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.
Sep 9, 2014

Thanks to You...We Are Getting There!

A lined farmpond.jpg
A lined farmpond.jpg

When it comes to water it is often said that every drop counts and when it comes to you our partners we say that every donation counts!

Greetings from Kenya Rainwater Association,

It’s that time of the year again when we get to share our project updates with you and as always we are pleased to have the opportunity to write to you on the progress and status of Matuiku Primary School Water and Sanitation project. From our previous update, you are aware that we have been exploring more fundraising opportunities so that we can bring the last phase of this project to a successful completion. This is still on-going and we have been keen to submit and place fundraising calls to a few promising donors whenever we get an opportunity to and we hope that we will get more funding towards this project soon.

However, your efforts cannot go unnoticed and at this point, KRA would like to sincerely thank you for the unwavering support that you have shown since this project started to date. Your donations have been streaming in and we are happy to report that since last year to this year we have received about 690$. This money will go towards the purchase of the farm pond lining material that we call a dam liner. The liner is important in preventing water seepage once the water has been harvested and stored into the farm pond.

For starters, we plan to hold a meeting with the head teacher of Matuiku Primary school to discuss how to effectively utilise the funds and hopefully plan for the excavation process of the farm pond. KRA has been encouraging community participation in the implementation of all its projects and especially parent involvement with an aim of instilling communal ownership of the project. We are optimistic that with the help of the community and the teachers we will be able to formulate a way forward so that the dream of making Matuiku Primary school a centre for excellence can be realised.

As it is now, the children are still enjoying the sanitation and water tank facilities and they remain eternally grateful to you for ensuring that they have clean water flowing from their taps and proper and hygienic sanitation facilities. Learning has never been more easy and fun and what you have given this year can only make things even better for these children!

We look forward to the next update when we will let you know the outcome of the meeting and how much progress has been made going forward.

 

Best Wishes!

Parents volunteering to excavate a water tank foundation for their children.jpg
Parents volunteering to excavate a water tank foundation for their children.jpg
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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