Chiwale Primary School is located in the village of Chiwale in Tete Province, Mozambique, which is in the southeastern part of Africa. Chiwale is on the road to Angonia and is about 30-35 km from the Zobue border. This part of Mozambique is far from any major cities and is very rural, with the primary occupation being subsistence farming.
Friends Primary School Givogi was established in 2009 by a church sponsor that donated the land. It started with just a preschool class and has slowly grown over the past years to now have 326 students from preschool to standard eight. But the growth has been slow because of high poverty levels in this area.English, Kiswahili, mathematics, science, social studies and religious studies are the subjects taught here.There are four incomplete classrooms and two semi-permanent (mud) classrooms that are not in good shape. Standard six and seven children have their lessons in the same classroom, separated only by papyrus reeds. A circular grass-thatched temporary gazebo structure has been built to serve as the staffroom for the teachers.
Goibei Primary School began in 1938 with a small student population and has been growing gradually to this year’s enrollment of 432. School starts at 6:30 am every morning.Their property is full of murram, a hard clay-like material mixed with stones. When students fall during recess, they often get scratched up due to the murram. This murram attracted the county government and some of the leaders came and requested that they are allowed to harvest it to construct better roads in the area. They said that in return, they would help get clean water to Goibei Primary School. The school easily accepted this offer. As time went by, they never received a shilling nor plans for a water project.
The proposed project will be an integrated effort on improving health and nutrition awareness among children. Availability of safe drinking water, Bio sand filters and regular check-ups to monitor the health of the students. This school has already received water and sanitation facilities. The Thar Desert of India is one of the most challenging parts of India. Severely deficient rainfall creates a chronic drought situation in Thar trapping the region under great poverty and deprivation. Food and water shortages are very common causing poverty and malnutrition. In rural areas health and nutrition needs are often neglected and less prioritized especially for females. Lack of awareness and lack of adequate healthcare are two critical challenges in the region. Education and health facilities are limited in the desert and develop the lowest statistical data nationwide. India has a goal for 100% enrollment of children and to ensure the completion of primary and secondary education by all boys and girls under the Sustainable Development targets for 2030, guaranteeing equal access to opportunities for access to quality technical and vocational education for everyone.
Despite already having a rainwater collection tank on their premises, Knowledge Center Mbirizi Primary School’s student population of 600 children is so large that the tank always seems to run dry. Students and staff are then forced to make the long walk to the distant borehole well- something that would be challenging enough to the school, but is made even more difficult by the 500 shilling price tag attached to each jerrycan of water that is collected from the well. In order to free the school from this financial and time burden, Ugandan Water Project (UWP), recommends installing a second rainwater collection system at the school so that their facility is self-sufficient in meeting the daily water needs of their students and staff. We have the opportunity to serve as a catalyst for a brighter educational future for the 600 current students at Knowledge Center Mbirizi Primary School and the hundreds more who will pass through their doors in the decades to come.
Mawira Primary School is located in the village of Mawira in Tete Province, Mozambique, which is in the southeastern part of Africa. Mawira is on the road between Tete City and Zobue and is about 45-50 km from the border near Tete City. This part of Mozambique is far from any major cities and is very rural, with the primary occupation being subsistence farming.
There are 430 primary school aged students and 10 staff at Mitalamaria who both practice their Islamic religion and attend regular school classes. They are committed to good hygiene as Muslims, though other students (Christians, Catholics, other) also attend this school. The head teacher is also the founder of the school and very committee to ensuring the children are safe.
There are 91 girls, 109 boys and 7 teachers at Raya Primary School in desperate need of a water and sanitation intervention. The climate is classified as semi-arid tropics with two rainy seasons, March-May and November–December.
Our South Sudanese projects are quite unique from our others in the fact that they are not typically built at a school. These projects are built in villages with the plan that a school will form around that well in the future. The reason for this difference from our other projects is that South Sudan in its war-torn state is in desperate need for even the basic infrastructures to begin new communities. These South Sudan projects are not named because they are not typically schools yet at this point in the process. They will simply be a community well.