Mundika School for the Hearing Impaired Rainwater Harvesting Project – Kenya

Mundika, Busia District, Western Province, Kenya

Community Description
Mundika is a small village just outside of Busia which lies on the border of Kenya and Uganda. The area benefits from the rainy seasons, which are typically reliable, and is able to grow large amounts of maize because of the climate. Most of the people come from the Luhya tribe. They are small-scale farmers producing enough for their families, and hopefully a little more to sell to care for their families’ needs.

There are several schools in the village catering to several thousand students ranging from nursery up to secondary school. There is also a new, small clinic which caters to basic medical and dental issues to allow people to try to alleviate minor problems without having to make a bigger trip to the hospital in the town of Busia.

The Mundika School for the Hearing Impaired, which presently serves 120 students with hearing problems, has been rapidly increasing in student population over the past year, requiring the school to develop a more reliable supply of water that is stored in a sanitary manner.

Project Description
This project is to create a rainwater catchment and harvesting system to provide water for the school.

Gutters will be installed, using local skilled labor, on the eaves of the kitchen and dining building to collect rainwater. A high-density storage tank will be purchased and installed to provide storage for the collected water.

Project funds will be used to purchase the storage tank and the materials, including the gutters, bricks, downpipes, hardware, and cement.

The immediate community and the parents of the students will provide the basic unskilled labor, and some funds as needed.

The students, parents, teachers, and school staff will be trained on proper water treatment practices, maintaining the system, and proper health and hygiene.

Project Impact
120 students, 15 teachers, and 10 school staff will benefit from this project. In addition, the water will be available to other local community members and nearby schools when their own wells and sources of water are not in working order.

Peace Corps Volunteer Directing Project
Anna Martin

The collection of rainwater is a simple solution to resolve the shortage of safe water. The system will reduce health problems that have been experienced in the past. The project will also serve as a practical teaching and learning resource example to the community in achieving skills pertaining to water storage and conservation.

Dollar Amount of Project

Donations Collected to Date

Dollar Amount Needed
$0.00 – This project has now been fully funded through the generosity of Canterbury Girls’ Secondary College, of Canterbury, Victoria, Australia.

We encourage others to continue to donate using the Donate button below, and we will notify Peace Corps Volunteer Anna Martin of your donation. Additional funds will be used to fund the next project by Anna and/or those of other PCVs in the country of service.

This project has been finished. To read about the conclusion of the project, CLICK HERE.