Donations raised by schools during the 2017/2018 school year will be directed towards our 2017/2018 School Project in Kenya. Click here for more information.
Project Cost: $58,765
Students at three schools in Kajiado, Kenya miss hours of class every day to walk several kilometers to get water for their families. This makes it extremely difficult for them to stay on track with their education and may result in having to drop out of school entirely. Water borne diseases are the most common cause for sickness and death for young children in the area. This year, we will also be constructing 24 household community tanks. This project will provide approximately 2,000 people with access to potable water.
What can you do to help?
Join schools from around the world in fundraising for this year’s School Challenge. Read about fundraising ideas to be inspired to bring clean water to Kenya.
Who implements the project in Kenya?
POWER CEO, Sammy Oleku and his staff look forward to implementing this year’s school challenge for 2017-18. We have worked with Sammy and his team since 2008, completing 288 Rain Water harvesting tanks at schools and homes. POWER works han-in-hand with the Maasai. Community members are involved in every aspect of all projects, and get their hands dirty in the construction of the tanks with Artisans, Samuel Kimani and Danson Kinyanjui. Antony Semetu, a field officer for POWER is experienced in community organization and training. POWER has trained countless members of CIG’s (community interest groups made up of women) and students in WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene). Planning Coordinator / Program Officer, Mary Njeri has worked within the Maasai community for over 10 years.
What will the funds raised support?
- Construction of 3 x 30,000 litre rainwater harvesting tanks at 3 schools COST: S4,647 CAD per well – total $13,941 CAD
- Construction of 24 x 10,000 litre community tanks COST: $1,800 CAD per tank – total $33,600 CAD
- Community and CIG organization
- Construction of roofing and eaves required for all rainwater harvesting tanks
- WASH training to 27 CIGs (community interest groups made up of women) and training in water management and utilization (approximately 270 women)
- WASH training to students and staff at 3 schools
- Ongoing monitoring and evaluation
Schools from around the world will be fundraising and following the progress in real time of this project, at the beginning of the school year in September 2017 until June 2018. Stay tuned for updates on how you and your school can be involved.
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Update from Kenya
We are excited to share our first update from this year’s School Challenge in Kenya. We will be bringing you more updates in the following weeks.
Here is our February School Challenge Update
During a monitoring trip this past January, the Ryan’s Well team was able to see completed project at the Kimelok School which is a Day and Boarding school with 210 students, grades 1-8.
In 2016, 78 of the girls walked many kilometers to the District government office to ask for clean water for their school. The water situation had gotten so bad that parents had withdrawn some of the girls from the school.
The old tank was cracked and leaking at the base, and also the cover had disintegrated leaving the clean water exposed to dust and other contaminants.The boarding school girls were limited to one 2-gallon bucket of drinking water each to last for 2 weeks.
The closest source of clean water is in Najire, about a 12 km walk from the school. Dirty water is accessible from a dam that is a few kilometers away.
Here is our March School Challenge Update
Olendoko school is a day school with 330 children in primary school (grades 1-8) and 120 kindergarten and pre-school children.
The school has an old concrete tank that was built by the state but it is poorly constructed and cannot hold the water. They were having a truck bring 10,000L of water three times per semester. This is really expensive for the school. The closest source of clean water is in Najire which is a 14km walk.
Now that they have a new 30,000L tank, they will be able to save rainwater to meet their needs. Even though they have this tank, the children still carry a small jug of dam water from home to the school to contribute to the water needed for cleaning and cooking. A school this size has a great demand for clean water.
Before they received the new tank, they had only 150 students, but the parents are now sending the children to this school because it has better water. The average family in the region has 10 children and most go to school in the early primary grades. More boys than girls carry on into the higher grades because the girls have more duties at home.
Here is our April School Challenge Update
Olodungoro Primary School is a large school of 311 day students, boys and girls, from pre-school to grade 8. The children range in age from 4 yrs to 18 yrs old. There are 11 teachers for the 11 grades. Some of the teachers live at the school, so the clean water is good for them as well.
The 30,000L tank at the school was completed in July 2017 and is holding just enough for the children to have clean water now. The tank will be completely filled in the rainy season. The water is collected off the roof of one of the classroom buildings. The new tank means that the students have water to drink during the day and they can wash their hands after they use the latrines. Being able to wash their hands helps students and teachers avoid getting sick and missing days of school.
Before they received the concrete tank, the school kept the water in black PVC tanks which get very hot under the African sun. The water cannot stay fresh and tasting good in the old tanks. The clean water was delivered by truck at a great expense to the school. The closest source of clean water is at Najire, which is an 11 km walk from the school. The clean water at Najire is actually piped from another town more than 40 km away! Clean water is scarce in this part of Kenya.