Kashongi High School Ferro-cement Rainwater Tank Project – Uganda

Kashongi Trading Center, Kiruhura District, Uganda

Community Description
Kashongi Trading Center is located in the Kiruhura district of Southwest Uganda. The community suffers from a severe lack of clean drinking water. While safe water coverage for rural Uganda is on average 55%, it is only 35% in the Kashongi sub-county.

Kahongi High School has 300 students half of them girls. 60 of the girls board at the school, meaning they sleep at the school throughout the term. Currently, they collect water from a dirty pond that is also used by livestock.

Not only is the water unsafe, but the headmaster of the school is also concerned about the safety of the girls going down to collect water in the evenings. The pond is in a secluded place, where sexual assault is far too common.

Project Description
This project is to build a 6,000-liter ferro-cement rainwater tank and collection system at the girls’ dorm of the Kashongi High School.

The first step in building the tank is to clear and level the construction site. The next step is to build a wire-reinforced concrete bottom to be used as a base for the tank.

Next, a mold of the tanks is constructed out of wire. Wire mesh is attached to the inside and outside. Then the tank is built up around the form by applying waterproof cement to the both sides of the form.

The valve system is a tap that is purchased from the hardware store. It is put in before plastering the walls.

Finally, a form is built for the roof, and the roof is constructed in the same way.

The tank is then allowed to dry for a period of one week. Once the tank is dry, gutters are attached to the nearby building and piping is run from the gutters to the tank to collect the rainwater from the roof.

Work will be done by local contract workers with experience in the field.

Water Charity funds will be used to pay for materials and labor.

Project Impact
200 students, including 60 girls who board at the school, will benefit from the project.

Peace Corps Volunteer Directing Project
Liza Renee Hall

The project will provide the community with an ample supply of clean water. Rainfall in the rainy season will be sufficient to fill the tank, thus supplying water for the girls during the dry season. This will greatly reduce the incidence of waterborne illness suffered in the community.

Liza previously completed the Kashongi Trading Center Ferro-Cement Tank Project – Uganda.

Dollar Amount of Project

Donations Collected to Date

Dollar Amount Needed
$0.00 – This project has been fully funded through the generosity of Roberta Kenney, of Pacific Palisades, CA, USA.

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

This project has been concluded.