Conclusion of SMK Senduro Handwashing Station Project – Indonesia

This project has been completed under the direction of Peace Corps Volunteer Matthew Borden. To read about the beginning of the project, CLICK HERE.

The project was to build 3 handwashing stations at the school.

Matthew reports:

The water and sanitation project at SMK Senduro in Purworejo Village, Lumajang Regency, East Java Province, Indonesia has been completed successfully. Thank you Water Charity!

Two people stand out as major local advocates. Ibu Sri, principal at SMK Senduro, and Pak Sukur, a service-minded community member, planned and directed construction as well as the health presentation. Three community health workers contributed their time to present on common waterborne diseases and proper handwashing techniques.

Construction and the presentation were completed as planned and finished early. Ibu Sri contributed school funds to hire laborers to build the handwashing stations. In two weeks the laborers built 3 stations featuring four faucets, a sink, and a soap dispenser at each station.

Water is sourced from on-site wells. Drainage pipes are incorporated into the existing infrastructure. The school has promised to maintain the facilities and access to hand soap.

SMK Senduro commemorated the completion of the project with a ceremony attended by all 557 students and staff. After a few opening remarks, health workers presented on waterborne diseases. All students and staff pledged to maintain their health. The principal, the student body president, and a representative from the health center signed a declaration guaranteeing their commitment. Finally, the health workers led practical handwashing demonstrations using the handwashing stations.

I want to personally thank Ibu Sri, Pak Sukur, and all others for their dedication to this project. I plan to meet with the community health center soon to explore more water and sanitation problems in the area.

Ibu Sri sends a heartfelt “thank you” to Water Charity for their support.

We are grateful to Matthew for completing this ambitious and important project to bring adequate hygiene facilities to over 500 kids. We are still seeking donations.