The WASH facilities provided by WHH/WaSAP reduced absenteeism because students have fewer water-borne diseases, such as diarrhea, cholera, skin infections, etc. These WASH facilities have also increased the students’ safety and dignity, especially for girls who have been missing valuable classroom time during their menses when they avoided to go to school because of lack of latrines and water
Now, the children are enjoying school, their faces were beaming with happiness when we visited the school. Jeneba Morray, a 10-year old female student had this to say: “Before this project we always ran back to our houses to drink water or go to the nearby bush to the toilet and therefore we missed part of the classes. Some of us did not return and then ended up repeating classes. Now this has stopped. Thanks to you we have drinking water and latrines at the school,”.
The success of our intervention was largely due to the cooperation of the community, parents, and the leadership of the town chief, Bockarie Saffa. He regularly monitored the project to ensure that activities had the necessary manpower and other forms of community contribution. His presence at the project site was motivating and encouraging for the all involved.