Ronnel K., 13, recalled what life was like at Irukose Primary School before her school's rain tanks were installed last year.
"Obtaining water in the past was quite challenging. We used to collect water from a nearby flowing stream, and on occasion, we would end up getting wet while fetching water. Returning to class in a wet and tired state was discouraging and often affected our motivation to study. There were days when some of us would skip school to avoid being tasked with fetching water," said Ronnel.
Collecting water is much faster and more convenient for Ronnel and the other students at Irukose Primary School now.
"Getting water has become easy for everyone. The school has established designated times when students can collect water from the tanks for specific tasks. Additionally, we've set up makeshift drinking water stations where water is transferred to containers for students to access. This has significantly reduced the crowding at the water tanks," continued Ronnel.
Having ready access to water from the rain tanks has made a difference for Ronnel, allowing her to feel better about her hygiene practices and focus on learning instead of worrying about collecting water.
"Since we've had access to water in school, I've improved my cleanliness habits. In the past, carrying water to school was challenging, and at times, we'd stumble carrying water, getting dust and mud on our uniforms. We generally couldn't stay neat. Now that there's water available in school, I can maintain hygiene and present myself as a well-groomed student," concluded Ronnel.
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