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Kyamulinge Primary School (Kenya)


Titre : Kyamulinge Primary School (Kenya)

Pays : Kenya

Date : 2021

Project Type : Rainwater Catchment
Program : Southeastern Kenya WaSH Program

Kyamulinge Primary School relies on its 318 students to carry water from home each day. The students are expected to come every morning carrying a jerrycan of water. Often, pupils report to school tired because they come carrying books and lunches along with their water from home. Once the water in the school tanks depletes, the students are then sent to fetch water at Kambu well, which is two kilometers away from the school.
As a result of inadequate water supply, the school had to scrap the feeding program. That is why students are now expected to carry their food from home, too, adding to the weight of their daily walk. Due to intense poverty levels in the area, some students do not bring their food from home and may stay hungry the entire day, affecting their academic performance. Parents complain that their children are always tired in the morning as they are expected to bring water to school.
The sources in which the students collect their water are often open, meaning many students often report to school with dirty water. Students complain of illnesses such as stomachaches, typhoid, dysentery, and other waterborne illnesses resulting from drinking the contaminated water from these open sources. Consequently, cases of absenteeism due to sicknesses are frequent.

We will build a 104,000-liter rain tank for this school, making the others look tiny in comparison. Because of how rarely it rains in Southeastern Kenya, this tank’s large volume is designed to store as much water as possible during the seasonal rains, making more water available through the dry months. This water will benefit the students, teachers, and additional staff. Parents will mobilize the materials needed for construction, including sand, stones, and water. They will also lend their strength and time to help with the construction. We will complement their materials with a skilled artisan to lead the project and provide the tools, lumber, metal, cement, and gutter system. As soon as the tank has time to cure, it can begin collecting rainwater for the school’s use.

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