A Whangārei Boys' High School social studies project has provided more than just a chance for students to gain credits - it's helped a primary school in Kenya get a block of toilets.

It all started when Jay Warren, Whangārei Boys' High School head of social studies, received an email early last year from Beyond Water - a charity working across East Africa to provide access to safe, clean drinking water and sanitation facilities.

Warren said that email came at the perfect time as he was looking at making some positive changes in the social studies curriculum.

"I thought I'd