Rainwater Storage Tanks|
What would it be like to have to walk for miles to collect water? What would it be like if that water came from a dirty river? What would it be like to not have water at all? This is a typical story of Kenya’s rural children.
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Public day school ends approximately 4 in the afternoon. The children walk great distances, often barefooted and hungry, to travel home (just as they did earlier to get to school). Although they have homework, they are forced to first gather 2 empty jerry cans (in this case, dirty plastic jugs and to walk in search of water. Hours can pass before they reach the river.
Their families depend upon them, and there is no guarantee there will be water.
In times of drought, the only thing the river can offer them is the cracked river bed.
Kenya recently endured 19 months of these very conditions.
But when the rains come, the river has water. They have water claimed by crocodiles and hippos. Zebra and wildebeest, gazelle, giraffe, lions and other wild life make their way to the river’s edge every day. They too, need to drink. For a tourist, this is a photographer’s paradise. For a thirsty child, it is a gamble for life – every day.
The water is a breeding ground for bacteria. It is full of animal urine and feces. Malaria infected mosquitoes cling to its edges. Brucellosis and typhoid lurk in the mix, waiting to infect. But to the eyes of our children: it is water, and in most cases, it is the ONLY water these children have access to.
Back in their small huts: There is no plumbing. There is no running water. The lucky ones quench their thirst with the dirty brown river water.
By purchasing a Life Saving Rainwater Storage Tank, you are helping Kenyan children receive a bounty of clean drinking water – sometimes for the first time in their lives. The simple design of the Life Saving Rainwater Storage Tank allows it to collect water from an iron sheet roof.
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That water travels down the ridges of the roof into a gutter and then finally through a sieve (where debris is filtered out). Once through, the gutter pours the water through the fitted opening in the tank cover. The water enters the tank
A locking spigot is secured at the bottom of the tank, allowing access to clean drinking water.
Rainwater Storage Tank + Rain = LIVES SAVED
3,200 Liter - $450
4,000 Liter - $600
6,000 Liter - $900
10,000 Liter - $1,400
Prices will varyaccouding to exchange rates and manufacturer cost.
Many communities in Kenya have been suffering the most intense droughts lasting for years, with short intermittant rains, but not enough to sustain life.
In its wake, it is killing livestock, crops and people.
Farmers could not farm.
The landscape remained brown, cracked and dry.
Famine has become the norm.
Farm hands lost their jobs.
Farmers have no income.
Businesses are suffering everywhere.
Food skyrocketed in price and the hungry grow hungrier.
Used sparingly, the waters collected in the Rainwater Storage Tanks donated over the years, help to sustain some families, orphanages and schools during these trying times.
Failed Corn Crops (maize – a staple in the Kenyan diet)
Cows dead and dying from the long drought in