It was been a few months since our last update about the Kenya Rainwater Association (KRA) water project at Matuiku Primary School! I am sure you have all been wondering how progress is going, so this update will do what it says on the tin - and keep you up-to-date! I will write again in March/April with more news on the construction...
The project construction at Matuiku School is planned to commence in mid-February. One of our most experienced KRA technical assistants, Ronald Kamadi, will arrive at the project site in February and start with the construction of the latrines, as sanitation is the area of greatest need. We hope to raise the funds for the remainder of the project activities (tank, drip irrigation, and farm pond) from other donors. Our Global Giving fundraiser has taken us one-third of the way there with our current donations count just over the $5,100 mark!! Any innovative suggestions for how to raise the remaining $12,079 are welcomed.
The community there have worked hard to build a raised wooden platform for the 10,000-litre plastic tank donation they received last year and so water is now being harvested from the rooftop of the school! Great news!
A dedicated supporter of our GlobalGiving Campaign helped to boost our total funds by $200 with a coffee and cake morning and raffle in Harrogate, Yorkshire (UK) last year. Helen Page gathered her friends around for what started as a low-key meet-up and soon became a cake extravaganza attended by 20 people! Guests and cake-bakers alike munched on mouthwatering delights such as Yorkshire’s finest ‘Bara Brith’ (teabread), Yorkshire Parkin (gingerbread), date slices, sponge cakes, scones, and the famous ‘Granny’s Oatmeal Biscuits.' Thank you to all those involved.
AAR, the East Africa Health Provider, will follow through on their promise to plant trees at the school and conduct regular de-worming sessions for the children. The first tree-planting phase will take place in March! Watch this space...
Global Giving is not KRA's only project. Our team of technical staff are spread out over the country working in a range of arid and semi-arid environments implementing projects funded by USAID, European Union/Skillshare, H2O for Life and many other generous donors. These projects are large-scale pilot projects which aim to demonstrate how rainwater harvesting and drip irrigation could be successfully scaled up across Kenya.
So all that remains for me to say is thank you again for your support and I hope you are gratified to see your kind donations being turned into action on the ground at Matuiku School.
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