On the 30th of November 2015 PACHEDO and DKA Austria signed a one year project contract that runs from 1st December 2015 to 31st November 2016. The project: “CHILDREN WATER, SANITATION AND HYGIENE PROMOTION” is one that seek to promote WASH among the children both at institutional level and at the community level.
The overall goal of the project is to improve the health and education standards of children by enhancing the quality of school and household WASH services in the 16 project primary schools and attached households of Pece Division, Bungatira and Awach Sub-counties in Gulu District and Bala Sub-county in Kole District of northern Uganda.
Project Description and Technical Approach
PACHEDO strives to improve the lives of the pupils and their families through Water, Sanitation and Hygiene promotion across the project target schools in the post conflict transitional period in northern Uganda. The focus is tailored at addressing the eroded behaviors and inadequacy in pupils´ and households´ knowledge of maintaining personal hygiene, use of water throughout its chain, poor usage of pit latrines, neglected hand washing practices and provision of facilities, waste disposal systems and more specifically the girls menstruation management that is not given special consideration in all the targeted schools. These factors have noticeably caused high child risks to environmental health diseases and infections such as Worms, skin diseases like scabies rampant in all rural Schools, Diarrhea, Typhoid, and Candidacies among girls, increased girl child School dropout etc.
To counter the above poor sanitation and hygiene situation, the proposed project wash designed with multi-pronged intervention components:
- Awareness creation and behavioral change for school children
- Lobby and advocate for improved household sanitation facilities and practices
- Strengthening of local government and School Management Systems to improve Water, Sanitation and Hygiene services at school and household levels
The beneficiaries will include a total of 8400 (4800 Girls and 3600 boys) primary school children from the 16 target schools. PACHEDO views them as agents of change in the project, who will benefit from improved school based WASH promotion services and reduced environmental disease burden and morbidity at school and at home. About 525(300 girls and 225 boys respectively) pupils in each of the 16 schools will be reached by this project.