Rwanda: New Aquaponic System Construction
Date: June - July 2015
Project type: New Aquaponic System Construction
Partners: STAR Schools and CHS- Quigg Lawrence
Project Cost: $22,994.28
Size and Capacity
60’ x 35’: Steel structure footprint
12,000 gallons: Recirculating water (45,000+ liter)
4/7000 liter: Cement fish tanks
12,000 liters: Deep water filtration and fish breeding capacity
12,000 fish: Niloticous Tilapia (fingerling to 1lb within 11-14 months)
U.S. Dept. of State: Tier 2
Victimization: Sexual, labor trafficking, genocide recovery, recruitment of child soldiers
Twenty years ago, a 100-day active genocide brutally ended the lives of between 800,000 and one million people. More than two million people were displaced, instantly creating upwards of 200,000 orphans. The tragedy continues as traumatized adults emerge from child-headed families that have only known struggle. Widespread corruption is another obstacle preventing Rwandan residents from receiving essential resources. Poverty and malnutrition are everywhere. Children wait for hours with large containers at water distribution posts that are often dry for days or even weeks.
STAR Schools has entered into the tragedy to offer hope for students and local orphans. Located in Kabugo, Rwanda, the school provides nutrition and education to over 800 children about an hour outside of Kigali, the country’s capital. More than 400 students live in housing on school grounds, and even more are effectively orphaned or abandoned. In an area where food is scarce and a lack of water affects everything and everyone, the desperate reality of poverty makes it easy to lure or force people without options into modern slavery.
Sustainability projects like the aquaponic farm at STAR Schools facilitate communities’ ability to care for each another and in turn become less dependent on inconsistent government resources. By raising fish year-round, the aquaponic system constructed by FFC allows STAR Schools to provide a more nutrient-rich diet for students, regardless of drought or season.