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: 05/03/2024

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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

Pupils are seen coming into the school compound early in the morning with three and five-liter jerrycans full of water and balanced with their school books upon their backs. Their morning study hall begins at 6:30am before normal classes at 8am. Between the two, students are required to clean their classrooms. Lower classes collect litter all around school grounds, while upper classes clean the latrines and classrooms. They are required to stay for games and sports out on the field before they go home at the end of the day.

The school has a total enrollment of 795 students and employs 17 teachers. There are also several preschool children that come for classes in the morning. (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.)

Water Situation

Students are required to carry water with them every morning for cleaning, cooking, and drinking purposes. They are also sent out in search of water throughout the day, for there is very limited water on school grounds. They have a plastic tank that has 2,300 liters of space for rainwater; even when full after a storm, this tank is drained within just a few days. The school also has a larger 10,000-liter plastic tank, but this does not have any gutters to collect rainwater.

When students are sent out with their empty containers, they walk to a spring about 500 meters across the road. Crossing the busy road in front of the school puts these students in danger. But not only that, the water they fetch from the spring is contaminated and introduces them to waterborne diseases. This is a spring located in the community, and community members also report these same struggles. It was protected quite a few years ago, but has since fallen apart and opened the water to contamination once again. There is also stagnant water that needs to be drained; the puddles are breeding grounds for mosquitoes that introduce malaria to students and the community.

Sanitation Situation

During breaks between classes, students line up to use the few latrines available. The school has a total of 14 toilet doors, three of which are almost full. Eight doors are available for girls, while six doors are for boys. This is still far below the requirement by UNICEF that recommends, 1 door to serve 25 girls and 1 door to serve 30 boys. That's more than 50 students per latrine! Not only does this long wait cut into class time, but the combination of limited water access and gross overuse of each latrine means that they're filthy for the greater part of the day. Furthermore, many students cannot bear the long wait and seek the privacy behind buildings and bushes. There aren't even any hand-washing stations for students to use after the latrine.

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.

This intervention comes at a great time for the school as they look to serve the children with special needs in their community. Without an adequate clean water source on school grounds, these students would have to be sent out to fetch water as well.

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

November, 2018: A Year Later: Eregi Mixed Primary School

A year ago, your generous donation enabled us to construct a rainwater catchment tank for Eregi Mixed 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: Eregi Mixed Primary School Project Complete

Eregi Mixed 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

Hygiene and sanitation training was organized through correspondence between our field officers and the school headteacher. The headteacher was excited about this opportunity, saying that the training wouldn't only help students at school, but at home too. The headteacher selected student leaders from each grade, knowing that their peers would look to them for what they learned.

Training was held under a tree on school grounds. Attendance was encouraging; it was right before school vacation but students and staff agreed to attend anyways.

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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 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.

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. 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.

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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.

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.

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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 Eregi Mixed Primary School. It already has some water in it!

The headteacher was so excited about the completion of this tank that he invited everyone he could think of to come celebrate: community elders, school board members, community members, and students all gathered together. Headteacher Matekwa said, "I personally really appreciate the support given to my school. This is because of the challenge we had in this school of not having enough facilities: Children wasted time looking for water. They lined up with the few latrines, which weren't even in good condition. We say thank you!" Thanks to you, students will now have the time and good health they need for their studies.

August, 2017: Eregi Mixed Primary School Project Underway

Eregi Mixed Primary School in Kenya has begun building a new source of safe, clean water because of 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 students! Thank you for noticing the need here, and we’ll keep you posted as the work continues. But for now, please enjoy the new stories, pictures, and maps of this school.

Thank You for working with us to unlock the potential of these young students!

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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: Eregi Mixed Primary School

November, 2018

A year after the construction of a rainwater catchment tank, students at Eregi Mixed Primary School miss less class because they no longer have to leave in search of water or suffer from waterborne diseases.

Keeping The Water Promise

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

This giving community supports ongoing sustainability programs that help Eregi Mixed 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 Eregi Mixed 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 local team member Joan Were with you.

"We are very grateful for having a 50,000-liter water tank constructed in our school," Deputy Headteacher Alex Shikokoti said to us when we visited the school.

"Before that, our pupils would go to a spring that is far and waste a lot of time on the way. Sometimes classtime would be wasted and this affected their performance. All these are now issues of the past because water is readily available for our pupils."

Deputy Headteacher Alex Shikokoti

The school has noted a measurable reduction in diarrhea and other waterborne diseases thanks to the improved availability of safe drinking water from the tank, alongside our interventions that promoted handwashing and more latrines.

A year later, students spend less time out of class fetching water and less time out of school due to illness.

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 Eregi Mixed Primary School is changing many lives.

"Before this tank was constructed, we used to fetch water from a low-yielding spring. The water would get dirty during the rainy season and this would affect our health," 12-year-old Franklin Kiwanuka said.

Franklin Kiwanuka

"Pupils suffered from typhoid and bilharzia. Most times we would miss our morning remedial classes because cleaning the toilets and classrooms would take a lot of time."

With the new tank and latrines, that is no longer the case for Franklin and his peers.

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 Eregi Mixed 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 Eregi Mixed 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.