Before the intervention of RI_USAID Kiwalazi Primary school was known to be the poorest school in the area with 1 latrine having 3 functional stances shared by both pupils and staff. A latrine with an incinerator built to the USHA standard has been constructed with 5 stances and a provision for CWD thanks to the RI_USAID program.
The school had a borehole on the ground commissioned by the Busoga trust but was not reliable since they could only pump water every after 2-3 hours and only manage to fill 5 20litres jerrycans before it dried up
The water source was fully functional and in use. our main respondent on-ground Mr Nadiyope Fred the deputy headteacher & Caretaker informed us that prior to the commissioning of the water source a committee was formed an amount equivalent to 25,000 was collected by the community members for maintenance and mechanical repairs which were collected only once after the commissioning of the borehole and in a few months the borehole broke and the money was used to repair it. The committee never collected money again.
The borehole serves 2 key populations that is the school and the community where the community around comprising of less than 10 homesteads. The school is not fenced off which has led to vandalizing of some of the alternative water points like the taps on the tanks used in water harvesting. They argued the school to liaise with the community leaders and community at large to find a solution.
The school has 2 water tanks on the ground used for harvesting water. By the time of our visit, these tanks were empty and we were told it was due to the dry season. All the taps on these water points were broken (vandalized hence making their functionality difficult
Under the MHM the senior lady informed us how the girls lack materials to help them through their menstruation days. This was evidenced by the one pack of sanitary pads found on the ground. The senior lady goes further to explain that the school tries to provide girls with pads but due to lack of funds and cooperation from the parents and community leaders this exercise is not sustainable.
The school has no MHM facility like a changing for girls so the staff room doubles both as a school store and a changing room for the girls
The school has a talking compound and the signposts are strategically positioned. Two of the signposts that caught our attention were the one that read “AIDS KILLS” and the one that read “COVID 19 IS REAL” and the students though not uniformly dressed were smart.
On our arrival at the school we found another NGO called Water mission and it set up a solar piped water system at the school which indicates that more support has been given to the school since the commencement of the USHA project
We also noticed that the RI_USAID in collaboration with the Rotary Club of Iganga provided the school with a 5 stance girl’s drainable latrine block with 1 stance for the disabled, a group handwashing station, and an incinerator.
The girl’s latrine was very dirty with the fecal matter around the latrine hole and urine in the corridor, we also noticed that one stance was locked. When asked why it was locked, we were told the key got lost. The taps on the group handwashing station were also broken. All of this was attributed to poor management and poor hygiene practices.
The boys’ latrine constructed by the school with 5 stances was in poor condition where some stances had no doors, others the doors were broken. It was very dirty and poorly managed.
In conclusion, the school is not WASH friendly and according to our general observation, the committee, school, and the community at large require more training on proper hygiene practices and maintenance of the available structures which will then instigate behavioral changes.
Prepared by Rotarian Nazziwa Sylvia, Rotary Club of SegukuDownload Report