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Pap Onditi Pump Restoration Project - Kenya

The pump needing repair in Pap Onditi, Kenya

This project is made possible through the partnership of Water Charity and the National Peace Corps Association.

Location
The town of Pap Onditi, just outside Kisumu, Kisumu County, Kenya
Current water source
Community Description
The Kisumu area is fairly dry, like a lot of the Nyanza region.  The town relies on water from a dammed stream from Lake Victoria that is not potable and is drying up.

Problem Addressed
This area is being hard hit by the current drought in most of western Kenya. Water for the people in the immediate area is taken from a filthy dam shared with animals. This dam is also slowly drying up as it is not replenished. Drinking water is either purchased or sought some distance away. The pump on the local well that had supplied water to the community became non-functional.

Project Description
The project will repair an existing Afridev Reciprocating Hand Pump.
 
This project is being done in concert with the local Franciscan friars.  The village committee under the leadership of Fr. Jabedo has purchased the land parcel upon which the pump sits.  As such, its use will be controlled and safeguarded.
 
For several reasons, the pump has had the pipes removed as well as the pumping mechanism. The PVC pipes were stored in a home that burned and they are gone.

In short, the project will:
  1. replace the missing pump housing parts
  2. install the 110 feet of PVC pipe
  3. reinstall and replace (as needed) the pump components
  4. secure the completed pump.

Pumps across Africa receive a lot of abuse, and generally end up with handles broken, parts needing replacement, and more. In recognition of this, nominal sums will be collected from all of the users to have enough on hand for mainenance and repairs.

Collecting WaterProject Impact
The number of persons served is over 250 in the area and another 50 or so within one mile.

Returned Peace Corps Volunteer Directing Project
Dave Rowson, RPCV

Monitoring and Maintenance
The local friars and the village committee will be responsible for monitoring and maintaining the pump, and performing repairs as needed.

Comments
Dave was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Kenya until 2013. He and his wife Rebecca, first as PCVs, and then as RPCVs, have done many water and sanitation projects in Kenya in partnership with Water Charity.  CLICK HERE to see a collection of the work they have accomplished to date.

This project has been funded by an anonymous donor.
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Rusinga Island Parish, St. Joseph's Girls' Secondary School Water Project - Kenya

large tank behind the crowd

This project is made possible through the partnership of Water Charity and the National Peace Corps Association.NPC & WC Logos

Location

Kakrigu, Rusinga Island, KenyaPoint where the water reaches the school

Community Description
The area is high on the Likongo Hill in Kakrigu, on Rusinga Island. It consists of the St. Joseph's Girls Secondary School, the Rusinga Parish Catholic Church, housing and offices for the Priests and Sisters.  The school, at capacity, comprises 85 students, faculty and staff of 15, and church staff of 10. This community supports the girls' school and local parish.  These girls are from very poor surroundings, and would not be in school if it were not for this school. To get to the main road, which is dirt, the walk is about a mile. From there, the nearest town is Mbita, and that is several miles away. The walk to Lake Victoria is about a mile and a half.

Problem Addressed
The water for the entire community comes from a deep borehole on the hill above all of the structures in this small community. The pump in the well supplies a central tank that then distributes the water through a series of 2-inch pipes. At present, the borehole is not supplying any water. There has been water in the well even in the driest of weather in the past.  A well expert, from Nairobi, has been on site and indicates that the pump is working but the fault may be in the pipe and connections. 

Project Description
This project is to restore water to the community.  180 feet of old pipe will be removed and replaced with lower-cost and more easily handled PVC pipe, and piping to the school will be repaired.

Rusinga Island Parish, St. Joseph's Girls' Secondary School will provide sourcing and coordination.  Dakal Enterprises from Nairobi has provided the project plan and budget.

The length of the project is a matter of days with the benefit of the whole community having access to clean water. The contractor will come to the site, remove the steel pipe and pump from the well, and connect the pump to new PVC pipe installed in the well.
They are the parish priest, Robert Sewe, Sister Ann, children from the hill, teachers, cooks and   residents and local youths.
Project Impact
This project will benefit 110 adults and secondary girl students.

