Sanitary Facilities for an Elementary School
Bome Valley is an isolated community in one of the most under-developed divisions of the North West Region of Cameroon. This community has five primary schools and a secondary school whose infrastructure and toilet facilities are in a deplorable state. After recording three incidents of pupils falling in the toilet due to the poor state of the facilities at the GS Bome elementary school, the headteacher banned the use of the toilets. This has led many pupils to defecate in nearby bushes, on the pavement and in streams. In addition to being highly unsanitary and promoting the proliferation of cholera and other diarrheal diseases, defecating in nearby bushes also exposes the pupils to the risk of being bitten by a snake and also takes them away from their classes from much longer than should be necessary. In order to provide a long-lasting, safe, clean and comfortable solution for these schoolchildren, we are collaborating with Vicony’s Global Success World to build new modern partitioned pit latrines for the students and staff. This project will be complemented by training all the 180 elementary schoolchildren on the practice and the importance of basic hygiene and sanitation.