Tanzania sanitation 2017
Raleigh has succeeded in improving access to, and use of, safe and sustainable sanitation facilities for over 1,500 children across two primary schools in Mwaya village. Pictures below.
Two sanitation blocks (one for boys and one for girls) with 18 drop-hole latrines were constructed including two accessible latrines for children with disabilities and a Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM) room. A new hand washing facility was also built. Awareness raising sessions have increased knowledge of effective sanitation and hygiene practices amongst more than 1,500 children and 6,000 community members, with the formation of a school water, sanitation and hygiene (SWASH) club spearheading and training the school management committee (SMC) ensuring good hygiene behaviour. Maintenance of the new wash facilities will continue.
A resulting reduction in the incidence of illness and disease will help to increase school attendance and reduce the rate of school drop-out. Improved hygiene and sanitation practices are also being seen in Mwaya village as a direct result of the awareness campaigns. The positive impact of the project will be felt for years to come.
These are now finished and we have been sent the photographs ……
This year (2017) we are investing in funding for sanitation in schools in Tanzania. Project site visits were completed in January and the two schools benefiting have been identified.
The project will take place in Mwaya (Daranjani). This village has grown to the extent that it has two primary schools, situated next door to each other. Daranjani Primary School currently has no latrines. Its neighbouring school, Mwaya Primary School has three latrines that are in a very poor condition. Children from both schools share these latrines.
Raleigh will build two latrine blocks that both of these schools can use. These will be two separate, larger structures, one for boys and one for girls. The boys will have 7 drop-holes plus a urinals room, disabled access and an incinerator. The girls will have 7 drop-holes, disabled access, Menstrual Hygiene Management room and an incinerator. There will also be a third structure housing the handwashing facilities, which is a slight design change than originally proposed.
1,618 children are expected to directly benefit from the project, and 3,268 community members will benefit indirectly from messages on hygiene practices, menstrual hygiene management and safe drinking water brought home by the children we reach in school.
The volunteers due to arrive on site in April.
The project aims to increase access to safe sanitation and hygiene facilities for primary school children in Mwaya village, promote the uptake of safe hygiene practices, and to build the capacity of School Management Committees (SMCs) to sustainably manage the sanitation and hygiene infrastructure. Significant progress has been made on the project over the past few months with the latrine construction nearing completion and the construction of the hand washing facilities under way.
Once the facilities are finished there will be 14 latrines (seven for boys and seven for girls), a hand washing station, and a menstruation room for girls. As well as the progress being made on the construction activities, the Raleigh volunteers are also sharing information on how to practice good hygiene by continuing the School Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (SWASH) clubs started by the previous volunteer team. At the club, the children learn how disease is spread and how to practice good sanitation including the six stages of hand washing. So far, the children have shown great enthusiasm and commitment to the SWASH lessons. The hand washing station and latrines being constructed will offer the children privacy and an opportunity to put into place what they have learned during their SWASH lessons. The knowledge shared with them on good hygiene, which is passed on to the community through them, aids the prevention of illnesses that keep children away from school, including diarrhoea. The head teacher of Darajani primary school in Mwaya had this to say about the impact the new facilities will have: “I really know that right now there are more students who do not come to school because of the situation of having no facilities suitable for them. I expect the number of students, especially the girls, to be higher throughout the month. The hand washing station will increase awareness of different diseases caused by dirty hands, this will lead to lots more students attending school daily.” We are looking forward to handing the facilities over to the community once construction is complete so young people in Mwaya can stay in school, gain skills and achieve their potential.