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Located on a steep slope and surrounded by dense vegetation, community members and staff at Bright Kingdom Nursery and Primary School often worry about the safety of children who must make the daily walk to collect water. Roughly one thousand people in Kiwanguzi currently rely on a single pond for the majority of their water needs. While the quality of that water poses an immediate threat to the health of adults and children alike, accessing the water source has also proven to be equally risky.
In order to address these issues, the school requested a rainwater collection system from the Ugandan Water Project, which it received in 2015. Nevertheless, this single rainwater collection system has been unable to provide a sufficient supply of clean water for the student body of roughly 500 children – a situation made worse during the dry season when even the community’s pond runs out of water. By equipping Bright Kingdom Nursery and Primary School with a second rainwater collection system, we will provide critical assistance to its students and staff.
Our implementing partner, Ugandan Water Project, erected a 10,000 liter polyethylene tank on a base made of brick, hard core and cement. Once cured, the crew placed the tank on the base, made an overflow hole in the top of the structure and attached a pipe to it that extends six inches beyond the perimeter of the base. Crew members also attached face boards to the roof of the building adjacent to the tank in order to create a suitable surface to which they attached the gutters that allow water to flow from the metal roof to the tank. Just before the outlet pipe reaches the tank, a “T” joint was inserted to create a first flush, a rudimentary filtration system that reduces the amount of debris and contaminants that enter the tank. The crew then constructed a protective barrier around the tank and first flush, as well as a tap stand located slightly downhill of the tank. The rainwater collection system is paired with Sawyer Point One water filters in order to ensure that all water collection from the tank is safe for drinking.
Thank you for bringing safe water to Bright Kingdom Nursery And Primary School! Check out your impact!
- You brought clean water to 500 people
- You eliminated 2.00 miles of walking per day
- You reduced collection time by 12.83 hours per day
– Calculations are based the on number of 20 liter jerrycans used each day at this facility: 110 jerrycans
– One jerrycan per trip to original water source
– Distance is calculated for a round trip, using GPS, as the crow flies Special thank you to:
Mounds View High School, MN and Olivia’s Walk for Water, CA for supporting this project
Our implementing partner: Ugandan Water Project
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Ebukhayi Primary School was established by community parents in 1998. It was taken over by the government in 2013 when primary education was mandated free. With the additional government funding, the school population grew from 84 students to the 515 students it has today.Students learn mathematics, English, Kiswahili, science, religion, and social studies. There are extracurricular clubs, such as scouting and a young farmers club, that meet each Tuesday afternoon.The students arrive at school at 7 am when they start general cleaning chores. The students also use this time to go to the river that’s about one kilometer away. Some also bring water from home in the morning. They use some of this water to clean the classrooms before classes start at 8 am. They break for lunch at 12:40 pm and resume afternoon classes at 2 pm.
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