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
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