Providing Water and Sanitation

Providing Water and Sanitation (WASH) for girl students in Northern Ugandan Schools
Raised : $8,000 Goal : $8,000
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Providing Water and Sanitation
Expected Use of Funds
  • Construction

    6000

  • Supplies (Soap)

    2000

Key Stats
  • State/Province

    Gulu District

  • Country

    Uganda

  • Number of Students Helped

    8,550

  • Type of Students Served

    Primary

  • Project Purpose

    Improve the quality of education for girl students in Northern Uganda

  • Partner

    Advocacy Project

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This project aims to boost enrollment and improve the quality of education for girl students in 15 primary schools in Gulu district, Northern Uganda. by improving Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) facilities. This will be done in two ways. First, the project will install new toilets and handwashing (WASH) for girls at two schools. Second, the project will ensure that WASH facilities are kept clean and maintained at 13 other schools. PROBLEM: The project is prompted by a WASH crisis in the schools of Gulu, where education has still not recovered from the rebellion by the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) and the COVID-19 pandemic. Of the 47 primary schools in Gulu district, two thirds do not meet the government specifications, which require a minimum of one toilet per 40 students. This is particularly serious for students with a disability, who face obvious physical challenges in using toilets. It also creates problems for girl students, who need privacy and a place to change particularly during menstruation.

 

This deep-rooted and persistent crisis has been the object of a ten-year program by the Gulu Disabled Persons Union (GDPU) and The Advocacy Project (AP). GDPU has installed a WASH package at six primary schools in Gulu District since 2015 and in the process developed a model that engages the community and is also economical. Before it agrees to work in a school, GDPU requires a written agreement from parents that they will dig the latrine pit for the new toilets, thus ensuring that the new facilities will be ownded by the community. GDPU also asks for three bids from contractors, ensuring a competitive process. GDPU also makes its own soap, which carries the brand name of Clean Wash, which is sold at a subsidised rate to participating schools. Finally, GDPU and AP monitor as many schools as possible in the district and advise them regularly on how to keep WASH facilities clean.

 

2024 ACTIVITIES: As a result of this outstanding record, the Gulu District Education Office has asked GDPU to install WASH at two more schools in 2024 and monitor as many other schools as possible to ensure that toilets are kept clean. Based on this, GDPU and AP have developed the following work plan: ACTIVITY 1. Install a new WASH package (accessible toilets, handwashing, changing rooms and an incinerator) in the Kiteny Owal and Kukodi schools. 2. Monitor WASH facilities in all 15 schools and help the schools develop a disciplined schedule for cleaning the toilets and ensuring the provision of soap, water and brushes. 3. Provide students and staff with training on hygiene, inclusivity and malaria prevention. 4. Increase the production of Clean Wash soap and supply all 15 schools as needed. 5. Establish a methodology to measure progress towards the key outcomes of hygiene and enrollment. 6. Build an international network of supporters for the program and establish new partnerships between Uganda and the US. 7. Work with donors who share our joint commitment to education, girls’ empowerment and social justice. 8. Deploy a graduate student from the US to volunteer at GDPU in the summer of 2024 and provide technical support for the WASH project.

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Joyce Meng is a co-founder and CEO of Givology. She’s very passionate about education, traveling, impact evaluation, and data analysis in philanthropy. She is a Rhodes Scholar, receiving a MSc in Development Economics and a MSc in Financial Economics from Oxford University. Every day, she’s completely inspired by her Givology team and their creative ideas to raise awareness and get people engaged with making a difference! Her personal website is www.joycemeng.com. In her spare time, she plays ice hockey and takes long walks in New York City.

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Joyce Meng is a co-founder and CEO of Givology. She’s very passionate about education, traveling, impact evaluation, and data analysis in philanthropy. She is a Rhodes Scholar, receiving a MSc in Development Economics and a MSc in Financial Economics from Oxford University. Every day, she’s completely inspired by her Givology team and their creative ideas to raise awareness and get people engaged with making a difference! Her personal website is www.joycemeng.com. In her spare time, she plays ice hockey and takes long walks in New York City.

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Joyce Meng is a co-founder and CEO of Givology. She’s very passionate about education, traveling, impact evaluation, and data analysis in philanthropy. She is a Rhodes Scholar, receiving a MSc in Development Economics and a MSc in Financial Economics from Oxford University. Every day, she’s completely inspired by her Givology team and their creative ideas to raise awareness and get people engaged with making a difference! Her personal website is www.joycemeng.com. In her spare time, she plays ice hockey and takes long walks in New York City.

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Joyce Meng is a co-founder and CEO of Givology. She’s very passionate about education, traveling, impact evaluation, and data analysis in philanthropy. She is a Rhodes Scholar, receiving a MSc in Development Economics and a MSc in Financial Economics from Oxford University. Every day, she’s completely inspired by her Givology team and their creative ideas to raise awareness and get people engaged with making a difference! Her personal website is www.joycemeng.com. In her spare time, she plays ice hockey and takes long walks in New York City.