If you haven't read our latest project report from June, where we told you about the progress over the past year, check it out here.
What we haven't shared with you yet and want to do now is the successful implementation of the workshop on menstrual hygiene:
The aim of the four-day training sessions at 4 of the 7 schools was to strengthen knowledge and skills about menstrual health and hygiene. In addition to learning about the physical changes, participants also learned how to make their own reusable sanitary pads. Boys and men also participated in the workshops, as acceptance and knowledge of the topic is central to reducing prejudice and marginalization of menstruating individuals.
Although the project is making great progress, we still need your support! So it would be great if you could tell your community about the work of Visions for Children and continue to advocate for a right to education for all children.
time to bring you up to date on our WASH (Water, Sanitation, Hygiene) program at several schools in Uganda!
Just to give you a quick summary again:
The WASH program is a project at seven government elementary schools whose goal it is to improve hygiene standards, including menstrual hygiene and to promote sustainable school structures, including various workshops. The seven project schools are located in Otuke district, a rural area in northern Uganda where the infrastructure in education and the supply of water and electricity has come to a partial standstill as a result of conflicts.
Most of the approximately 6,000 students come from financially weak families with a low level of education. There is no electricity at any of the schools and access to water is only partial. Sanitary facilities are lacking and those that are available are in a desolate condition. These circumstances make school attendance considerably more difficult, especially for girls. Together with our partner organization Link to Progress (LTP), we are therefore building new sanitary facilities, establishing a water supply, introducing school meals and offering accompanying workshops.
What happened over the last months:
September 2022: All preparations have been completed - now the construction work can start. A construction company has already been contracted and will soon start drilling the first well.
October 2022: At Oruro Elementary School, the first well was drilled and the ground dug for the construction of latrines. After that, the construction of wells at three other elementary schools will continue. There, students do not have access to water yet - which is now finally going to change!
December 2022:The construction of the latrines at the project schools continues to progress and even faster than expected! Most likely, the 12 latrine blocks will be completed already in February.
January 2023: Well drilling completed! At 3 schools, well drilling was completed and a workshop on well maintenance for teachers and parents was held. In addition, the construction work for the latrines is almost finished.
February 2023: Construction work for sanitary facilities almost completed! At 4 primary schools, the construction of sanitary facilities is in the final phase. Workshops on the general improvement of the school for teachers and parents were held in the last month.
April 2023: Food for the school lunches delivered! The supplies are intended to last for 1 year and cover 50% of the needs of the 4 project schools. The other 50% will be contributed by parents and schools from the school gardens.
Thank you so much for your constant support and the trust you place in our work! Without you, school building projects like our WASH-program would not be possible.
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