Knowledge Center Mbirizi Primary School

Uganda 600 beneficiaries Miti Eduma, Masaka dis...
$1,580 needed (80%)
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Despite already having a rainwater collection tank on their premises, Knowledge Center Mbirizi Primary School’s student population of 600 children is so large that the tank always seems to run dry. Students and staff are then forced to make the long walk to the distant borehole well- something that would be challenging enough to the school, but is made even more difficult by the 500 shilling price tag attached to each jerrycan of water that is collected from the well. In order to free the school from this financial and time burden, Ugandan Water Project (UWP), recommends installing a second rainwater collection system at the school so that their facility is self-sufficient in meeting the daily water needs of their students and staff. We have the opportunity to serve as a catalyst for a brighter educational future for the 600 current students at Knowledge Center Mbirizi Primary School and the hundreds more who will pass through their doors in the decades to come.
Our implementing partner, UWP, will erect a 10,000 liter polyethylene tank on a base made of brick, hard core and cement. Once cured, our crew will then 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 barrier 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.

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