This project aims to build toilets at 6 primary schools in Kilifi County, Kenya. Kilifi County is located along the Kenyan Coast, with poverty levels at 71.4%, according to the Kenya Poverty Index. Literacy levels are low, with only 48% transiting to Secondary school and 1% joining university. The county has 260 primary schools that serve upwards of 300,000 children. Schools in the region have become over-crowded, and new schools have not been allocated enough resources. Adequate sanitation is one such need that has not been properly met in Kilifi's public schools. The toilets that do exist are not enough to meet the WHO guidelines of 30:1 toilet ratio for boys and 25:1 for girls. Toilets are usually in very poor condition, often with no doors or running water.
The Rotary Club of Eynsham in the UK has put together a consortium of local clubs (Bicester, Faringdon, Oxford Spires and Witney) and, along with a further club (Aylsham) have raised sufficient funds to apply for a Global Grant to help address the problem and continue to build toilets in primary schools in Ganze, a particular needy area of the county.
The Rotary Club of Kilifi has, through past district and global grants, built 11 blocks of 6 toilets (total of 66 toilets) in 6 different primary schools in the Ganze area. Due to experience and research, the Rotary Club of Kilifi has seen a great need for further toilets to be built. The clubs are proposing to build on this experience, knowledge and contacts to continue building toilets at public schools in Ganze through a new global grant.
Because of previous experience building toilets, the Rotary Club of Kilifi was able to design a comprehensive project and budget. For $15,000 per school, the grant will build 2 blocks of 6 toilets each, a 2-toilet teacher block, hand washing stations, and will also ensure access to water, sanitary towels, and hygiene education for the students. The goal of the project is to reach 6 schools for a total project budget of $90,000.