Ngerengere River Eco Camp

Non-governmental organization

WATER ACCESS AT THE HAPPY BRICKS PRIMARY SCHOOL

Our school children need an adequate water supply for drinking, cooking and washing

utensils in the kitchen and cleaning

bathrooms and classrooms. We are facing

two main challenges: how to get access

to water throughout the year, and how to

make the water safe for drinking.

For accessing the water we have already

achieved a lot. A few years back, our

students had to carry water every

morning from the Ngerengere River to our school. That is why we bought a water pump and

two tanks containing 10,000 liters each. One tank is located at Eco Camp and the other

one is at the school. We pump the water across the 450 meter distance from the river to

the tank at school. During dry season, however, we usually experience serious droughts

resulting in a shortage of water. The tanks help us cover our water need while the river is

dried up. Unfortunately, the water pump has recently lost most of its capacity to pump

water across such a far distance. Several attemps of fixing the pump were not successful,

therefore we need to buy a new one. 

Regarding the second challenge, we

experience that without permanent and

reliable water supply our students are

likely to get infected with diseases such

as Cholera, Bilharzias, Amoebic

Dysentery, Typhoid and Worms. Drinking

straight from the river is not safe which is

why at the moment we filter the water

with water purification tablets. A safer method, however, would be to use rain water. For

that purpose, we are planning on creating a system which collects rain water on the school

roof during the rainy season, from where it is transported to the water tank.

 
Measures to be taken:

  • Buying a stronger water pump
  • Building a rainwater collecting system
  • Improving the water filtering system mainly for drinking water

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