Mbaale Primary School is in desperate need of clean water and sanitation. Students and teachers (460+ people) do not have any safe latrines (toilets) to ‘relieve’ themselves. This forces children to go to the bush or, to not come to school at all. A very passionate headteacher, along with parents, have tried to construct a temporary latrine, but it is collapsing and very dangerous. This is an urgent safety and health concern and the school will be shut down soon if a solution is not found.
Once the sanitation project is complete, our implementing partner, Drink Local Drink Tap, plans to bring access to clean water. Currently, two ‘water sources’ have been compromised. One, 1km away was taken by a factory and another is an open dam 6km (roundtrip) away that is shared with animals and many other villagers- students are not given permission or priority to fetch water. Both sources have major safety concerns such as water quality, drowning, accidents and attacks on young girls. Students spend almost two hours each day, missing class, to collect dirty water.
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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