In March of 2012, with community participation, we completed our first school rain catchment unit at Maruvango Primary School, (700 students, 9 teachers}. There had been no drinking or washing water available at the school. A rainwater catchment system that directs water from the roof of the school to a large storage tank has been installed. Women sold chickens to raise money for materials; everyone helped make bricks for the tank.
Another catchment unit was built for the secondary school (300 students), using the same model of community participation; that is the village community raised money for the construction materials, assisted with construction, guarded the building materials, and keeps the system clean. Washstands next to the latrines have been built for hand washing at each school.