Kenya Rainwater Association

KRA's vision is that all people have access to safe, reliable, and sustainable water supplies for productive uses. KRA's mission is to improve water supply, food security, and environmental sustainability through development, improvement, and promotion of rainwater harvesting management systems and complementary technologies in partnership with other stakeholders.
May 2, 2014

Thank You for Your Kind Donations!

Your donations always puts a smile on our faces!
Your donations always puts a smile on our faces!

Dear Globalgiving Partners,


Trust this update finds you well! We recently received an email from the Globalgiving team informing us that £115.41 had been disbursed to our account and on behalf of Matuiku Primary School we sincerely thank each and every one of for every donation made towards this initiative.


Although we still have a long way to go, your donations will contribute alot in helping us complete the last phase of this project. The children of Matuiku Primary school are currently on holiday but I am sure that as soon as they learn about the news they will be ecstatic!


As an organization, we understand the need for every child to have access to clean water; proper sanitation facilities and to enjoy a well balanced diet. In all the schools that we have introduced the farmpond technology for drip irrigation of vegetables, we have seen them go ahead and introduce a feeding programme for their children.


As of now, Matuiku children are forced to carry lunch to school every day..if any and parents sometimes are not able to afford this especially during the dry period when there is nothing even in their farms to feed their children. For this reason, we at Kenya rainwater Association are also trying to mobilize funds on our end in order to finish this project. We hope that by the end of the year Matuiku Primary School children will not only be water and sanitation secure but also food secure!


We encourage you all to keep in touch with our work through our website at www.gharainwater.org and our facebook and twitter pages at GHARP.water and GHARP_rainwater respectively! Also help us spread the word by inviting your friends and family to like or follow us on social media…together we can promote rainwater harvesting and management for sustainable development

 Check out the link to our latest edition of our newsletter dubbed "Mvua" meaning Rain!

 


We look forward to interacting with you all on our social media networks!

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Jan 28, 2014

Retracing the Journey of Matuiku Primary School

Benefits of a farmpond in schools
Benefits of a farmpond in schools

Happy New Year 2014!

We hope that you all had a great start to the New Year! It’s been four years since KRA started partnering with GlobalGiving to raise funds for a clean water and sanitation project in Matuiku Primary School, Ndaragwa division. Looking back, we can undoubtedly say that we have come a long and successful way in making Matuiku Primary school not just a better place but a dream come true for the children. In Kenya, clean water and sanitation are essential yet very scarce assets in most rural schools. Lack of water and proper sanitation facilities can be very detrimental to the performance of a child considering that a child in a rural school is expected to compete against a child in an urban school. Creating a competitive edge between the two becomes very difficult owing to the many challenges facing the rural child but regardless of these challenges rural schools have always strived to perform better than urban schools. Retracing the history of Matuiku primary school before the project is indicative of the dire situation that the children have to endure every day in a bid to secure an education and become somebody in future. While interacting with the children at the school their passion to study hard and give back to their community is a clearly set goal because of the experience that they have had in their school. Through the years, we can confidently say that your contributions have made it possible for us to demonstrate that it is possible to make things better and that learning at Matuiku Primary school can be more fun and bearable! This goes to show that you have done a commendable job not only in transforming the livelihood of these little ones but also in instilling hope and motivating the children to become great people in society so that those that come behind them can enjoy an even better Matuiku.

How we do it…

Imagine a situation where a child has to survive on one meal a day if any; without a drop of water and even if you get some it’s fetched directly from a river-unclean and unsafe! Well, this is a common scenario in most rural schools. For this reason KRA with the help of its partners-like you took the initiative to try and address this problem and help improve the situation in these schools. Most rural schools have feeding programes supported by the government or well-wishers but sometimes the food is not adequate to sustain the children through the whole term. KRA therefore introduced the farm pond technology in schools to enable them establish small kitchen gardens within the school to supplement the feeding programme.

What is a farmpond?

A farm pond is ground catchment system that is constructed on an open surface to help trap surface runoff. The system consists of a catchment area, diversion channel, silt trap and a storage reservoir that has been fitted with and ultra violet resistant dam liner. Once the water goes through inlet it goes into a silt trap to filter out the dirt and particles before it enters into the pond. Due to its huge capacity the system has been found to be best suitable for small scale micro-irrigation farming.

