Our recent WASH (Water, Sanitation & Hygiene) project at Lyasikika Secondary School, Northern Tanzania finished on time and on budget (almost!).
A mapping of school WASH in every school in 16 districts (2,697 schools) carried out jointly by WaterAid, UNICEF and others shows that the provision of water, sanitation and hygiene in pre‐primary, primary and secondary schools in Tanzania is lamentable.
Lyasikika Secondary (a Machame East ward school in Hai District, Kilimanjaro Region) is no exception. Until the WASH facility was complete students walked 100 metres to a single standpipe to wash their hands and this from 2 toilet blocks that are in a ‘lamentable’ state.
The WASH facility is therefore a timely asset for the school. Work commenced around mid March this year (2019) and was complete by 9th April (bar a paint job and a bit more tiling). The ‘fundis’ came from the village and the main contractor has been working with the school since its inception 20 years ago. He worked closely with both the head and the maintenance teacher.
Although ABCDreams (UK) managed the project, the funds were kindly donated in most part from the Rotary Club of Callington, Cornwall and their rotary district, 1175 and in smaller part by rotary colleagues in Rotary Morden, south London (district 1145).
We hope that during this year and into the beginning of 2020 we will raise enough funds to also build 2 new toilet blocks. This will be ambitious and, of course, risky but it can also provide a lasting legacy for ABCDreams (UK) and Rotary in Tanzania. The headteacher has already commented that this will be a model for other schools to emulate. Please donate generously through the ‘donate’ page on this site or through paypal.me/abcduk. Many thanks.