Improve water security and hygiene at Itanana Primary School.
Community members from Idunda report the following impacts:
Limited water sources
for students and community members
due to unpredictable rainfall
Movement of crop cultivation
to areas with greater water access
• Initial project planning and design
• Digging of waterline trenches and preparation of infiltration pond
• Purchase and transport of construction materials
• Installation of rainwater gutters
• Construction of hand washing station
• Training of teachers and implementation of Itanana School "Water Day"
• Training of students on proper hand washing, rainwater harvesting, water sanitation, water conservation, and climate change
The village of Idunda is experiencing increasingly unpredictable rainfall, placing greater strain on the village’s only groundwater outlet, which serves over half of Idunda residents. To improve local water security and hygiene, a local Peace Corps volunteer teamed up with teachers, students and families from the community to construct a rain capture and storage system and new hand washing station at Idunda's primary school. The rain catchment system diverts roof runoff to a water storage tank and any overflow to an infiltration pond to minimize soil erosion and replenish groundwater. The stored water is piped to the hand washing station located between the bathrooms and classrooms such that students can conveniently wash their hands before returning to class. Following construction and installation, teachers led a School Water Day, during which students participated in hands-on activities to learn about climate change, water conservation, and appropriate use of water for personal health and hygiene.