Construction of Bathrooms with Flush Toilets and Washing Sink at Bacho Primary School
Volunteers found no words to describe the sanitary conditions of the school latrines.
A hole on the ground was used as a latrine by hundreds of kids every day.
The construction of children’s and teachers’ bathrooms with flush toilets with water faucets for cleaning and a large sink with several water faucets for hand washing in the middle of the school yard radically improved the hygiene conditions of children, teachers and school staff.
The project encompassed:
- Construction of girls’ bathrooms with sink for handwashing, mirrors, and 5 stalls (including stalls for disabled kids) each with a flush toilet and faucets for cleaning
- Construction of boys’ bathrooms with sink for handwashing, mirrors, 5 stalls (including stalls for disabled kids) each with a flush toilet and faucets for cleaning, and 4 urinals
- Construction of teachers’ bathrooms (so adults and children are not sharing the same bathroom) with separate sections for female and male teachers - each section with sink for handwashing, mirrors, and 2 stalls with flush toilets and faucets for cleaning, so adults and children are not sharing the same bathroom.
Septic tank to keep the environment clean
Construction of large sink with several faucets for hand-washing
Reduction of diseases: shown by the increase in attendance rate by over 10%. Bacho now maintains an average attendance rate above 90%
Higher school attendance and enrollment: immediately after inauguration the school saw an increase of 11.3% in student enrollment
Improved performance on national exam to qualify for secondary school: in 2018, 96% of all Bacho students passed the National Exam, putting the school in the 3rd place among the 50 schools in the district.
Cost: The total cost of the project was $23,815.00. Just like during the construction of the school, the community was heavily involved
producing the necessary bricks
collecting and delivering sand to the construction site
collecting, delivering, and crushing stones for the foundation
In addition to the above, the community contributed $792.00 to the cost of the project. Karimu covered the remaining $23,023.00.