In the Standard, there is a story that will make you Even It Up now, especially because doing so is cost free to you.

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We are please to announce that our USA friend, Climate, Inc., are sending Rivertex® APO670 to Kyuasini Primary School. Climate’s CEO/President, Rex Hayes (in photo), has just written to inform us about this.

Rivertex® APO670 has attained full WRAS certification following successful completion of BS6920 testing.

The Water Regulations Advisory Scheme (WRAS) certification is granted to materials that meet the highest criteria only. Products with the certification are the most suitable for contact with drinking water. The Rivertex® APO670 is the first Copolymer material of its kind to attain the BS6920 & WRAS certification.

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We sent measurements of the tank in Kyuasini Primary School to our USA friends, Climate, inc. Climate are currently in processes of sending PVC liner to Kenya for lining the tank. PVC liner and bladder materials have an outstanding lifetime and they are highly resistant to weather impact. Molecular structure provides protection over a long period of time, even when exposed to the atmosphere, sunlight, UV direct impact. Strength and elasticity remains constant over many years.

Climate Inc. produces liner membranes for water and other fluid storage. Each membrane is produced on order, by precise dimensions and specification. We also offer Butyl and EPDM membrane material which can be used to store various fluids. All the membranes can be used for tank refurbishment, for existing concrete or steel tanks.

Butyl rubber is a synthetic rubber, a copolymer of isobutylene with isoprene. The abbreviation IIR stands for isobutylene isoprene rubber. Polyisobutylene, also known as “PIB” or polyisobutene, (C4H8)n, is the homopolymer of isobutylene, or 2-methyl-1-propene, on which butyl rubber is based. Butyl rubber is produced by polymerization of about 98% of isobutylene with about 2% of isoprene. Structurally, polyisobutylene resembles polypropylene, having two methyl groups substituted on every other carbon atom. Polyisobutylene is a colorless to light yellow viscoelastic material. It is generally odorless and tasteless, though it may exhibit a slight characteristic odor.

It can be made from the monomer isobutylene or CH2=C(CH3)2 only via cationic addition polymerization.  A synthetic rubber, or elastomer, butyl rubber is impermeable to air and used in many applications requiring an airtight rubber. Polyisobutylene and butyl rubber are used in the manufacture of adhesives, agricultural chemicals, fiber optic compounds, ball bladders, caulks and sealants, cling film, electrical fluids, lubricants (2 stroke engine oil), paper and pulp, personal care products, pigment concentrates, for rubber and polymer modification, for protecting and sealing certain equipment for use in areas where chemical weapons are present, as a gasoline/diesel fuel additive, and chewing gum. The first major application of butyl rubber was tire inner tubes. This remains an important segment of its market even today.

EPDM exhibits satisfactory compatibility with fireproof hydraulic fluids ketones, hot and cold water, and alkalis and exhibits unsatisfactory compatibility with most oils, gasoline, kerosene, aromatic and aliphatic hydrocarbons, halogenated solvents and concentrated acids.

The main properties of EPDM are its outstanding heat, ozone, and weather resistance. The resistance to polar substances and steam are also good. It has excellent electrical insulating properties. It has good resistance to ketones, ordinary diluted acids, and alkalies.

 

Report by: Anita Lukorito

Walk in some schools in Makueni County on a normal school day and you will see poor attendance for girls in comparison to that of boys since most of them are restricted to homesteads to attend to household chores.

The situation is such worrying that cases of early pregnancies and early marriages have become rampant with most parents hanging on backward traditions that belittle women.

The traditional roles have reduced the girls to mere house helps or young mothers making it hard for them to pursue their academic dreams since they have no say on their future.

“The girls walk for long distances to fetch water after school in the evening where they are exposed to cases of gender based violence that leads to early pregnancies,” said Mr Kennedy Kitulu, the head teacher of Kyuasini primary school.

Kitulu said he was personally touched with the plight of the girls in the village that he came up with the idea of constructing a dormitory for Kyuasini to house the girls.

“Having them to stay at school gives them enough time to concentrate on their studies and shield them from the risk of being sexually assaulted,” said the head teacher.

The dream received a boost when the Turner Broadcasting EMEA team (CNN) led by Kaitlin Wiener Came to Kitulu’s aid.  They raised funds. They then helped build a new dormitory and an ablution block for girls.

However, Kitulu is unable to start marketing and selling the boarding school idea to the community as the ablution block is not functional; a septic tank has to be constructed and water has to be piped to the block for the dormitory to be useable.

Therefore, Raha Solutions, in ‘Even It Up’ campaign,  are lining Kyuasini’s water harvesting masonry tank and installing a hygienic toilet.

Raha’s 2018 aim is to make 52 schools and health facilities equal to similar institutions.

Kyuasini village is water starved. It is not reasonable for them to use water to flush toilets therefore RaHa will build toilets that do not require flushing.

The project also seeks to lay pipework from the tank to the boarding facility; and fill existing tanks with water on weekly basis until actual demand for the boarding facility is established. The water supply system will be completed based on the demand.

The completion of the project will definitely have a positive impact on the girls in this region with regard to boosting their education standards unlike in the past where they were marginalised.

The girls will have a better chance of studying than before which will be a stepping stone for hope and a better future for the rest of the society.