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In 2018 H2O for Life funded a number of women led organizations working in East Africa to promote safe water access and better sanitation services in schools. Bukoba Women Empowerment Association (BUWEA) was one of the beneficiaries of this funding. BUWEA carried out a comprehensive WASH workshop at Katoke Primary School in the outskirts of Bukoba town, Tanzania. Here is their completion report:
Please list all the WASH activities done at the school:
4. Use and supply of sanitary pads
Please list any changes that happened at the school after all your WASH activities:
3. No more money is being spent for buying bottled water
- 10,000L Rain water harvesting tank was constructed to serve the school population of about 400 pupils and 10 teachers
- 5 Bio sand filters were constructed to enhance the safety of drinking water for the pupils and teachers
- The surrounding community of about 20 households also has access drinking water especially during school holidays
- The performance of Katoke Primary School students has improved, this is attributed to the project since the pupils spend most of their time in school revising and doing their assignments
- The cases of water borne related infections among the pupils reduced from 15 % to 3%.
- More girls and boys have been enrolled in school following the availability of safe water in school
- More parents want to be associated with the school because of their development record as well as their performance record in the community
- 3 new teachers have joined the school following its good records
Grace Mshongi a GWWI WASH graduate had this to say about the project; When I went to share with the school administration about the our new project of Bio sand filters they only wanted the tank, but today the the school head teacher always thank me for the new technology because it does not just filter the water but it makes it cold as like the one in the fridge, as grassroots woman walk with my head up having introduced a new technology in town, thank you GWWI for empowering women like me to bring change in their communities.
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