Posted on September 20th, 2018
In the last few months, a team of HYT 1 village graduates have been travelling from school to school in Kamuli and Jinja districts installing rainwater harvesting systems, jointly funded by Lunch 4 Learning and the Rotary Clubs of Haddenham and Thame, and the Source of the Nile. This project will see 15 systems transforming over 5000 children’s learning experience.
During the 15-tank project the team have honed their skills, becoming incredibly efficient. Arriving on site equipped with an ISSB press and their tools, they turn a pile of soil and some cement into a fully functional water tank in just two and a half weeks. The tanks themselves are incredibly durable and outcompete their plastic competitors on longevity and price.
The majority of these schools send pupils to a local borehole. This involves time intensive journeys often over a kilometre, laden with jerry cans. Time spent collecting water detracts from time in lessons, disrupting consistent, continuous learning.
The sad truth is that time spent away from lessons is a less serious symptom of poor water infrastructure. Children are at risk of kidnapping and attack on route to water sources.
“The road to the local borehole is dangerous and the kidnapping risk is high. A safe source of water on site will allow children to spend more time learning, less time fetching water and reduce kidnapping.” Headmaster, Kakuba Primary School.
Uganda enjoys two rainy seasons with an annual rainfall of between 900 – 1500mm (35 – 60 inches). Rainwater harvesting allows communities to harness this natural resource providing 7 months of safe, reliable drinking water.
Rotary Club Visit
On the 27th of August members of the Rotary Club travelled to 3 of the 15 schools to inspect the tanks and learn about the technology behind them.
HYT Country Manager Mauricia and Operations Manager Phillip were in their element articulately explaining the environmental, cost and functional benefits of the humble ISSB water tank.
The audience of Rotary members were impressed with the tanks and bricks alike. One member even requested a brick to be delivered to his office, no doubt he was in the market for a giant sustainable paperweight.
ISSB tanks have a lifespan of over ten years, overtime they will service 10’s of thousands of students in the region.
We are hugely grateful to Lunch for Learning and the Rotary Club for funding this great venture and look forward to working with them for years to come.