Serving over 500 students and community members in Uganda’s Mukono community as a faith-based day and boarding school with a church on-site, Nakifuma High School currently relies on piped water and a single rainwater collection tank. Both these water sources are unreliable and the water retrieved still needs treatment through boiling. This facility spends roughly 650,000 Ugandan shillings per month on water-related expenses. In order to protect the health of students and redeem critical classroom time, Nakifuma High School is in need of a rainwater collection system that will provide safe water for drinking, handwashing, and more.
The Ugandan Water Project, our implementing partner, will erect a 10,000 liter polyethylene tank on a base made of brick, hard core, and cement. Once cured, the crew will place the tank on the base and make an overflow hole in the top of the structure and attach a pipe to it that will extend six inches beyond the perimeter of the base. Crew members will also attach face boards to the roof of the building adjacent to the tank in order to create a suitable surface to which they can attach the gutters that will allow water to flow from the metal roof to the tank. Just before the outlet pipe reaches the tank, a “T” joint will be inserted to create a first flush, a rudimentary filtration system that reduces the amount of debris and contaminants that enter the tank. The crew will then construct a protective walk around the tank and first flush, as well as a tap stand located slightly downhill of the tank. The rainwater collection system will be paired with four Sawyer Point One water filters in order to ensure that all water collection from the tank will be safe for drinking.
H2O for Life is not a WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene) project implementer. We have partnerships with non-governmental organizations (NGOs) implementing WASH in Schools projects around the world. Our NGO partners match funds needed for each school project. We also have a generous donor that provides us with an interest-free loan that, along with matching funds, allows for many projects to be started or possibly even completed before total funds have been raised. In rare situations we reserve the right to reallocate funds to alternate project(s).
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