Water, Sanitation & Hygiene(WASH).
Lunch4Learning also aims at providing equitable community access to safe water, improved sanitation and hygiene by supporting programs that enhance communities’ awareness of the benefits of safe water, sanitation and hygiene. This is done through sensitizing the communities about better health and better hygiene practices through provision of water tanks and is aimed at improving attendance with a target of reducing absenteeism by at least 20% as a result of better sanitation and hygiene practices by use of water from the water tanks.
Provision of the water tanks to the selected schools enables more pupils’ access to adequate amounts of safe drinking water which in turn should lead to improved hygiene and a better quality of life. Health education talks and basic training on proper sanitation and hygiene practices should lead to more awareness.
Poor infrastructure and inadequate water sources together with a poor hand washing culture, especially after use of toilet facilities, exposes the children to water borne diseases.
In addition, water is not readily available for use as drinking water. These needs were identified in liaison with the District Education Office during field visits to the various schools by oral questions to the different stakeholders as well a focus group discussions on challenges facing the schools. Local leaders were consulted in meeting held at district, sub-county and community/village levels.
(i) Provision of water tanks:
The objective of this project is to provide safe access to safe water and to improve sanitation in Rural Primary Schools in the Kamuli and Jinja Districts of Uganda, giving sustainable hygiene facilities and drinking water by installing either 10,000 litre, 15,000 litreor 20,000 litre water tanks with guttering and associated filtration equipment.
The immediate beneficiaries are the pupils and staff at these schools, a total of over 9600 individuals. This project will provide water for hand washing and drinking within the schools and water for cooking. It will provide information and training within the schools to ensure pupils and teachers understand the need for good hygiene practices and hand washing. It will also eliminate the need for the time consuming of bringing water into the school from particularly distant places and sources. It will also be able to provide the local community with water when a surplus is available.
(ii) Hand washing:
The hand washing model is based on practical teaching of skills and knowledge applied to hygiene. Sustainability will depend on the local communities adopting and taking ownership of the hygiene practices put forward. Hand washing will be sustained in schools in a number of ways including training of teachers in the management of the water tanks and hand washing.
The trained teachers will continuously have the gutter cleaned up, conduct trainings in hand washing and in particular promote group hand washing session before midday meals using established school WASH groups. Schools will be encouraged to celebrate Global hand washing days as an opportune time to reinvigorate school hygiene programmes.
As an incentive to the communities, the water tank will be designed in a way that there i provision for both a community and school tap. The community tap is to enable the local community access water up to a certain level of the tanks in such a way that when the water falls below this level, access would then only be possible to the school tap.
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Members of the school staff, governors and local communities together with the District Education Office have been involved in establishing the need and selecting appropriate schools.
Educational programmes will be provided by the ‘Lunch4Learning’, Haileybury Youth Trust and organised by the Rotary Club. The communities will be further trained in the making of burnt bricks for use in building the water tanks.
Educational programmes will be provided by the Haileybury Youth Trust (HYT) and organised by the Rotary Club Source of the Nile using local people. Curricula will be closely aligned with and monitored by the District
Education department. The communities will be further trained in the making of burnt bricks for use in building the water tanks by HYT. School children and teachers are the recipients of the training programme.