Provide clean & safe water for 1500 women&children

by Poverty Eradication Network
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Provide clean & safe water for 1500 women&children
Provide clean & safe water for 1500 women&children
Provide clean & safe water for 1500 women&children
Provide clean & safe water for 1500 women&children
Provide clean & safe water for 1500 women&children
Provide clean & safe water for 1500 women&children
Provide clean & safe water for 1500 women&children
Provide clean & safe water for 1500 women&children
Provide clean & safe water for 1500 women&children
Provide clean & safe water for 1500 women&children
Provide clean & safe water for 1500 women&children
Provide clean & safe water for 1500 women&children
Provide clean & safe water for 1500 women&children
Provide clean & safe water for 1500 women&children
Provide clean & safe water for 1500 women&children
A testimony from a beneficiary student
A testimony from a beneficiary student

The Provide safe and clean water for 1500 children and women Project aimed at improving water supply and sustaining it to serve the Mutulani community in Makueni County, Kenya has made considerable progress within this reporting period (November 2021-February 2022).

The Mutulani Dispensary, a critical infrastructure and health services provider for the community, is now connected to a continuous and sustainable source of water, the water being the borehole drilled at the Mutulani Secondary School. This water will be used to enhance service provision at the dispensary with the maternity wing, being a consumer of the highest amount of water being the biggest beneficiary.

“Our maternity wing requires constant cleaning after each of the delivery. Having adequate water means that we will be able to maintain the very high standard of sanitation required of such a medical facility,” says the Nurse-in-Charge of Mutulani Dispensary Mr. Martin Ngulu.

The availability of clean water at the school has also seen a new trend on water usage emerge. The pupils are now carrying drinking water home as compared to before when they carried water, which was muddy thus not safe, to school.

“It was surprising for us to note that the pupils now carry water from the borehole to drink back at home. They state that it is sweeter than the water they would fetch from other sources and we now have to let them fetch the water using their drinking bottles at the end of the day,” notes Madam Justina Kamuya, Head teacher of Mutulani Primary School.

The Nurse-in-Charge of the Dispensary affirms the possible reason for this shift in behavior.

“The water from the borehole contains good levels of minerals (sodium + chloride) that are good for the development of the children and iodine that helps balance the electrolytes in the human body. This makes the water tastes sweeter and has possibly led to the reduction of water-borne diseases as salty water leads to rehydration and maintaining body fluid balance,” says the Nurse-in-Charge of Mutulani Dispensary, Mr. Martin Ngulu

In terms of sustainability, the Mutulani Welfare (MAWE) CBO, the Mutulani Schools and the Government officials are currently working of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to cater for the sustainable sharing of the water and the maintenance of the borehole beyond the project lifespan. A Water Users Committee is also being drafted to constitute representatives of the schools, MAWE CBO, Local administrators and community members.

It is important that we guarantee the continuity of this project to ensure that those who will come long after we leave continue to share this resource and that likelihood of conflicts arising on its usage are minimized,” says Mr. Julius Mutwii, Principal of Mutulani Secondary School.

During this reporting period, a video documentary (available HERE) and a shorter clip (available HERE) that shows the progress made so far by the project was done.

The next steps in this project are to connect water to the community at a water point located at the local market, to construct a modern toilet for the schools that can produce biogas and help in recycling the water, and to create a water recharge system for the borehole through initiating tree planting exercises.

 We sincerely thank our donors and still make a humble request for continued support to this noble cause of transforming Mutulani area towards achieving sustainable water for all. We also extend our appreciation to the GlobalGiving Program Team for the continued support so far.

Attached are two documents:- the detailed report with photos and a testimony written by a beneficiary student, Ms. Sharon Ngovi, a high school finalist at Mutulani Secondary School who has received school fees support drawn from the savings after the High School stopped purchasing water.  

 

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The water users training session in Mutulani
The water users training session in Mutulani

It is my pleasure to present a four months progress report for the period (July 2021-October 2021). The project: Provide safe and clean water for 1500 children and women, is aimed at improving water supply and sustaining it to serve the Mutulani community in Makueni County, Kenya.

During the reporting period, three major milestones were achieved which include;

  1. Connected Mutulani primary school with water from the drilled borehole through the water tower in August 2021. The children in Mutulani primary have adequate supply of water all day long and could not hide their joy
  2. Trained all the Mutulani Water Users in September 2021 on project operation and maintenance towards achieving sustainability of the entire project.  The training reached the project management committee, the Mutulani institutions; the two schools, community dispensary and the MAWE CBO to represent the community. The training laid strategies of project continuity and ownership to ensure it serves future generations
  3. Documented the project achievements/milestones since the project inception. The thrilling story of where Mutulani was before the project and where it is now.

The project however is not yet over, we are to initiate a program to recharge the borehole water to improve supply, initiate a water and sanitation program for the children in the two schools as well as clean energy generation through the use of Biogas fuel in the schools as one of the strategy to conserve environment.

