Our Water and Sanitation program continues to make a significant difference in the lives of students in rural Malawi. Read our latest blog to learn about how we support hygiene initiatives in primary schools in Dowa, Malawi.
Reimagining Hygiene for Every Pupil
For close to 7 years, students at Chilinkholi Primary School kept dropping out.
One learner named Precious Paulo says, “Since there were no toilets here, there were days I would leave school early for home. I would miss classes, which eventually affected my performance.”
A lack of toilets affected students’ ability to stay in school, but also their health.
“We used to go to that graveyard over there,” student Alexa Luka points, “because our school didn’t have even a single toilet. A week couldn’t pass without one of us suffering from diseases like diarrhea.”
Poor sanitation and hygiene are major contributors to the burden of disease and school dropouts in rural schools and communities. Most rural schools still practice open defecation due to a lack of toilets and appropriate sanitation resources on school premises. In response, Orant has built 8 blocks of pit latrines for Chilinkholi primary school. We have also built pit latrines at Madzo, Ndeka, and Chiliphiza Schools in Dowa.
Mayamiko Mwenda, Orant’s Water & Sanitation Project Manager, says, “Delivering WASH resources and information to communities has always been our greatest priority. With the wide-spreading pandemic, we have focused our WASH work in schools where learners are prone to contracting diseases”
Waleke Simwaka, Chilinkholi’s Headmaster, says, “The new toilet blocks have greatly contributed to students’ turn up at school. Before, school dropouts happened at an alarming rate, especially for girls who didn’t feel safe to use the bushes when on their periods. But now, many have returned to school.”
Precious Paulo says, “The new pit latrines are so clean, hygienic, and comfortable to use. I don’t miss classes anymore. ”
The headmaster notes that Orant’s building project helped not only the school, but also the communities around it. “Most households around here used to practice open defecation. But now, learning from Orant, they have constructed pit latrines.”
The rainy season is almost here. Diseases such as cholera are expected to spike. We are working tirelessly with communities and school facilities to ensure hygiene and sanitation practices keep communities and children safe. Learn more about our Water & Sanitation Program here.
The Orant Journal
Yona Maloto has been a Water Field Assistant for Orant's Water & Sanitation Program since 2020. We interviewed him to learn more about his work.
Clean water is a gendered issue in Malawi. Women and girls bear the brunt of the water burden. Malita Chimbalame tells her story.
Madzi ndi Moyo: water is life. Melina Maiko of Central Malawi reflects on the gift of water. A new water well impacts her family and village.
Orant makes clean water accessible in rural Malawi by drilling and maintaining boreholes. In 2021, Orant drilled 15 new boreholes.
Orant received the Solinst Water Meter only a few weeks ago but is already putting it to use in the Water & Sanitation Program.
Agatha’s community mobilization inspires us at Orant. With leadership like hers, sustainable change in Malawi is possible.
Community Based Management gives Malawi communities resources to manage their water. More players, like Orant, are also needed for success.
What is WASH? What is a WPC? And what make a latrine improved? Orant Charities Africa answers these and more questions about WASH in Malawi.
Orant's Water & Sanitation Program builds an improved pit latrine for girl learners at Chilinkholi Junior School in Central Malawi.