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
Gidagadi Primary School was founded in 1978 by community members attending Friends Church. It now has an enrollment of 511 students and employs 15 teachers and two support staff.A normal day for a student attending Gidagadi Primary School entails arriving at school very early in the morning, by 6am Not only do pupils have to carry their books, but they are required to carry water in their small jerrycans of five to 10 liters for use in the kitchen, for drinking, and for cleaning their classrooms.After cleaning, they start with morning study hall before gathering outside for announcements. Normal lessons begin at 8am and go until 3:45pm, which a lunch break in between. They are required to stay for an hour of clubs before being dismissed.
Students are required to carry water every morning, but this only enough for drinking and a little bit of cleaning. Sometimes, students are sent back out to find enough water for the school cook to prepare lunch. Fetched water is often poured in an 8,000-liter plastic tank donated to the school.
This spring is at the bottom of a slope and is subjected to many different kinds of contamination. After drinking this water, students suffer from typhoid and cholera.
Headteacher Rose Lamka said, "I thank God that we have a dispensary near us where the locals receive medications. Before, people used to travel for about five kilometers for them to get treatment. When a pupil from my school get sick, I always make sure that he/she gets treated at the dispensary before going home."
There is intense strain on the few latrines this school has, because the secondary section doesn't have their own facilities. Many pupils, especially the youngest ones, are forced to relieve themselves outside because they can't bear the long lines. There are 16 latrines total, but most of them are already full. The girls' latrines are in fair condition, but the boys' latrines are in bad condition.
There are no hand-washing stations, though the headteacher said she's been trying to set some up.
Plans: Hygiene and Sanitation Training and Hand-Washing Stations
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 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. 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.
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 (students have already started helping). Once finished, this tank can begin catching rainfall that will be used by the school’s students and staff. Students will no longer be responsible to find enough water to carry to school every day.
We and the school strongly believe that with this assistance, standards will significantly improve. These higher standards will translate to better health which will unlock the potential for higher academic achievement.