- Rain harvesting and Greehouse with Golden Girls -
Tag installs rain harvesting system at Amilo Primary School
In collaboration with the Golden Girls Foundation, Tag set up a rain harvesting system at the Amilo Primary School in the Kisumu region of Kenya in 2013. Rain Harvesting expert Amir Yechieli came from Israel to implement his pioneering approach to rain harvesting, and his system is now successfully providing water to the hundreds of schools children and serving as a model for other schools in the area.
Tag installs greenhouse with support of the Jochnick Foundation
In February 2013, Tag and the Golden Girls Foundation, with generous support from the Jochnick Foundation, installed a large greenhouse in the grounds of Amilo Primary School, along with an outdoor drip irrigation. The greenhouse will provide food for children to be able to learn at school and provide a platform for teaching innovative agricultural techniques.
Below Golda Adoyo, founder and Director of Golden Girls Foundation, explains the important of this project:
Why is the project important?
- Kano is a hardship area – floods followed by long dry spells, as a result, general hygiene becomes a challenge. This factor has immensely contributed to girls missing school during their menstrual cycle.
- Demonstration of how sustainable and cost effective the rain water harvesting system is with a view to replicate the system in the homes within the community
- Availability of water will help with the sustenance of the school vegetable gardens for the school nutrition program, and hence improve school attendance.
- Girls will spend less time out of school to look for water.
- Availability of clean safe drinking water means less waterborne diseases.
- Rain water harvesting means less financial burden spent to access clean water on the families that are mainly characterized by big extended families in the rural area (A fact that makes most families resort to dirty water from streams – freely accessible within the villages
What did we learn from the project
- Water is a medium that is universal.
- There are more uses to water e.g. therapeutic
- Good water harvesting and storage systems can provide the school with water for up to 12 months.
- Water can be purified without necessarily adding chemicals.
- With good irrigation systems linked to the water harvests, the schools could be self-sustaining nutritionally through the school gardens.
- With training and demonstration, the women could be empowered economically by replication of the demonstration farm activities in their own farms
How does the pilot show us that the project should be a success and meet the needs of the target population?
- The pilot covered 20% of the school roof coverage. With 8,000 liters collected, the pilot can provide the school with water for 3 months. With 100% coverage and more tanks, the water problem could be solved.
- Baseline survey on menstrual hygiene showed that most girls miss school because of hygiene issues during their menstrual cycle. Availability of water within school can prevent this.
- Replication of these systems within the community will mean less burden on the girls who are tasked with fetching water for the whole family ( and in some cases miss school while carrying out this chore).
What did the children and teachers think?
- “Phew! Since the water tanks were installed in the school, I have never gone home from school in between a lesson to clean up!” Naomi Omondi (Class 7 pupil, Amilo Primary School)
- “The water from the borehole is a bit salty…. it never really quenches my thirst. With the rain water, great! great! great! You drink once and you feel ok… it’s not salty, it’s colorless and really cool” Teacher Maureen Warindu, Amilo Primary School.
What happened after the pilot was completed?
- The interaction with the experts from Tag International stirred up an awakening within the local community. An awareness was created that with the current resources, much more could be done. After the pilot the schools engaged in activities for sustainability.
- Ogwodo Primary School started a small vegetable farm. The ogwodo community is now buying vegetable from the school! It is also serving as lunch for kids who have been going without food as they have to walk for long distances and cannot go back home for food.
- Amilo Primary School started a poultry project.
- We are in the process of introducing Rubycups (Mooncups) for menstrual cycle management. We recently carried out a baseline survey of Hygiene Management during Menstrual Cycle for Mothers and girls within Masogo Base. It emerged that the availability of water in the schools made the mothers more comfortable with their daughters using the Rubycups.