Clean Water for Rural Schools





History Logs

Project Description

Region: Africa

Country: Kenya

Location: Nkubu

Total Budget: $93,000

Area of Focus: Water and sanitation

This project is a continuation of a Global Grant Project based in Scottsbluff, Nebraska, that also provided clean water to rural schools in Kenya. In past travels to Kenya, we have noticed that rural schools tend to not be hooked up to a clean and reliable municipal water system, so the students and staff must drink and cook with the dirty water they have access to, often causing illness and dehydration. Some schools don't have a water source close by and students must leave class and walk, sometimes miles, to haul water daily. This causes students to lose valuable classroom time. We hope to continue to help with these issues. We will be providing water filters, hand wash stations and basic sanitation training to students in the rural area of Nkubu, Kenya, and potentially expanding to Nakuru, Kenya. Each individual school is different, so we will perform a basic "Needs Assessment Survey" when someone suggests adding a school to our list. Once that Needs Assessment Survey has been completed, we will explain the process to the school's teachers and students, to get their buy-in and answer questions. At that time we will suggest to the staff and parents of the school some things that they need to have completed prior to our bringing their equipment, such as building a concrete slab for their storage tank, trenching in the water hydrant lines, etc. This is their contribution to the project, and we find that their having "Skin in the game" is a good way to ensure the project's success. Once the school's preparations have been completed, we will work with a contractor and Kenyan Rotarians to ensure that each school has a water source, rain-gutters installed for rain water harvesting, storage tank(s), adequate number of water filters, adequate number of hand wash stations, and clean water dispensers for student and staff use. We are hoping to gather support from multiple clubs in the US and our Kenyan club will be the Rotary Club of Nkubu. We are hoping to help 25-30 schools, which have been identified by the Nkubu Rotarians as needing assistance. The sustainability of the project is very important to us, and we have identified ways that this project will be sustainable: 1. by using Bio-Sand Filter technology, we can use filters that are made in Kenya, have no moving parts to break, and last around 30 years before needing to be replaced. They are also very heavy and would be nearly impossible to steal from the school. 2. The Nkubu Rotarians and other non-profit partners have agreed to help fill out "Improvement Surveys" on schools that have been completed on a quarterly basis to help us gather data about the school's academic and social progress after our project has been implemented. This will help us to know how much the schools are improving and what we could do to improve, but it will also put someone associated with the project in the school a few times a year to ensure that the school continues to utilize the equipment and that nothing has broken and needs repairs. 4. By using local technology and training parents and staff we will be able to leave the system maintenance to the school, instead of having to do repairs ourselves. The school will be responsible for fixing things like leaky hand wash stations and providing the needed soap. This will ensure that the project is successful on an on-going basis.

Primary Host Partner

District: 9212

Rotary Club of: Nkubu

Primary Contact: Doreen Kagendo

Email: doreenkage83@gmail.com

Primary International Partner

District: 5440

Rotary Club of: Thermopolis

Primary Contact: Shurie Scheel

Email: shuriescheel@gmail.com

Project Status

Need $38,667
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Project listed for the 2017-18 Rotary Year.

The TRF Grant application number is #17490.

Proposed Financing

Existing Contributions Towards This Project





Aspen (5470)





Thermopolis (5440)





Remaining Amount to Raise

Additional Club Contribution (Needed) - Add a contribution




Amount Requested from The Rotary Foundation






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History Log Entries


System Entry

System Entry: Creation of project page.


by Joe Schon

We have approved the D.5440 match for your Clubs commitment.


System Entry

System Entry: Pledge of $5,000 by Heidi Hoffman of the Rotary Club of Aspen, District 5470.


by Shurie Scheel

System Entry: Pledge of $5,000 with $10,000 DDF by Shurie Scheel of the Rotary Club of Thermopolis, District 5440.

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