In 2018 Non-Water Sanitation e.V. got approached by the Students Union of Mafi Adiepke to help in the planning, implementation and financing of a toilet project for 300 school children.
Background Mafi Adiepke is a village in the Central Tongu District in the Volta Region of Ghana with approximately 1000 people. There is a general awareness about the importance of a toilet amongst the people in the village. Villagers have agreed to give support in terms of labour and materials, majority of which will be sourced locally.
The school started as a community based school but was soon adopted by the government and is now a government school with 5 professional teachers. Likely to expand, at the moment, the school has over 250 children from the ages of 2 to 17 years including kindergarten. There was already some preliminary awareness on water sanitation and hygiene and a teacher who heads WaSH related awareness. In addition, tippy taps (low cost hand washing stations) have been installed at the school for hand washing purposes and space has also been made available for composting purposes.
Even with over 250 students, there were no toilet facilities in the school.
This hindered girls from attending the school especially during menstruation.
Households also didn't have any toilets and therefore people turned to the outdoors which besides giving rise to health and hygiene problems lead to instances of snake bites.
The Mafi Adiepke Roman Catholic School Project included
Training and awareness raising
Building of a 8 seater dry toilet block and a composting site
The toilets are serving both as toilets for the school, as well as a showcase for the community and neighboring communities, how a sustainable sanitation solution might be implemented
Pictures from the project
Images from the Mafi Adiepke School Toilet Project, the training, the compost site, as well as the toilets themselve. Click on the galleries to play the dia show.