Project Status

Project Type:  Rainwater Catchment

Regional Program: Western Kenya WaSH Program

Impact: 500 Served

Project Phase:  In Service - Mar 2018

Functionality Status:  Low/No Water or Mechanical Breakdown

Last Checkup: 06/05/2024

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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

Gidagadi Primary School was founded in 1978 by community members attending Friends Church. It now has an enrollment of 511 students and employs 15 teachers and two support staff.A normal day for a student attending Gidagadi Primary School entails arriving at school very early in the morning, by 6am Not only do pupils have to carry their books, but they are required to carry water in their small jerrycans of five to 10 liters for use in the kitchen, for drinking, and for cleaning their classrooms.After cleaning, they start with morning study hall before gathering outside for announcements. Normal lessons begin at 8am and go until 3:45pm, which a lunch break in between. They are required to stay for an hour of clubs before being dismissed.

Water Situation

Students are required to carry water every morning, but this only enough for drinking and a little bit of cleaning. Sometimes, students are sent back out to find enough water for the school cook to prepare lunch. Fetched water is often poured in an 8,000-liter plastic tank donated to the school.

This spring is at the bottom of a slope and is subjected to many different kinds of contamination. After drinking this water, students suffer from typhoid and cholera.

Headteacher Rose Lamka said, "I thank God that we have a dispensary near us where the locals receive medications. Before, people used to travel for about five kilometers for them to get treatment. When a pupil from my school get sick, I always make sure that he/she gets treated at the dispensary before going home."

Sanitation Situation

There is intense strain on the few latrines this school has, because the secondary section doesn't have their own facilities. Many pupils, especially the youngest ones, are forced to relieve themselves outside because they can't bear the long lines. There are 16 latrines total, but most of them are already full. The girls' latrines are in fair condition, but the boys' latrines are in bad condition.

There are no hand-washing stations, though the headteacher said she's been trying to set some up.

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 (students have already started helping). Once finished, this tank can begin catching rainfall that will be used by the school’s students and staff. Students will no longer be responsible to find enough water to carry to school every day.

We and the school strongly believe that with this assistance, standards will significantly improve. These higher standards will translate to better health which will unlock the potential for higher academic achievement.

Project Updates

December, 2018: A Year Later: Gidagadi Primary School

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

March, 2018: Gidagadi Primary School Project Complete

Gidagadi 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 students!

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

We worked closely with the headteacher to plan hygiene and sanitation training. She invited boy and girl representatives from each class, as well as teachers and parent representatives. Since the weather forecast called for rain, we met inside an available classroom.

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.

We 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.

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.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. 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.

11-year-old Faith Iudenyo said, "Today is a big day for me to be chosen as a participant; every topic covered has really touched on issues that we have been facing as a school. I will pass the message that I have received to my peers; thank you and may God bless you all."

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 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.

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. Local men and women helped our artisans with their manual labor, while some of the boys even insisted on doing difficult things like mixing cement.

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.

The tank was given three to four weeks to undergo complete curing before it was cleaned and handed over to Gidagadi Primary School. Alingo Douglas, one of the parents, said "This big water tank is going to save our children from carrying water everyday from their homes and nearby springs. We have never had such a safe water source as this, and I believe that all the stakeholders of the school are very happy!"

January, 2018: Gidagadi Primary School Project Underway

Gidagadi 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.

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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: Gidagadi Primary School

December, 2018

Students used to waste time fetching unsafe water during the school day. Now they have plenty of clean water right on school grounds!

Keeping The Water Promise

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

This giving community supports ongoing sustainability programs that help Gidagadi 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 tank for Gidagadi 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 Samuel Simdi with you.

The school is appreciative of the project as it has brought new hope to them. The school can now source water from within the school's compound, compared to years back when they used to get water outside the school's compound. This wasted a lot of study time since the students were constantly out looking for enough water.

"With this trend, one could not tell whether the water collected from outside was clean or not," remembered Deputy Headteacher Teddy Liabeha.

"We thank God for we can now access clean safe water in the school compound."

There is reliable, clean, safe water from the tank constructed a year ago. The water is used for cooking and also for cleaning the classrooms. Before implementation of the project, classrooms used to be cleaned only twice a week, but now they are cleaned on a daily basis.

Before, many parents feared to enroll their children in the school due to lack of water. Now, they all want their kids to go here. The number of pupils has greatly increased, and this can be attributed to the available water supply at the school compound.

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 Gidagadi Primary School is changing many lives.

Emmanuel Mbali

"As you can see, my clothes are clean. I am able to observe personal hygiene because of what I learned at the hygiene and sanitation training last year," said 12-year-old student Immanuel Mbali.

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 Gidagadi 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 Gidagadi 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.


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