This dug well dries up when it doesn’t rain for a long time, so students have to leave school in search of more water during parts of the year. They most often walk to an unprotected spring in the community, which is about one kilometer away.
The pupils struggle with the community members who also need to get water from their spring. The water is dirty, for it is open and the pupils just dunk their containers under the surface to get water. To cut down on long trips into the community, students are also asked to carry a container of water from home to school each morning.
Training on good hygiene habits 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 are currently two hand-washing stations, but these are not enough for 623 students.
Two more hand-washing stations will be delivered to the school, and the CTC club will fill them with water on a daily basis and make sure there is always a cleaning agent such as soap or ash.
The sanitation at the school is very bad. The ratio at which the pupils use the latrines is one latrine to 75. There are such long lines when students have to use the bathroom!
“We are so much disadvantaged, especially we the girls. We normally congest ourselves at the toilets and people urinate on the floor. Most of my fellow pupils do not have shoes and this makes it unhealthy for them to step in urine. Our early childhood pupils do not have a toilet and so they just do defecate outside the toilet. Our environmental hygiene needs change,” said 14-year-old Sharon.
Two triple-door latrines will be constructed with local materials that the school will help gather. Three doors will serve the girls while the other three serve the boys. And with a new source of water on school grounds, students and staff should have enough to keep these new latrines clean.
Rainwater Catchment Tank
A 50,000-liter rainwater catchment tank will help alleviate the water crisis at this school and is a great solution because of the high rainfall in the area. The school will help gather the needed materials such as sand, rocks, and water for mixing cement. We will deliver the hardware, lumber, guttering, cement, and expertise needed to get the job done.
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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