This project is a part of our shared program with Western Water And Sanitation Forum (WEWASAFO). Our team is pleased to directly share the below report (edited for clarity, as needed).
Welcome to the School
Malinya Girls Secondary School was started in 2011 by the District Education Board with the goal of educated the girl child to prevent early marriage. It now has a total enrollment of 250 girls and employs 14 teachers and seven support staff.
Malinya Girls Secondary School accommodates both boarders and day scholars. Boarders wake up at 4:30am and gather together for morning preps until 6am, when they take breakfast and start cleaning. Day scholars arrive at school at 6:30am and join the boarders in routine cleaning.
Normal lessons run between 8am and 4pm, with two breaks and lunch between. Students go for games between 4 and 5pm. Day scholars then leave for home as boarders serve supper and go back to personalized evening studies.
After seeing a successful water project at Iguyio Primary School, one of the teachers named Mr. Collins, proposed Malinya Girls since his sister is a student there.
The school lacks a proper water source and storage. The school currently has a 5,000-liter plastic tank that in most cases when it rains, the water is quickly used up.
When the school runs out of this water, students are forced to go collect water from a stream that's about one kilometer away. A lot of time which could have been spent improving academic performance is wasted with numerous trips to the stream. In most cases, the girls are accompanied by the teacher on the duty so as to prevent the girls from talking to strangers who mean them harm.
After drinking this water, the girls often suffer from typhoid.
Teacher Jentrix said, "My girls are really suffering in terms of getting clean and safe water for consumption. It has been like a thorn in the flesh seeing how they struggle to get insufficient water. Every mother wishes the best for her children, and it has been my plea that we get enough supply of clean water in the school!"
The initial visit to the school established that sanitation levels need to be addressed. There are only 12 doors of latrines for girls, which are not in good condition - there is not enough water to keep them clean. There are two other doors for teachers and visitors.
The school has one improvised hand-washing facility at the teacher’s toilets. The student section lacks a hand-washing facility.
Plans: Hygiene and Sanitation Training and Hand-Washing Stations
Training will be held for three 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 hand-washing stations, and make sure they are kept clean and in working condition. The two hand-washing 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.
Plans: VIP Latrines
Two triple-door latrines will be constructed with local materials that the school will help gather. And with a new source of water on school grounds, students and staff should have enough to keep these new latrines clean.
Plans: 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 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. Students will no longer have to leave school to find water throughout the day.
We and the school strongly believe that with this assistance, standards will significantly improve. These higher standards will translate to better academic performance!