Lack of adequate toilet facilities Nkoilale Primary school causes many problems. If adequate environmentally friendly facilities are not provided at the planned girls home similar problems can be expected.
First and foremost is the impact on adolescent girls. Many girls drop out of school altogether when they reach puberty. Others skip school when they have their period. Those who do go to school, choose not to drink water while at school so that they don’t need to go to the toilet.
High levels of gastrointestinal disease means that many students – boys and girls – are absent from school on any given day. If you had diarhea and your school had no toilets, would you turn up?
One of the objectives of this project is to remove one of the reasons that girls drop out of school and one of the reasons for general absenteeism at school. In addition to building eco friendly toilets, as a Rotary Club we are committed to providing students with appropriate washing facilities including menstrual hygiene management for the girls.
We will encourage a regime of cleaning and maintenance. The plan is to conduct random, unannounced visits and inspections at schools and the girls home. Help will be provided to assist the school and the girls home to improve the lives of the young people in their care.
Traditionally, pit toilets have been used. Pit toilets had inherent problems including smell, flies, disease, and a short life span. After a relatively short time a pit toilet will fill and a new pit will need to be dug.
The toilets will be manufactured in Kenya, be permanent, easy to assemble, will have a large waste capacity, provide a compostable byproduct (no sewage), be odor and bacteria free and water free. All bi-products will produce nutrients that clean and safe-to-use as fertilizer for agriculture. The the cost of waste handling will be reduced significantly.