Returned Peace Corps Volunteer Directing Project
Dave Rowson

Monitoring and Maintenance
The project will use a not-to exceed-contract and will be run in proper project management form. The well is under the access and control of the Parish Sisters, and they will be responsible for the upkeep and monitoring.

Comments
This is a high-impact, quick-turnaround project that will impact, immediately, over a hundred young girls, faculty and support staff.

This project is directly related to ensuring that the St. Joseph's Girls have the maximum opportunity to learn. St. Joseph's Girls Secondary School provides a rigorous academic schedule from Form 1 to Form 4.      

Presently, when there is no rainwater in the tanks, the girls have to trudge to Lake Victoria and carry 20 liters or more water back to their dorms for drinking and washing. There are several problems with this situation.
    
1) Walking nearly 4 miles with such a load is tiring and will affect study time and effort.
2) Lake Victoria is not clean.  Among pollution and fecal runoff, it has schistosomiasis, typhus and other diseases associated with it. Water guard is used, when available, but that is a cost not easily met by most girls. under the tree is the outlet for the school

Having the access to clean water is not only an academic benefit, but is a very important health benefit. So much more should and could be accomplished during the time allocated to hiking to the lake and hauling heavy loads of water back to the school.  The health of the community is a real concern here.

This is the second project Water Charity has undertaken with David & Rebecca Rowson as RPCVs in the parish of Rusinga Island.  To read about the first, which involved a series of small water projects, CLICK HERE.

As PCVs serving together, Dave & Rebecca completed 3 projects with Water Charity in Kenya in this region:

St. Joseph's Girls School Water Project - Kenya
Waware Mixed Day Secondary School Rainwater Harvesting Project - Kenya
Sargy Education Center Rainwater Catchment Project - Kenya

Bravo!  Congratulations to both David and Rebecca for all the great work they have done in Kenya.

This project is part of the Water Charity and National Peace Corps Association East Africa Water and Sanitation Program.  If you would like to see additional projects of this type, please go to that page and Donate.

This project is being funded through the generosity of an anonymous donor.

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

Priests' house and churchThe pump that supplies the junction box


Parish priest, Robert Sewe, Sister Ann, children from the hill, teachers, etc.

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Kiritiri Water Tank Project - Kenya

Villagers

NPCA & WC LOGOSThis project is made possible through the partnership of Water Charity and the National Peace Corps Association, and falls under our East Africa Water & Sanitation Program..

Location

Kiritiri, Mbeere South, Embu County, Eastern Province, KenyaDry season

Community Description
Kiritiri, Kenya is a market community of several thousand located in Eastern Province. Recently, it was made a regional headquarters and the population has grown drastically. The area is south of Mount Kenya, far enough from the effects of the Mountain to get any benefit from the increased rain there. Kiritiri is located on the paved road leading to Kamburu dam, one of the largest hydroelectric dams in the country. Despite that, one in three planting seasons produce enough for excess to sell for income. Water is by far the community's largest concern. Other issues within the community are lack of income and poor housing.

Problem Addressed
When RPCV Jennifer Mueller lived in the community from 1997-1999, there were four water boreholes as well as some shallow hand-dug pits where water collected. Since then, however, 3 of the 4 boreholes have stopped working due to the water table lowering and since a recent political division, Kiritiri is now a district headquarters causing the population to grow considerably. Fifteen years ago, water could be purchased for 5 shillings a 20-liter jerry can, (a fee used to keep the boreholes maintained); the cost has increased to 20 shillings a liter in the dry season (accounting for supply and demand). The one borehole remaining just doesn’t have the capacity for the population growth.

rainy season

Project Description
The Maragwa Umoja group will start to build Interlocking Stabilized Soil Bricks, and then build water tanks to help with lack of water, poor housing, and lack of income. With the addition of cement to normal local subsoil, and needing little water and no firing to cure (using wood that is scarce), the bricks are then made into uniform interlocking bricks. The hand-operated press machines creating the interlocking bricks take less mortar, thereby reducing costs. The brick presses come in straight and curved forms, the curved specifically for water tanks and the straight bricks for foundations and water draw points. One bag of cement makes 100 to 150 bricks depending on the soil consistency. About 400 bricks are needed for a 5,000 liter tank.

