Pupils at Matungulu Girls Secondary School can now access safe and clean drinking water after Family Bank financed the installation of a water facility at to the school.
The Bank, through its ‘Maji Kwa Wanafunzi’ initiative, installed a facility that included two 10,000 litres water tank at the school at a value of KSh 500,000.
Matungulu Girls Secondary School now joins more than 45 schools across 37 counties who have benefited from the generous donation through the initiative championed by Family Bank members of staff.
“Access to clean and safe water is at the heart of the staff at Family Bank. We believe that water is a basic human right and through this staff initiative, we hope to drive academic excellence by allowing the school to focus on education and not challenges pertaining to access to water. Our focus is to transform lives, one school at a time,” said Family Bank CEO- Designate during the commissioning ceremony held at the school over the weekend.
Access to safe water and adequate sanitation is a key pillar of Family Bank’s sustainability engagement with local communities in the country. In June this year, Family Bank partnered with water.org, a global player in the water sector to provide ‘MajiPlus’ a loan facility to Water Service Providers, SMEs or individuals aimed at increasing consumer access to safe water and adequate sanitation.
“We are grateful to the staff at Family Bank for this generous donation. We are now able to harvest rainwater in one of the tanks located near our dining hall and use it to promote the hygiene of our girls. With the second tank, we are now able to do purification of the water and constantly have safe drinking water. Our girls will now be able to focus on education peacefully knowing that their other needs are catered for,” said Stanley Mutua, Board Chair at Matungulu Girls.
The United Nations classifies Kenya as a water-scarce country with a low natural water replenishment rate. Poor Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) conditions have severe repercussions on children; they are more vulnerable to water-related diseases, such as cholera and diarrhoea, which are on the rise.