In Kenya it is estimated that only a third of the population has access to safe drinking water close to their homes at an affordable price. Therefore, every morning school going children have to wake up early to walk long distances so as to secure water for their families from stream/rivers or wells before going
to school causing absenteeism resulting to school drop-outs. Between 2012-2013 International Transformation Foundation (Kenya) and Join the pipe Foundation
(Netherlands) worked together on a country wide (Kenya) research project. The project is about a sustainable clean drinking water system. One of the main
insights gained is that all villages / communities have wishes to improve their water system. For some communities this is because they do not have a working
water system in their community at all. Other communities especially in per-urban have a certain amount of taps within, but would like to increase this amount.
The Problem with current water projects in Kenyan communities can be divided in:
The water system with the technical components to get groundwater and the paying system that describes what to pay for, how to maintain the system and how the business is set up; the social system.
With belief that education fashioned to provide a financially sustainable education while directly solving community's challenge is the key to tackling youth unemployment and contributes to rapid development of a community. A WATER KIOSK AT SCHOOL was created as a school based and students managed business selling clean tap water to community residents at an affordable price. A water kiosk at school is a sustainable business model, valued by the users to purchase and maintain it themselves. It consist of per-financing a community school to set up onsite water kiosk with specially designed products in the form of sustainable tap station, water bottles hand wash etc. Managed by school students, within 24 months, the school earns more than enough money from clean tap water selling to residents in the community at affordable price, and repays the set up cost which is then redeployed to additional school/community.
A water kiosk at school is both educational and profitable business teaching students business and entrepreneurial skills, and generates much-needed income for school. It provide practical education bridging the gap between school and work, enabling students to leave school ready to get a job or set up their own business. And contribute to a developed community with a school which is able to support itself without relying on subsidies and yet afford the best facilities and teachers.
The first microcredit project for schools with a sustainable business model, creating money for WASH activities in school,
A repaid loan system that is redeployed to additional schools in need, thus reducing the need for subsidies and dependency,
A pre-paid credit card system ensures that school Members pay a lower price per 20 liter container of water.
All sanitation facilities are improved around the school, the money from the water kiosk is used to purchase soap and toilet paper for the school children, Jerry Carry Karts reduce the physical injury from constant lifting and carrying heavy loads of water on the heads of the children, Increased safety as children do not have to go to remote and dangerous places to fetch water.
We increase school attendance as children no longer need to absent from school to secure water for their families, A place for work experience to learn about teamwork; commitment, leadership and responsibility.
Children are able to transport more water to their own houses straight from school,
A school kiosk save time compared to waiting in lines at other water points.
A water kiosk at school was designed and is operated in collaboration with the Join the Pipe Foundation-a non-profit organization established in Amsterdam, Netherlands that produces and provides developed products in the form of several sustainable tap station models, water bottles and carafes and services to all people around the globe to access clean tap water whenever possible.
Consequently a water kiosk at school model is characterized by especially designed products in form of:
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