"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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