Hygiene is a universal problem facing primary schools around the world. Poor hygiene leads to diarrheal illness which in turn causes absenteeism and poor school performance. When children use pit toilets and have nothing but a communal bucket to wash their hands in maintaining good hygiene is nearly impossible. Something as simple as providing a means for children to wash their hands can have a huge impact on people's lives.
This year the Rafiki Village Project funded the construction of handwashing stations at Dumbeta Ward's five public schools. These locally designed low tech stations are inexpensive to build. They are controlled by foot pedals and allow up to six students to wash their hands without touching buckets, faucets, or soap. In addition to cutting down on the spread of diarrheal illness, we hope to decrease the potential transmission of Covid-19.
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