This water is very dirty. Before dunking a container under the water, a stick must be used to remove some of the green algae floating on the surface. When the school uses up all of the water in those containers, students must make the trek once again. Valuable class time is wasted.
Here is what your support will do
Hygiene and sanitation training will be held for two days. The facilitator will use PHAST (participatory hygiene and sanitation transformation), ABCD (asset-based community development), CTC (child to child), lectures, group discussions, and handouts to teach health topics and ways to promote good practices within the school. The CTC method will prepare students to lead other students into healthy habits, as well as kickstart a CTC club for the school.
There is nowhere to wash hands. Our training equips the CTC club to oversee the new facilities, such as handwashing stations, and make sure they are kept clean and in working condition. The two handwashing stations will be delivered to the school, and the club will fill them with water on a daily basis and make sure there is always a cleaning agent such as soap or ash.
There are currently nine latrines for 469 students. These are rarely cleaned because of the water shortage at school.
According to the headteacher, the school had been closed down at one point due to poor sanitation after heavy rain damage. The school was able to open later after receiving major support for new construction of sanitation facilities courtesy of prison officers. These same sanitation facilities are still being used, but are not nearly enough for the student body.
“The current state of sanitation and hygiene here needs urgent attention,” added Headteacher Ombula.
“Pupils spend a lot of their time queuing to access the few available sanitation facilities. Chances of health hazards are very high simply because the ratio of pupils to available latrines do not match, and they get dirty easily.”
Two triple-door latrines will be constructed with local materials that the school will help gather. And with a new source of water on school grounds, students and staff should have enough to keep these new latrines clean.
A 50,000-liter rainwater catchment tank will help alleviate the water crisis at this school. The school will also help gather the needed materials such as sand, rocks, and water from the swamp for mixing cement. Once finished, this tank can begin catching rainfall that will be used by the school’s students and staff.
We and the school strongly believe that with this assistance, standards will significantly improve. These higher standards will translate to better academic performance!
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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