Located in a rural district (woreda) of southwestern Ethiopia, the Gaecha Primary School serves 613 students with 14 teachers and 3 support staff.
Gaecha Primary School was established in 1974 and has a total of seven buildings with two buildings being the toilet blocks. This school was identified by the local educational department as having the worst latrine facilities of any school in the area. These latrines are extremely below standard and inappropriate for use. The floors are made of wood sticks and the walls are made of mud. In addition, there are no doors on the girl toilets leading to a lack of privacy and dignity.
They currently have a recently upgraded water system in the area. There is now a water point within the school compound that has reliable, clean water.
The plan is to build two standard ventilated improved pit (VIP) latrine blocks- one for girls and one for boys. We will also partner with the local WASH Committee to include basic sanitation and hygiene education.
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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