As we have found, this is particularly serious in schools, where students with disability often face severe bullying. The lack of accessible toilets and generally low levels of hygiene and sanitation act as further deterrents to attending school, forcing many of them to stay home and miss out on their education. School kids need to use the bathroom!
This project will take practical steps to reverse this crisis, and set in motion a whole new approach to accessible water and sanitation. Working with our Ugandan partner, the Gulu Disabled Persons Union (GDPU), we will build a new, sanitary toilet that is accessible to children with disabilities at the Layibi Central Primary School. We plan to install the toilet in early 2016, and then work with the students and teachers to promote hygienic and sanitary practices such as hand-washing and maintaining a clean toilet, as well as to promote an anti-bullying agenda.
In 2015 we successfully installed a similar toilet and hand-washing tank at the Tochi primary school near Gulu Town. Tochi has shown that if we can do this right, we can also stop the bullying which makes life miserable for students with a disability.
With your help, GDPU can really change public policy and the communities' attitudes in this remote part of Uganda!