A 10,000 litre water tank, constructed on site using environmentally friendly and cost-effective soil compressed bricks collects enough water to serve the school community. LBA also provides guttering for rain water harvesting to channel the rain water from the classroom roofs into the tank. The costs of the tank are about half that of a plastic tank, plus the local community get involved with the construction helping build a sense of pride and ownership.
Creating a water supply at the school provides access to water and helps protect children and teachers from potentially life-threatening diseases. It protects girls from abuse and helps keep girls in school so they can finish their education.
The tanks are environmentally friendly, the bricks don't require firing and we can get the materials for five tanks on one truck from nearby Mbale. They are very cost effective, costing about 60% of the cost of a plastic water tank.
The materials used also mean they can be painted in weatherproof paint, providing a great backdrop for some colourful WASH messages in the school compound.