We will get there…

At Matuiku, we have managed to successfully complete the WASH component through funding received from GlobalGiving well-wishers and other development partners-Water for Life. Currently we are in the process of consolidating funds received from GlobalGiving last year and those trickling in this year to see whether we can get a match funding partner in order to construct a 72,000-litre farmpond for the school. In schools where KRA has introduced this intervention children have been found to have improved nutrition levels because they are able to supplement their diet(boiled beans and maize) with a variety of vegetables such as; spinach, kale, onions, tomatoes etc.

We have come a long way…

Retracing our footsteps since the project began, we cannot fail to acknowledge and appreciate you-our GlobalGiving partners for your constant support towards Matuiku clean water and sanitation project. We look forward to achieving even more this year and who knows? Maybe the next time you receive an update, we will be inviting you to come and celebrate the new face of Matuiku Primary School

This is what they had before..
This is what they had before..
This is what they have today-thanks to you!!
This is what they have today-thanks to you!!
Your donations brought clean water to Matuiku!
Your donations brought clean water to Matuiku!

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Nov 4, 2013

Thank You for Visiting Us!

Farley Sawyer meets the teachers!
Farley Sawyer meets the teachers!

Warm Greetings from Matuiku Primary School! 

On 25th July 2013, KRA team accompanied by GlobalGiving Field Representative- Farley Sawyer made a trip to Matuiku School to find out how they were fairing. When we arrived at Matuiku primary School we knew this was going to be no ordinary visit. The children came rushing out curious to see who had visited them and the beautiful smiles on the children’s faces was a clear sign of their excitement. We were first received by the teachers led by the Head teacher who expressed his gratitude for the great support that the school has received through GlobalGiving. He went on to say that every time they see KRA visiting, they are happy because they know that they have brought them good tidings and of course this is all thanks to your kind donations!

 A chat with the children... 

The Head teacher informed us that since the project was introduced to the school the children have been working very hard because they now have more time to study and do their revision. He asked us to say hello to the pupils in standard eight and encourage them as they prepare for their final examinations which are set to begin next week. Farley being the guest speaker of the day urged the children to work hard in order to achieve the best in life. In her words," You can become anything you want to become in life if you work hard and study hard." She also enquired from the children whether they were enjoying the water and the new toilets and from their enthusiastic response there is no doubt that the project is the best thing that ever happened to the school. They promised to achieve the best grades to reciprocate your generosity!

 More of KRA Projects 

Aside from Matuiku Primary School Farley also visited a neighbouring school called Nyonjoro Primary School just to get a feel of KRA activities. The best thing about this school is that before our intervention it was one of the worst performing schools in the area. Parents had started transferring their children to other schools due to its poor performance, lack of water and proper sanitation facilities but since KRA made an entrance to the school Nyonjoro moved from a poor performing school in 2010 to best improved school in 2011 and eventually best performing school in 2012. Enrollement has also gone up and the school now has 276 pupils. The Head teacher of the school showed us the many trophies that the school has been awarded owing to the improved performance. The school has sanitation facilities for boys, girls and teachers; a 72m3 farm pond for vegetable production and a 50m3 water tank that provides water for hand washing, cooking and drinking.

 Matuiku Can Make it Too.. 

Stories like that of Nyonjoro Primary School is a clear reflection of the impact that projects like this can have on the children and an entire community. Here at KRA we believe that through your support Matuiku primary School is also capable of scaling the heights and making us all proud just as Nyonjoro has done. The teachers and pupils are determined to follow the good example that has been set by their neighbouring school. The Head teacher said, "If Nyonjoro made it, Matuiku can make it too!"

KRA is Grateful! 

Even as we endeavour to fulfil our mandate as an organization, we are very grateful for all your support that has enabled us to provide clean and safe water for the children and proper sanitation facilities. We are also grateful to the GlobalGiving team for raising this platform and for taking time to visit some of our projects here in Kenya.

We look forward to your continued support and collaboration in this noble course!

 

We are enjoying clean and safe drinking water!
We are enjoying clean and safe drinking water!
A tippy tap handwashing facilty for the children
A tippy tap handwashing facilty for the children
Nyonjoro Primary School garden- plenty of carrots!
Nyonjoro Primary School garden- plenty of carrots!
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