A year ago, we asked you to help us fund a rainwater capture system for the Sega Girls School.
Thanks to your support, the system is complete and the Sega Girls School has been using its very own water supply since mid-February.
According to Geoffrey Lubega, the Sega School bookkeeper, "The 300,000 liter cistern, if it remains full, can save the school $1,850 per month". More than that, there is plenty of water for the expanding poultry farm, and to irrigate the fruit and vegetable gardens.
We now ask you to help us with another Sega Girls School project - we are aiming to raise $7,000 for beds and blankets for the 30 students who will join the School in June 2013.
Please help us give 30 more vulnerable girls an education and a safe space to learn and grow, empowering them to break free of poverty.
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The Sega Girls School rainwater capture system will be ready to collect and store rainwater in the Tanzanian wet season early in 2013.
Guttering has been placed on all of the campus buildings to collect rainwater and feed it to a 300,000 liter underground storage tank, which is under construction.
Water from the tank will be pumped (by solar energy) to the water tower, and from there to all of the campus buildings.
This will provide a renewable water source for the School, saving the cost of purchasing trucked-in water (currently over $500 a month and increasing as the School expands), and allowing the students to irrigate their organic gardens year-round to supply fresh fruit and vegetables for the School.
Thank you so much for helping to make this happen!
Phase 1 of our Rainwater Capture Project at the Sega Girls School is complete - thank you for helping to make this possible.
Gutters capturing rainwater run-off from the roof have been installed on all the campus buildings. Some of these are connected to 5,000 liter storage tanks, supplying water for drinking, cooking and watering the organic vegetable gardens.
We are now embarking on Phase 2, to fully supply the School with captured rainwater throughout the year.
We need to build a large underground storage tank, connected to the guttering from the campus buildings. Water from the storage tank will be treated and pumped to the campus via the water tower.
We are continuing to raise funds to complete Phase 2 of our project in the next few months, so that the Sega Girls School can operate on a renewable source of water, and is no longer reliant on purchasing water.
This is increasingly important as the Sega Girls School continues to expand; 58 excited new students joined the School in June.
Thanks to donations to the GlobalGiving Open Challenge in April, along with funding from grants, installation of rainwater capture equipment has begun, and the first campus buildings to be equipped with guttering and storage tanks are the chicken coops!
Construction of the chicken coops was completed in March 2012, and the first batch of 1,000 chicks arrived in April, followed by another 1,000 chicks in June. A good supply of water is essential for the chicks to stay healthy, and so guttering and storage tanks will be installed in the next few weeks.
The Sega Girls School poultry farm will soon be generating an income from the sale of eggs that, along with other businesses, will provide long-term financial self-sustainability. At the same time, the students will participate in managing the poultry farm, learning valuable business skills that will improve their employability.
At 5-6 o'clock morning and night, the students feed the chicks, change and freshen water, observe any other needs and receive instruction from the farm managers about the chicks at their stage of development.
As the students say:
"We are excited about the chicken farm. It will help me know how to have my own farm and I will know about kuku (chickens), what they need and to prevent diseases. I will learn how to sell eggs to make money and how to run a good business"
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