Organization for Community Empowerment Lyantonde plans to build water purifying systems in 12 schools in Southwestern Uganda. The water purifiers will help to improve attendance, health, development, and hygienic practices among all pupils, but will especially help increase girls' attendance and retention rate in school because they will not feel pressured by lack of clean and safe drinking water.
Uganda has a high rate of student dropouts, standing at around 75%. This high dropout rate falls disproportionately on girls due to lack of adequate infrastructure in schools that cater to girls. Without basic facilities provided to girls, some may be absent for 10-20% of their total school days. Additionally, when any child drinks unclean water, there is a health risk of contracting infectious diseases such as typhoid. When a child is sick, they also miss lessons.
This project will provide sanitation facilities for clean water to 6,000 pupils (~4,000 of which are girls) so they can miss fewer days of school and complete their primary education.
Our project strives to decrease the number of students dropping out of school, especially young girls. The longer girls stay in school, the better it is for them and for society at large. Additionally, students that have access to safe and clean drinking water are better able to learn and progress through schooling.