Last week Kara, current Princeton in Africa fellow, and Silvester, water technician, held an assembly on water conservation in Nyumbani Village‘s social hall. Together Kara and Silvester, who both work on water projects in the Village, addressed the audience, mostly primary school children, on the importance of water and its uses. Some of the topics they covered were where the village sources its water, water safety concerning the water dams and river, the importance of properly caring for water taps, how to report a water system problem and how to properly clean a water filter.
Water in the village consists of many different systems, like boreholes, shallow wells, rainwater cachement systems, drinking water filters, dams and solar pumping devices. The water program is very complex therefore lessons like last week’s are very important for ensuring proper water use and efficiency, especially in a arid area such as the one in which the village lies.
To further emphasize the importance of water responsibility and conservation, Kara and Silvester also talked about the limited amount of fresh water in the world and finished the program by screening a BBC Life documentary on water, something the children very much enjoyed.
This presentation was a great way to actively engage the children in the Village in order to address potential water safety concerns and water misuse.
Thank you to Kara and Silvester for their amazing work on water programs in Nyumbani Village!