We thank Bob Barclay and Sleeping Children Around the World. http://www.scaw.org/
You have added a comfort to the world of these children. We are very grateful.
“This Rainwater Harvesting Project will go a long way towards bringing water security for the school students. It will give them a much greater sense of security and self sufficiency that their water needs will be met at the school for cooking, bathing, drinking and washing their clothes. They can plan their day without having to schedule in time for a 2-6 km return journey to fetch water. Gone will be the drudgery on their bodies and spirits of carrying heavy containers of water long distances. Time will thus be freed up for the students to put into their studies, to read for enjoyment, to do practical work or to learn other life skills. This project is practical and very environmentally friendly. It will allow our staff and students to move forward with our plans to continue developing vegetable gardens to make our school more sustainable in growing a part of our food supply. This will also add variety to our weekly diet. It will also assist us in developing other sustainable agriculture projects, such as our rabbit raising venture and the possibility of a poultry project.
Knowing that our school will have a quality rainwater harvesting system is a source of pride for teachers and students. It increases our sense of well-being and our confidence. We know it is being built according to proper engineering standards and with materials of proven worth and lasting value.”
Norman Martin reports that it was a real privilege to share in the opening ceremony at the school. Joseph Mwaura from Kenya Rainwater Association emphasised the importance of maintaining the facility properly and that all the pupils must share in the work. Norman and Peris Muchina from KRA cut the ribbon and the first water was taken from the overhead tank.
After the formal ceremony and speeches the pupils danced to show their happiness at having the tank and also presented a play about the importance of rain water harvesting. This play caused a lot of laughter but got a real message across.
Unfortunately there was nobody there from Living Water Africa who funded the project but we tried to make sure that pupils and staff understood where the funds had come from and they expressed their thanks in talk, music and dancing.
Thanks again to the experience and hard work of our partners, The Kenya Rainwater Association, The rainwater harvesting system has been completed on time and on budget.
There is a lot more information in the Final Project Report and this has been uploaded onto the Kisoboka web site.
We must not forget the continuing support of Inverness County Cares based in Nova Scotia Canada without whose generosity and faithfulness in supporting the School none of this would have been possible. The three continents have moved just a bit closer!.