Project information

Water Tank

Clean water in the Nairobi slums is expensive. It has to be bought in cans and carried to the schools. We are raising money to install a water tank at each of the schools we support. The tank will be filled every two weeks saving the schools money and time, and providing clean water on site.

September 2016 - September 2017

Charity information: Porridge And Rice (uji Na Mchele)

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  • Need


    Running water is not available to the schools we support in the slums. The staff are forced to buy cans of water and carry these to schools each day. The cost of the water is high when bought in cans and the task of collecting the water takes up valuable teaching time for staff. In addition, it is not possible to be sure that the cans of water are not always clean raising the possibility of causing illness.


    A water tank for each school will hold enough water to provide for the school's needs for two weeks. The tank can be refilled every two weeks by a tanker. This will reduce the cost of the water significantly saving the school money and it will mean that teachers do not have to fetch and carry water giving them more time to focus on the teaching. Of the 6 Porridge and Rice schools, 2 have water tanks already so the charity is looking to fund water tanks for the rest.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To purchase and install a water tank at 3 schools in Ngando slums in Kenya


    » A raffle in November 2016
    » Christmas Fair in December 2016
    » Wine tasting in November 2016
    » University visits to promote the charity in January 2017

    What success will look like

    The purchase and installation of the tanks in each school.

  • Impact


    It will reduce the cost of water to the school leaving money for other important projects. Water will be obtained from more reliable sources reducing the chances that it will be contaminated: this will reduce the chances of water borne illness in the school, a major cause of sickness and absenteeism. It will also give teachers more time to focus on teaching.


    The greatest risk is not raising the funds. If we do not raise the money in the time allotted, we will extend the time and hold more fund raising events until we do. This will be disappointing though as the need is urgent.


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  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £1,900

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      Amount Heading Description
      £800 water tank A large water tank costs £400 and 2 are needed
      £300 installation the cost of installing each water tank
      £800 stand A metal stand to raise the tank up and create water pressure
  • Background


    All the schools we support are located in the slums of Nairobi in an area known as Ngando. They are off the main road in accommodation made of wooden frames and tin sheeting.


    The school children attending the schools we support will have fresh water on site at all times. This will meet basic needs for hand washing and drinking water. It will also reduce the chances of water borne illnesses like diarrhoea, reducing illnesses and improving educational performance.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We are active partners with the schools involved. We know them well and understand their needs. We visit them regularly and can ensure that the money is used wisely and for the intended purpose. In addition suppliers are paid directly only once goods and services have been provided to deal with the fact that corruption is rife.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Ken Surridge (Chair)

    The chair of the charity visits the schools 3 times a year for 3 to 4 weeks each time checking that tasks have been completed to the agreed standards

    Emma Ballinger

    Emma , a charty trustee, visits the schools in Kenya twice a year. She is a qualified nurse & leads the the charity health and hygiene programme.