Mai-Dimu Elementary SchoolCompleted: July 2011 [?]
- GPS: 14.088589, 38.193405 [?]
- Project Cost: $8,568.00 [?]
- Local Partner: A Glimmer of Hope [?]
- Project ID: ET.GOH.Q4.09.048.249[?]
- Field Notes:
charity: water projects at schools like this one use clean water as a catalyst to improve the overall health of kids and the surrounding community. That means each school project includes a water source, but also hygiene training, a handwashing station and toilets for the students.
Girls in developing countries miss up to a week of class each month, or even drop out of school, when they hit puberty because they don’t have a private place to use the bathroom or wash at school. charity: water invests in separate latrines for girls and boys to ensure privacy and maintain dignity for students. Improved sanitation (toilets) alone can reduce the likelihood of waterborne diseases by 32%. And private latrines built at schools not only improve health; they have been shown to increase attendance, especially among girls (World Health Organization). Read why latrines are so important to Khadija from Bangladesh here.
Before our partners broke ground on the water project here, they asked expert hydrogeologists to determine how much water was beneath the earth’s surface. They reported that a drilled well would not provide enough water to this school.
Our partners are working now to find a better water technology for this school. In the meantime, they finished other components of the project; most importantly, separate toilets for boys and girls and handwashing stations. Thanks to you, these students now have a private and safe place to wash and use the bathroom.