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After having constructed rainwater collection systems at Burimba Primary School (2020), Butenga village (2021) and Mwendo Primary School (2021), we have now constructed a system with a capacity of 20,000 liters at Kasinde Primary School. Contrary to previous schools (where we found one 10,000 liters tank out of operation, yet repairable) Kasinde Primary School had no rainwater collection at all. Therefore, we have at this school placed two brand new 10,000 liter tanks. Because a 10,000 liter tank is the maximum size that can safely be transported to the often remote locations of the schools that are built on the Lake Bunyonyi surrounding hills, this newly constructed system consists of two separate 10,000 liter tanks.
Kasinde Primary School can be found at such a remote location. It is located very far from water sources and pupils were always asked to bring some water from sources around their homes. The school has around 400 pupils, often several children from one family, which makes it the largest school where we have constructed a rainwater collection system so far. Altogether, more than 600 people will benefit from the system. As mentioned previously, the number of people that will, apart from pupils, benefit from the system is, among other, an important selection criterion. In rural Uganda, it’s quite common that families who live in the direct vicinity of a school make use of its water supply.
The construction of this rainwater collection system is another example of our strategy to invest in tools and facilities in such a way that large groups can benefit, whereby our first focus is always on children.
Yesterday, 12 August, after a construction process of several weeks, the system could be put into use. Among the people who attended the official inauguration of the system were the head of Education in Kabale, mr. Moses Tumwijuky Bwengye, representatives of Kitumba sub county including Local Council III chairman David Muhereze and Security Officer Yonah Kwikiriza, and a reporter of major local radio station in Kigezi region, Voice of Kigezi ((VOK). We thank everyone for their presence!
Credits for realizing the rainwater collection system go to Kabareebe Hardware and mr Erasmus Mutana, having delivered all the parts needed for the construction and also having constructed the system, as well as to the team of Kasinde Primary School and some parents who have in great ways volunteered in this project. Last but not least we thank both the Dutch equity fund and Foundation Trap-In Uden for financing this project.
We want to continue realizing more rainwater collection systems at schools around Lake Bunyonyi in the near future. If you are interested in financially contributing to a project please read in the section ‘How You Can Help’ on this website how to donate or contribute in other ways. Every contribution, no matter how small, will as always be highly appreciated and helps us to achieve our goals!
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