Citdo Orphanage Rainwater Catchment Project – Kenya

Iviani, Eastern Kenya

Community Description
Iviani is located about 5 Kilometers outside of Matuu Town, about 1 ½ hours east of Thika. The community is comprised of about 400 people, mostly of the Kamba tribe of Kenya.

The Citdo Orphanage teaches primary education to about 20 Orphans and vulnerable children (OVC), free of charge, thanks to the dedication of the Citdo community organization.

Water is a problem in the Iviani area, as it has a semi-arid climate. The lack of water is coupled with waterborne diseases such as cholera, giardia, and other parasites that lead to diarrhea, which can be fatal to small children.

Some of the children in the orphanage have HIV, so their immuno-compromised systems cannot fight off additional gastrointestinal diseases.

Project Description
This project is to construct a rainwater catchment system to provide water for the orphanage.

Gutters will be installed on the eaves of the orphanage 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, downpipes, hardware, and cement.

The community will provide the labor, as well as the gravel and sand for the concrete.

The community and staff will be trained on proper water treatment practices, maintenance of the system, and health and hygiene.

Project Impact
32 people (20 orphans and vulnerable children, 2 teachers, 10 group members/guardians) will benefit from this project.

Peace Corps Volunteer Directing Project
Nikolaus Schuetz

A reliable source of safe water will provide great health benefits for this vulnerable group that is without resources to implement a solution on its own. This system is the most appropriate method for obtaining water under these circumstances.

Dollar Amount of Project

Donations Collected to Date

Dollar Amount Needed
$0.00 – This project has now been fully funded, through the generosity of Marcia Wijngaarden, of Rotterdam, Netherlands, with the help of friends and family of PCV Nikolaus Schuetz.

We encourage others to continue to donate using the Donate button below, and we will notify Peace Corps Volunteer Nikolaus Schuetz of your donation. Additional funds will be used to fund the next project by Nikolaus and/or those of his counterpart PCVs in Kenya.

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