After several delays, we are thrilled to report that, with the installation of the gutters and piping, the water tanks at Gianchere and Nyakome Schools for the Deaf are finished! Delays were due to a series of unexpected obstacles, including a teacher strike, torrential rains during what normally is the dry season, contractor error at one site, and other challenges. Nyakome headmistress Selina Nyaboke asked us to apologize on behalf of the school for the delay in reporting the completion of the Nyakome tank.
Thankfully, the setbacks were overcome in time to take advantage of the 'typical' rainy season which is just underway and lasts until May or early June. These rains should regularly fill the 50,000 gallon tanks and provide ample supply to last well into the dry season. Currently, the two schools are manually getting the water from the tanks. However, each school plans to obtain a relatively inexpensive pump to more easily retrieve the water in the near future.
Thank you for helping us to bring a safe water supply to some very vulnerable children, and for your patience as we worked through the unexpected situations. In the near future we will share information about the next tank that we expect to install in the Kisii area.
The construction phase of the Nyakome water tank is finished! The only task left is to install and route the gutters from the roofs to the tank opening. These will come from the building that is behind the tank in the top picture.
There has been a delay in completing the tank. There was a national strike by teachers which lasted most of September. During this time, public school teachers were not allowed in schools and the pupils (who carry the water for construction) were not in attendance. This one-month delay is the reason why the gutters are not yet installed.
We are very happy that soon we will not have travel to the river to get our water. I will let you know as soon as the tank is ready to be used. Thank you again for caring so much for the well-being of the children at Nyakome School for the Deaf.
In late July we traveled to the Nyakome School for the Deaf in Kenya where we reviewed progress on the water tank and shared some wonderful moments with the students and staff. Our late afternoon arrival meant that the non-boarding students had already left for nearby homes. However, school board members and an enthusiastic group of boarding students welcomed us warmly as they 'sang' and 'spoke' in sign language.
The Nyakome tank will not only serve the Deaf School, but also the Nyakome general education school that is adjacent to the Deaf School. As shown in the attached pictures, the tank walls have reached their planned height. Construction was delayed slightly because we wanted to complete our personal visit before releasing the last tranche of funding. The contractor and board members informed us of the remaining tasks:
In the near future we expect to share pictures showing the completed top slab.
Thank you for making this gift to Nyakome possible.