Matungu SDA Special School began in 2013 and was registered in 2014. It was started by the Headteacher Mr. Ali Mbwana, who saw that children with disabilities were being neglected. He started with just 25 pupils. The school received individual donations for construction of temporary classrooms with iron sheet roofs, mud walls, and dirt floors. The National Council of Persons with Disabilities constructed a workshop for the school. The population of the school has grown and enrolled a total of 124 students in 2018.
Parents are supposed to pay USD30 per term for attendees, but many are not able to manage over one dollar, which makes it more difficult for the school to provide for their students. A few well-wishers donated plastic tanks to help store water. There is a hand-dug well with a bicycle pump on it. A majority of students cannot draw water from this well, but what's worse is that it dries up for part of each year. And during these months there's no rainwater to refill the plastic tanks, so the school must find water elsewhere.
"The nature of these pupils require a lot of water and the current one is not sufficient," said Mr. Ali Mbwana.
Since students struggle to find the water they need, parents from the community are paid per water container delivered to the school. However, the water delivered to school is from unknown sources that are clearly contaminated. After drinking this water, students suffer from waterborne diseases. "If we can have safe drinking water we will avoid medical expenses incurred in treating typhoid," said Mr. Opwora, the deputy headteacher.
It is at this school that many young people are prepared to make a living on their own. With enough water, they'll be able to focus on weaving, carpentry, agriculture, or beauty vocations.
What we can do:
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.
This CTC 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. The school will also help gather the needed materials such as sand, rocks, and water 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.
3/8/19 - Following more visits to the school, there was deemed no need for wheelchair access at the tank or latrines. Construction will proceed without a ramp.