Project Status

Project Type:  Rainwater Catchment

Regional Program: Western Kenya WaSH Program

Impact: 325 Served

Project Phase:  In Service - Dec 2017

Functionality Status:  Functional

Last Checkup: 04/12/2024

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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

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

November, 2018: A Year Later: Matete Girls High School

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

December, 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.

November, 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

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: Matete Girls High School

November, 2018

These high school girls no longer take water from the primary school now that they have their own rainwater tank.

Keeping The Water Promise

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

This giving community supports ongoing sustainability programs that help Matete Girls High 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 Matete Girls High 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 Mary Afandi with you.

After Matete Girls High School benefited from this project, things around the school changed for the better.

The girls used to go and fetch water from Matete Primary School. In so doing, they wasted a lot of valuable time for studying and the constant movement caused a lot of commotion.

"We are happy because the water tank and toilets are helpful to us. We now spend less time collecting the water from the water tank," 14-year-old Edah Lutomia said during a recent visit to the school.

Edah Lutomia at the tank

General cleanliness has really improved as well. The students now wash their hands after visiting the toilets.

"Latrines are useful for the girls. Without [the new latrines] there would be congestion at the facilities," sanitation teacher Karen Luseka added.

Karen Luseka

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 Matete Girls High School is changing many lives.

Students fill their handwashing station with water

"After the construction of the water tank, a lot of water is being harvested from roof catchment, making it readily and conveniently available for use by the girls. This initiative saves the students time and allows them to concentrate on their academic work," Ms. Luseka explained.

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 Matete Girls High 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 Matete Girls High 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.