Makhobalo High School Latrine Project – Lesotho
This project is made possible through the partnership of WATER CHARITY and the NATIONAL PEACE CORPS ASSOCIATION.
Makhobalo High School is located in Ha Khabo, which is the center of the community of the Pela-Tsoeu constituency. Ha Khabo is the most densely populated community within Leribe district, consisting of about 2,500 people located on the road leading to Ts’ehlanyane National Park. It is one of the oldest communities that has been expanding every year in the past twenty years, because of the all of the services, like a postal office, military base, government office, large clinic, and a variety of schools all within walking distance. Within the area there are several schools, an Agricultural Vocational School, and a nearby Military base.
To live in Ha Khabo means there is never a dull moment. There are always events going on at Makhobalo’s School grounds, such as sporting events from the district to regional level, World Vision events that involve the Queen of Lesotho, political events with the prime minister, Agriculture events, and development studies and science fairs for the region. Most recently, the school hosted an event that included Help Lesotho, DREAM, Blue Cross, New Start, and Girl4ce to present to the students on various topics on everything from forced child marriage to HIV/AIDS.
Ha Khabo is an active community and Makhobalo High School is at the center of that. The school hosts about 2-3 events a month with an average attendance of 1,500 per event. The highest record of attendance being this year with 3,500 people in attendance. Although the school grounds have the ability to host this many people, the facilities cannot.
They currently have one toilet for community events, and it is for women only. Although, this restricts the school’s ability to adequately host major events, the show must go on and Makhobalo must find a way to be allowed to continue to prosper and have adequate facilities.
Along with the increase in community events, Makhobalo has been rising in the ranks of top schools in the Leribe District, currently ranking in the top ten. This year they had 350 new applicants raising the total of students to 800. This leaves the school with only eight barely useable toilets for even more students (4 for the girls, and 4 for the boys) to share.
With this extreme lack of facilitates there are problems with the girl students, and the environment. Without a clean, and safe space for female students to relieve and clean themselves during their menstruation, there an increase in absences at school, as well as at community events.
Overall, the lack of facilities entices students and visitors to relive themselves in the nearby empty ravine. This is unsanitary, bad for the environment, and has the potential to contaminate the drinking water. Although the students see this empty ravine as an alternative, after a big rain storm, the ravine fills with water and eventually connects to the river.
This project is to build 18 toilets/pit latrines at the school. They will be used for community and school events, Makhobalo High School students and staff, and the families that board at the school.
A local contractor has identified accessible locations for the latrines and drawn up sketches. The latrines will provide a safe area for females to clean their reusable pads, and properly dispose of used pads.
The plans have also been reviewed by the local Ministry of Health and World Vision representative. Along with the contractor, a member of the community has brought his brick making machine to teach the students how to make bricks that will be used for the latrines.
The school has brought together the community members who are going to donate labor, supplies and some money.
The students, along with other members of the community, will help to make the bricks and build the latrines.
Water Charity funds will be used purchase materials for the latrines. These include cement, plywood, roofing and toilet seats.
3,500 people will benefit from the project.
Peace Corps Volunteer Directing Project
Monitoring and Maintenance
After the completion of the project, the upkeep and management will be minimal. The school will be in charge of the keys that contain the locks for toilets; they will also manage the rotation of students who will clean the school latrines and repair any damages.
When it comes to community events, the person in charge of the event will receive the keys to the toilets and be in charge of the clean up after the event.
Since these are pit latrines that will become filled one day, they will be in a location with easy access by car so that a waste service can come and help dispose of the buildup.
The students, teachers and community who all contributed to this project will also have ownership in the project and participate in the sustainability of maintenance under the direction of Makhobalo High School.
Let Girls Learn
Although not an official Let Girls Learn project, it accrues largely to the benefit of girls, so we include it under our Let Girls Learn Initiative – Worldwide.
This project will benefit the girls of Makhobalo High School immensely, and is sure to increase attendance to class and school events. These new latrines will provide the girls with a safe, clean, and reliable place to relieve themselves and take care of their personal hygiene needs while they are menstruating.
Funds raised in excess of the project amount will be allocated to other projects in the country.
Donations Collected to Date
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