We share in the vision of a world where people have the opportunity to live in good health and prosperity because their basic water supply and sanitation needs have been met through cost effective appropriate technologies. Deriving from the foregoing is the mission to work as a center of expertise, collaborating with relevant local and international groups as well as other stakeholders to provide simple and appropriate technologies in water supply and sanitation for the poor and disadvantaged groups in African communities. To support poor children in rural Schools in Nigeria, RAWDP has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Latrine-Tec Ltd, a local latrine building and consulting company based in Port Harcourt, Nigeria, to upgrade vulnerable latrines systems in rural public schools. These are mostly unlined pit and poorly built pour- flush latrines; making them flood resilient and child friendly. In designing these latrines RAWDP is not unmindful of the fact that certain latrine components are vulnerable to flood damage and that some are most likely to lead the users to abandon the latrine. If inside the house, children, especially young girls can visit the toilet in complete privacy without wading through flooded compounds to access it. Either indoor or outdoor, the elevation in design places it safely above invading flood water; and its external structures are well sealed. By introducing this latrine system in public schools we encourage all time safe excreta disposal. The project will therefore pilot the new latrines by directly upgrading 15 existing communal school latrines in various parts of Imo State, Nigeria. By seeking to upgrade 15 communal latrines we aim to support over 35,000 children enrolled in these 15 schools to access latrines at all times regardless of rainfall intensity or severity of flooding. This also translates to direct ‘‘one-on-one’’ meeting with 15 school heads and their teachers as well as staging sanitation and hygiene dramas vital in making impression and sending the message to the children. The result is that flooded rooms, compounds and spaces around the latrine will not affect its use. The raised pit volume means increased volume which extends the life of the latrine. In this type of latrine, any type of pit lining whether it is porous or non-porous can be used above the ground level for raising the pit. To meet the objectives of the project are activities such as meetings with project partners, including Latrine-Tec Ltd and stakeholders; building of sanitation rings and slabs; surveys; selection and training of artisans; promotional activities; marketing, building and evaluation activities etc. Some of these activities may run concurrently.
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