Fresh Water Collection System for Makongeni Primary School, Kenya

Makongeni is a village on the South Coast of Kenya, about 40km South of Mombassa. It is home to a state primary school with over 200 pupils from the village and surrounding area. The school (and the village itself) has a major problem with fresh water. Living so close to the coast, all the wells in the village and nearby are salt water. The closest fresh water well is many miles inland, and as a result the children in the school are often without water and get very thirsty.

Update - 28/3/13

Another massive thank you to everyone who has continued to donate. We are well above the target now!

Work has started on the water system, with all the new guttering installed. Now we just need to clean and paint the tank. I've been taking pictures and videos for the rewards and I'll try to send some out to everyone so you can see where your money has gone so far.

I'm going to do a strange thing now, and ask that no more donations be posted for this project.

We have enough to do a really decent job on the tank, and there is a little more left over to give to the Youth Group farm project as well. I take my responsibility for this money seriously, and I need to be here to ensure it is invested wisely. But I only have two weeks left before returning home, and I don't have time to research the best ways to spend any more than I already have! Best just to do this one thing really well than for me to give away more money frivilously - that can have negative effects out here, which is what I'm avoiding by overseeing this project to its completion.

So, a huge thanks again, and I'll be in touch with photos asap!

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AMAZING! - Thanks to some super generous backers, the target for the water system has been reached already. Faster than I could have ever expected. But I know there are still some more people who would like to help, and get their hands on a few rewards as well. 

Of course, there is a lot more we can do together - if you read the pitch below, you will know that in return for helping fix the water system, the village Youth Group we be allowed to use some of the school's land to start a small farm and grow food. They have also been strugling with a chicken project to sell eggs, but their chickens are not healthy. These projects are a great learning experience for them, and I believe the farm project could also be of real value to the community too.

Any additional funding will go to the Group as an investment in their new farming project, and give them a helping hand with current projects that are strugling. All simple stuff, but really important.

Things you will help with if you contribute now:

  • £10 will buy seeds for vegetables and maize
  • £30 will buy a few small fruit trees like passion fruit
  • £50 will buy tools to dig over the land and plant crops
  • £100 will build a fence around the farm boundary
  • £30 will supply a sack off good quality chicken feed and some medicine to get their poorly chickens health so they start to lay eggs

In the mean time, I'll be calling up the Fundi (workman in Swahili) and getting started on the guttering system as outlined below. I'll keep you updated on the progress, and get some picutres out to any contributers, or anyone who is interested.

Thank you!

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Stop 200 children going thirsty every day, by repairing their school's water system

Makongeni is a village on the South Coast of Kenya, about 40km South of Mombassa. It is home to a state primary school with over 200 pupils from the village and surrounding area.

The school (and the village itself) has a major problem with fresh water. Living so close to the coast, all the wells in the village and nearby are salt water. The closest fresh water well is many miles inland, and as a result the children in the school are often without water and get very thirsty.

The school has a water collection tank which can be filled in the rainy seasons, but the guttering and collection system has been broken for many years. The huge tank lies empty and unused.

With your funding, I will work with the community to repair this system for the school and give them a sustainable source of fresh water - enough for all the children, every day of the year, and with more left over for the families in the village who need it.

A small investment will make a massive change in these children's lives

It will take just £180 to complete this project. This includes:

  • Purchasing materials for a brand new, high quality guttering system, to channel water into the tank
  • Paying a good wage for a skilled local craftsman to oversee the fitting of the system to the roof and tank
  • Funding a cleaning and painting day with the local youths in the village to wash and disinfect the tank, ensure good sanitary conditions and give the tank and tap-house a new lease of life

By working together, the local community can keep this system running sustainably

I first learned about the school water issue from a local youth group that I mentor in project and business skills. They have a few small enterprises, including a tree nursery, and a chicken hutch. They run these projects to help the community and environment, as well as building their own knowledge and confidence, and on a good day, generating some pocket money for themselves!

The group want to take on a bigger project - and this is it. They have been active in getting this project started and will continue to work on it once funding is achieved. Completing this project will build immense goodwill between the youth group and the school, who have agreed to give the group access to school land for a new farming project. Profits from the farming and other youth group initiatives will be used to maintain the water system for any small repairs or cleaning required in future years. It can be a true sustainable project, which empowers the local youth group.

Also, this project will also raise the profile of the group in the wider community, encouraging new members to join, and hopefully helping a few enthusiastic and determined boys and girls to break the cycle of unemployment here, learn something about business and project management, and make it for themselves.

The rainy season will start in mid-April - please click donate, and help us get this project completed in time

Thanks for reading this far, and I hope you feel our project is a worthwhile undertaking. On behalf of the school and children, the Makongeni youth group, and the villagers who will benefit from this new source of water, I am most grateful for any investment you can give us.

Thank you.

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