Solana Beach Eco Rotary Club (ECO) is supporting a Sanitation Project designed to provide 14 latrines for a primary school in Gulu, Uganda, which includes the purchase and installation of the latrines stated above.
The recipient is a primary school named the Garden Of Knowledge. Some of the students who will use these latrines attend the school daily only when in session and then return home, while others stay in a dormitory at the school day and night, throughout the semester because they live too far away or are abandoned orphans who the school principal has adopted. Currently the children/students use a simple outdoor pit latrine of dirt and a hole in the ground with steel sheeting for walls and have no washing facilities with running water. (See photo attached.)
In addition to the fourteen latrines (7 for boys & 7 for girls) a washing room will also be created with four showers as part of the larger goal. This will be made possible by updating of the well and plumbing to the same building. Powered by a solar energy water pump system. The water will be collected in a storage tank and can be used for toilets and showering/washing hands.
The project will be co-managed by the school principal/founder Mr. Komakech Charles and the Kampala Ssese Islands Rotary Club (#28084) District 9211, in Kampala Uganda.
An existing well (photo attached) that currently provides some water will require to be made deeper to generate a higher volume of flow (See attached summary). All materials and labor labor/installation of the various components are listed. Budgeted amounts proposed for each are based on actual estimates by qualified vendors.
Construction of the building to house the latrines and showers as well as a solid stand of steel and brick to support the water storage tank, will be built by the school and is not part of the cost of the project. It is made possible by a contribution from the school itself. Only the purchasing of latrine parts and installation of those parts is the portion of the project that will be funded by $500 from the Solana Beach Eco Rotary Club Foundation and $500 from a District 5340 matching grant.
Additional funding for the completion of the whole project will be made by other Rotary Clubs inside and outside district 5340 as well as private donors that have pledged thousands to complete the project.
Construction of the building to accommodate the latrines and showers has been planned and is ready to proceed.
Education materials on proper hygiene and the importance of hand washing will be attached to each latrine privacy enclosure (see left photo bottom sign).
Also, group training seminars will be conducted to give instructions to students and teachers on the use and maintenance of the new flushable latrines.
Promoting good health in this school is an important undertaking. Good sanitation is essential for health and well being, but it's not the norm in rural Gulu, Uganda, where old habits of poor hygiene are still wide spread. "Pit Latrines" are currently used for elimination of body waste, and hand washing (mostly not done at all) would be with a basin of water, which tends to spread germs from one person to another.
The result is the contamination of streams and soils, the spread of disease, high rates of infant and young child mortality, and heavy caseloads of diarrhea and other infections.
In one of the photos we see some students who attend the school planting trees and in another photo we see the principal himself growing corn that he will use to feed students.
As the school year in 2020 was about to begin the pandemic caused the government to force all schools into lock down. The school had no alternative but to figure out how to feed students that had no homes. So the Principal Mr. Charles purchased corn/maize seed, pigs and chickens to prevent mass starvation. Thankfully the lock down has been lifted and reopening in the new normal has begun.
Photos of visiting Rotarians from district 5340 at the latrine installation/washing room that Solana Beach Eco Rotary Club is funding will be submitted upon completion.