Construction of 106 VIP pit latrines in 21 rural schools

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Schools in Tewor District, Grand Cape Mount County were in dire need of new sanitation facilities. The Liberia Care for Humanity (LICH) have purchased the construction materials and  supervised the construction process. LICH has contructed 52 cubicles Pour Flush latrines in 4 urban schools and 106 cubicles pit latrines in 21 rural schools.  Construction of additional 25 outdoor group hands washing station in these schools, along with rain water harvesting, installed squat commodes and tiled these Pour Flush latrines.  We have also installed hand grabs and rams for the physically challenged students.  Training of the School Health Clubs in 12 schools: In all schools LICH have worked, LICH has organized a training for the Schools' Health Club. These clubs are responsible for the general hygiene within the school compound and are trained as spokespersons for their own community to improve sanitation in their environment. LICH will assign 1 staff member to train the clubs and will involve an official of the local government.

 

The projects focused on fostering social inclusion and individual self-respect and addresses Water, Sanitation and Hygiene as a key agenda. Water is one of the basic necessities of life. Safe water is especially critical for children, who are the most vulnerable to water-related diseases. The projects address appalling water and sanitation conditions in primary schools in an effort to create healthy and safe learning environments where students will thrive. Hundreds of thousands of school-aged children suffer from water- and sanitation-related diseases such as skin and eye infections, diarrheal diseases, and intestinal parasites which contribute to malnutrition and often hamper both physical and mental development, making learning difficult. Two million children succumb to diarrheal diseases worldwide each year.

 

Dirty and unhygienic school environments also discourage students, particularly young girls, from attending their classes, and the best teachers are less willing to work at schools that don’t offer these services, this prevents children from getting an education that could help their families and communities break the pervasive cycle of poverty. Clean water, basic sanitation and hygiene education are essential to fostering healthy development and education.

 

It’s also true that LICH can’t fight malnutrition without tackling the diseases that contribute to it. As part of our integrated approach to hunger, we’re looking forward to extending safe water, sanitation, and hygiene services to communities in need all over Liberia. LICH further seeks towards collaborating with its local and international partners to increase basic hygiene awareness, employ behavior change campaigns, rehabilitate water points and safeguard natural water reserves so that Liberian people can thrive and lead healthier lives both now and in the future.  This project was done under the auspices of UNICEF/USAID.