Five Primary schools drawn from Kiharu constituency in Murang’a County are set to benefit from mega water tanks before the end of this year.
Two American based charity organizations, Can-Do-Kids and KAHR Foundation will fund construction of the water tanks aimed at helping pupils access clean water and relieve them the burden of carrying water in jerricans to their respective schools.
Represented by their Kenyan Patron Karanja Mburu Wamatangi, the charity organizations have mobilized more than Sh6 million to facilitate construction of 300,000-litre water tanks, one for each of the five schools.
The schools earmarked to benefit from the tanks include Kiome, Kamanguta, Upendo, Mambumbu and Gitui Primary schools.
Speaking during groundbreaking for construction of the water tanks at Gitui primary school Wednesday, Wamatangi said the project will be completed within a period of 90 days.
He said already construction materials have been taken to the schools and construction exercise will continue without hitches.
Meanwhile, in the last four years Can-Do-Kids has been constructing water tanks in primary schools within Kiharu constituency, but currently the organization is working to put up 200 tanks in both primary and secondary schools in various parts of the county.
Wamatangi who was recently appointed as a director in Lappset by President Uhuru Kenyatta said they have been involved in mobilizing resources from American philanthropists to realize the initiative.
“We appeal to well-wishers to come up and support us in ensuring our children can get water in their schools,” he added.
The patron noted that availability of water to the schools which already have water tanks has boosted learning as pupils are spared time to go searching for the rare commodity in nearby streams.
Currently, Can-Do-Kids organization has done 19 water tanks in various schools, an amiable achievement which has earned praise from parents.
Wamatangi noted the tanks will help in harvesting rain water which will help improve cleanliness at the schools.
“The mega tanks can hold huge volumes of water which can support the schools in cleaning chores, watering of crops among others,” he added.
Speaking during the same occasion, Gitui primary school head teacher Godfrey Gicheha lauded the organization for the proposed water tank saying his pupils have been forced to fetch water from a nearby stream which is one kilometer away.
“The water tank will be of great importance to the school fraternity as pupils will concentrate in their studies without thinking of going to fetch water,” he added.
By Bernard Munyao