Rotary grant helps schools in Kenya gain furniture, equipment, water tanks

August 03, 2008

Rotary International has awarded a $17,000 matching grant to the Rotary Clubs of Greater Severna Park and Nairobi Industrial in Kenya to provide a Kenyan primary school with furniture, sports equipment, uniforms, health camps and a 2,500-gallon water tank for collecting rainwater.

Kenya Connect, a nonprofit based in Silver Spring, is assisting the Rotarians. Kenya Connect has raised over $117,000 through the efforts of schoolchildren in the United States, resulting in water tanks, classroom renovations, solar-powered learning resource centers, fences, uniforms and sports equipment for impoverished schools in Wamunyu, Kenya.

Local Rotarian Rachael Blair recently returned from Kenya, where she began implementation of the project at the Miondoni Primary School of Wamunyu with the health camps and a groundbreaking ceremony.

Water filters donated by Seldon Technologies in Windsor, Vt., were installed in the courtyard, and students were asked to bring cans filled with their local drinking water, which comes from a polluted river more than a mile away. The dirty water was sent through the filters, and more than 300 students, doctors and teachers were able to drink clean water.

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