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Toilets4Girls In Schools (T4G)

Help SOWED raise KES 5M to construct 100 Toilets for Girls in a Public School. Donate: Lipa na MPESA, Enter Paybill No 891300 Account No. TOILET (No MPESA Fees)

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In Kenya, only a third of schools have child-friendly latrines (UNICEF, 2010). Currently, 75 percent of adolescent girls in marginalized areas drop out of school due to lack of adequate private toilets in school (IRC, 2005). In the year 2017 alone over 10 schools have been closed down under the Public Health Act for lack of inadequate toilet facilities. The health, academic performance and retention rates of school going children is greatly affected by availability, accessibility, and quality of child-friendly latrines. Basic pit latrines can encourage prevention of disease, better sanitation practices. Making basic child-friendly pit latrines available and accessible will help keep girls in school, improve performance and reduce the high morbidity and mortality related to poor sanitation and hygiene.

100Toilets4Girls –Kenya is a 3-year campaign for the accelerated realization of the ‘missed’ United Nations ‘Vision 21’ in Semi-Arid regions of Kenya. The campaign will partner with communities of partners to raise USD 150,000 to construct 100 new pit latrines and rehabilitate 100 existing ones in at least 40 public primary schools in four marginalized Pastoralist Counties of Kajiado, Narok, Samburu and Laikipia by April 2020. The campaign will bring together at-least 200 philanthropists from around the world who will each adopt a toilet in a rural pastoralist primary school or donate a new one at a cost of USD 500 or 1000 each. This will bring down the ratio of toilets to pupils from current 38:1 and 32:1 for boys and girls to the recommended 25:1 (girls) and 30:1 (boys). 

Few of our competitors have considered the intersection between availability and accessibility of quality child-friendly toilets and health, academic performance and retention rates of school going children. This is a capital-intensive infrastructural project which revisits ‘missed’ targets promoted by Vision 21 and seeks to ensure that all schools are equipped with basic pit latrines by 2020. The campaign Is modeled around the concept of a computer for schools only that it uniquely addresses a 22nd-century question of retention. 

SOWED Kenya has legal legitimacy drawn from registration and strict statutory compliance. We have been in existence since 1998 and are authorized by the Ministry of Education to work with schools through annual renewable permits. We have over 18 years of experience delivering in the health and education sector with a track record of successful past interventions. We are members of credible national networks of CSOs including Elimu Yetu Coalition, Health NGOs Network, East Africa GBV Prevention Network, National GBV Working Group and Keeping the Promise Campaign. We have the good working relationship with the government of Kenya and communities.  

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