San Juan del Sur Nicaragua WASH in Schools

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Three meetings with local school authorities and parents took place in January, April, and July of 2015 to figure out and identify the needs and the writing of the MOUs. As a whole, the project involves 45 schools and is ongoing. There are other Rotary Clubs from Canada and the USA, and associated Interact and Rotaract groups, who are participating thru other global grants and initiatives targeted to specific schools

Because of ongoing drought conditions and non-existant water infrastructure WASH improvements in 3 schools and 1 kindergarten were identified by the Rotary Club of San Juan del Sur as priorities to address out of a needs assessment of 45 schools. These schools have great need and the Host club has sufficient relationships with the communities that will help ensure successful and sustainable outcomes. Ensuring a safe and sustainable water supply (for the schools specifically identified and named in the budget section of this application), by installing washbasins with drains, wall mounted soap brackets above each washbasin, potable water storage systems, hand or other pumps required on wells, and piping to ensure a consistent supply of water to each of these schools, converting outhouses to septic systems and workable toilets including repairs/replacement of doors to ensure privacy, electrical connections/repairs, concrete work and painting where necessary. Consistent supply of water and flush toilets should have a dramatic affect on the health of students and teachers, therefore, increasing opportunities for learning and their overall quality of life. The RC San Juan del Sur effort grew out of an ambitious school lending library program that was funded by the Libraries for All Foundation, established by club member Jane Mirandette to promote libraries around the world. The library program is centered at a community lending library in the city of San Juan del Sur. From that hub, a library van visits rural schools once a month with a portable library display that lends bar-coded books to students. These lending library visits quickly brought to light the serious water and sanitation deficits at most of the visited schools and led to school-by-school assessment of their water and sanitation status. As funding became available, work was undertaken to install or repair water supply facilities, provide classrooms with water filters, provide or upgrade toilet facilities and septic systems, and install classroom hand washing basins with running water and a soap supply, and to provide training for required ongoing repairs and maintenance of the systems as well as water and hygiene concepts and proper hand washing techniques. Preserving wash basins and taps from abuse is one reason for placing hand washing stations inside classrooms. Even more important is the constant presence before students of basic elements of sanitation: potable water and frequent hand washing. Teachers can make frequent reference to these items and their significance, and students will grow accustomed to their presence. Reasons for lack of water range from simply plumbing problems to dry wells or no water source. Without water most WASH in School goals are impossible with the possible exception of basic hygiene education. Even so, the presence of in-classroom water filters and hand washing stations greatly enhances the impact of basic hygiene messages. Costs to provide a water supply vary from a few dollars for plumbing parts to $10,000 USD for a new well and elevated water storage tank. San Juan del Sur Rotarian Christian Lemouche, has designed a water tower which can be produced in the city center and erected at any school site. An elevated water tank is needed to provide gravity flow of water to school classrooms and school latrines. Where flush latrines are practical, they greatly enhance the cleanliness and hygiene of latrine facilities. Water originating from a well (or an unreliable municipal source) will be stored in a tank and before being delivered to the classroom via standard pvc pipe. It is then processed through a Filtron unit (one in each classroom) which removes 98% of the bacteria, making the water suitable for drinking. There is no need for disability accessible facilities as the schools within the project are not geographically accessible to disabled students. All facilities will be child-friendly in terms of size and ease of access. 

San Juan del Sur Rotary Club asked WASRAG for help. WASRAG through Larry Siegel, Chair Technical Committee suggested an engineer working already for ROTARY. This engineer, Luis Roman, located in Managua, Nicaragua, visited the schools identifying the needs, the proceeds, the operation mode. This engineer established the necessary budgets. Local authorizations to drill have been obtained from MINED ( Ministery of Education) who owns the lots where the schools are situated. Same procedure for the septics. 

The students, teachers, and families of the San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua schools within the local district will receive immediate and direct benefit from the grant. In addition to the students and teachers in the targeted schools. The improvements will benefit the communities the students come from as well as future generations, so that the ultimate impact will be to benefit thousands of children, teachers and family members

Examples:

OJOCHAL 3 classrooms, 44 students 3 teachers 5 weeks Install new plumbing Set up Filtron system Install new sinks and soap dispensers in each classroom Install new outside cement sink and faucet Contruct and install septic tank Replacing existing latrines with new piping system Install new flush toilets, fittings and piping connections Repair present toilet walls with new doors and locks Training session for school personnel, parents on plumbing maintenance and repair 2 hour class, schedule to be determined based on school schedule Training session for school personnel, parents and students on Filtron systems 2 hour class, schedule to be determined based on school schedule Training session for school personnel, parents and students on hand-washing importance and technique 2 hour class, schedule to be determined based on school schedule

2. MIRAVALLE 3 classrooms 35 students 2 teachers Six weeks Deepening / drilling existing dry well Install a water pump Connect to water tank and tower Install new plumbing Set up Filtron system Install new sinks and soap dispensers in each classroom Install new outside cement sink and faucet Contruct and install septic tank Replacing existing latrines with new piping system Install new flush toilets, fittings and piping connections Repair present toilet walls with new doors and locks Training session for school personnel, parents on plumbing maintenance and repair 2 hour class, schedule to be determined based on school schedule Training session for school personnel, parents and students on Filtron systems 2 hour class, schedule to be determined based on school schedule Training session for school personnel, parents and students on hand-washing importance and technique 2 hour class, schedule to be determined based on school schedule

3. BARBUDOS - 3 classrooms 47 students 3 teachers 6 weeks Re perforating well Install a new tower and new pump Install new plumbing Set up Filtron system Install new sinks and soap dispensers in each classroom Install new outside cement sink and faucet Contruct and install septic tank Replacing existing latrines with new piping system Install new flush toilets, fittings and piping connections Repair present toilet walls with new doors and locks Training session for school personnel, parents on plumbing maintenance and repair 2 hour class, schedule to be determined based on school schedule Training session for school personnel, parents and students on Filtron systems 2 hour class, schedule to be determined based on school schedule Training session for school personnel, parents and students on hand-washing importance and technique 2 hour class, schedule to be determined based on school schedule

4. NEWTON - 7 classrooms 200 students 7 teachers 3 Weeks Install new water tank Install new sinks and soap dispensers Repair present toilet walls, doors and locks Replace broken toilet bowls Repair plumbing Paintings Training session for school personnel, parents on plumbing maintenance and repair 2 hour class, schedule to be determined based on school schedule Training session for school personnel, parents and students on hand-washing importance and technique 2 hour class, schedule to be determined based on school schedule.

Photos have been taken to document the existing conditions in a number of schools in the San Juan del Sur school district, as well as of the proposed solutions - which have been implemented successfully in other schools in the region. They can be seen at the following link: https://prairiedog.smugmug.com/Rotary/Rotary-District-5810-Service-P/Fri...

Country: 

Nicaragua

Project Type: 

  • Hygiene
  • Sanitation
  • Water

Endorsed?: 

No

Total Budget Needed: 

$250 000.00

Amount Raised so Far: 

$72 000.00

Local Language(s) Spoken: 

Spanish, English
This Project was last updated on: Saturday Nov 12th, 2016