Masongo Secondary School is a mixed day school in Masongo, Kenya. Though a poor school; staff, parents and NGOs like EPAfrica are constantly working hard to provide new facilities and opportunities for students. However, previous efforts at building water tanks and water harvesting facilities weren't fully funded, and as a result, two tanks are faulty and there is not enough harvesting. We aim to add increased water harvesting equipment to roofs, and fix broken tanks.
Masongo Secondary School, thanks to recent efforts, has three water tanks. However in only having water harvesting pipes on only one roof, these tanks are unable to efficiently harvest rainwater, leaving students, even in wet spells, to have to fetch dirty water from the river. Furthermore, one of the tanks is not in use, and another has broken and unsafe pipes, so this 'safer' option is not actually safer nor sustainable.
Merely increasing piping on roofs to increase water harvesting will immediately solve the problem of inefficiency in water harvesting, then enabling the already existing tanks and any future water projects to be used more efficiently. Restoring one of the water tanks to its former condition, and fixing broken piping are immediate solutions to the problem of run-down tanks, resulting in more clean and safe water.
Students will immediately have access to more water in a school where water is already scarce. Importantly, they will have access to water that is cleaner and safer, and will not have to take time out of their learning and play to fetch unclean river water. As water from the tanks will also be used in labs and lessons for years to come, the benefit to the health, education, and self-development to the students from this alone is immeasurable.