About the Program
One of the two main goals of the Kenya Summer 2011 trip was to research potential future programs at our partner schools. During the trip, one of our partner schools, Kirobon Primary School, presented a proposal to help install a water-catchment system at the school. The school is located on a high altitude, therefore the rain water is flooding the classrooms, causing soil erosion on their land, and simply going to waste.
After discussing with the school’s administration, we knew this was a viable program to support. This program will make sure that all the school’s buildings are installed with gutters to collect the rain water in addition to pipes that will take the water to the main reservoir tank where the water will be accessible. A new tank will also need to be constructed since the current one is leaking and does not hold enough water for the school. Instead of flooding the classrooms, the water will now be used to clean and wash the classrooms. Instead of causing soil erosion and destroying the school’s crops, the water will now be used to water the school’s crops and the trees we planted through our Trees 4 Hope program. Instead of lacking clean water at the school, teachers and students will now have ready access to it.
$3500 estimated cost for the program.
Fall 2011: $2200 is raised from a t-shirts completion between the Hope 4 Africa club at Valley High School and Voices 4 Hope club in Waukee High School. Additional funds are received from other clubs in our Clubs 4 Hope campaign.
January 2012: We notify Kirobon’s administrators that we have the funding for the program and we would like work to begin at their earliest convenience.
February 2012: We receive word from them that due to inflation the total cost of the program increased to around $7000. The board decides to put the program on hold.
May 2012: Moses and four students visit Kenya to complete/start our other programs. Moses visits with the school’s administrators and they come to a conclusion that we will work with the funding we currently have and adjust the program to fit the budget. The school agrees to send a new proposal soon after the Electricity 4 Hope program is completed.
September 2012: The school sends a new proposal for the program broken down in 3 phases. The board approves the new proposal and agrees to release funds in December to allow work to begin in January 2013.