Greetings from Kenya Rainwater Association and Happy New Year 2016!
Kenya Rainwater Association has, with funding from the well-wishers from this platform and far and wide been implementing a project in Matuiku Primary School, Kenya, titled the “Clean Water & Sanitation for Kenyan Primary School” project since February 2012. The project came to an end in December 2015.
Poor diet and nutrition is a major concern in rural schools, even where the government provides lunch through the school feeding programme, the diet is not balanced as it mainly consist of boiled maize and beans. Improved water supply, sanitation, hygiene and nutrition are unfortunately not prioritized within limited school budgetary allocation. Moreover, community development projects rarely integrate schools’ water supply, sanitation, hygiene and nutrition. To address environmental degradation and effects of climate change, our schools’ project also integrates establishment of tree seedling nurseries and tree planting which also target the pupils as change agents among rural communities. This leaves the responsibility of ensuring access to safe drinking water, good sanitation and hygiene and improved nutrition to the poor parents, whose efforts are limited by financial resources especially in semi-arid districts. It is against this background that Kenya Rainwater Association (KRA) was compelled to integrate a school WASH and nutrition component in community-based projects in water scarce counties of Kenya
Construction of 72m3 farm pond - lined underground storage reservoirs: Ultra-violet (UV resistant plastic lined underground tank – open rectangular farm pond – was constructed as water source for school vegetable garden is now complete. The farm pond was excavated manually to the specified dimensions and lined with a 0.8mm thick high density UV resistant plastic material, which prevents seepage losses, whilst evaporation is reduced by roofing the pond with iron sheets. The roof is also a security measure to prevent drowning of children and livestock. To draw water, simple hand pump (hip pump) was provided. The farm pond was also fitted with double chamber silt traps and screen filter – to reduce siltation and eutrophication due to floating biological matter to improve water quality.
Establishment of low-head drip irrigation system: A 230-litre mini-tank drip irrigation system will be installed for the establishment of the school vegetable nursery after school reopens.. Drip irrigation technology is water-use efficient and appropriate in water-scarce areas, and fits well with RHM systems. The vegetable garden will be established and installed with drip irrigation system. The school vegetable garden will improve nutrition and school income, and also act as demonstration site for the local community on how to diversify livelihoods – food security and poverty reduction.
The school community reiterated the fact that inadequate WASH, food security and livelihood diversification were some of their most pressing needs. The anticipated project impacts on the other hand includes enhanced food security and nutrition status; improved health among pupils and teachers;better academic performance in schools;increased period during which beneficiaries will have water; as well as increased resilience to negative effects of climate change.
All these and much more will not have been posible without YOU!
This year we look foward to your continued support,collaboration and friendship as we identify yet another needy school that badly needs your asisstance. I keep you posted !
Happy and Blessed 2016, tell a friend to tell a friend!
It’s that time of the year again when we get to share our project updates with you and as always we are pleased to have the opportunity to write to you on the progress and status of Matuiku Primary School Water and Sanitation project. From our previous update, you are aware that we have been exploring more fundraising opportunities so that we can bring the last phase of this project to a successful completion. We are happy to report that the construction a farm pond has started and will be brought to conclusion before the end of this October 2015.
Construction of school farm pond:
The 72m3 farm pond (lined underground storage reservoir– ultra-violet (UV) resistant plastic lined underground tank – open rectangular farm pond was constructed to provide water for the school vegetable garden. The farm pond is excavated manually to the specified dimensions and lined with a 0.8mm thick high density UV resistant plastic material, which prevents seepage losses, whilst evaporation is reduced by roofing the pond with iron sheets. The roof is also a security measure to prevent drowning of children and livestock. To draw water, simple and cheap hand pumps or treadle pumps areused. The farm pond is also fitted with double chamber silt traps – to improve water quality. Eutrophication is controlled by sand filters around the suction pipes.
Establishment of school vegetable garden: The school vegetable garden will be established anddrip irrigation system installed. The 230-litre mini-tank low-head drip irrigation system iswater-use efficient technology, which is appropriate in water-scarce areas, and fits well withRHM systems. The school vegetable garden serves two purposes; (i) to and improve nutritionand school income, and (ii) to demonstrate to the community on livelihoods diversificationtechnology – using school as a technology promotion center.
We at Kenya Rainwater continue to thank you for your continuued support .
God Bless you and Best wishes!
ANOTHER DONOR ,ANOTHER BLESSING, AN INCH CLOSER!
By Florence Chepkoech- Project Leader
In February 2015, Matuiku Primary received a grant from So Hum Foundation USA, a match funding that finally came through as we had earlier anticipated, these funds would be used towards the construction of a farm pond and possibly help start another project in a needy school. Kenya Rainwater is waiting for the cheque to mature for the construction of the farm pond to begin.
The school also got a visitor from H20 for life; the schools’ evaluation visit was conducted from January 27-29, 2015 by Nick Coughlin, H20 for Life Communications Director, accompanied by Nina, and KRA team (Peris Muchina, Information and Communication Officer, and Stephen Njoroge, Technical Assistant). The evaluation team was delighted to meet the children and the communities who turned up in large numbers in support of the projects.
