Until 2018 Lyasikika Secondary School, a ward school in Northern Tanzania had no proper hand-wash sanitation facility for students. After using inadequate and 'lamentable' toilet blocks students walked 100 metres to a single standpipe to wash their hands. In 2019, through the offices of ABCDreams (UK), a charity supporting school children in the same village, Morden Rotary funding helped in the building of a purpose-built hand-wash facility at the school. With the added help of Callington Rotary Club, and their district 1175 grant, and with the additional help from Morden Rotary in 2020, we raised sufficient funds to bring the project nearly to completion. As operations manager at ABCDreams UK and a colleague of Morden Rotary, it is my firm hope that we will now be able to complete by the end of 2023.
Why isn't the Tanzanian government doing this? The major problem in Tanzania is a demographic one. In 2020 44% of the population was under 14, putting a heavy burden on the government to maintain school infrastructures. That's where we can help! Many clubs from around the world work through Global grants to help build toilets just like ours! Long may it last.
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