The Real Water Bucket Challenge
The Falmouth Rotary Club is joining with the 6th Grade Students of Morse Pond School Falmouth for:
A WALK FOR WATER IN SUPPORT OF THEIR “SISTER SCHOOL” IN MOMBASA, KENYA
PROJECT GOAL: $ 5,000.00
THE 311 STUDENTS OF THE 6TH GRADE HAVE ISSUED A CHALLENGE TO THE FALMOUTH AND CAPE COD COMMUNITY TO JOIN WITH THEM IN RAISING FUNDS TO INSTALL NEW WELLS AND IMPROVED SANITATION FACILITIES AT A 1300 STUDENT PRIMARY SCHOOL. THE STUDENTS WILL WALK 6 KL CARRYING 6 LITERS OF WATER IN A BACKPACK ON APRIL 17th, 2015 AT THE MORSE POND SCHOOL. THEIR STUDIES THIS SCHOOL YEAR HAVE CENTERED ON THE SERIOUS LACK OF CLEAN WATER IN THIRD WORLD COUNTRIES AND THE IMPORTANCE OF WATER CONSERVATION. MORE INFO AND BACKGROUND ON THE SCHOOL BELOW!
YOUR HELP IS ASKED IN MEETING THEIR GOAL - PLEASE SEND ANY CONTRIBUTIONS TO:
FALMOUTH ROTARY CLUB
C/O MR. JIM LANCASTER, CHAIR
P O BOX 749
EAST FALMOUTH, MA. 02536
or send donations via PayPal:
Special Thanks to our Sponsors:
Cumberland Farms in East Falmouth, Kenyon's Market, Coke-Cola Distributing of Sandwich, Pepsi Bottling - in Sagamore Beach
2 cases of oranges was donated for the students participating by Stop&Shop in Teaticket.
All the water (over 900 bottles) will be collected at the end of the event and donated to the Falmouth Service Center!
BACK GROUND INFORMATIOM ABOUT THE SCHOOL
Kengeleni primary school and nursery school is situated in the North coast of Mombasa town
(Kenya) off new Nyali Bridge adjacent to Kongowea Wholesale/retail market
The school’s catchment area is extensive and densely populated due to it’s nearness to the market
and also slum dwellings around it.
Kengeleni Primary school was started in January 1994 to ease congestion at kongowea and
maweni primary schools respectively that are about 4kms apart.
Initially the pupils were learning under poor structures until Elimu foundation under the
patronage of Shakila constructed a modern one story building with a classroom.
Most of the parents do small scale business like hawking in and around the market. A small
population is on full time employment. Some parents do not have anything to do thus depend on
relatives and well-wishers. This has made the school to have a high number of children who are
poor. Some children are infected by HIV/AIDS from their parents and are always sickly. A good
number are orphans some with mother or father dead. Others do not have both mother and father
thus complete orphans.
The school was initially constructed to accommodate 320 children that is 40 per class but due to
its location in a densely populated area with slums and the introduction of free primary education
and education for all, a policy from the government, the school population has risen
• SCHOOL POPULATION
Currently the school population stands at 1,300 children from nursery to primary (Boys:
615 Girl’s: 685) total 1,300
• Sanitation facilities (toilets)
The toilets are 10 in number out of the whole population of 1,300 pupils due to
the high number of children almost all the toilets are broken down.
The water sinks are all broken down. The drainage system is overstretched because of the huge
waste disposal from the children. They overflow and smell.
All the taps are broken due to the number of children accessing very few taps at one water point.
Being around banana wholesale market, the market disposes waste from the banana at the gate of
school making it very hard for pupils to enter the school because the gate is always chocked with waste.
We need to employ a person to remove the waste after burning it.
The dirt has made the children to contract diseases such as diarrhea and vomiting
The school has been experiencing acute water shortage that can persist for 3 months forcing the
school to buy water from the vendors.
A 20 litre jerrican goes for Ksh 20.for the school to run smoothly we are forced to purchase 100
twenty litre jerricans that costs the school Ksh 2000 daily.
This makes life unbearable to both children and teachers since the school needs water for
The school is under the feeding programme from the World Food Organization and we feed all
The nursery children also drink porridge prepared at the school. The porridge is a donation from
an organization called A.C.T.S (Assist a Child to School).
The school uses flash toilets which stink due to water shortage. The toilets are also in dire need
After taking lunch within the school compound children and plenty of water for drinking and
washing their plates and hands.
Since water is not available the children sneak out of the compound to the slums looking for
water which is very dangerous since the slums carry all sorts of people: drunkards, thugs,
burglars and even rapists.
The kitchen which is used to prepare food for the children is in poor state? We need to repair it
so it can look attractive.
Once we get a well the school shall be sure of getting daily water supply for cooking and
cleaning the toilets and the drainage system.
The community around will also benefit from the water.
PROJECTS TO BE UNDERTAKEN
1. Replacing all the sanitation facilities:
• Drainage system
• Repair of the perimeter wall
• Building more water points
• Daily cleaning of the dump site
• Drilling and construction of a borehole (well)
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