Project #10370

Clean Water for Schools in Kenya

by Utengo Ministries
Gianchere staff reviews gutter install
Gianchere staff reviews gutter install

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.

Pipe entering tank
Pipe entering tank
Nyakome students beneath pipes going to tank
Nyakome students beneath pipes going to tank
Work on Gianchere gutters
Work on Gianchere gutters
Staff member retrieves water from tank
Staff member retrieves water from tank

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.

Tank next to dormitory
Tank next to dormitory

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:

  1. Application of an additional rough cast mixture of cement, sand, water proof cement and water
  2. Application of chicken wire mesh
  3. Binding of the wire mesh with another layer of rough cast
  4. Plastering
  5. Final finish of the wall, through use of pure cement and water proof cement
  6. Installation of the top central beam and cross-tie beam before completion of the upper slab
  7. It will take at least one month for the top slab to properly cure from the time that it is poured
  8. Installation of gutters routing water to the tank

In the near future we expect to share pictures showing the completed top slab.

Thank you for making this gift to Nyakome possible.

Verwray Scott shares with students
Verwray Scott shares with students
'Thank you' from Headmistress Selina and students
A few students in front of tank
A few students in front of tank

So far the tank constructed is 10ft down from the ground level and has gone 4ft above the ground. This means that the total height now constructed is 14ft and its diameter is 30ft. We intend to finish it at a height of 15ft all round and we are now at 14ft.

The main areas remaining now are the plaster and the cover.  These areas will need more steel wires, cement and water proof cement. With the next tranche that you send we will purchase the materials for the next part. The tank will be complete within the next few months.

I want to sincerely tell you that this tank will so much solve the deaf children’s problem of water because they normally walk long distances to fetch water for their use in school, and then sometimes they are denied or pushed out and allowed to fetch last.  They have all the reasons to be happy!  Every morning before they go to class they must visit the project site to see if their tank is ready. I tell you they are so excited!

Thank you so much for giving water the first priority to these children.


What an amazing response we received for this project; we actually exceeded our goal of $4,000 We are so thankful for your generosity – it confirms how one person can make a difference!

Since we exceeded our target, we wanted send a quick message to let you know how the additional funds will be allocated.

Any contributions in excess of the $4,000 goal from the Global Giving campaign will help defray expenses for the next tanks scheduled for completion. Construction is currently underway at two Schools for the Deaf: Gianchere School and Nyakome School (both are in western Kenya and serve students from various regions). We will return to Kenya in July 2012 to monitor the progress of these tanks as well as assess the next construction sites at schools in the rural Kisii area.

Stay tuned for more information after we make our site visits in July.

May God bless you richly for your kindness!

Leon and Verwray Scott


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Utengo Ministries

Location: Mableton, GA - USA
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
Leon Scott
Mableton, Georgia United States

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