This week we began installing a water tank at the La Cumbre School to pump much-needed water across the property. Due to low water pressure throughout town, the school often had very little water and toilets could not be flushed. Water is pumped from existing tanks at the school into this new tank, creating sufficient water pressure to ensure that the school will always have running water. We’re installing pipes from this tank to another set of bathrooms on another part of the property for the same reason. We should be done with construction by Monday—the first day of class!
Late last year we also built hand-washing stations for the children at La Cumbre. Where they once had one, not-so-child-friendly place to wash their hands, they now have four child-friendly wash stations.
Other WASH activities this week include the creation of the first teacher training manual and training at two schools. We are excited to be conducting these trainings that will make the WASH project sustainable beyond Pueblo a Pueblo’s presence. There will be three trainings during the school year, focusing on different hygiene topics and providing teachers with tools for incorporating these topics into their daily lesson plans. Keep watching the blog for updates.