Kiima Kiu Primary School Rainwater Harvesting Project



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Country:
Kenya

Program:
Kenyan Rainwater Harvesting

GPS:
Latitude -1.83
Longitude 37.26

Impact:
274 Served

Project Status:
Installed


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Stories and Community Profile

This project is a part of our shared program with Africa Sand Dam Foundation. Our team is pleased to directly share the below report (edited for clarity, as needed).

BACKGROUND INFORMATION

Kiima Kiu Primary School is located in Mwanyani village, Mukaa District, Makueni county.  The population of the school is 261 students (115 boys and 146 girls).  The school staff is 11 teachers (4 males and 7 females) and 2 sub-ordinate staff (1 male and 1 female).

The school currently has 3 options for getting water for daily use. There is an earth dam 1 km away from the school.  The students must walk 20 minutes each direction to use this source. The school can purchase water from a local market for 20 Kenyan shillings per 20 L jerrican. Lastly, the students each carry 2-5 L of water with them to school each day from home. Access to water for each household would be similar to the access the school has, so this option is no less difficult.

The school does not have any functional sources of water of its own. There is a water storage tank on the school grounds, but it is not functional.

The school has 24 latrines (8 for boys, 8 for girls, and 8 for teachers). Considering the population of the school, that means there is one latrine for every 14 boys and one latrine for every 18 girls.

Sadly, while the number of latrines fits the World Health Organization’s recommendations for the number of students, there are no hand washing stations available due to the shortage of water. This means students and staff are not able to safely wash their hands after using the latrine or before eating.

All of these factors lead to difficult challenges for the school, especially during the driest periods of the year:

– The students spend a lot of time fetching and carrying water every morning.

– Time spent away from the classroom leads to poor performance academically.

– A lack of safe water leads to outbreaks of waterborne diseases, causing students to miss even more lessons in school.

CONSTRUCTION PROGRESS

Construction for of the school tank began on 6/15/2015 and ended on 7/10/2015. The different steps in the process are outlined below:

1. Trenching 6/15-19/2015: The foundation of the tank is constructed by digging a hole which is then filled with stones. Once the stones are leveled and a form constructed, the hole is filled with cement to make a strong slab.

2. Walling, roofing and plastering 6/22/2015 to 7/7/2015: The walls of the tank are made of stones secured with cement. Once the walls are built to the required height, a final coat of cement is plastered on the inside and outside of the wall, leaving a smooth finish. The roof of the tank is made up of a wooden frame covered with corrugated steel.

3. Guttering 7/8-10/2015: A gutter system is configured to catch the rain that falls on rooftops in the school compound and direct it into the tank. The water is safely stored for use by the school.

All parents in the school participated in the construction of the project. Each parent was allocated a specific day during the construction days to support the ASDF artisans in constructing the tanks. The school contributed the local materials such as stones, sand, and water to be used in construction of the tank.


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Recent Project Updates


10/05/2015: Kiima Kiu Construction Complete

We are excited to report that a new rainwater harvesting tank has been constructed for Kiima Kiu Primary School in Kenya. This tank will collect water throughout the rainy seasons that the school can continue to use during the dry seasons. The school community has also received training in sanitation and hygiene, which, together with a supply of clean water, will go a long way toward stopping the spread of disease in the area.

We just updated the project page with the latest details of the project and a few pictures of the finished tank. Though there were a few students present at the time, a teacher strike has kept most of the students away. Once they return, we will get final pictures of the handing over ceremony, and pass them right along to you.

Thank you for your support and for your patience. Thank you for helping us unlock potential!


The Water Project : kenya4392-26-completed-tank


09/09/2015: Kiima Kiu Primary School Project Underway

We are excited to announce that, thanks to your willingness to help, Kiima Kiu Primary School will soon have a new source of safe, clean water. A new rainwater harvesting system is being constructed and the community will receive training in sanitation and hygiene. Together these resources will go a long way toward stopping the spread of disease in the area. We just posted an initial report for this project including information about the community, GPS coordinates, and pictures. We’ll keep you posted as the work continues.

Take a look, and Thank You for your help!


The Water Project : kenya4392-11-kiima-kiu-primary-school-pupils


Monitoring Data


Project Type:  Rainwater Catchment
Location:  Central Kenya
ProjectID: 4392
Install Date:  09/11/2015

Monitoring Data
Water Point:
Functional
Last Visit: 04/10/2018

Visit History:
09/18/2015 — Functional
04/26/2016 — Functional
12/19/2016 — Functional
06/04/2017 — Needs Attention
09/14/2017 — Functional
12/21/2017 — Functional
04/10/2018 — Functional




Country Details

Kenya

Population: 39.8 Million
Lacking clean water: 43%
Below poverty line: 50%

Partner Profile

Africa Sand Dam Foundation (ASDF) supports self-help groups to harvest and conserve water through construction of sand dams & shallow wells, rock catchments and school roof catchments.