Rainfall in the area and the average size of homes (tin roofs available for catchment area) would make 5,000-liter tanks the best option to sustain an average family of five through a dry season using the water for drinking and cooking. Any greater capacity would rarely fill fully.  The press machines are made in Nairobi, and are hand operated requiring no electricity and few parts with the potential to break. Should replacement parts be necessary, as they are built in-country, parts would be locally available. The tanks then need only a skin of waterproof cement on the inside to make them waterproof, and a roof to prevent malaria-carrying mosquitos from entering... as well as reducing loss from evaporation. 

Project funds will be used to build 10 tanks to get the project started, using them as training. When the business is off the ground and making profits, the group will then use that money to build tanks for the remaining 90+ members. Bricks will also be produced for sale to others in the community

local homeThe brick method allows tanks to be built for half to 2/3rds of the cost of plastic water tanks bought from out of the area. The straight bricks used for the support platforms can also be sold as housing bricks that do not melt away in the rain, as many conventional mud brick or wattle and daub houses do, expanding the business potential beyond just water tanks. 

With both machines, materials for water tanks and houses can be produced locally without transportation costs, as the machine can be moved to the building location instead of moving thousands of mud brick or stone. Costs of the ISSB bricks are a bit more than mud brick but less than the stone quarried out of the area, a local engineer estimates they should be sold for 15 shillings instead of 26 for stone. Mud bricks are about 10 shillings each, but are poor quality, and do not withstand the rainy seasons well.

Once the technology and access spreads across the districts it could reach 10,000 or more with the communities of Iriamurai, Siakago, and Gachoka all within a short distance and lacking water.

Project Impact
This project will directly impact 500 people and indirectly benefit several thousand in Kiritiri itself.
dry season
Returned Peace Corps Volunteer Directing Project
Jennifer Mueller

Monitoring and Maintenance
Each family receiving a tank, will be responsible for the care and maintenance of the tank.

The tanks are fairly easy to keep once built.  A little water needs to be kept in them to prevent the concrete from cracking over time and to keep it hydrated. Each year they do need to be cleaned of the roof debris that gets washed in as well as cleaning the roof before the rainy season to prevent debris and contaminants from entering the tanks. Once the tanks are in place, the 105 women of the group will have more time for their families and school as well as increased funds from not having to purchase water. As the profits from the business come in, money to build more tanks, pay school fees, improve their housing, and those directly doing the labor, will be paid wages they would not receive otherwise.

Comments

Water Charity has extensive experience with the ISSB technique and has done many projects that utilize them.  A good example is the Interlocking Stabilized Soil Bricks Water Tank Program - Uganda.

The Maragwa Umoja self-help group is a women’s group registered with the government of Kenya, located about a quarter kilometer from the town, founded in 1999, to help improve their situation. They received a grant from the Department of Agriculture a few years ago to build a water pan by placing an earthen dam across a drainage way to help with the water problem in the area. Without any engineering design or assistance on the construction, the end result is that water evaporates quickly leaving them without in the dry season and even when it is there, it is too dirty to be drinkable from sediment and animal access. As water is such a common problem in the area, the group swelled from 20 members to over 105. With the increased membership this project will directly benefit at least 500 members of the group and indirectly benefit several thousand in Kiritiri itself as the demand for the available water sources are lessened.

Jennifer plans on traveling in the summer of 2016 (July at best guess right now) and staying for three months to establish the business side of the project, and oversee the completion of the first tanks.

Dollar Amount of Project
$5,900

Donations Collected to Date
$0

Dollar Amount Needed
$5,900

This project has been completed, but we are still accepting donations.  To see the conclusion, CLICK HERE.

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Rusinga Island Water Projects - Kenya

Rusinga Island Water Projects - Kenya

NPCA - WC LogosThis project is made possible through the partnership of WATER CHARITY and the NATIONAL PEACE CORPS ASSOCIATION.

Rusinga Island

Location: The Kakrigu and Kolo districts on Rusinga Island, Lake Victoria, near Mbita, Kenya

Community Description:  The poeple of Rusinga Island live in small communities with a few farms directly on the island in the middle of Lake Victoria.  Despite being surrounded by water, they get relatively little rainfall, with two short, unreliable rainy seasons.

