First 'Waterbank Campus' in Africa blends sports with agriculture and water collection
The Endana Secondary School in Laikipia, Kenya will open for use this month as the first Waterbank Campus in Africa. Realised through a collaboration between PITCHAfrica and local organisation Zeitz Foundation, the initiative blends sports and education facilities with water collection and agriculture to provide a healthy and sustainable environment for the local community.
Four unique low-cost rain harvesting building types can be found across the campus, all invented by PITCHAfrica. These units are able to store high volumes of water at low cost so that the students and staff have access to clean drinking water at all times. The water can also be used for irrigation of agriculture plots elsewhere on the campus.
PITCHAfrica Founder Jane Harrison explains: “Bringing football into the mix brings passion, an attentive audience, bridging differences. This can make the desire to model peaceful collaboration and share knowledge about sustainable environmental practices a reality, while providing students with an environmentally engaged education, healthy food and clean water.”
The campus includes a Waterbank Dormitory for girls, a rainwater harvesting dormitory for boys, staff housing, a Waterbank canteen, Waterbank Latrines, agriculture plots, and a rainwater harvesting 5-aside pitch for football and volleyball, capable of seating 1,500 spectators. In total, the campus is able to harvest more than 2 million litres of water each year.
Harrison continues: “Integrating harvesting, storing and filtering of rain into school community buildings supports communities in becoming increasingly self-reliant for their water needs. This is possibly one of the greatest catalysts for change that a community can have.”
The project has been implemented through a partnership between PITCHAfrica and the locally based Zeitz Foundation and school community with sponsorship provided by international star footballer Samuel Eto’o’s private foundation, the Cameron O’Reilly family, Guernsey Overseas Aid, and Ol Pejeta Conservancy.