Panyana Primary School

Thank you for joining the A Drop in the Bucket program! Here you will find background information on the school for which you will be fund-raising. Panyana Primary was established in 1976. They currently have 372 learners enrolled in grades 5, 6, and 7. To accommodate the expanding student body, new classroom blocks were added in 2016. However, the school still lacks a reliable source of water and basic, vital infrastructure. Your donations will be applied towards these needs, and will help make this a more vibrant learning center. Imagine for a moment, attending a school at which you can’t easily get a drink of water at the fountain, or that doesn’t have a modern kitchen! The learners at Panyana are excited to know that their counterparts in the United States are interested in helping bring water to their school.


They have had 3 efforts to drill boreholes over the years. The last attempt was in 2010. They pay 2,500R per month (about $187) to have water delivered which is used for drinking and cooking.

Their kitchen is just an open cinder block structure and they cook over an open fire. 

They do have a garden even though there is no water. They rely on rain for irrigation or occasionally use some of the delivered water to irrigate.  So they are not able to grow anything during the long dry season. But they are trying. They also have shade netting that was blown down in a recent storm which they plan to repair.

They had Enviroloo toilets installed. They still have pit toilets as well.  There are hand washing basins installed but no water connected to them.


A borehole is needed to secure a sustainable water supply.  The hole will probably be quite deep. They have been able to find water in nearby locales.

The shade netting needs to be repaired so they can grow seedlings.

They need a kitchen building that has a storage room and is suitable for hygienic cooking.


Drill a borehole and supply the necessary piping and equipment needed for hand washing, cooking, drinking and irrigating the garden.

Build a proper kitchen structure that is more functional and hygienic.

Develop the garden as a year round permaculture vegetable and fruit garden once there is water to irrigate.