Problem Addressed:  The basic need for the wellbeing of a large part of the population on Rusinga Island is sustainable agriculture, out of the dependence on the two, short rain cycles. Many of the land holdings that are situated at the edge of Lake Victoria can be invigorated by pumping that water into tanks and irrigating, or by directly spraying pumped water on the crops.  2 of the 3 projects are designed to assist the Rusinga Island Children's Fund with their “Rescue a Child to Learn” program which serves 75 children currently.  The other project builds a rainwater catchment at the Nyamuga Special School for primary children with physical disabilities.

Project Descriptions:

Project 1 - Owira Shamba Project

Mr. Morris Owira is a farmer who relies on the rains and sometimes by the assistance of a borrowed pump to irrigate his crops. He has agreed to allow the Rusinga Island Children's Fund (RICF) to have a piece of the 

Owira Shamba

shamba (farmland) for the exclusive production of vegetables to support the children in the “Rescue a Child to Learn” program, managed by Mr. Obwaya. There are currently 75 children who are assisted in part or totally with school fees. The produce from this shamba plot is purchased by the schools and credited to the accounts of the rescue students. Water Charity will purchase for his farm a 5.5. hp water pump w/intake and distribution hosing, and a 2500 liter water tank.
 
The pump will enable him to take water directly from Lake Victoria, store it in the water tank and continually water his crops. This is a sustainable model that removes the specter of failed or insufficient rains, and provides food for the schools while simultaneously paying for student tuitions
 

Project 2 – Water Catchment – Nyamuga Special School

The second project is in the more traditional water catchment system. There is a new building at the Nyamuga Special School for primary children with physical disabilities. There are times when the children do not have access to water at the school due to watch staff or authorities not being present, such as weekend mornings. The catchment system proposed will provide a 2500 liter tank, filled by the gutter system on the dorm, and accessible to the children independent of the administration.
 
The project will install gutters on the north east side of the building and catch the rainfall from 1500 square feet of roofing. The tank will be installed with a tap that the children will be able to access. Curently, children cannot wash or have water for long periods during the weekends.
 

 Project 3 - Kolo Shamba Project

The third project is in the district of Kolo. One of the men who was associated with Waware Seconday School project in 2012 has organized a large shamba (garden) near the lake. We have agreed with him to provide a 5.5 HP water pump and 2.5K water tank and associated hoses so that he can produce year round farm produce to the schools and local markets. He has agreed to provide our “Rescue a Child to Learn” program a plot of adjacent, that is roughly 150 feet by 200 feet for the exclusive use and production of vegetables for the program.
 
Rusinga Island

All together

Each of these projects is accessing either the water in Lake Victoria or collecting the rainfall to provide, initially the local community and owner, but most importantly for the 75 children who are in the “Rescue a Child to Learn” program. ALL proceeds from the three projects go directly to the support of the 75 children. There are no overheads taken from the proceeds. 
 
Pictured to the right is the young man who is providing the shamba for the use of the Rescue Program. He is Sampson Anyango. He is standing 
alongside the intake point from the lake. We will pump the water into a tank up from this point to a point pictured in the left photograph.
 
This is the piece of land that has been allocated for the exclusive use of the Rescue Program. We will be utilizing the pump and water from the tank to irrigate this shamba. Once again, ALL of the proceeds from Sampson Anyango alongside lake intake pointthis tract of land go to consumption or sale for the rescued children.
 
Water on Rusinga is the critical element. With the purchase of a pump, hosing and a water tank, the farmer can be free from the reliance on the rains. The project is self sustaining and of total benefit to the recipients of the program.
 
The rescued children will be providing some of the labor on the shamba, contributing to their own welfare and self worth.
 

Project Impact:  Improved water and food supply for the community. 2 local farms substantially improved.  75 children given improved access to education. The entire Nyamuga Special School given reliable access to clean drinking water. 

