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!
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
On 25th July 2013, KRA team accompanied by GlobalGiving Field Representative- Farley Sawyer made a trip to Matuiku School to find out how they were fairing. When we arrived at Matuiku primary School we knew this was going to be no ordinary visit. The children came rushing out curious to see who had visited them and the beautiful smiles on the children’s faces was a clear sign of their excitement. We were first received by the teachers led by the Head teacher who expressed his gratitude for the great support that the school has received through GlobalGiving. He went on to say that every time they see KRA visiting, they are happy because they know that they have brought them good tidings and of course this is all thanks to your kind donations!
The Head teacher informed us that since the project was introduced to the school the children have been working very hard because they now have more time to study and do their revision. He asked us to say hello to the pupils in standard eight and encourage them as they prepare for their final examinations which are set to begin next week. Farley being the guest speaker of the day urged the children to work hard in order to achieve the best in life. In her words," You can become anything you want to become in life if you work hard and study hard." She also enquired from the children whether they were enjoying the water and the new toilets and from their enthusiastic response there is no doubt that the project is the best thing that ever happened to the school. They promised to achieve the best grades to reciprocate your generosity!
Aside from Matuiku Primary School Farley also visited a neighbouring school called Nyonjoro Primary School just to get a feel of KRA activities. The best thing about this school is that before our intervention it was one of the worst performing schools in the area. Parents had started transferring their children to other schools due to its poor performance, lack of water and proper sanitation facilities but since KRA made an entrance to the school Nyonjoro moved from a poor performing school in 2010 to best improved school in 2011 and eventually best performing school in 2012. Enrollement has also gone up and the school now has 276 pupils. The Head teacher of the school showed us the many trophies that the school has been awarded owing to the improved performance. The school has sanitation facilities for boys, girls and teachers; a 72m3 farm pond for vegetable production and a 50m3 water tank that provides water for hand washing, cooking and drinking.
Matuiku Can Make it Too..
Stories like that of Nyonjoro Primary School is a clear reflection of the impact that projects like this can have on the children and an entire community. Here at KRA we believe that through your support Matuiku primary School is also capable of scaling the heights and making us all proud just as Nyonjoro has done. The teachers and pupils are determined to follow the good example that has been set by their neighbouring school. The Head teacher said, "If Nyonjoro made it, Matuiku can make it too!"
KRA is Grateful!
Even as we endeavour to fulfil our mandate as an organization, we are very grateful for all your support that has enabled us to provide clean and safe water for the children and proper sanitation facilities. We are also grateful to the GlobalGiving team for raising this platform and for taking time to visit some of our projects here in Kenya.
We look forward to your continued support and collaboration in this noble course!
We hope that this update finds you well!
A few months have gone by since our last update on Matuiku Primary School Water and Sanitation project and as always we have good news for you! The past few months have been quite exciting and eventful for the children of Matuiku Primary school. One of the donor organizations Water for Life which co-funded part of the project in partnership with Global Giving recently paid a visit to the school. The team was led by Patty Hall; President of Water for Life and accompanied by KRAs Programmes Coordinator and Programmes Officer. The aim of the visit was to find out how the project was fairing since its establishment.
Commonly dubbed- H20 for Life is a non-profit organization designed to create partnerships between schools in the United States and schools in developing countries. Their goal is to partner an individual school in the United States with a school in a developing country that lacks water, sanitation and hygiene education (WASH). Through service learning projects, U.S. schools raise funds to finance WASH projects in developing countries which are implemented with the help of experienced non-governmental organizations (NGOs). For this particular project two U.S schools namely Maple Grove JHS and Tiffany Creek Elementary contributed towards the project.
The 50,000 litre water tank donated by GlobalGiving and H2O for Life is not only ensuring enough provision of clean water for drinking and cooking but has also translated to more study time for the children! The children no longer have to spend hours going to the river to fetch water like they used to do. As stated by Patty Hall in her speech to the children “You can become anyone you want to become in life by working hard, setting high goals and taking education seriously in order to achieve the best." Patty Hall also donated two balls to the school. Her message to the children, "work hard and play hard."
Once again the Head teacher expressed his utmost gratitude to Water for Life and Global Giving for giving Matuiku Primary school a new face by providing them with the best sanitation facilities. In the past the girls were very uncomfortable due to lack of privacy attributed to the old wooden latrines which had spaces between them. Even as the school endeavours to achieve more indeed much has been achieved through your generous donations and the future for the children of Matuiku School is bright as the sky remains the limit. As usual KRA and the entire Matuiku Primary School community acknowledges your support and would like to sincerely thank you for your kindness. You've not only made life at Matuiku Primary School better but have also motivated the children to work hard in their studies-their sole purpose is to give back to their community in future!
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