"To build the fence, we had to clear all the bushes that previously offered some form of privacy to students when they needed to go to relieve themselves."
Community High School Nanka (CHSN) Nigeria, a coed school of over 400 students, did not have a functioning toilet facility for over 15 years. Imagine a situation where students, both boys and girls, use bushes around the school compound as a toilet. And to make matters worse, there is no water source anywhere in the school for students to wash their hands. Sanitation/hygiene crises were overlooked for years till recently.
When Nanka School Project (NSP) started to address security challenges at the school by building a fence around the school premises, the problem with lack of toilet facility came to limelight. To build the fence, we had to clear all the bushes that previously offered some form of privacy to students when they needed to go to relieve themselves. When the students saw that their toilets(bushes) were gone, they cried out to NSP to do something.
It broke my heart just to imagine what these students have been going through all these years, especially the female students. NSP immediately embarked on a fundraising campaign to address the sanitation/hygiene crisis.
To solve this problem, NSP did an extensive renovation of an old structure and brought it to a functioning state with 4 toilets and 5 hand washing basins. We connected electricity and water to the toilet. Water comes from a portable tank which collects water from rainfall.
This year, 2021, NSP successfully solved two major problems at the school, CHSN: security by building a fence and sanitation/hygiene by installing plumbing, toilets, and hand washing basins.
There remains more work to be done to ensure an ideal learning and productive environment for the students. With your support, we will continue to embark on initiatives that make a difference in the lives of students, their families, and the community.
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People from Nigeria and those who keep up with current events understand somewhat the
security challenges in Nigeria. Private homes, businesses, churches, and schools are protected with brick fences and security gates to prevent theft and vandalism. Nanka School Project’s mission is to empower students with quality education in a SAFE and CLEAN environment. Over the years, we have made significant progress in the provision of quality education through establishment of a well-equipped library, payment of teachers' salaries, electricity, and access to clean water.
We believe that securing the school premises with fence will ensure safety of students and
protection of school properties. Estimate for the fence is approximately $12,000 (~ 5 mil Naira). So far, we have raised $4,500 from the community members as of date. More funding is needed to make sure that the work is fully completed.
Your generosity has enabled NSP to make meaningful impact in Nigeria. We hope to count on
your continued support.
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