There are 430 primary school aged students and 10 staff at Mitalamaria who both practice their Islamic religion and attend regular school classes. They are committed to good hygiene as Muslims, though other students (Christians, Catholics, other) also attend this school. The head teacher is also the founder of the school and very committee to ensuring the children are safe.
The sanitation situation for the students is dire and truly unsafe and undignified. They have been on a wait list for latrine blocks for 3 years. The conditions in which they bathe and use restroom facilities is horrible. A normal sized person cannot even fit inside the collapsing stall, so many kids end up going outside. The staff care for the students, many of whom are boarders (they live at school during the school year). Their compound/land is small but if we are able to demolish the old 'facilities' while they are on a break, we can ensure the school doesn't miss a day without any place to 'go'. They have taken very good care of the water harvesting system our implementing partner, Drink Local Drink Tap, installed a few years ago and are a perfect candidate for new latrines.
Drink Local Drink Tap is committed to ensuring ALL children have access to clean water and sanitation in Uganda. Their drainable, long-lasting VIP latrines have child friendly innovations and quality work and materials that can withstand the harsh sun and conditions of Uganda.
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).
Due to COVID-19, many H2O for Life schools are unable to raise funds for their
partner schools as they had planned this year. Because of this
unfortunate situation, as of today, we need to raise $94,430 in order
to complete the 60 projects that have been pledged.
As a water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) organization, education on disease
prevention is a core part of the work we do.