What is ADC’s WASH Pilot Project?
Why is there a need for WASH projects?
According to the WHO’s sanitation and health guidelines, Poorly-constructed pit toilets can lead to insects breeding or spreading pathogens to food, fingers and surfaces. Universal access to safe toilets should be prioritized by governments.
These guidelines imply that safe toilets need to be accessible in all aspects of daily life, including school – where children spend a large portion of their day. Toilets in schools and public places should meet safety toilet and containment standards, with special attention to the need for:
- Privacy and security; and
- Menstrual hygiene management.
Meet the students of Nyansakia II Primary School. They are part of a school that has declared its mission to produce all-around outstanding citizens.
Unfortunately, currently, the school’s WASH facilities include old, poorly constructed and worn-out pit latrines that do not meet the minimum standard for “Basic hygiene” as defined by the WHO. And if that is not enough, the number of latrines is few and children often have to relieve themselves outside, which greatly increases the risk of an outbreak of communicable diseases.
“We have [many] learners… more than 700. Sometimes, some relieve themselves in the fields because the latrines are few…” – Madam Prisca Momanyi – Senior teacher
How do we make a difference?
How can we help battle the WASH crisis?
There is a global effort to achieve sanitation and water for all by 2030. The Sustainable Development Goal laid out by WHO/UNICEF. We at ADC want to help achieve this goal for the children of Kenya, starting with Nyansakia II Primary School.
This is our Pilot Project. We aim to bring the students improved, modern and safe WASH facilities. As part of the project, we will construct:
- Toilet Blocks
What difference will the WASH project make?
The borehole will provide the school with fresh, clean drinking water. The toilet facilities will provide privacy by containing over 30 WC cubicles and accessibility with 2 Full-Access WC suites. Eco-friendly low-flush cisterns will help conserve water, and the ceramic wall tiles will allow for efficient and easy cleaning.
Altogether, our pilot project will increase the health outcome and quality of life for over 700 students and staff at the Nyansakia II Primary School.
How do we show our WASH Impact?
We at ADC are taking steps to measure the impact we have:
- We are partnering with Sopact to develop indicators that we will use to assess our impact.
- We will translate these indicators into survey formats for use in the field either in paper form or a mobile-phone data collection format.
- We will use the data collected to generate our impact report.
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Now We Need Your Help
The outbreak of COVID-19 has reinforced the need to make clean water and adequate sanitation facilities available to everyone.
Your support will give us the funds to carry out construction and means that the children of Nyansakia II Primary School will have a safer, happier and healthier learning environment.
Donate through our JustGiving page today.