Background: The following are the project components: (a) construction of 50m3 masonry rainwater storage tank; (b) installation of gutters including a foul-flush system; (c) construction of gender-segregated improved sanitary facilities (block of VIP latrines for girls, boys and teachers; (d) construction of 72m3 school farm pond for irrigated vegetable garden; and (e) training pupils and community on (i) improved sanitation and hygiene, (ii) operation and maintenance, and (iii) irrigation water management and crop husbandry. The project was funded in partnership with Global Giving (UK) and fundraising has been on-going to raise additional funds for the farm pond.
Current status:Nick was well received by teachers and the children and was happy to find that all the facilities were functioning as they should. He emphasised on the need to ensure proper management of the WASH facilities as that is the only way the school can give back to the donors. The school expressed their gratitude to the development partners who have helped the school improve the WASH facilities.
Nick meets and greets the children Nick is shown how to use a tippy tap
Nick had this to say” My purpose in Kenya was not only to gain a better understanding of the challenges schools have maintaining the water and sanitation projects our U.S. schools fund, but to determine whether there is anything H2O for Life can do to help support more sustainable practices. Ultimately, the longevity of a water tank or latrine depends almost entirely on a committed community that is willing to clean and repair the projects as needed, and that commitment must stem from the head teacher. Our implementing partners in the region, Waterlines and Kenya Rainwater Association, both follow up with the schools after the projects are complete. They serve as a helpful resource to the schools, but stress that the school community is primarily responsible for upkeep’
You can get more of this conversation from the Water for Life website. http://www.h2oforlifeschools.org
Kenya Rainwater Association continues to appreciate the effort of its donors who continue to further this noble cause of assisting needy Kenyan schools get safe and clean water.
When it comes to water it is often said that every drop counts and when it comes to you our partners we say that every donation counts!
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Happy New Year from Kenya Rainwater Association to you friends and partners! 2014 was a great year and that's because you were part of it and we are delighted to know that you are still with us even in this New Year as we aspire to touch, transform and impact more livelihoods.
We are so excited about 2015 because we are hopeful that this year we will see Matuiku Primary school project come to a close. Last year i mentioned that we were going to hold a planning meeting with the school management to see how the funds that you had raised will be utilized and for which activities. Howeverthe meeting was haulted after we received some good news of a possible match funding with a US based organization in 2015! This means that if this funding comes through we will be able to add what they give to your donations to enable us complete Matuiku Primary school project fully. This is great news and we hope that it materialises soon--We will keep you posted.
In 2014 KRA implemented WASH projects in 15 rural primary schools all thanks to our devout patners who have been supporting our initiatives over the years. These schools now have clean drinking water, handwashing facilities and a vegetable garden for vegetable production. The impact has been remarkable both for teh children and the entire community with these schools now becoming a centre of attraction for neighbouring schools. Perfomance has greatly improved and enrolment has equally increased as parents transfer their children to schools that seem to have better facilities. We have also seen such initiatives become a motivation factor for the school community to raise their community contributions because each school is now competing to become among the best in terms of water and sanitation.
As we kick off 2015 we look forward to growing these numbers and expanding our reach even to Secondary schools because the need is very great. We would like to thank you all for your continued support in the past years and we hope to continue this patnership in 2015 and beyond.
Please note that our website address has changed i will attach links below! Also like our facebook page and promote it to your friends, family--There is power in numbers and together we can achieve alot more.
We wish you and your loved ones a very prosperous year 2015!
Greetings from Kenya Rainwater Association,
It’s that time of the year again when we get to share our project updates with you and as always we are pleased to have the opportunity to write to you on the progress and status of Matuiku Primary School Water and Sanitation project. From our previous update, you are aware that we have been exploring more fundraising opportunities so that we can bring the last phase of this project to a successful completion. This is still on-going and we have been keen to submit and place fundraising calls to a few promising donors whenever we get an opportunity to and we hope that we will get more funding towards this project soon.
However, your efforts cannot go unnoticed and at this point, KRA would like to sincerely thank you for the unwavering support that you have shown since this project started to date. Your donations have been streaming in and we are happy to report that since last year to this year we have received about 690$. This money will go towards the purchase of the farm pond lining material that we call a dam liner. The liner is important in preventing water seepage once the water has been harvested and stored into the farm pond.
For starters, we plan to hold a meeting with the head teacher of Matuiku Primary school to discuss how to effectively utilise the funds and hopefully plan for the excavation process of the farm pond. KRA has been encouraging community participation in the implementation of all its projects and especially parent involvement with an aim of instilling communal ownership of the project. We are optimistic that with the help of the community and the teachers we will be able to formulate a way forward so that the dream of making Matuiku Primary school a centre for excellence can be realised.
As it is now, the children are still enjoying the sanitation and water tank facilities and they remain eternally grateful to you for ensuring that they have clean water flowing from their taps and proper and hygienic sanitation facilities. Learning has never been more easy and fun and what you have given this year can only make things even better for these children!
We look forward to the next update when we will let you know the outcome of the meeting and how much progress has been made going forward.
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