Wash project includes (drilling of water and construction of latrines plus hygiene trainings).
ANCC in partnership with EPF is implementing a wash project in primary school in lira and Alebtong district. the project involves providing clean and safe water to the school and reduce the distance travelled by the children to look for clean and safe water, reduce water bone disease, so that people engage more in education and production work, reduce wastage of household income on treating preventive water related diseases and lastly reduced lesion hours wasted in search of water so as to provide more time for children to attain education.
Basing on the above justification , ANCC has trained the school pupils, teachers and community beneficiaries of the facilities provided to practice proper sanitation and hygiene (hand washing and safe water chain practices in school and homes) to avoid contamination of the safe water provided to them and to avoid contracting diseases resulting from poor sanitation and hygiene. Parish sanitation and hygiene promoters at this points are trained, facilitated to enable them make follow ups on the action points developed during trainings in order to ensure each and every homestead have all the sanitation facilities and are practicing proper hygiene behaviors.
The main agreed project objectives:
- Improve water, sanitation and hygiene facilities for school children.
- Higher enrolment of girls, lower dropout rates and decreased sickness (absence) days
- Improved hygiene practices among children, their families and communities around.
- Active and functional water users committees and school health clubs.
Menstrual Hygiene Managements (MHM) involves trainings in pads, soap and bags making, construction of girls washroom.
About 51% of the female population is of reproductive age and are menstruating every month. The majority of them have no access to clean and safe sanitary products, or to a clean and private space in which to change menstrual cloths or pads and to wash. Menstruation is supposed to be invisible and silent, and sometimes, menstruating women and girls are supposed to be invisible and silent, too, thus millions of girls and women are subject to restrictions in their daily lives simply because they are menstruating.
Besides the health problems due to poor hygiene during menstruation, the lack or un affordability of facilities and appropriate sanitary products have pushed menstruating girls temporarily or sometimes permanently out of school, having a negative impact on their right to education. “…because of the taboos and shame linked to menstruation, along with the silence, and global neglect of this basic human need, women and girls are often ashamed of their bodies and unable to speak about their very real and practical needs.”
It is for this reason that ANCC in partnership with EPF is implementing menstrual hygiene management (MHM) project in lira and Alebtong districts targeting female children of reproductive age (12 years and above).
The main objective of the project is to increased enrolment, retention, performance and completion of education through removing obstacles to better attainment of girl child education.
- Increase the number of girls with access to and use of girl friendly MHM facilities at school.
- Increase in number of girls with access to adequate and appropriate emergency MHM materials at school like pads, pain killers, uniforms, panties, etc.
- Increase the number of girls with access to affordable menstrual hygiene materials that meet their consumer needs and preferences.
- Increase the number of girls with access to appropriate information on menstrual hygiene (straight talk).
School garden project.
Although Uganda as a whole is generally self-sufficient in food supplies, food shortages still occur. 50% of agricultural households within a year experience not being able to afford what they would normally eat (IFAD, 2013). This affects mostly children of school going age as they can’t concentrate in class in an empty stomach despite being sent to school, it also affects their performance as they tend to escape from school in search of food and most times not come back to school as a result, most afternoon lessons are deserted.
This becomes disastrous to their studies and social life since, because of anger, the kids becomes thieves in the community gardens; stealing food along the road side; and through peer influence they end up joining bad gangs and indulge in drug abuse or smoking, drinking etc, and for girls they are lowered in to early sex in exchange for food and eventually get pregnant, or even along the way home they are raped, beaten etc.
It’s for this reasons that ANCC with the support from EPF is promoting school feeding through school gardening, where parents come to farm in school gardens, produce food for their children to eat while at school and also the parents replicate good GAP demonstrated in the school gardens and produce surplus food at their homes that can be contributed to school for school feeding to supplement school garden efforts.
Objectives of the project.
To improve the quality of education and provide life time opportunities for rural children in primary school by establishing a community led school demonstration garden; teaching sustainable agricultural practice which improves local families’ food security and household’s income.
School garden approach is also intended to attract parents to school in order for them to participate in / monitor the education of their children and in the end be able to solve issues (like ; absenteeism, lack of scholastic materials etc)that affect their children’s education and performance at large.
- To reduce the number of children missing school or dropping out completely.
- Improve concentration and academic performance by providing nutritious school meals for the children.
- Promote the importance of education by fostering good links between parents, teachers and wider communities.
- Improve household food security and nutrition.
- Improve household income and build resilience to food – related shock for parents.