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We were approached by Davie Mugwa, the Head Teacher,
for help in creating a constant water supply for the school
by connecting a 5,000ltr storage tank donated by Unicef, to the
local community water pipeline, and supplying a new tap. Unfortunately,
the tank didn’t come with the parts to connect it, and was at risk of being
repossessed if not fitted.
Hunger and malnutrition are common here,
so each student is given a porridge breakfast
at the beginning of every school day.
Erratic water supply placed a huge strain on
the school curriculum to cook for so many,
wash children’s hands, equipment and
Monjo Lea Primary School Water Tank
LIFE CHANGING WATER SECURITY
—for over a thousand students!
This is huge rural primary school with 1254 students, from 3 villages, aged between 6 -
Opening Ceremony -
1st July 2016
The “Opening Ceremony” took place at the beginning of July. Local dignitaries and the community celebrated the installation of the tank together.
Left: Explaining the project to the leaders & dignitaries
Right:The keys for the tap handed over….
utensils, ready for an early morning Assembly.
Originally, there was one tap shared by the school
and local community, but in the dry season it tended to
run dry, so the school needed a storage tank to hold and
manage its own water supply on site.
The cost of building the tower to mount the tank and
all pipes, labour and fixings was way beyond the
ability of even an enthusiastic Head Master and
actively supportive parents to raise, though they had
already moulded and burnt bricks for the tower, and
brought in river sand .
Dave surveyed the area, made suggestions about
location of the tower and tap, and the work began.
Unfortunately, not being able to locate the correct
plumbing fittings caused the project to take much
longer than expected, but the day before we left, the
first water from the tank started to flow through the
new pipeline to the tap, conveniently placed next to
the kitchen and canteen. Despite the cement apron
around the tap just being finished that morning, so
couldn’t yet be used, we were all delighted—and a little
relieved—to see the water flow freely at such good
This is huge in the “development”world,
and has already drawn teacher-
students to study it as an example of local
Pretty impressive for our area!
This construction changed lives!
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