WASH in Schools (WINS) in the Eastern Cape

Schools in the Eastern Cape have a long-standing infrastructure backlog. According to a report by the Water Research Commission, 1,426 of the Eastern Cape’s 5,393 schools have only pit latrines and 37 are reported to have no sanitation facilities at all.

Our project improves the quality of water and sanitation services, and it works closely with the Provincial Department of Education to not only increase the number of the toilets but also to put in a place a management model to keep the toilets clean. The management model relies largely on a sanitation team at each school made up of the principal, a teacher acting as a Health and Safety Manager (HSM), and a cleaner or Health and Safety Officer (HSO). The concept was designed to ensure a chain of accountability and communication, and roles and responsibilities.

We have established solid relations with about twenty schools. In these schools a needs analysis has been done using our data capturing online tools. So far, we have built 29 toilets in five pre-schools: three schools and three community facilities (community crop nursery, clinic, and a radio station). We are currently in the process of installing hand washing facilities, maintaining water sources, and building proper drainage systems. We are also influencing change in hygiene behavior using Universal Languages. We are also working on giving training on disease transmission, suitable cleaning techniques, and methods for reporting and monitoring work.