RPCV Directing Project:  Dave & Rebecca Rowson

Both Dave & Rebecca were PCVs in Kenya, and completed 3 fabulous projects for Water Charity during their time there.  http://watercharity.com/search/node/rowson

After finishing their PC service, they started a small NGO to help the children in the Rusinga community.  The Rusinga Island Children's Fund. http://www.rusingaislandchildrensfund.org/ 

Dave is a member of the National Peace Corps Association (NPCA), and also the North Carolina Peace Corps Association and Friends of Kenya, both NPCA member groups.  This project exemplifies the extraordinary role that committed RPCVs can play in furthering the mission of the Peace Corps.  

Monitoring and Maintenance:  Between the community and the NGO Rusinga Island Children's Fund, Inc.. (Dave & Rebecca also teach on Rusinga Island)

Comments:  Once again, this project amply demonstrates the ability of former PCVs to continue to do good for their host nations even when their service is ended, and the good that Water Charity can accomplish by working with the NPCA and its various member groups and RPCVs!

Rusinga Island ShambaFundraising Target
$2,500

Funds raised in excess of the project amount will be allocated to other projects in the country.

Donations Collected to Date
$0

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Dollar Amount Needed
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This project has been completed.  To see the results, CLICK HERE.

 

 

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Kamagambo Day Mixed Compound Rainwater Catchment Project – Kenya

Kamagambo Day Mixed Secondary School Rainwater Catchment Project – Kenya

Location
Kamagambo, Rongo District, Migori County, Nyanza Region, Kenya

Community DescriptionKamagambo Day Mixed Secondary School Rainwater Catchment Project – KenyaKamagambo is a rural community several kilometers north of Rongo in close proximity to Lake Victoria. The population of area is around 19,000 people.

Kamagambo is a very rural farming community that is on the edge of “Luo Land.” Luos take the education of the children very seriously because education is seen as success in their community.

The Kamagambo Day School compound holds a pre-unit, primary, and secondary school. The student body on the entire compound is about 500 students.

Problem Addressed
The compound requires water to supply the kitchen, the farm, and the drinking and sanitation needs of the students and staff.

Although the school recently obtained a 5,000-liter water tank, it is not adequate for the needs of the school.

Project Description
This project is to build an additional rainwater catchment system for the school.

The system will consist of a 5,000 liter tank set on a platform, gutters along the roof, and piping to connect the gutters to the tank.

The platform construction will be a rounded cement foundation with bricks on the perimeter. It will be filled with ballast and hardcore. Once it is packed down and stable, it will be plastered over.

Kamagambo Day Mixed Secondary School Rainwater Catchment Project – KenyaAll the tank materials and gutter-related materials will be in purchased in Kisii and delivered to the school by a hired car/truck.

The gutter system will be made of PVC pipe cut in half. It will extend 115 feet, the entire length of the classrooms, along the edge of the roof.

The school will pay for all of the labor, as well as materials to build the foundation.

Water Charity funds will pay for the tank and tap, PVC pipe, and other materials.

The school will maintain the system after completion.

Classes will receive instruction on hygiene, handwashing, and maintenance of the system.

Project Impact
The project will directly benefit 550 people, including students and teachers/staff.

Peace Corps Volunteer Directing Project
Ben Switzer

Comments
This is an important project to serve the needs of those who spend their days at the compound.

Ben previously completed the Kamagambo Day Mixed Secondary School Rainwater Catchment Project – Kenya and the Kamagambo Day Mixed Secondary School Latrine Project – Kenya.

Dollar Amount of Project
$555.00

Donations Collected to Date
$0.00

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Dollar Amount Needed
$555.00

 

 

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

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Kimathi Primary School Rainwater Catchment Project - Kenya

Kimathi Primary School Rainwater Catchment Project - Kenya
Location
Njabini, South Kinangop District, Nyandarua County, Central Province, Kenya

Community Description
The rivers that flow through the Aberdare Mountain region are the source that provides water for most of the capital city of Nairobi. Despite the fact that the area has a plentiful water supply, the issue remains that many households and schools do not have a system to effectively catch the rainfall and use it to their advantage.

Kimathi Primary School is located within the Njabini sub-location in the Aberdare Mountain Range. The school is stranded in between the Sasumua Dam and the Chania River, leaving it as somewhat of an island in terms of accessibility.

