Keeping Kids in Class: Courtesy of Lunch 4 Learning and The Rotary Club

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.

 

 

Tank number 15, Kagogowa Primary school 

 

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.

 

 

 

Roofing the water tank

Johnson leads the team in installing the roofing.

 

 

Water Collection

 

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.

 

 

Mabira Forest Water Collection

The daily push: children are at risk travelling great distances down dangerous paths to fetch water. 

 

 

Lunch time: A mother and her young children collect water to prepare food.

 

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.

 

 

 

 

Water collection at the local borehole

Children accustomed to the water collection routine, gather at the local borehole.

 

 

Rainwater Harvesting

 

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.

 

 

ISSB rainwwater harvesting tank

Rainwater harvesting projects supply schools with high-quality water

 

 

Uganda’s climate is ideal for practising rainwater harvesting

 

 

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.

 

 

Rotary water tank

The team from Rotary came down in style.

 

 

Kakuba Primary school, the Rotary Club and HYT celebrated a successful partnership

 

 

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.

 

 

Two titans of ISSB expertise

 

 

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.

 

 

Phillip’s exuberant explanation of rainwater harvesting tanks had the Rotary Club captivated.

 

 

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.

 

 

 

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