Project Status

Project Type:  Rainwater Catchment

Regional Program: Western Kenya WaSH Program

Impact: 500 Served

Project Phase:  In Service - Jan 2018

Functionality Status:  Functional

Last Checkup: 01/11/2023

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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

Ebubayi Secondary School has a mix of overnight boarders who stay in dormitories, and day scholars who arrive every morning at 6:50am. They then join the residents in cleaning classrooms and school grounds until 7am when morning study hall begins.

On Wednesdays, the students gather together with their teachers in an assembly hall to have their guidance and counseling sessions. These cover a vast number of challenges that students face as adolescents, and equips them with tools to overcome.

Student enrollment is at 600, comprised of 240 girls and 360 boys. The school employs 42 teachers and 16 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.)

Water Situation

There have been a few plastic tanks donated to the school, but these have a small capacity that even when full, the rainwater can only serve the students for a day. Since the school has no other water source, they have had to pay dearly to continuously purchase water from metered kiosks. They also have to pay local laborers to transport the water to and from the kiosks!

When delivered, this water is poured into large drums kept in and by the kitchen. Different amounts are rationed depending on whether a student is a boarder or day scholar. Though this water is clean because the government chlorinates it, the strict allowance of water causes a huge strain on both school environmental hygiene and students' personal hygiene.

The headteacher says that virtually no female students board at the school because they can't get by with the little water available. They're all boys! The boys here are achieving much higher scores because of they get to live where they study.

Sanitation Situation

There are 20 pit latrines that are in decent structural condition, but are almost full. But since there isn't much water here, the latrines are also filthy! Students don't have the water they need to wash the latrine floors as needed. There are also 14 stalls that provide privacy for the boarders as they wash up.

However, there are no hand-washing stations here - students do not wash their hands after using the latrines or before eating. Principal Veronica Onacha told us that "the school nurse is always dealing with diarrhea and stomachache cases which can be attributed to the lack of water to clean utensils well and to wash hands after visiting the toilets!"

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. Normally, three doors would be given for each gender, but in this case the school has requested that all six be given to girls. 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. The school will no longer have to purchase expensive water from kiosks and ration it, but instead will have enough clean water of their own available on school grounds.

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

Project Updates

12/05/2018: A Year Later: Ebubayi Secondary School

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

01/02/2018: Ebubayi Secondary School Project Complete

Ebubayi 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 men and women!

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

The principal and deputy principal took the initiative to find student leaders from each class to attend hygiene and sanitation training. Each gender was represented among 27 students, along with a parent and six staff. Everyone was eager to learn, and very inquisitive.

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

The facilitator demonstrating how to wash hands at the donated stations.

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 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.

Principal Onacha said, "My school is fortunate to have received great people. The training content has come in time, and we promise to implement all information shared since it is not only going to help us improve on our health but also academically we are going to improve."

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!

These latrines are beautiful! The school purchased tiles with which to cover the floor.

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.

After learning about how important hand-washing is, school administration has decided to purchase even more stations to place around school grounds.

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.

A layer of cement is added to the foundation, fortified by the wire mesh.

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 Mwitoti Secondary School. It already has some water in it!

A member of school support staff tests out the tap for the first time.

Students and staff met at the tank to use the tap for the first time, filling containers with clean water. Teacher Daniel said, "Water is life, my students are so fortunate to have this project in the school since it is going to help them improve in their academic performance. Their health is going to improve and that is a positive impact towards the school."

10/30/2017: Ebubayi Secondary School Project Underway

Ebubayi 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 students! 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

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.

A Year Later: Ebubayi Secondary School

November, 2018

“I have always been a shy girl, but after the hygiene training I gained confidence and the lion in me was released. Now I can educate others on hygiene matters and academics too.” – Esther Minayo

Keeping The Water Promise

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

This giving community supports ongoing sustainability programs that help Ebubayi 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 Ebubayi 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 Lillian Achieng with you.

"The tank has brought a consistent water supply to the school," Headmistress Veronica Onacha told us during a recent visit to Ebubayi Secondary School.

"The pump that supplies water from the council would break down and students and school workers would be forced to fetch water."

Veronica Onacha

The tank constructed last year provides plenty of water for all of the students. It means that they no longer have to fetch water from alternative and often unsafe sources. The tank has also benefited the school financially. The school saved an estimated $500 now that they do not have to pay for water or people to fetch it.

These facilities have improved the school's standing. More students now attend the school than last year, a result of the tank and the latrines built that make daily life more comfortable.

"The facilities have given the school a facelift, causing other schools to admire us," Ms. Onacha said.

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 in Ebubayi Secondary School is changing many lives.

The state of the latrines in this school before the implementation of this project was poor. It is different now. Our teams reported that the students have learned to wash the new and old latrines and keep them clean. This is the result of the training that took place alongside the construction process.

Esther Minayo

And we learned from Esther Minayo how the training helped empower her. She and some fellow students were selected to serve as leaders among their peers to encourage better sanitation and hygiene practices.

"I have always been a shy girl," Esther told us, "but after the hygiene training I gained confidence and the lion in me was released. Now I can educate others on hygiene matters and academics too."

"I believe this is a an open door into my great future since I am realizing who I am and what I am capable of," 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 Ebubayi 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 Ebubayi 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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