NEED: The management of Olkejuado High School wanted to create a green and litter free environment around the school. The expectation was that students would learn best practices of environmental management through a tree planting initiative at the school. The main challenge was lack of water for irrigation of the project.
AVENUE TO MEET NEED: Having no other options because the school is located in an arid area, they decided to re-channel waste water from the school kitchen for irrigation purposes. The school also installed roof gutters to collect rain water to supplement the waste water. Runoff water has also been managed also as a way of reducing soil erosion through the planting of fruit trees along slops.
IMPACT: The school is now able to grow fruit trees which are irrigated by the waste water and these provide fruits that supplement the students’ diet. The students have now internalized the culture of environmental conservation through practical outputs from the project.
INNOVATION: The school is re-channelling waste water from the school kitchen for irrigation purposes.
NETFUND EFFECT: The school participated in NETFUND’s Green Innovation Award and was incorporated in the up scaling program. Through this involvement, the project has improved water distribution by having a raised tank and hose pipe which will later be used to develop a drip irrigation system.
With up scaling, the project is expected to increase tree cover in the school compound, improve efficiency in water management and improve solid waste utilization through reusing and recycling of waste materials.