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The Water Project: Matete Girls High School -  Clean Water
The Water Project: Matete Girls High School -  Clean Water
The Water Project: Matete Girls High School -  Clean Water
The Water Project: Matete Girls High School -  Clean Water
The Water Project: Matete Girls High School -  Clean Water
The Water Project: Matete Girls High School -  Clean Water
The Water Project: Matete Girls High School -  Finished Latrines
The Water Project: Matete Girls High School -  Finished Latrines
The Water Project: Matete Girls High School -  Finished Latrines
The Water Project: Matete Girls High School -  Tank Construction
The Water Project: Matete Girls High School -  Tank Construction
The Water Project: Matete Girls High School -  Latrine Door Frames
The Water Project: Matete Girls High School -  Latrine Construction
The Water Project: Matete Girls High School -  Latrine Construction
The Water Project: Matete Girls High School -  Hand Washing
The Water Project: Matete Girls High School -  Hand Washing
The Water Project: Matete Girls High School -  Hand Washing
The Water Project: Matete Girls High School -  Hand Washing
The Water Project: Matete Girls High School -  Training
The Water Project: Matete Girls High School -  Training
The Water Project: Matete Girls High School -  Training
The Water Project: Matete Girls High School -  Training
The Water Project: Matete Girls High School -  Hand Washing Station
The Water Project: Matete Girls High School -  Latrines
The Water Project: Matete Girls High School -  Students
The Water Project: Matete Girls High School -  Students Eat A Meal Over Break
The Water Project: Matete Girls High School -  School Kitchen
The Water Project: Matete Girls High School -  A Student Nurses Her Sick Friend
The Water Project: Matete Girls High School -  Water Storage
The Water Project: Matete Girls High School -  Girls Carrying Water To School
The Water Project: Matete Girls High School -  Well Down The Road
The Water Project: Matete Girls High School -  Classrooms
The Water Project: Matete Girls High School -  Principal
The Water Project: Matete Girls High School -  School Sign

Project Status



Project Type:  Rainwater Catchment

Regional Program: Western Kenya WaSH Program

Impact: 325 Served

Project Phase:  Installed - Dec 2017

Functionality Status:  Functional

Last Checkup: 09/07/2018

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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

Matete Secondary is an all girls high school. The school was established in the year 2004 by Friends Church. It is located in Matete Village of Kakamega, Kenya. The school started with a total of 50 students but now has a total population of 300 girls. There are 17 teachers employed here, along with eight support staff.

A normal day at Matete Girls High School starts very early in the morning. Girls start arriving  at school by 6am. They grab their water containers and then head back out to fetch water together from a nearby school to clean their classrooms and latrines.

After cleaning, girls attend a study hall and morning assembly before normal classes start at 8am. Students break for an hour’s lunch, and then sit in class until 3:45pm when they attend different clubs of interest.

Water Situation

Girls have to walk to a different school to fetch water several times a day. The other school has a well that they’re willing to share with Matete Girls High School. However, girls are still getting sick after drinking this water. It is likely that this water is getting contaminated during the trip back.

During our first visit to the school, we met a young lady so sick with typhoid that she had to lay down on the ground. And without a clean water source of their own, so much academic time is wasted traveling out to fetch water.

Sanitation Situation

There are only eight latrines on school grounds. Some of these are almost full, while others don’t even have doors. Students aren’t even allowed to use two of the latrines – they’re set aside for teachers and staff. There are not nearly enough latrines, and the girls find themselves waiting in uncomfortably long lines.

We were happy to find two hand-washing stations located outside of the classrooms.

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. Girls will no longer have to leave class to walk down the dusty road and lug back 20-liter containers of water.

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


12/19/2017: Matete Girls High School Project Complete

Matete Girls High 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 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

Principal Liseche was our contact person for scheduling a hygiene and sanitation training time and place. With the help of the director of studies, they selected student leaders from forms one and two. These student leaders will teach their peers what they learned as they head up a CTC (child to child ) club at school.

There was a total attendance of 20 students and two teachers who met in a classroom.

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.

The trainer demonstrated the 10 steps of hand-washing.

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.

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.

The girls washing their hands at the new stations during training.

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.

The 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.

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 Matete Girls High School. It already has some water in it! The girls gathered at the tank to fill their new hand-washing stations and try their first sips of clean, safe water.


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11/17/2017: Matete Girls High School Project Underway

Matete Girls High School will soon have an adequate source of 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 students! Thank you for noticing the need here, and we’ll keep you posted as the work continues. But for now, check out the pictures, information, and maps of this school that we’ve added to this project page.

Thank You for partnering with us to unlock these students’ potential.


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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.