The toilet block in Mkindo
The toilet block in Mkindo

The old toilet block in Mkindo has only 4 drop hole toilets for nearly 1000 children, 2 for boys and 2 for girls. There are no doors on the toilets, no hand washing facilities and no soap. The teachers also use the old block.

Drop hole toilet
Drop hole toilet

One of the drop hole toilets in the old block at Mkindo school. Children are generally barefoot when they use the toilet which can cause and spread illnesses. 

Water tap
Water tap

Most rural schools in tanzania have no access to water facilities on site. In Mkindo they have a single tap, found at the opposite side of the school from the current toilet block.

Digging the cesspit
Digging the cesspit

At the end of six months, Mkindo primary school will have 14 new toilets, one menstrual hygiene management (MHM) room and a hand washing station.

Volunteer Sadick Issa
Volunteer Sadick Issa

laying bricks for the superstructure of the Bwawani toilet block.

An outdoor WASH class
An outdoor WASH class
Spreading germs
Spreading germs

The WASH teachers often take lessons outside with the intention of getting the message across in other ways. Volunteer Hannah Fletcher explained “We have a glitter game where the glitter represents germs, when the kids shake hands the glitter is passed on showing how germs spread.”

WASH hygiene class
WASH hygiene class

During an outdoor WASH class in Bwawani, Raleigh teachers use the true (kweli) and false game to help pupils understand the dangers of unclean water and water born diseases.

Practicing hand washing techniques
Practicing hand washing techniques
Elders mobilisation meeting
Elders mobilisation meeting

Throughout the course of a project groups regularly meet with the local community. Meetings are an opportunity to discuss the progress of the project, and to mobilise the community to help with construction work. 

Schola leading a WASH class
Schola leading a WASH class
Logistics coordinator Jim O'Beirn
Logistics coordinator Jim O'Beirn

The Logistics team are responsible for providing the equipment, food and medicine required for each project, as well as ensuring all safety procedures are met.

Engaging with the community
Engaging with the community

Action days are a way of inviting people from the village to engage with the project. Often there are DJ's, bands, games and talks from members of the local council. Action days are also a way of breaking down cultural barriers between the team and the villagers.

Arm wrestling in Magaseni
Arm wrestling in Magaseni

At the action day in Magaseni two men compete in a soapy arm wrestling contest, reinforcing the 7 stages of hand washing to the crowd.

An action day singing contest
An action day singing contest
Action day in Magaseni
Action day in Magaseni

A man from the village washes his hands with soap, demonstrating to the crowd the 7 stages of hand washing.

Team leader Gerard Elias
Team leader Gerard Elias
Homestay in Magaseni
Homestay in Magaseni

In most rural villages in Tanzania there is no running water or electricity. It is common to find car batteries being used as a power source for lighting, and for charging mobile phones.

Sledge hammer
Sledge hammer
Breaking rocks
Breaking rocks
Volunteer Shaibu Ahmad
Volunteer Shaibu Ahmad
The project site in Magaseni
The project site in Magaseni
2000 bricks made in Magaseni
2000 bricks made in Magaseni

In the absence of cement mixers, sand and cement are mixed by hand. Bricks made in this way are used for the foundations of the septic tank in the new toilet blocks.

Class room in Sejeli
Class room in Sejeli
Pupils in Sejeli
Pupils in Sejeli
Teaching in Sejeli
Teaching in Sejeli

Teacher and volunteer Kevin Mwihava, leading a hygiene class in Sejeli.

Pupils waiting for a WASH class
Pupils waiting for a WASH class
Sejeli school
Sejeli school
Kevin working on the toilet block
Kevin working on the toilet block
Volunteer Michael Ulisaja
Volunteer Michael Ulisaja
Plastering in Msunjilile
Plastering in Msunjilile
Watering the hand washing station
Watering the hand washing station

The rural villages in Dodoma are remote, and getting water to the project site can be a problem. Water has to be brought in by the help of farmers and stored in large water tanks. Watering the hand washing station helps to avoid the drying out of the plaster.

Volunteer Oakley-Rae Marnoch
Volunteer Oakley-Rae Marnoch
Team leader Charles Pickering
Team leader Charles Pickering
Surprise downpour in Msunjilile
Surprise downpour in Msunjilile

A homestay in Msunjilile
A homestay in Msunjilile

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Finished toilet blocks in Mwaya
Finished toilet blocks in Mwaya

In the village of Mwaya there are two new toilet blocks, built with a hand washing station, disabled access and an MHM room. Only 6% of schools in Tanzania have similar facilities.

The new MHM room in Mwaya
The new MHM room in Mwaya

There is a significant drop in the number of female students that go on to secondary education in Tanzania. This is often the result of having no previous MHM education, or any separate sanitation facilities for privacy when menstruation begins.

Mwaya SWASH club member
Mwaya SWASH club member

“Every Friday we’ll have a meeting on the correct use of the toilets and on hand-washing. It helps us to educate others to keep the toilets clean.”

