Habitat for Humanity gears for WASH project in Lilongwe schools

A non-governmental organisation Habitat for Humanity says it is ready to roll out a school water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) project in the area of Traditional Authority (T/A) Kabudula in Lilongwe.

Learners going to toilet

Briefing Lilongwe District Executive Committee (DEC), the organisations WASH Officer, Annie Maduka said the aim of the project is to improve health, school attendance and participation of students in primary schools.

She said the project’s package includes installation of water tanks at primary schools in the area to ensure steady water supply to students.

Maduka said the organization noted that water sources at primary schools in the area were overcrowded due to joint use by students and other members of the community which was resulting into conflicts.

“Water shortages and long queues at the boreholes is forcing students to miss classes and some students are resorting to drinking unsafe water from rivers or unprotected wells,” she said.

Maduka said that the organization would also construct one girl-friendly latrine and five inclusive triplet latrines as well as hand washing facilities at each of the primary schools in the area.

She added that the organization would also train community members on production of sanitary pads and soap using locally sourced materials.

The project is expected to run from November, 2019 to December 31, 2020 with financial support from the Federal Ministry for Economic Co-operation and Development (BMZ) of the German government.

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