What has the School committee already done to get water?
- They have tapped a pipe from the river that feeds a nearby village. But the pressure in the pipe is not sufficient and during the dry season, when the need is greatest, the water does not flow.
- They have bought a large water tank (10,000l) into which it draws rainwater from the roof of the school. This only solves the problem in the rainy season; in the dry season the school's water supply only lasts for a week (assuming 1l/person/day).
- They have started to look into digging a well. They found out the availability of groundwater in the area, prepared a budget.
A well seems to be the only hopeful solution to the water issue for the school. The problem is that in the area where the school is located it is necessary to drill very deeply for water (lava bedrock). However, the institutions located near the school have succeeded and found water, unfortunately only at a depth of between 60 and 100 m. This means huge costs for which neither the school nor the municipality has the funds.
Although the total cost of the well comes out to "only" 6 EUR per student, this is a huge amount of money for poor rural families. A month's work often does not earn a parent even 16 EUR.
THE SCHOOL IS COMMITTED:
To finance all the pipes for the water distribution system and also the construction of a tower for the water reservoir... about 840 EUR
It has also already purchased a large-capacity reservoir worth 1050 EUR.
WHAT'S ON US?
- Implementation of a deep borehole - 7600 EUR
- Pump - 840 EUR
Photo from Mshikamano School:
In the rainy season, everywhere is green and rainwater can be used. However, the rainy season is shorter than the dry season, when it doesn't even drip for about 7 months.
The school is partly a boarding school. Students living far away can take advantage of this. Accommodation conditions are very modest and there is no running water available.
Despite the rainy season, the nature of the arid savannah is undeniable. Forget the grass.
There's a test in class. All the backpacks have to go out so no one can cheat on the pull-up. In the foreground, under a stick structure, students are planting trees to create beneficial shade in front of the classroom.