Pit Latrines

Ughandi ‘B’ Village Project Muhuvi School Pit Latrines.

Project for 2009

Having successfully completed the water project in 2008 we didn’t anticipate further work in Ughandi ‘B’ but in January 2009 a donor came forward wishing to fund a water or sanitation related project in the village. The donor  justadrop.org was particularly interested in tying this idea in with the local Primary School if we could oversee the project. So we instructed Hapa an NGO in Singida Town 45km away to make enquires on our behalf. Various meetings were held with both village and school committees and a decision was reached that a block of toilets would be built consisting of ten boys latrines, nine girls latrines and a shower room for girls.

During April 2009 work began with contributions coming from Ughandi ‘B’ and it’s’ surrounding communities. Local artisans and materials were used in the construction with each sub village having a specified time to work on the project. Hapa engineers and representatives were on hand to give instructions. Throughout the following months we were kept informed of progress by email. Finally child to child training was given to the pupils to ensure they have a better understanding of good hygiene.

In August 2009 Richard and I were invited to Muhuvi School for a special handing over ceremony organized by the community, local government figures and Hapa staff in attendance. The latrines were near completion at this time and we were able to inspect them. A section for urinals had been added to the original plan along with two toilets for disabled pupils. Although there is no water source at Muhuvi School, Elimu pump is about a ten minute walk away and the project will provide a special water carrier for collection from that point. The toilet block is the most advanced in the region.

Construction took place between April and September

August 2009 the latrines were handed over to Muhuvi School in a special ceremony attended by local and area government officials, community members, school pupils, Hapa and us.

This is the second ceremony Richard and I have attended. Some of the men were dressed as women which brought laughter from everyone. We were presented with gifts, a kitenge cloth and beaded belt for me and a tribal spear with shield for Richard!

REPORT July 2012

During our visit in 2011 the Pit latrines were found to be in a dirty condition and the varnish on the toilet doors needed re painting. We instructed the Headmaster  to do the necessary work to bring them back up to standard and this has been carried out.

REPORT January 2014

Our last visit to Muhuvi school was in 2011 to observe the condition of the pit latrines. We left the then head teacher with instructions to varnish the doors and do a general tidy of the area. Mr Abraham Ng’eni checked up on this during his visit in 2013 and here are some photos.

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In general the structure is sound but there is some movement in the plaster at one end. The doors have not been varnished but due to the local enviroment we can see this is not an option. The boys urinal looks unhygenic and therefore we can only think that the whole area is not cleaned properly.

REPORT July 2014

We visited Muhivi School during our rounds of different projects and found the latrines to be in a better condition than expected. There has been some subsidance but nothing which caused structural damage and the general cleanliness was good.

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