RAISING A STINK: Unlock Foundation Toilet Campaign
March 13, 2013
Overcrowded classrooms, too few teachers, insufficient schoolbooks and few toilets, often without separation between boys and girls are just some of the problems facing primary school students in rural Sub-Saharan Africa. At Unlock Foundation’s two partner schools in Namibia and Ghana, we have partnered with the teachers, students, and community leaders to tackle each issue head on, to ensure that these students receive the best education possible. We have made great strides with providing new textbooks, distributing mosquito nets, ensuring that each child has a desk to sit in, and empowering all students to do better. But there is more work to be done.
With recent consultations with partner school in Old Odunasi, Ghana, they determined that the major barrier to keeping the students in the classroom is a lack of toilets. The absence of clean, safe and separate toilets for boys and girls tends to discourage children, particularly girls, from attending school regularly. In Ghana alone, 52% of primary school pupils have no access to toilets and urinals. Studies have shown that the absence of toilets not only affects school attendance but also contributes to the denial of their right to dignity and quality education. We know that without basic sanitation facilities it will result in an unhealthy environment contaminated by human waste. At Old Odunasi School many students have been sick with cholera disease and stomach illnesses. We are ready to change this!
Working with the local community, we have come up with a plan to build a boys bathroom with a urinal and a toilet and a girls bathroom with 2 toilets. Working with a construction team in Ghana, the cost will be $2,500. We know that education is the key to UNLOCK a child’s potential.
Join us on this campaign to raise $2,500 and make a real difference in the lives of these children.
$2,500 by May 31st.
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