Just got back from a visit to the Stephen Kanja Primary School, where we went to have a look at the completion of a very exciting water project that has been supported by Sally’s Children’s Trust. I have to add that the drive up there is absolutely spectacular with the rolling green hills and the cool air that chills you as you get away from the coastal humidty. Love it! mukurumuji Simon had briefed me about the overall objectives of this water project but I was not in the least expecting it to be as big as this. This area has no access to clean water but does have a fairly high amount of rainfall so when Camps and Sally’s Children got together to capture as much clean water as possible, they really went for it!

10,000 liter water tank

Note the pipe on the right which allows all the debris to be removed before getting into the tank

10,000 liter water tank

The project has just been successfully completed with the last phase to put in the two 10,000 liter water tanks above to catch water from the classroom roofs.

I would like to think that I have been around a while and seen quite a few community based water projects but have to admit that I was really impressed to see how every aspect of water catchment has been taken into consideration and the amount of potential other projects that are possible such as starting proper vegetable gardens and growing vast amounts of tree seedlings in this area because there is now a permanent source of water is very exciting.

Underground tank with a capacity of 120,000 liters and is currently 3/4 full!

Underground tank with a capacity of 120,000 liters and is currently 3/4 full!

We intend to monitor this project very carefully especially in terms of looking at how water borne diseases amongst the children will be reduced and also how we might be able to adopt large scale water catchment in other project areas.

For now as Simon says, “We are really chuffed with this one and full credit to Sally’s Children for all the fundraising and follow up. The school really do now have a sustainable water supply. A MASSIVELY BIG THANKS TO SC from everybody here!”