We sincerely thank our donors and still make a kind request for continued support to this noble cause of transforming Mutulani area towards achieving a sustainable water source for all. We also extend our appreciation to the GlobalGiving Program Team for the continued support in actualizing this dream.

Thank you,

Mutulani primary school children excited
Mutulani primary school children excited
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It is my pleasure to present a four months progress report for the period (March 2021-June 2021). The project: Provide safe and clean water for 1500 children and women, is aimed at improving water supply and sustaining it to serve the Mutulani community in Makueni County, Kenya.

As we celebrated the International Women’s Day in March 2021, the community marked it by contributing towards the project through giving and celebrating the International Women’s day campaign differently than all the previous years. During the week, the project witnessed the highest number of participants and amount in a day since the project began a demonstration of support and ownership of the project by the beneficiaries   

The community had previously established a WhatsApp group involving all the stakeholders within the community to be communicating and planning project related activities. This social group played a very significant role in making the event successful.

In this same reporting period, Mutulani primary school received a major boost through Africa Sand Dam Foundation who constructed a second storage water tank after constructing the same in the Secondary school section in 2020. The secondary school received a donation of a Laptop from PEN to boost the IT department as well. We are in the process of raising money to pipe the water to the primary school and distribute to the community as well as training the Project Management Committee to prepare them for enhancing project sustainability and promote water and sanitation within all the community.

We sincerely thank our donors and still make a kind request to continue supporting this noble cause of transforming Mutulani area towards achieving a sustainable water source for all. We also extend our appreciation to the GlobalGiving Program Team for the continued support in actualizing this dream.

Thank you.

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Mutulani Primary school students thanking donors
Mutulani Primary school students thanking donors

It is my pleasure to present a four months progress report for the period (November 2020-February 2021). The project: Provide safe and clean water for 1500 children and women is aimed at improving water supply and sustaining it to serve the Mutulani community in Makueni County, Kenya.

The last two months of 2020 were characterized by good rains that led to good harvests in January and February 2021.  The beginning of 2021 was full of hope where Covid 19 infection rates diminished paving way to full reopening of school at all levels.

PEN, Mutulani Schools/Community and Davis & Shirtliff celebrated the project success in a special way through planting water friendly trees around the Borehole and participating in the 2020 Giving Tuesday on December 1, 2020 marking the highest number of donations in one day since the project inception. During the celebration, children, teachers, parents and the development partners could not hide their joy and appreciation towards the support received that had enabled the secondary school access safe and portable flowing water which was timely towards prevention of the spread of Corona virus.

PEN and the community are planning to raise more funds during the International Women’s Day Campaign after the GlobalGiving Program team approved our participation application. During this campaign, we are targeting to raise money to pipe the water to the primary school and distribute to the community as well as training the Project Management Committee to prepare them for enhancing project sustainability and promote water and sanitation within all the Mutulani schools and the community.

We sincerely thank our donors and still make a kind request to continue supporting this noble cause of transforming Mutulani area towards achieving a sustainable water source for all. We also extend our appreciation to the GlobalGiving Program Team for the continued support in actualizing this dream.

Thank you

Mutulani school Head girl planting a tree
Mutulani school Head girl planting a tree
Branded elevated tank for water distribution
Branded elevated tank for water distribution
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The installed Solar panels to power the pump
The installed Solar panels to power the pump

It is my pleasure to present this progress report for the 3rd quarter (July-October 2020). The project: Provide safe and clean water for 1500 children and women is aimed at improving water supply and sustaining it to serve the Mutulani community in Makueni County, Kenya.

This quarter was a busy one after Covid-19 infection rate reduced, with some mitigation measures such as restricted movement in some areas being lifted and overnight curfew time being reduced. However, a resurgence of infection and death rates has been witnessed to level higher than those before the initial restrictions.  There has also been partial reopening of schools with students in grade 4, class 8 and form 4 reported back to prepare for their National examinations. On the contrary of the negatives of Covid-19, one encouraging thing is the increased output in agricultural production especially vegetable products in Mutulani and across the country.

The three year wait for water flow in Mutulani is also coming to an end. Davis and Shirtliff, a global water systems installation company, gave a 50 per cent support towards the installation of a solar-powered water pump. GlobalGiving funds were used to complete the remaining 50 percent, the construction of an elevated water collection tank and piping of the water to Mutulani Secondary School. The community, teachers and students of Mutulani Secondary could not hide their joy after opening to find flowing water in a period calling for strict adherence to handwashing as a measure towards prevention of the spread of Corona virus.

PEN and the community are planning to raise more funds to take water to the primary school and distribute to the community too as well as recharge system to focus on supply sustainability of the project and promote water and sanitation within all the Mutulani schools and the community.

We sincerely thank our donors and still make a kind request to continue supporting this noble cause of transforming Mutulani area towards achieving a sustainable water source. We also extend our appreciation to the GlobalGiving Program Team for the continued support in actualizing this dream.

Thank you

The elevated water tower to enhance distribution
The elevated water tower to enhance distribution
The flowing water from the Borehole
The flowing water from the Borehole
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