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Providing access to clean water to school children in tea growing zones in Kenya

Like most primary schools in rural Kenya, Nyantaro Primary in Kisii County has no piped water thus students have to fetch water for cleaning, drinking and cooking from a seasonal river that flows behind the school during the rainy season and in the dry season the students were required to carry jerry cans full of water from their homesteads. This was a tedious exercise which takes away time from the students that is meant for school work and play.

KTDA Foundation through Nyankoba Tea Factory with funding from ToH and Ringtons installed an 8,000 ltr capacity water storage tank, piping and gutters for rainwater harvesting to the school to support consistent water supply for the children, teachers, schools staff and the surrounding community. The tank according to the Deputy Headteacher will go a long way in helping the students free up their time for more studies since they no longer have to spend hours fetching and ferrying water.

Access to clean water is also expected to reduce the number of hygiene-related diseases. The Nyankoba Tea Factory through its Chairman has committed to continue supporting the schools in its catchment area through the purchase and installation of more water tanks. This will go a long way in improving the quality of life of the children within the catchment.

So far, together with our partners, we have been able to donate oner 133 water tanks to primary schools across 16 tea growing counties. #WorldWaterWeek

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