Kebare Primary School Rainwater Catchment Project – Kenya

Kebare Village, Kuria East District, Migori County, Nyanza Province, Kenya

Community Description
Kebare Primary School is located in the Nyabasi West region of the Kuria East District in Kenya. According to the Kenya Population and Housing Census in 2009, Nyabasi West is 28 km^2 and has a total population of 11,500 people (5,800 males; 5,700 females) with 1,700 households.

Most individuals in the Nyabasi West community are subsistence farmers with harvesting seasons in the months of August and December. There are high rates of unemployment and poverty in the community. There is also a high prevalence of HIV/AIDS, malaria, and a lack of safe-water access in the community.

Problem Addressed
There is currently no access to safe, potable drinking water for the 150 students at Kebare Primary School, neighboring households and community members.

Students and community members currently access their water from a stream located approximately two kilometers from the school. This water source poses grave public health concerns for the community, due to animals such as cows and goats drinking from the same water source as humans. This further increases the likelihood of acquiring waterborne diseases, such as typhoid or cholera.

Project Description
This project is to build a rainwater catchment system to provide for the water needs of the school.

The project is being implemented by the school with the participation of the Komotobo Maranatha Faith Assemblies/Kuria East Team for Excellence. It will provide water to be used for drinking, hygiene, cooking, and cleaning.

A cement foundation will be created to provide stability for the tank. The tank will then be placed on top of the foundation and the gutters will then be installed.

A tank between 3,000 and 5,000 liters will be purchased for the school using Water Charity funds. The funds will also be used to purchase cement needed to lay the foundation, gutters for the water-catchment system, transport for the tank, and a 20-liter handwashing station for the students.

The community will provide the labor needed to build the foundation and place the gutters.

Project Impact
150 students, plus members of the surrounding households and church near the school, will directly benefit from the project.

Peace Corps Volunteer Directing Project
Khalil Jarrett

This project will provide the students and surrounding community members of Kebare with access to safe, potable drinking water, which will result in a significant decrease in waterborne illness.

Khalil previously completed the Kebare Primary School Latrine Project – Kenya.

Dollar Amount of Project

Donations Collected to Date

Dollar Amount Needed
$0 – This project received funding through the generosity of the Elmo Foundation, the First Unitarian Society of Madison, Wisconsin, and the friends, family, and supporters of the Peace Corp 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.