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Last week, we have finished the construction of a third rainwater collection system with a capacity of 10,000 liters. Just like the first system that we constructed several months ago, this system was also built at a primary school that is located on top of the Lake Bunyonyi surrounding steep hills, namely Mwendo Primary School. Research carried out prior to the start of this project showed that although there was already a water tank with a capacity of 10,000 liters at the school, it only functioned very poorly. Our help ensures that, in addition to the construction of the new rainwater collection system, this existing tank now also functions optimally again. The total water collection capacity therefore amounts to a total of 20,000 liters.
Mwendo Primary school has more than 350 pupils, often several children from a family. All together, between 550 and 600 people will use the rainwater collection system. As mentioned in this article, it is very common in rural Uganda for people who live in the immediate vicinity of a school to use its water supply. The periods from mid-October to mid-December and from March to June are rainy seasons in Uganda. However, the most southwestern part of the country, to which the area around Lake Bunyonyi belongs, is known to have at least some rainfull during the other months also. The families living in the immediate vicinity of Mwendo Primary School will therefore probably be able to use the rainwater collection system all year round.
The construction of this system is yet another example of our strategy to invest in facilities and resources that can benefit large groups, always focusing on children in the first place. In 2018, we provided a first motorboat to guarantee the daily safe transport of the children of Bwama Primary School, with in addition five landing docks to facilitate boarding and disembarking the boat; the entire community uses these landing docks to moor for short periods. In 2019 we realized our Swimming Instruction Center from which we provide swimming lessons for children; in 2020 a second motorboat arrived from the Netherlands serving the same purpose as the first and in January this year we were able to add a third motorboat, the last one and the largest of the three.
Our thanks again go to Kabareebe Hardware, the company that once again supplied and installed all necessary parts for the rainwater collection system, as well as everyone from the community who has enhousiastically volunteered in this project. Last but not least, we would like to thank the two Dutch foundations that made the construction of this system financially possible.
In this video delighted dancing people from the community are singing a traditional song about happiness and gratitude,
One of our goals is to install multiple rainwater collections systems like this one at schools around Lake Bunyonyi in the near future. Do you want to help us achieve goals like these? Please read about what you can do in the chapter ‘How you can help’. Every contribution, no matter how large or small, will always be highly appreciated by us!
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