10 Sep 2015

Kenyan schoolchildren get access to clean water thanks to Dig Deep

 Kenyan schoolchildren

In Kenya, diarrhoea is the largest preventable killer of children under five years old.

Yet studies show that if people in Kenya have access to clean water then diarrhoea is reduced by 21 per cent. Having toilets cuts that number by another 37 per cent. Being able to wash hands means it goes down by another 35 per cent.

Dig Deep is a charity that works with rural communities in Kenya to help people get access to clean water and sanitation.

A recent Dig Deep project at Tuiyotich Primary School in Bomet County in Kenya is a great example of what can be achieved.

All too common diseases

Until a few weeks ago, Tuiyotich Primary School had to rely on water collected from a dam shared with livestock. This meant the school’s students and staff were using unclean water. Diseases were rife.

Over the last six months a team organised by Dig Deep worked with the school and the wider Tuiyotich community to change this.

The charity first arranged for two members of the school’s staff to be trained in the best ways to teach their students vital hygiene messages, such as the importance of treating drinking water and washing hands with soap at critical times.

The school’s management and parents then got together funding building materials and hygiene supplies such as chlorine and soap.

Soon after construction began.

Simple and effective

The Dig Deep team built a simple but highly effective rooftop rainwater harvesting system. Rainwater is captured as it hits the school’s roof, passed through a simple filter and stored in a concrete tank.

The tank is large enough to make sure that enough hygienically-captured rainwater can be stored for the school to have clean water access year round.

Ben Skelton, director of Dig Deep Africa says: “The beauty of the system at Tuiyotich Primary School is its simplicity. Everything can be managed and maintained solely by the school. This is vital to the long term sustainability of the project.”

Says Ben:“Tuiyotich is one of the many Dig Deep projects that have been made possible by our student volunteers using BT MyDonate to raise funds.”

“BT MyDonate is unique in that it provides a very effective online fundraising platform at zero commission, meaning that supporters’ contributions can go directly towards making these life-changing projects happen.”

He adds: “As a result we get around an extra five per cent from donations. This makes a difference. In fact, we’ve worked out that each of our volunteers who raise money by climbing Kilimanjaro are able to, for example, help ten extra schoolchildren get access to clean water thanks to BT MyDonate. And because we'll have about 200 people climbing the mountain this year - it really adds up.”

Previous water source
Previous water source

Harvesting system

Harvesting system

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