SAWA has been busy working to complete phase 2 of the Water, Hygiene and Sanitation (WASH) improvement project in Temeke Municipality. This project benefits eleven schools in the municipality.
Since May, 2015, SAWA has been finishing painting and pump installation in three schools. Thus far, pump installation has been successful in two of the three schools. Water quality has been tested and approved for domestic use.
In addition to drinking water access SAWA has also been improving sanitation and toilet facilities. Three schools have received new toilet blocks and hand-washing stations. The schools have also restored water tanks, tested well water, and rehabilitated existing sanitation facilities with SAWA’s help. The completed work was approved and celebrated with student hand-washing performances at seven schools.
SAWA continues to work with the additional schools on construction, rehabilitation, and water quality analysis. Some work is pending due to electrical outages affecting water pump capabilities. Since May, UNICEF is supporting to SAWA to work with four additional public primary schools in Temeke Municipality through the WASH project. School leaders and SAWA field workers have begun to work together to improve existing water and sanitation status and practices in these schools.
Next steps for SAWA include:
– Installation of pump in Tungi primary school – Rehabilitation of handrails to support pupils with disabilities
– Inspection and approval of completed work at remaining schools
– Implementation of training for students and school leaders at the newly added schools
– Evaluation of WASH project for the schools implemented in Phase 1