• Education
    Health and Sanitation
  • Toilets
  • Hygiene
Expected Completion On:
Jul 2020
Start Date:
Mar 2020

Construction of Bathrooms for Students and Staff and Hand Washing Sink at Ufani Primary School

Increased number of students requires new bathroom facilities.

Safe sanitation is essential for health. And health is essential for education. Since 2008, when Karimu funded the construction of bathrooms for students and staff at Ufani Primary School, the number of students increased from 230 to 550. The 11 year old bathrooms used by a much higher number of students than originally anticipated to needs to be upgraded. Additionally, today we can improve the facilities tremendously. Back in 2008, Ufani did not have water. Today, it does and we can provide flush toilets and sinks for handwashing in additional to facilities for girls deal with their periods.

In partnership with Mary’s Mercy Foundation, Karimu will construct new flush toilets with faucets for cleaning and handwashing for students and school staff. The design includes appropriate facilities for menstrual hygiene management, so that girls are encouraged to stay in school and have equal educational opportunities.

To assure the sustainability of the project, the school is responsible for the proper operation and maintenance of the toilet facilities. This includes the proper daily cleaning of bathroom facilities, provision of soap and cleaning material, teaching of proper use of flushing toilets at least once a year, regular training on best hygiene practices and provision of menstrual pads to all the girls at school.

The project encompasses:

  • Construction of girls’ bathrooms
    Stalls with flush toilets, including stalls for disabled kids
    Faucets for hand washing
    Private, outside area to wash and dry clothes
    Flexible water hose for personal hygiene in some of the stalls
    Private room with access to menstrual pads, toilet, and shower

  • Construction of boys’ bathrooms
    Stalls with flush toilets, including stalls for disabled kids
    Faucets for hand washing

  • Construction of staff toilets (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 stalls with flush toilets and faucets for hand washing

  • Septic tank to keep the environment clean

  • Construction of large sink with faucets for hand-washing

Expected benefits:

  • Higher school attendance and enrollment

  • Improved performance on national exam

  • Increase of school retention rate for girls

  • Reduction of disease and increase of menstrual hygiene

  • Empowerment of girls