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

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Narrative

At this particular school we placed three water tanks, one 10,000 L tank along with two 2,300 L tanks. Feeding those tanks we placed 48 m of gutter. 40 m directly feeding the 10,000 L tank and 8 m of gutter feeding the two 2,300 L tanks. The ACI team worked with and trained representatives from the community in RWH system construction and best practice. We found a very large interest in the community regarding rain tanks, because of the schools location on a hill side, the closest water source for the community is about 500 m down a very steep hill to a stream. We spoke with a member of the community about this issue. Orpha Onwege, a tea farmer and mother told us "walking down the hill three times a day takes a long time and is very tiring, we usually send the children to go fetch the water to bring it to our homes and schools." Now with easy access to large amounts of water within the school compound the children will not have to travel so far to gather water for their daily lives.

  • Impact Assessment (M&E) Phase Project completed on 21 May, 2012 Implementation Phase
  • Implementation Phase Project started on 18 May, 2012 Preparation Phase

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

Narrative

At this particular school we placed three water tanks, one 10,000 L tank along with two 2,300 L tanks. Feeding those tanks we placed 48 m of gutter. 40 m directly feeding the 10,000 L tank and 8 m of gutter feeding the two 2,300 L tanks. The ACI team worked with and trained representatives from the community in RWH system construction and best practice. We found a very large interest in the community regarding rain tanks, because of the schools location on a hill side, the closest water source for the community is about 500 m down a very steep hill to a stream. We spoke with a member of the community about this issue. Orpha Onwege, a tea farmer and mother told us "walking down the hill three times a day takes a long time and is very tiring, we usually send the children to go fetch the water to bring it to our homes and schools." Now with easy access to large amounts of water within the school compound the children will not have to travel so far to gather water for their daily lives.

Sustainability

Creating and measuring long-term impact

The community health promoter in the area will be holding meetings of a school club for the children twice a month. During these visits she will be able to check on the performance of the RWH system and report any problems she finds directly to the ACI office. The five USD is covered by the school according to the agreement the school and stakeholders signed prior to construction of the RWH system. This cost will cover any breakages due to poor use and silicone costs if the system begins to leak because of wear and tear on the gutter runs.

Other Issues

Unusual and unexpected issues faced during project execution

Seeing the previous water situation at the school was eye opening for the ACI team. The hill the children had to climb up and down to collect water is very steep and muddy even on the best days. Providing the tanks was a huge relief on the work load of these children.

Impact

People Impacted: 372

People Getting Safe Drinking Water: 370

Total number of all students, teachers and support staff at the school on a given day. In conjunction with the ACI bio sand water filter program already at the school, increased access to water within the compound will promote the school to use many filters to their full potential and supply everyone at the school with clean water. We gathered this number through a survey of all ACI partner schools prior to the implementation of the RWH program.

School Children Getting Water: 360

Total number of students, nursery school through standard eight present at the school on a given day. We gathered this number through a survey of all ACI partner schools prior to the implementation of the RWH program.

People Getting Sanitation: 370

Total number of students, teachers and support staff present at the school on a given day. In conjunction with the ACI hand washing station program already implemented at the school. We have found through surveying schools with existing RWH catchment system the use of the hand washing station increases greatly with access to water within the school compound. We gathered this number through a survey of all ACI partner schools prior to the implementation of the RWH program.

People Getting Other Benefits: 2

Community development entrepreneur and community health promoter, both individuals trained by ACI. Have been trained in RWH systems and will be able to advance their knowledge of water, sanitation and hygiene while providing an informational resource to their community.

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

Creating and measuring long-term impact

The community health promoter in the area will be holding meetings of a school club for the children twice a month. During these visits she will be able to check on the performance of the RWH system and report any problems she finds directly to the ACI office. The five USD is covered by the school according to the agreement the school and stakeholders signed prior to construction of the RWH system. This cost will cover any breakages due to poor use and silicone costs if the system begins to leak because of wear and tear on the gutter runs.

Implementer: Not applicable

Not applicable

Funding

Funded:
$2,480
Community:
$39,446
Final Cost:
$2,550

Plan/Proposal