The primary objective of this project is to expand the learning opportunity of the students of Ullo by helping them explore new and in-depth agricultural practices. The secondary objective of this project is to show the community members and local farmers how relatively simplistic a rainwater catchment system is to build. This will be achieved by delivering a rainwater catchment system that supplies a sustainable, water-efficient irrigation system at the school’s garden during the dry season that has community buy-in and long-term scalability.
Going into Ullo, the team had a few objectives set out to accomplish, that would help better understand and execute the project. These objectives consisted of tasks set out from the team at EWB-Iowa State University and our team.
- To measure the roof overhang of the dining hall building.
- To measure the diameter of the tank lid hole.
- To check disparities between the theoretical design for the project and the data on the ground.
- To find out the full list of crops that would be grown and could be grown in the school garden.
- To take enough pictures to better explain some realities on-site to the ISU team working with the KNUST team.
- To ascertain possible placement locations of the tanks for the project.
The First phase of the Rainwater Collection/ Irrigation project was divided into two (2), Phase 1A and Phase 1B. Phase 1A deals with the construction of four (4) tank pads. Phase 1B deals with the construction of the actual rainwater system. The proposed date for the completion of the 1st phase of the project is the last week in January, 2021.
First, the materials were obtained and checked. The block dimensions were given afterwards. A layout was followed and each tank pad was then filled with sand up to the height of the blocks. Phase 1A was carried out in three (3) days, and this would have been impossible without help from the strong youth of the community. Phase 1A ended in December, 2020.