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KRA commissioning VIP latrines at Bondeni Primary School, Laikipia West district, Kenya. Source: GHARP/KRA

KRA sought funding from United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)-Global Environment Fund (GEF)/Small Grants Programme (SGP) in January 2008 to implement rainwater harvesting and management (RHM) systems in three schools in Laikipia West district. The project started in January 2008 and was successfully commissioned on 26th January 2011. During the course of the project, additional funding was also sourced from a US-based organisation, H2O for Life. KRA were the implementers of the project and provided technical staff and expertise; capacity building; monitoring and evaluation; and all project management and co-ordination. ACK diocese of Nakuru and the Parents-Teachers Associations were the main partners of the project.  The aim of the project was to provide sustainable water access for needy schools in semi-arid districts of Kenya.

Project Components

  • Baseline assessment of the three schools;
  • Three 50m3 rainwater catchment tanks for each school fitted with guttering system and foul flash to remove dirty water.
  • Three 72m3 farm ponds for each school, lined with ultra-violet resistant plastic lining and roofed with iron sheeting.
  • A hip pump to lift water from the farm pond.
  • Six 230-litre drip irrigation kits, for growing of vegetables to supplement the school feeding programme.
  • Establishment of tree/vegetable seedling nurseries.
  • Ventilated improved pit (VIP) latrines for each school.
  • Capacity building on all project components.

Commissioning Day

The commissioning day at the three primary schools was a real success. KRA toured round Sipili Primary School, Bondeni Primary School, and G.G. Kinamba Primary School. Enthusiasm was in evidence from all those involved: children, parents, teachers, donors, Government officials, KRA, and other stakeholders. The water is clearly making a difference at the schools and is helping ensure the children can concentrate on their studies instead of spending time engaged in water collection. Impacts are already being felt and include:

  • Nutritional benefits from the vegetables grown from the farm pond and drip irrigation system.
  • Reduced incidences of water-born diseases due to improved sanitation (VIP latrines).
  • Development opportunities (building new classrooms) using money saved from buying water.
  • Improved school attendance and mean scores due to less time spent collecting water.

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