Tagamenda Primary School is a government school found within Iringa rural district. The school has a total of 313 students (149 girls/164 boys/6 teachers) from nursery school to standard seven. As with many villages and schools in Iringa, the lack of safe water for Tagamenda School is a major problem. The students currently waste a lot of time fetching water for domestic uses including drinking, cleaning, and cooking.
Older students at Tagamenda are asked to bring a ten-liter bucket of water to school each morning, while the younger students are tasked with bringing five liters. They fetch this water from various sources along their walk to school, including old hand-dug wells and shallow creeks. In addition, the students waste class hours later in the day fetching water which negatively impacts their school performance. Teachers often escort the younger children, missing time in the classroom as well.
The streams and other water sources around the village are shared with livestock and are usually very polluted. Students typically end up spending more time fetching water and recovering from waterborne illnesses than they do studying. The school desperately needs access to safe water in order to meet their needs for drinking, washing hands, cooking and cleaning.
The overall objective of this project is to provide access to clean water for the students at Tagamenda Primary School. Our implementing partner, St. Paul Partners (SSP), will install a shallow borehole well located directly on the school compound. This will ensure students have access to enough safe water which will lead to more time in the classroom studying. Access to safe water will also have a significant impact on the health of the students, teachers and neighbors around the village.
H2O for Life is not a WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene) project implementer. We have partnerships with non-governmental organizations (NGOs) implementing WASH in Schools projects around the world. Our NGO partners match funds needed for each school project. We also have a generous donor that provides us with an interest-free loan that, along with matching funds, allows for many projects to be started or possibly even completed before total funds have been raised. In rare situations we reserve the right to reallocate funds to alternate project(s).
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