Elizabeth Wanjiru (Liz Shish),
James Kagwe and I, Paige Tantillo, are Permaculture designers and
educators. We have been working as a team since late 2018 to establish a permaculture garden program at a local school in Naivasha, Kenya named Naivasha Highway Primary School. James, Elizabeth, and the team are
working on the ground providing weekly garden lessons to over 50
students through their Leafy Lit Permagarden program that commenced in January
2019. Through past fundraising efforts, we have fenced in areas and
made 2 double dug garden beds, (226 feet in total), a beautiful
greywater area with banana trees and veggies and a mandala garden with beautiful flowers!
The staff and students are absolutely thrilled to be planting their own food and learning about permaculture, water saving techniques and more!
Our next project phase is to bring the school more capacity for
rainwater collection. There are 700 students that will be using the rainwater for their daily needs. They currently have 2 rainwater tanks but it is
not sufficient enough to provide water for the school year round. The
school has a HUGE roof and the space to add 2 more rainwater tanks.
We'll also need to add gutters to properly fill the 2 new tanks. The tanks are the primary water source for the school. The climate in this area is hot and dry thus its usually very hot. Water is really needed to quench thirst. The water quality in the Rift Valley is not great and has
a high amount of flouride, despite the fact that the source of water is from a fresh water lake (Lake
Naivasha), flouride is added. The flouride has negatively impacted the the pupils
health causing weak bone structure and brown coated teeth (teeth
discolouration). It is terrible to know that this is a common problem. Alas, there is a solution! If we can raise the funds to add guttering and rainwater tanks, we can provide the students with safe, available drinking water.
The school is so excited, they have already laid the cement and fixed a broken pipe. Next steps will be to raise the funds to get the rainwater tanks and guttering installed. The total cost of the rainwater project is estimated at $3,300 USD.
Any help toward this project would be so appreciated! Your kind donations will help a school of 700 bright students plus all the wonderful staff!