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.
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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.
Dear Globalgiving Partners,
Trust this update finds you well! We recently received an email from the Globalgiving team informing us that £115.41 had been disbursed to our account and on behalf of Matuiku Primary School we sincerely thank each and every one of for every donation made towards this initiative.
Although we still have a long way to go, your donations will contribute alot in helping us complete the last phase of this project. The children of Matuiku Primary school are currently on holiday but I am sure that as soon as they learn about the news they will be ecstatic!
As an organization, we understand the need for every child to have access to clean water; proper sanitation facilities and to enjoy a well balanced diet. In all the schools that we have introduced the farmpond technology for drip irrigation of vegetables, we have seen them go ahead and introduce a feeding programme for their children.
As of now, Matuiku children are forced to carry lunch to school every day..if any and parents sometimes are not able to afford this especially during the dry period when there is nothing even in their farms to feed their children. For this reason, we at Kenya rainwater Association are also trying to mobilize funds on our end in order to finish this project. We hope that by the end of the year Matuiku Primary School children will not only be water and sanitation secure but also food secure!
We encourage you all to keep in touch with our work through our website at www.gharainwater.org and our facebook and twitter pages at GHARP.water and GHARP_rainwater respectively! Also help us spread the word by inviting your friends and family to like or follow us on social media…together we can promote rainwater harvesting and management for sustainable development
Check out the link to our latest edition of our newsletter dubbed "Mvua" meaning Rain!
We look forward to interacting with you all on our social media networks!
Happy New Year 2014!
We hope that you all had a great start to the New Year! It’s been four years since KRA started partnering with GlobalGiving to raise funds for a clean water and sanitation project in Matuiku Primary School, Ndaragwa division. Looking back, we can undoubtedly say that we have come a long and successful way in making Matuiku Primary school not just a better place but a dream come true for the children. In Kenya, clean water and sanitation are essential yet very scarce assets in most rural schools. Lack of water and proper sanitation facilities can be very detrimental to the performance of a child considering that a child in a rural school is expected to compete against a child in an urban school. Creating a competitive edge between the two becomes very difficult owing to the many challenges facing the rural child but regardless of these challenges rural schools have always strived to perform better than urban schools. Retracing the history of Matuiku primary school before the project is indicative of the dire situation that the children have to endure every day in a bid to secure an education and become somebody in future. While interacting with the children at the school their passion to study hard and give back to their community is a clearly set goal because of the experience that they have had in their school. Through the years, we can confidently say that your contributions have made it possible for us to demonstrate that it is possible to make things better and that learning at Matuiku Primary school can be more fun and bearable! This goes to show that you have done a commendable job not only in transforming the livelihood of these little ones but also in instilling hope and motivating the children to become great people in society so that those that come behind them can enjoy an even better Matuiku.
How we do it…
Imagine a situation where a child has to survive on one meal a day if any; without a drop of water and even if you get some it’s fetched directly from a river-unclean and unsafe! Well, this is a common scenario in most rural schools. For this reason KRA with the help of its partners-like you took the initiative to try and address this problem and help improve the situation in these schools. Most rural schools have feeding programes supported by the government or well-wishers but sometimes the food is not adequate to sustain the children through the whole term. KRA therefore introduced the farm pond technology in schools to enable them establish small kitchen gardens within the school to supplement the feeding programme.
What is a farmpond?
A farm pond is ground catchment system that is constructed on an open surface to help trap surface runoff. The system consists of a catchment area, diversion channel, silt trap and a storage reservoir that has been fitted with and ultra violet resistant dam liner. Once the water goes through inlet it goes into a silt trap to filter out the dirt and particles before it enters into the pond. Due to its huge capacity the system has been found to be best suitable for small scale micro-irrigation farming.
We will get there…
At Matuiku, we have managed to successfully complete the WASH component through funding received from GlobalGiving well-wishers and other development partners-Water for Life. Currently we are in the process of consolidating funds received from GlobalGiving last year and those trickling in this year to see whether we can get a match funding partner in order to construct a 72,000-litre farmpond for the school. In schools where KRA has introduced this intervention children have been found to have improved nutrition levels because they are able to supplement their diet(boiled beans and maize) with a variety of vegetables such as; spinach, kale, onions, tomatoes etc.
We have come a long way…
Retracing our footsteps since the project began, we cannot fail to acknowledge and appreciate you-our GlobalGiving partners for your constant support towards Matuiku clean water and sanitation project. We look forward to achieving even more this year and who knows? Maybe the next time you receive an update, we will be inviting you to come and celebrate the new face of Matuiku Primary School
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