It was a sunny morning at 10am when we first arrived at Nambilima Secondary School to see the need for ourselves. We started by signing in at the security office, and we were later taken to the administration office where we found the principal who welcomed us warmly.
We learned that the school opened in 2009 to teach just 10 students. The school has continued to grow over the years, with a current enrollment of 235 students. The school also employs 12 teachers and eight support staff.
The school has added many facilities, but it continues to struggle with water access. When the school first opened it banded together with parents to dig a well on the property. However, this well is not deep enough and dries up when it doesn't rain for a while. The water is accessed via a bucket and rope lowered through a hatch. The water that comes out is brown.
"The students and the teachers mostly get typhoid, leading them to have stomach pains and this also affects the school due to many illness cases. This matter sometimes becomes worse, making the school board worried. We shall appreciate if helped to get an alternative source of water," said Deputy Principal Sitandai.
What we can do:
"We are not up to the standard of hygiene in this school due to a shortage of water at the school. I believe change will occur once we have enough water to cater for all our needs here in school," said Principal Wangila.
Classrooms and latrines are left dirty because of the water shortage here. The school needs the ability to store water in a place where they can treat it before drinking.
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.
We will deliver two handwashing stations 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. These higher standards will translate to better academic performance!