Hakitengya Primary school, in Bundibugyo district, has a population of 321 pupils with 26 yet to be enrolled and 9 teachers. On the 14th of October, during eduTrac hands on supervision in the meeting with the head teacher, SMC, P3 and P6 teacher, they shared about water and sanitation challenge in their school. With this population in the school, they only have two latrine stances. Picture above shows the head teacher standing near the toilet.
Picture 1: Head teacher of Hakitengya Primary School, standing close to the only latrine they have in the school.
The challenge of the latrine stances came about after their semi-permanent latrine with about 8 stances got blown by wind and is currently out of use. A deep hole has also been left at the site which the head teacher fears to be dangerous to the children in the school
Picture 2: Head teacher Hakitengya Primary School, Mr. Thembo Aaron, standing at the site of the latrine that was blown by wind. Between him and the plastic body of the latrine is a hole that has never been covered and not faces to protect the children from the area.
On inquiring about repair of the latrine or covering the hole, the head teacher said they had written to the district officials to repair the latrine but since that was not possible, they requested for help to close the hole. It has been about four month since they wrote to the district with no action taken. The head teacher also said the community around the school and even some pupils often defecated in the school compound. The reason is because there are no enough latrine and two, the school is not fenced.
On the other hand, the schools also had challenge with water source. Just behind the classes, there was a piped water point that was not working at the time of the visit. The tap at the point was broke and the water pressure was very low for normal use. Just after visiting the latrine that was blown by wind, a young girl was at the water point trying to wash a mango before eating during their break time.
Picture 3: Young girl blows the pipe and waits for water to rise so as to use it to wash her mango at break time in Hakitengya Primary School.
In trying to get water, she blew in to the pipe so as to increase pressure in the pipe for the water to rise. She then took the water with her hands to wash the mango though it was never enough to clean it and she kept repeating the same process.
Story by Paul Jabuya Mboya EduTrac consultant and blogged by Oliver Christine Nakyazze; EduTrac