A new toilet in Mwaya
A new toilet in Mwaya
The toilet block in Mkindo
Drop hole toilet
Water tap
Digging the cesspit
Volunteer Sadick Issa
An outdoor WASH class
Spreading germs
WASH hygiene class
Practicing hand washing techniques
Elders mobilisation meeting
Schola leading a WASH class
Logistics coordinator Jim O'Beirn
Engaging with the community
Arm wrestling in Magaseni
An action day singing contest
Action day in Magaseni
Team leader Gerard Elias
Homestay in Magaseni
Sledge hammer
Breaking rocks
Volunteer Shaibu Ahmad
The project site in Magaseni
2000 bricks made in Magaseni
Class room in Sejeli
Pupils in Sejeli
Teaching in Sejeli
Pupils waiting for a WASH class
Sejeli school
Kevin working on the toilet block
Volunteer Michael Ulisaja
Plastering in Msunjilile
Watering the hand washing station
Volunteer Oakley-Rae Marnoch
Team leader Charles Pickering
Surprise downpour in Msunjilile
A homestay in Msunjilile
Finished toilet blocks in Mwaya
The new MHM room in Mwaya
Mwaya SWASH club member
A new toilet in Mwaya
The toilet block in Mkindo

The old toilet block in Mkindo has only 4 drop hole toilets for nearly 1000 children, 2 for boys and 2 for girls. There are no doors on the toilets, no hand washing facilities and no soap. The teachers also use the old block.

Drop hole toilet

One of the drop hole toilets in the old block at Mkindo school. Children are generally barefoot when they use the toilet which can cause and spread illnesses. 

Water tap

Most rural schools in tanzania have no access to water facilities on site. In Mkindo they have a single tap, found at the opposite side of the school from the current toilet block.

Digging the cesspit

At the end of six months, Mkindo primary school will have 14 new toilets, one menstrual hygiene management (MHM) room and a hand washing station.

Volunteer Sadick Issa

laying bricks for the superstructure of the Bwawani toilet block.

An outdoor WASH class
Spreading germs

The WASH teachers often take lessons outside with the intention of getting the message across in other ways. Volunteer Hannah Fletcher explained “We have a glitter game where the glitter represents germs, when the kids shake hands the glitter is passed on showing how germs spread.”

WASH hygiene class

During an outdoor WASH class in Bwawani, Raleigh teachers use the true (kweli) and false game to help pupils understand the dangers of unclean water and water born diseases.

Practicing hand washing techniques
Elders mobilisation meeting

Throughout the course of a project groups regularly meet with the local community. Meetings are an opportunity to discuss the progress of the project, and to mobilise the community to help with construction work. 

Schola leading a WASH class
Logistics coordinator Jim O'Beirn

The Logistics team are responsible for providing the equipment, food and medicine required for each project, as well as ensuring all safety procedures are met.

Engaging with the community

Action days are a way of inviting people from the village to engage with the project. Often there are DJ's, bands, games and talks from members of the local council. Action days are also a way of breaking down cultural barriers between the team and the villagers.

Arm wrestling in Magaseni

At the action day in Magaseni two men compete in a soapy arm wrestling contest, reinforcing the 7 stages of hand washing to the crowd.

An action day singing contest
Action day in Magaseni

A man from the village washes his hands with soap, demonstrating to the crowd the 7 stages of hand washing.

Team leader Gerard Elias
Homestay in Magaseni

In most rural villages in Tanzania there is no running water or electricity. It is common to find car batteries being used as a power source for lighting, and for charging mobile phones.

Sledge hammer
Breaking rocks
Volunteer Shaibu Ahmad
The project site in Magaseni
2000 bricks made in Magaseni

In the absence of cement mixers, sand and cement are mixed by hand. Bricks made in this way are used for the foundations of the septic tank in the new toilet blocks.

Class room in Sejeli
Pupils in Sejeli
Teaching in Sejeli

Teacher and volunteer Kevin Mwihava, leading a hygiene class in Sejeli.

Pupils waiting for a WASH class
Sejeli school
Kevin working on the toilet block
Volunteer Michael Ulisaja
Plastering in Msunjilile
Watering the hand washing station

The rural villages in Dodoma are remote, and getting water to the project site can be a problem. Water has to be brought in by the help of farmers and stored in large water tanks. Watering the hand washing station helps to avoid the drying out of the plaster.

Volunteer Oakley-Rae Marnoch
Team leader Charles Pickering
Surprise downpour in Msunjilile

A homestay in Msunjilile

.

Finished toilet blocks in Mwaya

In the village of Mwaya there are two new toilet blocks, built with a hand washing station, disabled access and an MHM room. Only 6% of schools in Tanzania have similar facilities.

The new MHM room in Mwaya

There is a significant drop in the number of female students that go on to secondary education in Tanzania. This is often the result of having no previous MHM education, or any separate sanitation facilities for privacy when menstruation begins.

Mwaya SWASH club member

“Every Friday we’ll have a meeting on the correct use of the toilets and on hand-washing. It helps us to educate others to keep the toilets clean.”

A new toilet in Mwaya
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