Project Status

Project Type:  Rainwater Catchment

Regional Program: Western Kenya WaSH Program

Impact: 358 Served

Project Phase:  In Service - Feb 2018

Functionality Status:  Functional

Last Checkup: 06/13/2024

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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

St. Elizabeth Lureko Girls Secondary School is part day school, part boarding school. The school begins its day at 5am when the boarders wake up to wash both themselves and their dormitories. At around 6am, they are served porridge and hot water. General cleaning of the compound, classrooms and latrines follow as the day scholars join them. Class lessons begin at 8am.

Most people in this area plant sugarcane, which is sold to local factories to pay school fees.

Water Situation

The school is connected to a tap system, but this tap water often falls subject to rationing by the county government. During the driest times of the year, the tap system will be turned off completely. When it's on, it's only on for a few days of the week. The school seizes these opportunities and fills as many buckets as possible. They also tap water into one 5,000 and one 10,000 liter tank, both which can also catch rainwater. This rainwater helps a little bit when there's no tap water.

Teacher Josephine Omamo said, "The dormitories are still under construction. The construction needs a lot of water, but especially the girls living there. Cases of candidiasis is on the high rise for the girls who use latrines without water." Amoeba, typhoid, and cholera are all part of reality for girls here as they struggle to get enough water for their daily needs.

Sanitation Situation

There are 10 pit latrines, all of which are in good condition. However, there are no hand-washing stations for the girls - There's just one located in the staff office.

The school seems to have a fairly positive outlook on hygiene and sanitation, because it has facilities like dish racks, dustbins, latrines, and a compost pit.

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. 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. These girls will no longer have to sacrifice their hygiene and sanitation to have enough water to drink.

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

Project Updates

December, 2018: A Year Later: Lureko Girls Secondary School

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

February, 2018: Lureko Girls Secondary School Project Complete

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

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.

Project Result: New Knowledge

The principal worked with us to schedule the best time for teachers and students to attend hygiene and sanitation training. We trained 34 student leaders from different grades who will take what they learn and share it with their peers and families back home. These girls will also form a CTC (child to child) health club that is responsible for maintaining facilities and organizing activities that raise awareness about hygiene and sanitation.

We all met in the school science laboratory since all other classrooms were in use. There were also two teachers in attendance who plan to supervise the CTC club and their activities. (Editor's Note: Though the school has a great laboratory equipped with sinks, a lack of water renders these facilities useless. The government invests in classrooms, laboratories, and technology, but does not yet have an official plan to establish clean water points.)

We taught that hygiene entails personal hygiene, water hygiene, and environmental hygiene. Attention needs to be given to each facet of hygiene to enjoy a healthy life.

An entire lesson was 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

– Cleaning self and clean environment

– 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.

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

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. And since the tank was finished by the time we held training, we could take everyone to see exactly what we were talking about when it comes to caring for their new water source.

These girls and teachers took in so much new information. We set aside our final session for review, and not one question went unanswered. 16-year-old Ashley Ochieng' said, "We are really impressed with the wonderful knowledge on health and hygiene that you have shared with us. I believe that it will help us improve on our standards of sanitation and hygiene."

Project Result: VIP Latrines

This project funded the installation of six new VIP (ventilated improved pit) latrines. All of these latrines are easy to use and clean. And with a rainwater catchment tank, there should be enough water to keep them clean all the time!

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 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.

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 and women even helped our artisans with their manual labor. Students themselves shuttled bricks from the purchase location to the construction site. With their great participation in helping our artisans, we know that students and staff will take great care of their new resources.

The beginnings of this project were during national elections when the country was tense; this actually caused some delays in the delivery of materials. Peace prevailed, and work could finally continue.

The construction process officially 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.

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. The catchment area was dug, plastered, and a staircase installed.

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.

Drainage was set up, and then the tank was given three to four weeks to undergo complete curing before it was cleaned and handed over to Lureko Girls Secondary School. It already has some water in it!

Principal Josephine Omamo said, "On behalf of the school, I really appreciate the wonderful work you have done to our school. Indeed it's a great pleasure to have sanitation platforms (latrines) together with access to safe drinking water. May God bless you abundantly as you keep reaching many schools and communities to promote sanitation and hygiene."

January, 2018: Lureko Girls Secondary School Project Underway

Lureko Girls Secondary School will soon have an adequate source of clean water thanks to your generous donation! 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 girls! Thank you for noticing the need here, and we’ll keep you posted as the work continues. But for now, enjoy our introduction to the school complete with stories, maps, and pictures.

Thank You for partnering with us to unlock potential!

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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: Lureko Girls Secondary School

December, 2018

Ashley Achieng had her best academic year ever and she attributes it to the fact that she spends her time studying and not fetching water during the school day.

Keeping The Water Promise

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

This giving community supports ongoing sustainability programs that help Lureko 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, your generous donation enabled us to construct a rainwater tank for Lureko 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 local team member Jemmimah Khasoha with you.

The lives of these students have greatly improved over the past year. The school has always been cooperative, and they appreciate the work that was done. Thus, they take good care of their facilities and fully utilize all of the rainwater that is collected in the tank.

The school compound, classrooms, kitchen and even the latrines are clean. All this has been enabled by the rainwater tank, latrines, and accompanying hygiene training implemented a year ago.

"I can attest that last year has been the greatest. I recorded the greatest improvement in my academics," said Ashley Achieng.

Ashley Achieng and Josephine Omamo at the tank

She attributes her success to safe, reliable water on the school grounds. She said that having the tank means she no longer has to walk long distances and disrupt her school day just to fetch water. Nor does she and her classmates need to bring water to school each morning, since there is plenty available from the tank.

From observations made during the visit, the students are happily washing their hands after visiting the toilets and are still following the ten handwashing steps taught during training.

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 project at Lureko Girls Secondary School is changing many lives.

The school enrollment has increased by nearly 30 students over the past year, said Principal Josephine Omamo. But the most significant gains have been in terms of academics. Students are performing better since they spend their time on studies, she said.

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 Lureko 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 Lureko 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.


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