result: Rainwater Catchment Tank

Construction for this 50,000-liter rainwater catchment tank was successful!

Parents, staff, and students 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. Some local men even helped our artisans with their manual labor. But this was the most challenging part of this project, with local parents saying that no, they shouldn't have to help out at all. The government has enacted "Free Primary Education," and parents are taking this to the next level and saying they shouldn't have to contribute sand or water to a construction project! We had to work against this idea; though the government is providing free primary education, they are not providing free clean water.

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Two moms fetch water that will be used to mix cement. These two are strong women!

The process began with our staff and school administration moving around the school compound to try and determine the best location for a new rainwater catchment tank. This needed to be the best site with good, clean roofing to catch the rainwater.

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

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Building up the tank foundation.

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 dug, plastered, and a staircase installed. Drainage was set up there, and then the tank was allowed three to four weeks to undergo complete curing before it was cleaned and handed over to Walodeya Primary School. It already has some water in it! The school's perseverance and your patience have finally seen success.

September, 2017: Walodeya Primary School Asks for Patience

We're writing to update you that the Walodeya Primary School has asked for more time. Parents need to step up to help our artisans collect sand and water to mix cement, and some of the fathers need to volunteer their time to help us raise the latrine and tank walls. The PTA says that they have finally finished getting the sand they need, and so we're sending our artisans to lead the effort! With building starting now, we estimate that things will wrap up by the end of October.

Thank You for your patience!

Project Photos

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: Walodeya Primary School

October, 2018

The school population has already grown by 100 students, and academic performance improved in the year since the project was completed, Headteacher Sammy Ingolo said.

Keeping The Water Promise

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

This giving community supports ongoing sustainability programs that help Walodeya Primary 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, your generous donation enabled us to construct a rainwater catchment tank for Walodeya Primary 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 Jemmimah Khasoha with you.

The school is so happy, and their sincere gratitude is expressed through the way they have maintained their facilities. The rainwater harvesting tank is still in great condition and provides water for the whole school.

The lives of the pupils have greatly improved in many ways. The pupils do not go to fetch water from the river anymore, and this has helped them have more time in school for studies.

"The academic improvement has been made possible because the pupils have more time to study," Headteacher Sammy Ingolo said.

Headteacher Sammy Ingolo with field staff Jemmimah Khasoha

The school population has also increased since the completion of the project. The school is clean since the water is used in cleaning the classrooms and latrines. In addition, the pupils happily use the handwashing facilities after visiting the toilets that were constructed at the same time as the tank.

"The long queues that were seen at the latrines are no longer there. The pupils quickly use the facilities without congestion," Mr. Ingolo added.

Students pose in front of latrines

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 Walodeya Primary School is changing many lives.

The impact of the project on 12-year-old Margret Khamunye is evident by her smiling face.

Margret Khamunye, field staff Jemmimah Khasoha, and Sammy Ingolo

"My life has been greatly impacted academically, for I no longer waste much time going to the river to fetch water," she told us.

"Initially, I used to get home with a dirty uniform because our classroom was full of dust. Thank you so much for your kind and generous support!"

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 Walodeya Primary 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 Walodeya Primary 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.


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