There is only one road leading to the school, making it difficult for the school to acquire new students. This has caused financial issues for the school because the government does not give money to schools with a low enrollment rate. The school is made up of over 200 students and 6 teachers.

Kimathi Primary School Rainwater Catchment Project - Kenya

Problem Addressed
Kimathi Primary School has two water tanks, one of which is broken, leaving only one for all students and staff to use. The water is insufficient, especially when there is no rain for several weeks.

Project Description
This project is to build a rainwater catchment system that will collect water from the rooftops of the classrooms.

The water will be used for drinking, handwashing, cleaning, and cooking.

A 5,000-liter tank will be purchased in a nearby town called Engineer, 17 Km from Njabini, and transported to the school.

The base will be constructed by parents and teachers using dirt and cement.

The gutters and piping will also be installed by the parents and teachers.

Water Charity funds will be used to purchase the tank, piping, and gutters from the roof to the tank.

Maintenance will be the responsibility of the school staff.

Extra funds will be used to construct simple handwashing stations using 20-liter jerry cans with an added tap.

After the tank is installed, there will be a demonstration conducted by members of the CBO Beautify Aberdare and the PCV describing diseases from inadequate hygiene, showing proper handwashing technique, and conveying general health information.

PKimathi Primary School Rainwater Catchment Project - Kenyaroject Impact
Approximately 220 students and staff will benefit from the project.

Peace Corps Volunteer Directing Project
Jennifer Navala

Comments
This is an important infrastructure project to provide for the water needs of the school. It will reduce the incidence of illness and improve the wellbeing of students and staff.

Jennifer previously completed the Njabini Youth Centre Rainwater Catchment Project - Kenya, the Kioneki Primary School Rainwater Catchment System – Kenya, and the Njabini Primary School Rainwater Catchment Project – Kenya.

Dollar Amount of Project
$555.00

Donations Collected to Date
$275.00

Dollar Amount Needed
$280.00 - This project has received major funding through the generosity of the Elmo Foundation, with the expectation of additional donations from the friends, family, and supporters of the Peace Corps Volunteer.

We encourage others to continue to donate using the Donate button below, and we will notify the Peace Corps Volunteer of your donation. Additional funds will be used to fund the next project by the PCV 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.

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Mukhonje Secondary School Rainwater Catchment Project – Kenya

Mukhonje Secondary School Rainwater Catchment Project – Kenya
Location
Malava, Central Kabras Division, Kakamega North District, Kakamega County, Kenya

Community Description
Malava is in the Western part of Kenya. It is about 3 hours north of Lake Victoria and 2 hours east of the Ugandan border. It is almost equidistant to the large towns of Webuye and Kakamega and is right off the highway that connects the two.

Malava is the largest town in the area and serves as the hub for all surrounding towns. The population is currently about 15,000 and is rapidly growing.

This part of Kenya is the land of the Luhya Tribe. The Luhyas are known for being very peaceful and welcoming to all guests. Over 80% of its citizens practice small-scale, subsistence farming. The most common crops grown are corn and sugar cane.

Nine months out of the year it rains almost daily while the other three are completely dry. Nearly everyone struggles to find both food and water during the dry season.

Mukhonje Secondary School Rainwater Catchment Project – KenyaProblem Addressed
Mukhonje Secondary School has limited access to clean water. Currently, students are forced to fetch water up to a kilometer away. This takes them away from class and leaves them worn out upon returning. Furthermore, the source they are using is a stream that may be contaminated by fertilizer and manure runoff from nearby farms.

Project Description
This project is to build a rainwater catchment system for the school.

The system will consist of PCV gutters attached to the roof, a 2,500 liter water storage tank, and piping to connect the two.

A local craftsman will be commissioned to attach the gutters to the roof. The craftsman will also build a brick and cement stand for the tank.

The 2,500 liter tank will be purchased and transported to the site, installed on the stand, and attached to the system.

Water Charity funds will be used to purchase the tank, gutters, and materials for the stand, and to pay the craftsman.

Mukhonje Secondary School Rainwater Catchment Project – KenyaThe community will provide unskilled labor, such as hauling bricks for the stand, and maintain the system after completion.

