A water kiosk at school
In Kenya it is estimated that only 1/3 of the population has access to safe drinking water, close to their homes at an affordable price. Every morning children have to wake up early to walk long distances so as to secure water for their families before going to school, causing absenteeism resulting in school drop-outs.
The International Transformation Foundation, in collaboration with Join the Pipe Foundation, established A Water Kiosk at School. This initiative enables community schools to set up on site water kiosks with multiple benefits for students, schools and community residents:
- Access to safe and clean drinking water,
- Enabling children to transport more water to their own houses straight from school,
- Improve sanitation facilities around the school since the money from the water kiosk is used to purchase soap and toilet paper for the school children,
- Kiosks are managed by students, therefore a place to learn about teamwork; commitment, leadership and responsibility.
A Water Kiosk at School’s ultimate goal is to enable every kid in Kenya and all communities in East African countries to go to bed without worrying about having to wake up at 5am in the morning to go fetch water before going school. A school that provides a financially sustainable education while directly solving a community’s social challenge (with a learn by doing approach), to primary and secondary students, is key to tackling youth unemployment and providing rapid development of our communities in East Africa. A Water Kiosk at School was created and operates in this context, as a school-based and student-managed social business selling clean tap water to community residents.
HOW THE OBJECTIVES WERE ACHIEVED
Example of successful case in Kayole (Nairobi, Kenya):
In November 2013, a water kiosk was launched at JanKean progressive school in Matopeni slums, Kayole (Nairobi). The school had only 112 students. In 2015 they have 278 students. Because they have access to tap water, which is not available in Kayole, they were able to provide more services such as lunch and they built a chemistry lab.
We are still miles away from reaching our goal but progressing pretty very well. Since November 2013 we have built 9 water kiosks in 9 schools/communities benefiting 4 338 students and 70 587 people in the surrounding communities in Kenya. We are set to replicate the initiative in Muhanga, Rwanda in 2016.
Thanks to the Join the Pipe Foundation collaboration A Water Kiosk at School uses:
A WATER SAVING TAP STATION - No water is wasted with our auto-stop tap! They are also vandal resistant.
DRIP TAPS for HAND WASHING FACILITIES - Drip taps technology reduces 90% of water usage!
WATER BOTTLES - Our refillable bottles are created specifically to symbolize different sections of a water pipe. They are made of BPA-free plastic and are distinguished by a Dutch Design Award.
JERRY CARRY KARTS - These Jerry Carry Karts reduce the physical injury of children from constant lifting and carrying heavy loads of water on their heads.
Since November 2013, we have built 9 water kiosks across 9 schools/communities benefiting 4 338 students and 70 587 people in surrounding communities in Kenya. We are set to replicate the initiative in the Muhanga District in Southern province of Rwanda in 2016.
The initiative have been awarded 2 awards, The Pan African Awards for Entrepreneurship in Education 2014, and 2015 Global Fundraising Award in the Big Impact Small Budget category. The initiative has also attracted media attention and have been covered in Kenya’s leading newspaper “ The Daily Nation” and Xnews.
A water kiosk at school, introduces a new approach in providing a sustainable education, a learn by doing approach in entrepreneurship from an early age, through a school-based and student-run business whilst directly solving one of the community’s social challenges. However, it is still difficult to convince some schools in some communities to adopt the approach. Even though they would appreciate having the benefits associated with a water kiosk at school, they still prefer the old teaching methods (theory).
For A Water Kiosk at School to succeed, ITF works with community schools to set up a water kiosk as a school business (and encourages setting up more businesses depending on the available market). These businesses are both educational and profitable – teaching students business and entrepreneurial skills, and generating much-needed income for schools. The school business provides education, bridging the gap between school and work, which means that students leave school ready to get a good job or set up their own business, and thereby reach their full potential in life and contribute to the development of their community. The school is able to support itself – without relying on subsidies – whilst being able to afford the best facilities and the best teachers.