Kalonga Secondary School in rural Malawi with an enrollment of 227 students and only 8 teachers.
Students walk a long distance to access drinking water for the school at a nearby shallow well. The well is open and dangerous to access, and fetching the water takes precious time away from class and impacts their education. Because the water source is unprotected, the water is contaminated and students often become sick from drinking it.
The condition of sanitary facilities at the school is very poor, and there are no hand washing stations. Many students are still using the restroom in the bush. This further contributes to the rampant spread of water-related diseases among students. As a secondary school, girl students who have reached puberty often drop out from embarrassment of having no private place to use the restroom or maintain menstrual hygiene.
Our implementing partner, Freshwater Project International, plans to drill a fresh water borehole at the school, and provide two blocks of latrines (with locking doors) and two blocks of urinals. One of the girls latrines will have a menstrual hygiene management station. All of the sanitation facilities will have hand washing stations adjacent, and more hand washing stations will be located close to the classrooms. Students will also receive hygiene and hand washing training and menstrual hygiene management training (for girls). Additionally, students receive a supply of Procter & Gamble Purifier of Water packets for students to use to purify water in their homes.
Please help us provide a comprehensive solution to the water and sanitation needs of this school in need in Malawi!
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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