Construction of girl’s changeroom and boys urinals for improved sanitation and hygiene at Engcongolweni Primary School

Year: 2022
Country: Malawi
Project Status: Funded
Impact Sector: Health
Project Investment: $5,000.00

Project Launch: 9-5-22

In addressing the current sanitation and hygiene challenges that learners at Engcongolweni Primary School in Ekwendeni, Mzimba district are facing, Extra Mile Development Foundation together with Towera Ngwira will lead in a project that will construct a change room block with 4 rooms comprising two bathrooms, a pit latrine, disability-friendly pit latrine, and a boys’ urinal block. Currently, the school has 7 toilets, 4 for girls and 3 for boys, no girls changing rooms and no boys’ urinals. This project is expected to reduce congestion in the toilets and also prevent the students from urinating anywhere around the school premises. Additionally, through this project, girls are also expected to experience improved menstrual hygiene through easy access to change rooms. 

Project Update: 11-9-22

Two months after receiving $5,000 World Connect funding, Extra Mile Development Forum in partnership with the community has fully constructed a boys urinal block at Engcongolweni Primary school and it is now in use, benefiting 260 boys. In the second aspect of the project, they are constructing a change room block for the girls which is in progress, so far they have finished digging a 2.8m deep pit, constructing from down the pit and building the upper structure. Activities remaining are roofing, plastering, painting, floor finishing, orienting the girls on the use of the sanitation facilities and supporting the girls with reusable sanitary pads. The project is set to improve sanitation at the school impacting  573 learners (317 boys, 256 girls).

Final Report: 7-3-23

Extra Mile Development Foundation has successfully completed the construction of a 4-roomed girls’ changeroom and a boys’ urinal at Engcongolweni Primary School in Mzimba  to improve sanitation and hygiene at the school. The girls’ change room block comprises two menstrual hygiene rooms, one disability-friendly pit latrine, and one pit latrine. In addition, the project distributed 250 reusable sanitary pads to girls, enabling them to manage their menstruation hygienically. A total of 274 boys have been using the urinals, and 286 girls have been benefitting from the change room facilities. Importantly, there have been zero cases of open urination and defecation observed around the school premises. To ensure the sustainability of the new structures, the school development committee is responsible for the maintenance costs of the urinal and change room block, as well as the provision of buckets and soap to the learners, using funds contributed by the learners yearly.