Community Development Entrepreneurs were trained to install rainwater harvesting systems at Kegwanda primary school and will sell low cost, high quality RWH units to the surrounding community

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Narrative

This being one of our earlier schools in the implementation process the team was still working out kinks in the construction process. After several very long days in the hot sun and little headway made the will of all those involved in construction was tested. With perseverance and analytical problem solving the project was finally completed. a few days over schedule but to get the very first RWH system under our belts was a huge success. The completion of this project helped us to adjust our style of construction as well as the expectations placed on schedules and time tables. As the project advanced through the implementation stage the speed of all involved went up considerably and schedules were much easier to maintain.

    Claire Rumpsa ( Aqua Clara International ) Less Than A Minute after completion 29 Feb, 2012

    Rainwater System Complete!

    Status: Complete - Successful

    Operating Status:

    We're delighted to report that the rainwater harvesting system is now complete at the school.

    The Kegwanda system was completed first, and even though it was the beginning of the dry season, there was a huge rainstorm about 5 minutes after the last gutter had been fixed! It was wonderful to see the water flowing along the gutters and into the tanks, and to know that children at these schools will no longer have to miss school to collect water. Everyone at the school are immensely thankful and the CDEs are excited about learning a new skill to help other people in their communities.

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  • Impact Assessment (M&E) Phase Project completed on 29 Feb, 2012 Implementation Phase
  • Implementation Phase Project started on 1 Nov, 2011 Preparation Phase

Community Development Entrepreneurs were trained to install rainwater harvesting systems at Kegwanda primary school and will sell low cost, high quality RWH units to the surrounding community

Narrative

This being one of our earlier schools in the implementation process the team was still working out kinks in the construction process. After several very long days in the hot sun and little headway made the will of all those involved in construction was tested. With perseverance and analytical problem solving the project was finally completed. a few days over schedule but to get the very first RWH system under our belts was a huge success. The completion of this project helped us to adjust our style of construction as well as the expectations placed on schedules and time tables. As the project advanced through the implementation stage the speed of all involved went up considerably and schedules were much easier to maintain.

Sustainability

Creating and measuring long-term impact

Community health promoters will be managing and educating students in a rotating circuit of school clubs in their area. With two visit per month to the school for the club meetings the CHP's will be able to check on the performance of the RWH systems. We expect that this will be enough oversight and this schedule will be able to report problems in a timely manner to the office or the CDE. The expectation of five dollars per year will be meet by the school to replace any moving parts on the flush system if they are broken though misuse or accidental breakage because of the nature of their environment. That five dollars will also be able to cover any cost for silicone to re-seal joint on the gutter run its self.

Other Issues

Unusual and unexpected issues faced during project execution

The expectation of completing this project, the very first one on schedule was one of the major challenges we faced. The thought that we would be able to complete the project on an arbitrary schedule was a little far fetched so we have since thrown out the original schedule and adjusted accordingly to our initial experience on this project. We also discovered the importance of high quality uniform materials.

Learnings

Knowledge of project and process for sharing

During this project we tested several types of screws and tools to see which ones would be the very best for the rest of the project. We learned which materials would be the best for the remainder of the project in regards to both speed, durability and ease of use/training.

Impact

People Impacted: 445

People Getting Safe Drinking Water: 443

This number includes all students, teachers and support staff that are at the school on a normal day. Through the bio sand water filter program, the improved access to water will allow the schools to more easily use the filters. We gathered this number though a survey done at all of our schools before the implementation of the RWH systems.

School Children Getting Water: 427

The number of students, nursery school through standard eight. We gathered this number though a survey done at all of our schools before the implementation of the RWH systems.

People Getting Sanitation: 443

Total number of students, teachers and support staff at the school. With more convenient access to water the hand washing stations at the school will be used much more. We gathered this number though a survey done at all of our schools before the implementation of the RWH systems.

People Getting Other Benefits: 2

Trained ACI personell who have learned about quality construction of RWH systems. The RWH system will also assist the community health promoter in charge of this school to inform and educate the students in her Water and Health Club.

Maintenance/Operating Costs Annual, in US$: $5

Creating and measuring long-term impact

Community health promoters will be managing and educating students in a rotating circuit of school clubs in their area. With two visit per month to the school for the club meetings the CHP's will be able to check on the performance of the RWH systems. We expect that this will be enough oversight and this schedule will be able to report problems in a timely manner to the office or the CDE. The expectation of five dollars per year will be meet by the school to replace any moving parts on the flush system if they are broken though misuse or accidental breakage because of the nature of their environment. That five dollars will also be able to cover any cost for silicone to re-seal joint on the gutter run its self.

Funding

Funded:
$2,480
Community:
$39,446
Final Cost:
$2,761

Plan/Proposal