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Bululwe Secondary School

Bululwe Secondary School


0°13'24.9"N 34°32'00.2"E

0°13'24.9"N 34°32'00.2"E

Rainwater Catchment

Rainwater is collected off strategic areas of a roof, enters a custom guttering system (which filters out debris) and leads to a storage tank. Tanks can vary in sizes and are determined by population and average rainfall patterns. Water can be stored for months, is easily treated in the tank, and is accessible through taps. These projects are implemented at schools with proper roof lines and gutter systems to make them successful.

Rainwater Catchment
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“Students lose a lot of valuable study time between leaving class, walking to the primary school, waiting for water, and carrying a heavy container back.” The Water Project

Project Details

The Community

Bululwe Secondary School was started in 2014 by community members who saw the need for their primary students’ further education. Before the establishment of Bululwe, students would have had to walk four hours to reach the nearest secondary school. Bululwe Secondary School has grown steadily since 2014: the population was 21 pupils, in 2015 it increased to 97 pupils, it doubled to 143 pupils in 2016, in 2017 it increased to 206 pupils. Today, the population stands at 297 pupils.

But despite the tremendous growth, Buluwe Secondary School does not have a reliable source of clean water. Instead, the secondary school students have to walk to the primary school to get water from a well.

The water at the well isn’t bad. The real issue is that the secondary students have to contend with 700 primary students and community members to fetch their own water. This primary school well is the main source for all three groups of people, and it’s not nearly enough.

The Solution

Rainwater Catchment Tank
A 50,000-liter rainwater catchment tank will help alleviate the water crisis at this school. The school will also help gather the needed materials such as sand, rocks, and water for mixing cement. Once finished, this tank can begin catching rainfall that will be used by the school’s students and staff.

VIP Latrines
Two triple-door latrines will be constructed with local materials that the school will help gather. Three doors will serve the girls while the other three serve the boys. And with a new source of water on school grounds, students and staff should have enough to keep these new latrines clean.

Handwashing Stations
The school is in great need of handwashing stations. We will deliver two handwashing stations to the school, and the club will fill them with water on a daily basis and make sure there is always a cleaning agent such as soap or ash.

Training on good hygiene habits will be held for two days.

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The information regarding this project was provided to Avana® by The Water Project. While the information contained within this website is periodically updated, no guarantee is given that the information provided in this website is correct, complete, and up-to-date. Due to the nature of the project, stage of completion and privacy concerns for project recipients, some photographs, diagrams and other depictions on this site may be illustrative and not representative of the actual project.