Womulalu Secondary School started as a public school to give a local option to children having to walk miles away to other villages.
We arrived at Womulalu Secondary School during class break, when students were playing outside. A good number of these students were running around without shoes, and others were just in sandals. The bell for the end of break rang and we saw pupils rush to attend class in classrooms that were built several years ago. When asking administration why they haven't patched holes in the walls or finished the windows, they said they simply don't have the funds.
For the families living around Womulalu Secondary School, it's normal to wake up and not know what the day will bring. The neighborhood is spread out over quite a large area because each family has their own farmland. Many have lost hope in their farms as this is a drier area not conducive to high yields.
Standards of living are so low, and many families can't afford three meals a day.
There is only a plastic 10,000-liter tank adjacent to the classrooms. This lasts for a short time before water needs to be found elsewhere.
But finding clean drinking water is also very hard in this community. People often dig holes in their gardens so that water will flow and collect there when it rains. Both humans and animals alike depend on this water to meet all of their needs. It's these same sources that students must trek to when more water's needed at school. Not only are they missing valuable study time to go find water, but they're missing even more school when they're out sick from this dirty water.
Students suffer from diarrhea, stomachaches, and headaches which often cause them to miss school and seek treatment at health clinics.
There are only eight usable latrines. These have rugged floors that are nearly impossible to clean. Students have to line up and wait a long time for their turn.
We realized that after getting out of the toilet, there is nowhere for them to wash their hands either. Teacher Janet Asubwa said, "The health situation in this school is very wanting, and we would appreciate any help to educate the pupils about the importance of cleanliness and maintaining hygiene."
What we can do:
Hygiene and Sanitation Training
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.
This club will 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.
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. Students' parents will also help gather the needed materials such as sand, rocks, and water from the spring 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!
This project is a part of our shared program with Western Water And Sanitation Forum (WEWASAFO). Our team is pleased to provide the reports for this project (edited for readability) thanks to the hard work of our friends in Kenya.