Project Impact
500 people who attend and work at the school benefit from the project.

Peace Corps Volunteer Directing Project
Charles Sexton

Comments
This is an important infrastructure project for the school. It will provide adequate water for the needs of the school, thus improving the health and wellbeing of the students and staff.

Charles previously completed the St. Joseph the Worker Home for the Mentally Challenged Borehole Project – Kenya and the Muting'ong'o Health Center Rainwater Catchment Project – Kenya.

Dollar Amount of Project
$555.00

Donations Collected to Date
$400.00

Dollar Amount Needed
$155.00 - This project has received major funding through the generosity of the Elmo Foundation, with the expectation of additional donations from the friends, family, and supporters of the Peace Corps Volunteer.

We encourage others to continue to donate using the Donate button below, and we will notify the Peace Corps Volunteer of your donation. Additional funds will be used to fund the next project by the PCV 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.

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Chebukaka Girl’s Primary School Latrine Project - Kenya

Our Lady of Peace Chebukaka Primary School Rainwater Catchment System – Kenya
Location
Chebukaka village, Chwele District, Bungoma County, Kenya

Community Description
Chebukaka Girl’s Primary School is located in Chebukaka village, close to the market and local dispensary. The school is well established, opening in 1962, and remains a respected institution in the community. It is an all-girls primary school with 571 students and 14 teachers.

A boarding section has recently been added for those girls who are in standard eight, the highest level of primary education.

Our Lady of Peace Chebukaka Primary School Rainwater Catchment System – Kenya

Problem Addressed
Recently, due to the heavy rains that occurred this past season, three of the five latrines on compound were washed out, and the structure collapsed. Therefore, there are two latrines serving a population of approximately 600 people, with some of the students living on the school compound and using the facilities around the clock.

The lack of adequate facilities creates intolerable sanitary conditions, with resultant health problems.

Project Description
This water and sanitation project is to construct new latrines on the school compound.

The structure will be positioned on the outer edges of the compound for privacy purposes as well as on an area of the land where erosion is less threatening.

One structure will be built containing 3 ventilated pit latrine stalls. The building will have 4 walls, with a wall separating each of the three stalls. Each stall will be 3.5 feet by 5 feet, and each pit will be dug 30 feet deep.

Construction will begin by digging the pits and assembling the materials needed.

After excavation, a cement slab will be constructed for the floor of the latrine. This will be built out of a combination of iron bars and mesh, holding together a mixture of sand and cement.

Our Lady of Peace Chebukaka Primary School Rainwater Catchment System – KenyaOnce the cement floor is made, walls will be built up around it using bricks and a layer of plaster to solidify the structure.

A roof will then be built out of roofing timber, topped by 9 iron sheets cut to size.

Three doors made of wood will be attached to the building using metal hinges and padlocks. After construction, the new building and doors will be painted.

The school will provide for the labor through parental volunteers and fees paid to carpenters by the school. The school will also provide for timber and iron sheets used for roofing, and small materials such as nails and hinges.

Water Charity funds will be used for other materials such as the sand, cement, bricks, and plaster needed to create the structure.

Project Impact
Approximately 600 people will benefit from the project, including students, teachers, and compound staff.


Peace Corps Volunteer Directing Project
Lindsey Rae Jackson

Comments
This is an important infrastructure project for the school. The additional sanitation facilities will improve health and wellbeing of students and staff.

Lindsey previously completed the Our Lady of Peace Chebukaka Primary School Rainwater Catchment System – Kenya.

Dollar Amount of Project
$555.00

Donations Collected to Date
$555.00 + additional amounts

Dollar Amount Needed
$0.00 - This project has been fully funded, with major funding through the generosity of the Elmo Foundation, and the remainder from friends, family, and supporters of Peace Corps Volunteer Lindsey Rae Jackson.

We encourage others to continue to donate using the Donate button below, and we will notify Lindsey of your donation. Additional funds will be used to fund the next project by the PCV 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.

