Taele Primary School is among seven of the most remote schools with no sanitation facilities at all. In August 2016 the school has a total number of 153 students (81 girls and 72boys). What one saw as the nearest water source, that the children use daily is breath taking and shocking, as it is not only unprotected spring, but a source that is open to pollution by animals and weather elements, which leaves children in danger of water borne diseases: During rainy seasons the water from the source is polluted and children have to walk for half an hour to get to the nearest gravity system.
The school has only one latrine for teachers (7teachers, 2 males and 5females), which leaves most of the children to opt for open defecation using a gully below the school grounds. The head of the school was approached through the programme and sessions were held for both teachers and students on good hygiene practices as well as hand washing. Using the CBHFA approach the school was asked to bring in manpower to start digging pits for two immediate latrines that will be used by students. Water test will be done in order to determine whether the water is good for consumption.
One of the students drinking from unprotected spring
“I want to take this opportunity to thank the Red Cross for their trainings and support as we have waited for years for this kind of support from the government but in vain”. Head Teacher.