Ngunini School Project Update - June 2021
Ngunini school has 212 pupils aged between 12 and 18 year s old in an arid, rural area Makueni County, where there is limited water.
To address this, Money from the sale of ChooseWell liquid hand wash is being given to our charity partner Just a Drop, to install a water tank (like the one shown) for the school to provide year-round safe water, harvesting water from the school roof. The charity will also provide hand washing stations, as well as sanitation and hygiene education to every pupil.
- Children will have sufficient water to drink and to cook with.
- They will be healthier and able to spend more time in school, with time not lost to illness.
- The school will be able to develop using the money previously spent on water for new classrooms, or for growing food.
- There will be extra water to address hygiene issues at the school, leading to long-term health improvements - because they can wash their hands regularly, children will be better protected from diseases such as coronavirus.
Mrs Mumo is the Deputy Principal at Ngunini Secondary School
She shared her experiences at the school and the state of water access at the facility with us:
“Inadequate supply water has greatly affected our school. As a school, we try our best to provide water for our students. We would wish to wash our classrooms on a daily basis but we are unable to due to inconsistent water supply. At times, we wash them in shifts and other times they are not washed at all.
The finances used for purchasing water can be channelled to projects that can improve the school’s state and academic value provided to our students. With sufficient water in the school, we will improve in all aspects.”
The project is fully sustainable. The community will volunteer to help build the tank and after completion, it will be owned by the school, with training provided in how to maintain it, so the benefits will exist for many years to come. Just a Drop will monitor progress for 7 years.
The project also mitigates climate change. Over the past few years, rain fall in Kenya has become less predictable and water more difficult to find, so the tank helps ensure the students are able to access safe water all year round –a positive method of enhancing your existing sustainability agenda.