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Ititu Primary School Rainwater Catchment Project - Kenya

Ititu Primary School Rainwater Catchment Project - Kenya

Location
Katangini Town, Katangini Zone, Kalawa Division, Eastern Province, Kenya

Community Description
Kalawa Division is situated in the desert, and while there is enough rain during the rainy seasons, the dry months (February, March, August, September, October, and November) are difficult.

Ititu Primary School has 467 students, 255 male and 212 female, and 18 teachers. The school is the main primary school for Katangini

Ititu Primary School Rainwater Catchment Project - Kenyatown and outlying areas and is growing quickly.

Parents are currently contributing to the much-needed building of a new classroom to meet enrollment needs

Problem Addressed
The school has no running water, and children are forced to carry water from home to drink during the school day.

Project Description
This project is to build a rainwater catchment system at the school.

The system will consist of a 3,000 liter plastic tank on a platform, gutters to capture the rainwater, and piping to connect the gutters to the tank.

The head teacher of Ititu will go to Wote Town to order the tank and arrange for delivery.

Two parents, who are skilled in this type of work, will provide the labor to install the gutters and build the platform of rock ballast and concrete.

Water Charity funds will be used to purchase and transport the tank, as well as to buy concrete, sand, rock ballast, gutters, piping, fittings, and nails.

Project Impact
485 people will benefit from the project, including 467 students and 18 teachers.

Peace Corps Volunteer Directing Project
Amber Gomes

CommentsItitu Primary School Rainwater Catchment Project - Kenya
The collection and storage system at the school compound will improve the health and wellbeing of the students and the teachers.

Dollar Amount of Project
$555.00

Donations Collected to Date
$0.00

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Donations of any amount will be appreciated. The full amount will give you "naming rights", if that is something you would like.

Any contributi

ons in excess of the Dollar Amount of Project will be allocated to other projects directed by this PCV and/or projects of other PCVs in this country.

Dollar Amount Needed
$555.00

 

 

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

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Magunga Township Secondary School Handwashing Station Project – Kenya

Magunga Township Secondary School Handwashing Station Project – KenyaLocation
Magunga, Suba District, Nyanza Province, Kenya

Community Description
Magunga Township Secondary School is a young school located in a rural village near Lake Victoria in the scenic Gwassi Hills. The community is small and agriculturally based and the area is semi-arid with long periods of dryness as well as the problems of soil erosion due to unsustainable farming practices and deforestation. Suba district is also among the communities most heavily affected by HIV in Kenya.

Problem Addressed
The Magunga Secondary School has little access to proper sanitation. The lack of handwashing stations makes the students susceptible to other illnesses particularly diarrhea.

Project Description
This project is to install 3 handwashing stations on the school grounds.

One 1,000-liter tank will be installed near the students’ latrines. It will contain 2 sinks (one for girls one for boys). One 210-liter tank with one sink will be placed at the staff latrines.

Magunga Township Secondary School Handwashing Station Project – KenyaFor each station, a platform will be constructed on which the tank (with taps) will be placed. A tin roof will be built and gutters will be attached so that rainwater can be harvested during the rainy season.

The school will provide the labor of a local carpenter, and the stations will be maintained by the school staff and student prefects.

The stations will be made of bricks and cements for durability. The sinks will use push tap faucets to reduce the water wastage.

Trees will be planted along the drainage areas, and will utilize the water from the drains.

Water Charity funds will pay for the tanks, as well as materials used to construct the platforms, roofing, and gutters.

Magunga Township Secondary School Handwashing Station Project – KenyaUpon completion, the Peace Corps Volunteer will give the students and staff a lesson on hygiene and how to properly use the handwashing stations.

Project Impact
200 people will benefit from the project.

Peace Corps Volunteer Directing Project
Margaret Guin and Kyle Babbitt

Comments
This is an important project that will improve the health and wellbeing of students, teachers, and staff.

Margaret previously completed the Magunga Township Secondary School Rainwater Harvesting Project – Kenya.

Dollar Amount of Project
$500.00

Donations Collected to Date
$5000.00

Dollar Amount Needed
$0.00 - This project has been fully funded through the generosity of the Returned Peace Corps Volunteer Paula Schmid, of Findley, MN, USA, who served in Georgia and completed a project there with Water Charity.

 

 

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